Sink or Swim Sessions

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: 8th cycle students setting up mics for their advanced drum clinic

When you get to the tail end of the on-campus portion of your Conservatory education, it’s all about getting ready for the real world of audio. The last three cycles expose students to what we call the “Sink or Swim” sessions. This means students become solely responsible for the final product, that is, getting audio properly recorded. The instructor takes on the role of the producer and the outcome of the session relies on the students working effectively as a team to get the job done.

Students aren’t just thrown into the deep end, from Cycle 1 at The CRAS you are given a solid base of knowledge and experience that carries you through to your advanced studies. The Cycle 8 Advanced Drum Clinic gives students experience in setting up mics on a drum kit, and recording and playback in surround. Students use the Grado Vectored Array to capture the drums in surround, and then play it back in the control room using the Quad bus on the SSL 4000G+ console. Any mic in the Conservatory’s extensive mic locker is fair game on these sessions. Students use mics from Blue, AKG, Shure, Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, Yamaha and Neumann to get the best drum tracks possible.

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