Recording Magazine Spotlight on CRAS
May 23, 2013
Recently, chief editor of Recording Magazine Lorenz Rychner came out and visited the Conservatory. CRAS has had a relationship with Recording Magazine for a while. This was the first time that Lorenz was actually able to come to see the campus in person. Recording Magazine is a phenomenal publication that covers all the ins and outs of recording, from techniques to gear, interviews and much more. We are proud to say that we offer complimentary issues of Recording Magazine to all of our current students. The entire box of magazines that we got this last week have already flown off the shelves!
Lorenz got the full treatment of what we offer between both the Tempe and the Gilbert campuses. He seemed to be quite pleased with what he saw! Here is a little clip of what he had to say in this current month’s publication:
“But beyond just that need for speedy mastering of one particular piece of production software, where do you go to learn the entire kit and kaboodle of audio production, not just for records, but audio for all kinds of end-uses, from games to television to movies to you-name-it, including the business end of it?
If you’re new to audio production, learning it all on your own, while not entirely impossible, won’t be quick or productive at first. If you don’t have the time to wait around for it to happen, and you are serious enough to invest in your audio future, then a school can make it happen for you.
As one who used to teach in just such a school before taking on this magazine gig, I was delighted to visit CRAS in the Phoenix, Arizona area, a school that takes its stated mission seriously. The school has been around for just about as long as this magazine has been published, and it now operates out of two separate but interlinked campuses. Their curriculum impressed me mightily – 30 weeks of classes, structured in a ten-tier system of three weeks per “cycle”, with 24/7 access to the facilities outside class time. That’s a lot of opportunities to put into practice what the class time offered!
But here’s the kicker: Each student gets placed in a 12-week internship after school ends, with real-life companies and studios and organizations, selected according to the student’s personal aptitudes for the best match. Recording labels and commercial studios may be dwindling, but audio is not, so it’s good to see that youngsters are being prepared for the present and future in segments of the industry where their skills will be needed.”