Focusrite Technical Support Specialist Jeff Silverman recently visited the CRAS with the company’s new flagship RedNet series of IOs. Students were given an in-depth look at four interfaces that all use the Dante protocol to port audio to and from a DAW. The Focusrite Control 2802 console was also on-hand, an analog summing desk and an Ethernet-based DAW control surface in one.
Studio managers from three of the most successful studios in audio recently came to the CRAS to talk to students about the realities of a career in audio. Paula Salvatore (Capitol Studios, LA); CRAS graduate Crystal Olsen (GrooveMaster Studios, Chicago) and Candace Stewart (East/West Studios, LA) talked to a large group of students, then later met with them individually to answer more specific questions about working in a major studio.
“We’re happy to have managers of this level visit the CRAS,” says Administrator Kirt Hamm. “It gives our students a look at what goes on in the major recording centers and reinforces what we tell them each day about the value of hard work and the importance of basic audio and people skills.”
Solid State Logic rolled to the CRAS recently with their brand new broadcast truck, and followed up two weeks later with a visit from their desktop audio team. Product specialist William Maynard and regional sales rep Brian Krawcykowski from SSL showed CRAS students and staff their slick Nucleus desktop console and talked about desktop workflow. The Conservatory is no stranger to SSL gear and has two SSL 4000 consoles in its A Studios at the Tempe and Gilbert locations. Students have the opportunity to work in these rooms during their 10th Cycle projects and also in classes during Cycles 6 thru 10.
See all the photos from the Nucleus event here.
On December 16th 2009, Rainbow Studios Dave Lowmilller and Karen Muro Waller talked game audio with CRAS students in an after hours special event that drew a packed house. The duo talked about everything from the production process, technical tools they use and shared insight into how they achieve the motor sport racing sounds Rainbow is known for in titles such as MX vs ATV and Cars. They also showed the other side of Rainbow by explaining sound design in the Wii hit Deadly Creatures as well as techniques for capturing weapon sounds. CRAS integrates game audio into its master recording program and graduates have enjoyed success with audio credits on titles from the Modern Warfare, Call of Duty, Halo, and Saints Row series just to name a few.
Legendary audio engineer Eddie Kramer visited CRAS for an event open to the publicÂ on September 3rd 2009. Â Eddie was warmly welcomed by a packed house of several hundred people for the Waves sponsored event held in the Conservatory’s live sound room. Â Eddie told tales of his work with Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and more and also showed off his signature series of plug-ins with the help of Waves product specialist Michael Pearson-Adams. Â Eddie generously allocated much time for Q and A, and graciously stayed late for everyone that wanted their albums, t-shirts and even laptop computers autographed. Â This event marks the second time Eddie Kramer has visited CRAS. Â View photos from this amazing event here.
photo caption: Nickelback is just one of the touring bands employing CRAS grads
Our MRPII grads have done very well for themselves. The list of CRAS attendees below have gone on to their internships and then been hired to work on major tours or with live sound companies.
Jeremy White, PA Tech – Aerosmith, Snoop Dogg, Nickelback
Wayne Newton, FOH engineer – Aerosmith, Snoop Dogg, Nickelback
Alex Rotelle, PA Tech – Aerosmith, Snoop Dogg, Nickelback
Nathan Lettus, Crew Chief/V-DOSC engineer – Chicago
Matt Strasser, PA Tech – Chicago
Armando Montalvo, PA Tech – Nickelback
Working at PRG Las Vegas
Adam Parrish – Operations Mgr.
Cory Harrington – Shop Mgr.
Mitch Sorenson – Assistant Shop Mgr.
Marian Mast – Inbound/Outbound Asset Coordinator
Bruce Kilmer – Speaker Quality Control
Congrats to all of you, keep up the good work
Ken Johnson from M-Audio and Jayson Helgeson from Sibelius recently lectured 400 assembled students on advanced features in Pro Tools and Sibelius software.
The Eddie Kramer guest lecture was SRO. Visit the web gallery for a view of what went on before and after the visit.
photo caption: l to r, Waves’ Michael Pearson-Adams and Eddie Kramer
Eddie Kramer, producer/engineer of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Kiss, David Bowie and more, brought the benefit of his deep experience to the Conservatory when he recently lectured students. Eddie is on the road as part of the Waves’ Studio Classic Collection Experience and has visited venues and institutions in 7 states. Visit the web gallery for a view of what went on before and after the visit. The Conservatory has an active guest lecture program that brings audio luminaries to the school to talk to the students covering a variety of audio topics.
caption: l to r, Kathleen Wirt, Paula Salvatore, Candace Stewart and Kirt Hamm (CRAS)
Three of Los Angeles’ top studio managers recently visited the Conservatory to talk to students about studio jobs and life in a big city market. Kathleen Wirt, owner/manager of 4th St. Recording, Candace Stewart, manager of Firehouse Recording Studios and Paula Salvatore Senior Director of Capitol Studios talked to an assembled group of over 400 students and faculty, giving the crowd the benefit of their years at the top of the industry. The Conservatory has hosted an impressive list of guest lecturers including Rupert Neve, EveAnna Manley, Mike Sokol and later this year, engineer Eddie Kramer.