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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences Hosts All-Star Panel of Experts

From left: Jeff Bova, Michael Laskow, Norma Perez, Robert Corti and Kirt Hamm.

Four top-level industry professionals recently visited the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Ariz. to speak to a group of 400 students and staff about careers in audio and techniques used in post-production and recording. Jeff Bova (musician/producer), Norma Perez (director of audio services at Ascent Media), Robert Corti (supervising mixer for Warner Bros. Pictures) and Michael Laskow (CEO/creator of independent A&R company TAXI) were on hand for the panel that featured various Pro Tools sessions and film clips documenting the production process and film sound restoration techniques.

“Norma, Jeff, Robert and Michael are quintessential pros who have a wealth of experience,” says administrator Kirt Hamm. “It’s great for our students to see and hear what it takes to work at the top level in our industry.” The panel discussed the technical side of the business as well as “people” skills. “We stress the importance of interpersonal skills paired with proficiency across a wide range of audio disciplines,” says Hamm. “Knowing audio isn’t enough; students have to be able to communicate and work efficiently at the entry level to advance quickly up the audio ladder.”

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