Learn five focuses of the recording arts at CRAS:

Campuses Tempe Campus

Tempe Campus

Our main recording arts location is nestled in Tempe, Arizona, just a short distance from Arizona State University. Housing is abundant and secure. Downtown Tempe offers many amenities for young adults including more than 175 restaurants, as well as numerous night clubs and retail shops. Tempe Town Lake, located just north of downtown, is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy water activities.

Studio A

Our flagship recording environment. Studio A features an SSL 4000 Series console, the industry standard “large format board.”

During the day, Studio A is used for classes and band clinics. At night, it can be reserved for individual projects, giving students the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test in a real-world studio-recording environment.

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Solid State Logic SL4000G+


Genelec 1031A (x2)

Yamaha NS-10M (x2)

Tannoy TSM (x2)


Pro Tools HD

Outboard Gear:

Alesis HL - 9500

Lexicon PCM 90

T.C. Electronic D-Two

Roland SDE-2500

Roland PCM 92

T.C. Electronic Finalizer 96k

T.C. Electronic System 6000 Remote CPU

Tascam DA-45HR

Eventide H3000 Ultra-Harmonizer

Lexicon PCM 70

T.C. Electronic M3000

Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor

Teletronix LA-2A

Universal Audio 1176LN

Universal Audio 1176

Urei LA-4 (x2)

Groove Tubes SuPRE

Eli EL500

Manley Pultec EQ


Machine Room:

Avid HD Interfaces

Digidesign Sync HD

Studio C

CRAS Studio C offers a medium sized space that is perfect for recording drums, a band or even a small orchestral ensemble.

Studio C features an API Legacy Plus console, 24-track analog tape recorders and a range of outboard gear. API Legacy consoles have been a standard for generations of engineers who have used them to record artists as diverse as the US Army band to the Shins and Morrissey.

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API Legacy Plus


Genelec 8050A

Yamaha NS10M


Pro Tools HD

Tape Machine:

Otari MTR 90 W/Controller CB115

Outboard Gear:

T.C. Electronic M2000

T.C. Electronic D-Two

T.C. Electronic M3000

Lexicon PCM80

Universal Audio LA-2A

Universal Audio 1176

PreSonus ACP88

Lexicon MX400

DBX 274

DBX 166A

Eventide H3000-D/SE

Ensoniq DP/4+

Yamaha SPX 90II

T.C. Electronic Fireworx

Alesis Quadraverb

Machine Room:

Motu Midi Timepiece

Brainstorm Electronics Inc SR-15 Time code Distripalyzer

Digidesign Sync HD

Digi Design 96 I/O Interface (x3)

Studios F & G

Studio F & G are two “mirrored” control rooms that share a common recording space.

In studios F & G CRAS students go beyond their regular intense training and learn how to deal with the everyday roles and responsibilities of a high-traffic production facility. The goal in Studios F & G is to build students’ working confidence, helping them to excel in the field after graduation.

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Studio F


Solid State Logic AWS 948 Workstation System




Pro Tools HD

Outboard Gear:

Alesis Master Link ML - 9600

Mytek Digital USA 8X192 ADDA

Apogee Big Ben

Apogee Rosetta 800 (x3)

Radial Komit Compressor (x2)

Great River Electronics MP-500NV

Retro Doublewide DB Compression

Emperical Labs Lil Freq (x2)

Lexicon PCM 92

Manley Stereo “VARIABLE-MU” Limiter Compressor

Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor (x2)

Studio G


Solid State Logic AWS 948 Workstation System




Pro Tools HD

Outboard Gear:

Alesis Master Link ML - 9600

Mytek Digital USA 8X192 ADDA

Apogee Big Ben

Apogee Rosetta 800 (x3)

Radial Komit Compressor (x2)

Great River Electronics MP-500NV

Retro Doublewide DB Compression

Emperical Labs Lil Freq (x2)

Lexicon PCM 92

Manley Stereo “VARIABLE-MU” Limiter Compressor

Empirical Labs EL8 Distressor (x2)

Digital Lab

In addition to class time, students can reserve time in the CRAS digital lab for after-hours sessions, further honing their skills or to work on projects. The lab is set up with individual workstations giving each student maximum “seat time.”

The digital lab is equipped with a variety of electronic instruments, which can interface with your Laptop Recording Package.

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Novation Ultranova 3 octave keyboard

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho tabletop analog synthesizer

Simmons SMPD1 drum pad controller with integrated drum machine

Roland Gaia SH-01 3 octave modeling synthesizer

Alesis QS 6.2 5 octave keyboard with multi-timbral sound module

Korg Triton 5 octave keyboard with multi-timbral sound module

Studio B

Studio B is where students get their initiation into the concepts and mechanics of large format recording consoles.

The Studio B Neotek Elite console is particularly suited to help students understand and learn the variety of challenges they will face in today’s varied, professional audio environments.

