Learn five focuses of the recording arts at CRAS:

Why Going to a Music Production School is TOTALLY Worth it

music production schoolsMusic Production Schools: Why it’s a Great Investment in your Music Industry Future

You’ve dreamed of being involved in the Music Industry for as long as you can remember. You know that becoming the “next big thing” is more a matter of luck and talent combining in a “million to one” shot. You didn’t despair, however, when you realized there are other careers you can pursue in the technical side of the Music Industry such as being a music producer or a sound engineer. The question is: how do you pursue your goal of working in the music industry?

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Video Games: Wwise 201 Certification for Interactive Music

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By Robert Brock

Over 10 years ago, Audiokinetic broke down the barriers between the stark technical side of audio integration into video games and the creative process where most with a passion for audio hope to spend their time. It was at that same time that the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS), an audio production school in the Arizona desert, sought a way to educate its students on the growing importance and opportunities in game audio. It was a perfect match. CRAS immediately began using Audiokinetic’s Wwise as the primary tool to give its students hallmark hands-on learning for all aspects of audio production which it teaches. After years of refining its educational approach using Wwise, CRAS was selected by Audiokinetic to scale the course concepts beyond the walls of CRAS, and to create the highly successful Wwise-101, a complimentary educational resource serving thousands. This learning material is now not only used to learn Wwise, but also allows many to take their first steps into the world of video game audio integration at large.

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Grad Spotlight: Freelance Producer Juan Fleischer

freelance producer cras gradJuan Fleischer graduated in 2013, moved to Los Angeles and did two internships! Since then, he has been living the life of a freelance music producer. Check out his story!




What position have you received and at what company/studio?

I’m a freelancing music producer and I bring work to many studios, but I mainly work out of Chalice Recording in Hollywood. I bring in clients to the studios at a certain rate and I “hire myself” within the artist’s budget. However, I am not employed by a studio.

Check out page 4 of the “Running A Studio” PDF found in your Audio Business materials (Cycle 5 Week 2 Folder) – that page is my career.

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Andrew Schubert: Contributing to Music

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Gilbert, Ariz., Jan. 26, 2017

By CRL Public Relations

Sometimes the signs align in a fashion that point the way for a person to follow. Andrew Schubert recognized those signs, which led him to The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS; www.cras.edu), an institution for audio engineering education, and a new life as a mixer and independent producer.

Although he wasn’t a musician, Schubert had always been interested in music. He was an avid record collector with tastes in all genres and always looking for his next favorite song. He was managing a small picture frame shop in Arizona when a friend of his, CRAS graduate Donald Van Slyke, suggested he look into a CRAS education.

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Grad Spotlight: Ryan Benson makes The Switch

Ryan Benson, 2015 graduate, understands what it means to gain experience. His internship experience, work ethic and education got him to where he is today. Read about what hard work and a good attitude can get you!

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What position have you received and at what company/studio?

Currently I work at the Switch TV (it was Pacific Television Center Prior to 11/8/2016) as a Master Control Room Operator, and do freelance edit shifts for Media City Sound on the side.

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CRAS Broadcast Crew Goes to Barrett-Jackson

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The Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction is broadcast live this week on Discovery Communication’s Velocity channel. Barrett-Jackson is a Scottsdale, Arizona company that specializes in vintage, collector, and classic cars. This show is the where the best of the best, most unique cars in the world, come to find new owners. The most expensive car auctioned at Barrett-Jackson is an original 1962 Shelby Cobra, which sold for a cool $13.75 million dollars.
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Dave Powers tours the CRAS Broadcast Crew

On site at Barrett-Jackson

The CRAS broadcast crew, including student volunteers, were invited by Bryan Korot, who is one of the audio engineers we’ve met at NASCAR. Bryan mixes this show, as well as the Supercross event we’re also invited to next week.

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Grad Spotlight: Tanner Danielson

Tanner graduated 7 years ago. He worked hard to get where he is at today with his career. Check out his story and be inspired!
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What position have you received and at what company/studio?

I am one of the three Audio Engineer’s at L.A. East Recording Studios, owned and operated by Non-Stop Music, in Salt Lake City, UT.  Non-Stop Music is a “Production Music” company under the “Warner/Chappell Production Music” umbrella of companies, owned by the Warner Music Group.

How did you obtain this position? (Did you apply? Intern there first?)

I walked in and DEMANDED IT!!! Haha no, just kidding.  “L.A. East” was actually one of my top 3 studios that we sent my resume out to, for an internship.

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WavesLive at CRAS

waveslive 2017WavesLive would like to invite you to an exclusive event at the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Gilbert, Arizona.  This free event will be held on Tuesday, January 31st , from 7pm to 10pm.

Sign up to attend herehttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/waveslive-arizona-mixing-seminar-and-qa-tickets-30485725626

waveslive waves plugins plug-inJoin Waves artists Ken ‘Pooch’ Van Druten (Linkin Park, Kid Rock, Kiss) and Bryan ‘Froggy’ Cross (The Pussycat Dolls, Christina Aguilera, Sublime) as they demonstrate how they mix their artists on tour using Waves plugins.

Waves Live Product Specialist Kent Margraves will be giving an overview of SoundGrid and DiGiGrid products as well as demonstrating some of Waves’ most useful plugins in a live sound setting.

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Grad Success Spotlight: Mike Yerkman

Live Sound Engineer – Front of House – Production Management

mike yerkman grad successMike Yerkman graduated from the Conservatory program only 2 years ago and is already working tons of live sound gigs as a FOH (Front of House) engineer and production management! Check out his story.

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Mojave and BAE Gear Showcase at CRAS

Mojave and BAE Gear Showcase at CRAS

gear from bae and mojave audioYou can never have too much gear! CRAS is always experimenting with the latest gear and technology that the music and audio industry has to offer. For example, last year we held the 2015 CRAS Gear Expo. We invited a number of gear manufacturers that we have worked with throughout our 20+ year history at CRAS. BAE and Mojave Audio were both there last year, and we were fortunate enough to have them visit us again this year!

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