RØDE U.S. Product Specialist & CRAS Graduate Ryan White Demoed and Introduced Students to a Number of RØDE Instrument Mics and Hosted an AES Event for the CRAS Student Chapter
Gilbert, Ariz., May 13, 2022 – The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS; www.cras.edu), the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that RØDE U.S. Product Specialist and CRAS graduate Ryan White recently participated in an event at the CRAS Gilbert, Ariz. campus. White worked alongside CRAS students during the day, demoing and introducing the students to a number of RØDE instrument microphones during instrument clinics. In the evening, White hosted an AES event for the CRAS student chapter.
“It’s always a pleasure to have Ryan join us at his alma mater to host such amazing events for our students,” said David Kohr, CRAS AES Faculty Advisor. “His events are always the perfect mix of fun and education. Over the years, Ryan has shown us that he has a way of bringing the students in and educating them in a fun and exciting way and this event was no different. We always have a good time when RØDE comes to town.”
White, armed with a case of RØDE microphones, took part in classes during the day and then hosted an AES event that evening. First, CRAS students utilized and learned from White about several RØDE mics during a band clinic, including the NTK, NT3, NT1, and K2 for drums, and the NTR and NT2a for guitar tracking. In the evening, White hosted an AES event in CRAS’ 6,000 sq. ft. live sound room equipped with a full stage and PA where student musicians performed as a way to demo the RØDE microphones they had learned about earlier in the day.
White was already working in the music industry prior to entering CRAS, and he wanted to move into the world of studio recording. In order to get the formal education and training he needed for such specialized pro audio work, he attended and graduated from CRAS in 2011.
“I absolutely loved it at CRAS…I practically lived there as a student,” White said. “When finishing up at CRAS, I interned first with Klaus Badelt, a composer. While there, I began working at Slate. I was his assistant for a year before coming back to Arizona to work on Project Staff. A few years later, my old colleague at Slate reached out to see if I’d like to travel the U.S. teaching mic tech for RØDE, and that’s where I have been ever since.”
White explained that CRAS students are always very welcoming, as is the staff. “It’s always wonderful to get back in touch with everyone and meet the new students going through the same program that I had. Everyone is always very engaged and interested in everything we introduce them to.”
White added that during the daytime and evening events, the students all loved the information, the results, and overall, their time together. “We used many different microphones and discussed all the way through, ending the night with CRAS giving away some gear and we gave away the NT1 Complete Studio Kit to one lucky student,” explained White. “I could see that everyone enjoyed the presentation, microphones, and they all came away with a little something.”
Said CRAS student Labrae Gramm-Rohm, “Coming from more of a film background I’ve only really experienced RØDE’s shotgun mics. The RØDE Mic event was a fascinating experience demonstrating different types of mics in their arsenal and how versatile RØDE mics can be in different applications.”
Added CRAS student and musician Jack Arthur, “Being able to perform during the AES event and see my peers perform has been one of my favorite things I’ve done at CRAS because when you’re so focused on classes every day you forget the incredible talent that this school is filled with. Also doing it at a presentation from one of my favorite microphone companies is an added bonus and something I wouldn’t have been able to experience without CRAS.”
Concluded CRAS student and CRAS AES President Ashley Stys, “We’re so lucky as a school to have companies such as RØDE come out and demo some gear for us. It gives us an opportunity as students to learn about more microphones that are available to us in the industry and to be able to get hands-on experience with them.”
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.
RØDE is a global leader in audio technology with a mission to amplify the voice and vision of the world’s creators. With a storied history dating back over 50 years, RØDE is a uniquely Australian-owned and operated company with a passion for innovation, obsession with quality, and enduring commitment to making incredible audio accessible to everyone.
RØDE products are designed and manufactured at their headquarters in Sydney, Australia. Comprising five warehouses with a total footprint of over 280,000 square feet, RØDE’s state-of-the-art facilities house over 500 million dollars in precision machinery and an international team of more than 500 people across highly skilled disciplines: electronics engineering, industrial design, technical engineering, robotics, audio and acoustics engineering, metal production, toolmaking, injection-mould technology, logistics, assembly, quality control, finance, marketing, and sales.
As well as their Sydney HQ, RØDE has offices around the world, including the USA, China and the UK, and their products are exported to 118 countries globally.
RØDE is part of The Freedman Group, alongside APHEX, Event and SoundField.
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.