The Events are a Continuation of Focusrite’s & CRAS’ Long-Standing Partnership Designed to Help Inspire the Next Generation of Audio Pro as They Prepare to Join the Industry Post-Graduation
Gilbert, Ariz., May 6, 2022 – The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS; www.cras.edu), the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that it recently partnered with Focusrite Pro for another informative session, this time at its Gilbert, Ariz. campus. During the event, Focusrite demonstrated its ISA analogue microphone preamps for students so they could use them during their saxophone and guitar track recording sessions. Then, in the evening, Focusrite personnel discussed its RedNet and Dante software to CRAS’ AES student section.
These events are a continuation of Focusrite’s and CRAS’ long-standing partnership designed to help inspire the next generation of audio professionals as they prepare to join the industry post-graduation.
“It is always a pleasure working with CRAS and presenting to CRAS’ students,” said Peter J. Tilley, Education & Post-Production Sales Manager, Focusrite Pro. “During the COVID pandemic, we had done multiple Zoom webinars with upwards of 400 CRAS attendees in total. Now, it was a pleasure and a privilege to finally step foot on campus and see the facilities for myself and meet the students in person.”
First, Tilley sat in on the recording sessions and taught students about Focusrite ISA preamps that were being used for the day during their saxophone and guitar recording sessions. The evening’s AES event centered on a discussion of Dante networking and RedNet technologies. At the end, students were invited and encouraged to physically inspect the hardware and gain a better understanding of what each product offers and how it is all connected.
“During the recording sessions, I watched in awe as each student owned their roles in getting the projects done,” Tilley continued. “During the evening, we brought our RedNet rack to their presentation space and had a full room for an AES event on Dante Networking and RedNet technologies. The standard of CRAS engagement over Zoom was not lost in person. The evening went on for a decent amount of time after the presentation was over as students then got a hands-on look at the hardware being used. I made sure that all of their questions were answered before they left for their evening sessions. It’s always an honor to work with David [Kohr, CRAS AES Faculty Advisor] and this was certainly no exception. I look forward to seeing them all again in person next year!”
Kohr agreed, “It was great to finally get to meet Peter in person and have him as a guest at CRAS. We all enjoyed Peter’s presentation on Dante Networking and RedNet technologies. It was an honor to have him as a guest at CRAS and we look forward to making it a yearly event.”
Kohr continued, “It’s a win-win for students to have the opportunity to take the RedNet Core and/or RedNet Advanced certifications during these session, and most of them do. It allows our students to learn about Focusrite and Focusrite Pro while also gaining valuable knowledge and an understanding of how to use Dante and RedNet once they head out into the industry. Understanding Audio-Over-IP is extremely important in today’s industry and is a valuable skill set for our students to have.”
Focusrite Audio Engineering has pioneered professional audio recording technology spanning almost three decades. Focusrite Pro, the company’s professional and commercial division, meets the demands of recording, post-production, live sound and broadcast professionals. It consists of RedNet, a fully modular audio-over-IP solution, and the Red range, Focusrite’s flagship multi-format interfaces, along with the heritage ISA range of microphone preamplifiers and analogue signal processors. The solutions have been developed to meet the needs of the most demanding applications through a relentless focus on ease of use, quality and reliability. Focusrite is based in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, with offices in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
CRAS students also enjoyed their experiences with Focusrite.
“It was great and informative to have Peter from Focusrite come to us at CRAS,” CRAS student Alexander Aloisio. “I’ve been a part of his RedNet certification classes before and it was really interesting to see his process in person and very cool to see everything and what he had to offer. Quite a few of us asked questions and learned so much more about Focusrite products.”
Added CRAS student Seth Aulds, “I’ve always known Focusrite for making amazing products but the fact that they would take the time to come out and educate me and my fellow future audio engineers makes us future customers.”
Concluded CRAS graduate Cullen Granger, “The session with Mr. Tilley was one of my favorites that I’ve have attended at CRAS. Getting to work with Focusrite Pro gear and pick his brain about different routing scenarios was an unforgettable experience.”
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 video game 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 its small class sizes allowing for individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings. 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.
The 11-month program is designed to allow every student access to learn and train in all of the Conservatory’s studios which are comprised with state-of-the-art audio recording and mixing gear, the same equipment used in today’s finest studios and remote broadcast facilities, including Pro Tools 12, API Legacy consoles, SSL AWS consoles, Studer Vista consoles, and much more. All students must complete a 280-hour industry internship to graduate from the Master Recording Program II that may ultimately lead to industry employment.
About The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
Based in the heart of The Valley of the Sun with two campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz., The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) is one of the country’s premier institutions for audio education. The Conservatory has developed a unique and highly effective way to help the future audio professional launch their careers in the recording industry and other related professional audio categories.