A group of CRAS students recently participated in a DIY Ribbon Mic build using kits from Austin Ribbon Microphone Kits. The clinic was mentored by CRAS instructor Jeff Thomas and Austin’s Ric Wilkinson and Cody Wenner who all assisted students in the build process. The clinic took the students from A-Z including fine details like corrugating the ribbon, gluing the magnets and then stretching the ribbon into the engine. The CRAS hosts many extra-curricular gear builds including speakers, mic preamps, hardware processors and more.
According to Rolling Stone magazine, sales of vinyl albums continue to grow, setting a new record in 2010. Does vinyl reproduce sound better, or is it just a trend? Two audio experts join guest host John Dankosky to talk about the science of audio, and how perceptions can shape the sound experience. LISTEN TO THE STORY
The CRAS teaches all things necessary to be a great engineer including the ability to speak the language of music. While you don’t have to be a virtuoso to record audio, it definitely helps to be able to converse with the artist on both creative and musical levels. CRAS instructor and author Brian Burrill regularly holds Music Theory Clinics for any student interested in upping their skills. The CRAS’ also sponsors other extracurricular clinics including mic, preamp and processor builds as well as workshops and field trips for AES student chapter members.
The yearly Mix Nashville audio event was once again powered by CRAS students who ran audio, video, registration and general support. The event is held at SoundCheck, Nashville’s one-stop facility for tour support, storage, cartage, rehearsal and instrument rentals. Mix Nashville brings together Music City’s community of engineers, producers, songwriters and live sound professionals and celebrates the best in professional audio technology.
“We couldn’t have done this without the support of the Conservatory and its students,” says Kevin Becka, Mix technical editor and CRAS director of education. “The CRAS students gave 110 percent in their jobs and also got to interface with an array of audio professionals who are seldom under one roof. It was a win-win for everyone involved.”
The Irrational Games Insider Blog has posted parts 2 and 3 of their Audio team’s experience of recording firearms for BioShock Infinite. In part 2, the team discuss the sensations of firing live weaponry that they were aiming to capture, and in part 3, briefly touch upon the designing/editing process. READ MORE
picture caption: l to r, Luke Bednar, Becky Fimbres, Greg Stefus and Tyler Emigh (seated)
Each year, for the last 15 years, the Nashville AES chapter and NAPRS has held the AudioMasters Benefit Golf Tournament at the Harpeth Hills Golf Club. The event benefts the Nashville Engineer Relief Fund (NERF) who’s missions is “to allow financial assistance…for individuals in our (engineering) community who, through illness and tragic circumstances, are unable to practice their profession or face other serious problems”.
The Conservatory of Recording Arts sponsored a hole again this year to support the cause. CRAS students Tyler Emigh, Luke Bednar plus CRAS employees Becky Fimbres and Greg Stefus gave out over 250 Sonoran Dogs and other goodies to golfers as they made the trip around the course on day one which hosts the live sound community. Day two does it all over again for audio engineers and sponsors.
“Its great to be a part of and help out the Nashville audio community which has given so many of our grads a great start in their careers in audio,” says CRAS Administrator Kirt Hamm. “We’ll be back again next year to do our part in supporting this great cause.”
These guidelines layed out by the P&E Wing focus mainly on how the engineer/operator can organize, clean up, and save their project/session data at the end of the day to make the next person’s job a lot easier. When followed, they can eliminate much confusion for all operators, provide answers to anticipated questions, solve certain problems before they arise, and shorten the time between when an operator opens a project/session and when they are able to go to work. In other words, put more $$$ in your pocket by streamlining your workflow. READ MORE