For a relatively small program, The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) in Tempe, Arizona excels at preparing their students for success in the music industry. Since 2004, when Darrel Thorp and Moka Nagatani became the first CRAS grads to win GRAMMYs for their work on Radiohead’s “Hail To The Thief” and Outkast’s “Speakerboxxx/The Love below,” the school has continuously produced top-rate talent, including a record 72 CRAS graduates that were nominated for 163 GRAMMY awards in 2012.
Not bad for just 400 students between two campuses.
But while many of their accolades come from award-winning records, Tony Nunes, Music Production Instructor at CRAS is quick to point out that the school covers a much broader curriculum: record production, live sound, audio for film and television, broadcast audio, video game audio, theatre sound, and commercial production.
A large part of this instruction across their programs involves using mixing, mastering, and audio repair tools, including iZotope software Ozone, Neutron, and RX. Under instructor supervision, students install the software package during one of their Pro Tools classes, and iZotope plug-ins are used in mixing clinics and dynamics classes as well. CRAS also incorporates iZotope products into their studios and labs.
“The value with iZotope is that they are experiencing industry standard products—the same tools they will see on their internships and employment.” —Tony Nunes, Music Production Instructor, CRAS