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Neotek Elite


KRK VXT8 (x2)

Tannoy Subwoofer

Tannoy Reveals (x2)


Pro Tools Native

Tape Machine:

Otari MTR90

Outboard Gear:

Summit Audio Dual Tube Preamp

Lexicon LXP-15

Lexicon PCM80

Lexicon MX-400

Roland SDE-330

Behringer DI8000

T.C. Electronic M3000

Urei LA-4

Drawmer Dual Gate DS201

Drawmer Dual-Auto Compressor DL421

DBX 165

DBX 166 (x2)


Behringer Composer (x2)

Machine Room:

MOTU 16A (x2)

Studio D

Post production surround sound for film, and video game audio is taught in CRAS Studio D, a production environment centered around integrating music, effects and sounds into various media.

Studio D features the same audio monitoring system as studios like Skywalker Sound and Chase Productions. And is the only school where students can learn Audiokenetic WWISE software – the standard of the video game industry.

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Avid S6 Control Surface


M&K MPS 2510PK (x5)

M&K MP950 (x4)

Hafler TRM12 Subwoofer (x2)


Pro Tools HD

Outboard Gear:

Midas XL 48 Pre Amplifiers

Korg DIR/W

Roland JV-2080

Alesis DM5

Emagic AMT8

AVID Protools MTRX

Digidesign 192 I/O Interface

Digidesign 96 I/O Interface

JBL Intonato 24

Dolby Surround Sound Encoder Unit SEU4

Dolby Surround Sound Decoder SDU4

Avid Sync HD

Sony Playstation 4

Marantz SR6010


Triton Le Workstation

ProTools Lab

Pro Tools is the industry-leading recording software program and can be found in every studio, live venue or post house.

CRAS has been teaching students the ins and outs of Pro Tools since 1993 and was the first audio recording school to be an authorized Pro Tools training center. CRAS currently offers six tiers of Pro Tools certifications, ensuring its graduates are ready to roll.

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Apple Mac Pro Quad Core (x6)

Pro Tools HD1 (x6)

Digidesign 96 I/O Interface (x6)

M-Audio Oxygen 8 Controller (x6)

ART DPSII Tube Preamps (x6)

Mic Locker

The CRAS mic locker rivals and even exceeds the variety of models and types found at many major recording studios.

Microphones are the “ears” of the recording process. Large and small condenser, dynamic, ribbons… At CRAS, students learn about and use a broad selection of the most sought after and widely used studio and stage microphones.

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AKG D112

AKG C 1000 (x2)

AKG 451 E Omni

AKG 451 E Cardioid


AKG C1000S


Apex 460

Audio-Technica AE3000

Audio-Technica AE5100

Audio-Technica AT3525

Audio-Technica AT4031

Audio-Technica AT4041

Audio-Technica AT4047

Audio-Technica AT4051

Audio-Technica AT4050

Audio-Technica AT4060

Audio-Technica ATM23HE

Audio-Technica ATM25

Audio-Technica AT33a

Audio-Technica AT41HE

Audio-Technica AT61HE

Audio-Technica ATM450

Audix D2

Avlex AVS20

Avlex AVS21

Avlex AVS22

Avlex AVS77

Avlex CI35

Beyerdynamic M-88

Blue Ball

Blue Bluebird

Blue Omni Mouse

Blue Bottle

Blue Bottle Rocket Stage 1 B0 Capsules

CAD Equitek E100

CAD M9 Tube

Earthworks TC30K

Electro-Voice RE-20

Groove Tubes AM30

Groove Tubes AM40

Groove Tubes VELO-8T

Groove Tubes 1B

Heil PR-30

Heil PR-40

Holophone H3-D

Marshall MXL-2001

Nady TCM-1050

Neumann TLM103

Neumann TLM127

Neumann U87

Neumann U87i

Neumann U89

Neumann M147

Octava MC-012

Octava ML-19

Peavey PVM-520

Realistic 33-922

Rode NT1

Rode NT3

Rode NTK

Rode NT4

Rode NT1000

Royer SF-24

SE Electronics SE 2A

SE Electronics SE 3

SE Electronics Gemini

SE Electronics SE 2200 A

SE Electronics Z 5600 A

Sennheiser e602

Sennheiser e609

Sennheiser MD 504

Sennheiser MD 421

Sennheiser MD 441

Shure 849

Shure KSM 32

Shure SM7B

Shure SM57

Shure SM58

Shure SM81

Shure Beta 52

Shure Beta 57

Shure Beta 98


Studio Projects LSD 2

Superlux CM-H8A

Superlux ECO-H6A

Telefunken Copperhead CU29

Telefunken M80

Telefunken ELA M 260 Stereo

Telefunken ELA M 260 Tri Set


Yamaha SKRM100 Sub-Kick

Behringer Red Direct Box (Active)

Behringer D120 2-Way Direct Box (Active)

Countryman Direct Box (Active)

Director Direct Box (Passive)

Groove Tubes The Brick Direct Box (Active)

Inline Audio Direct Box (Active)

Klark-Teknik Direct Box (Active)

Rapco Direct Box (Passive)

Radial JDV Direct Box (Active)

Radial JDI Direct Box (Passive)

Silver Direct Box (Active)

Whirlwind Direct Box (Passive)

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