The Desk Doctor And CRAS

photo l to r: Michael Paciorek, Rob Ficara, Bruce Millett, Jon Cline, Zakary Arechiga
(photo credit: Jeff Harris)

Los Angeles-based Bruce Millett, also known as The Desk Doctor makes his living refurbishing SSL consoles. Bruce’s team includes four CRAS grads who work day-to-day with Bruce making sure everything leaving the shop works in top condition. He was recently interviewed by the Conservatory’s lead tech, Jeff Harris.

Jeff Harris: So Bruce, you have several CRAS grads working for you

Bruce Millett: Yes I do. When I’m looking for people, I would rather find those with the right attitude than aptitude. If they have that, the skills can be learned. All the guys I’ve had from CRAS, have the right attitude and they have already learned the actual operation of the studio.  You can’t fix studios or build studios if you don’t know how to use one. They have a very broad range of knowledge; they can walk into a room, they can run a session and from that they can work on learning the actual skills of (repairing) the electronics.

To be quite honest about electronic service and repair, over 50 % of that is actually understanding whats going on. Is it broken or is it operator error? Once you’ve gone beyond that, trouble shooting and the electronic skills are a small part of it. The whole job is far more ranging than that and the guys I’ve had from CRAS have had all all those general operational skills before they came here. Having seen a lot of students from other schools over the years, I have to say that everyone from CRAS has had a much better attitude. I don’t know if that the school is attracting them that way or is developing them that way but that’s the way it is.

About Jeff Harris: CRAS Faculty member Jeff Harris brings over 35 years of industry experience to the classroom. His industry involvement began at the renown Record Plant Studios in New York and then a 17-year tenure at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles where he served as Supervisor of Electronic Studio Maintenance, Chief Recording Engineer, and General Manager. READ MORE

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