Students from The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Arizona—three CRAS teams, each comprised of 10 to 12 broadcast engineering students apiece—had the opportunity to practice mixing live audio and video feeds from Fox Sports in the school’s 42-foot remote-production mobile broadcast trailer during the NASCAR Good Sam 500 event at The Phoenix International Raceway, which was held from March 11 through 13.
In early March, prior to the event, CRAS administrator Kirt Hamm stated. “Our students will receive the raw feed from Fox, and get to train in our state-of-the-art trailer. The feeds will include all the behind-the-scenes audio discussions and directions between the directors, broadcast crews, producers, engineers, and videographers. With all the background streaming in simultaneously, our students will have the opportunity to experience what a broadcast is really like and to practice mixing the audio and follow directions amid the chaos of a live broadcast. This opportunity was devised in an effort to boost potential careers in broadcast audio in a real-world setting.”
The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences is composed of two nearby campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz. A CRAS education includes broadcast audio, live sound, film and TV audio, music, and videogame audio, all taught by award-winning instructors who have all excelled in their individual fields, including sound reinforcement, audio recording and production, digital recording, troubleshooting/maintenance, and music business.
“[CRAS’] structured programs and highly qualified teaching staff provide a professional and supportive atmosphere, which is complemented by our small class sizes allowing for individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings,” says Hamm. “CRAS has been providing quality vocational training in audio recording for more than three decades. The curriculum and equipment are constantly being updated to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the music and sound recording industries. CRAS’ course offerings and subject matter have always centered around the skills and knowledge necessary for students’ success in the audio recording industries.”
For more information, go to www.cras.edu.