CRAS Students Train With Live Fox Sports A/V Feed During NASCAR Event

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, the premier institution for audio engineering education, is proud to announce that 33 of its students had the opportunity to practice mixing live audio and video feeds from Fox Sports in the school’s 42-ft. remote-production mobile broadcast unit during the NASCAR Camping World 500 event at The Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) from March 17-19.

“Our students received the raw feed from Fox, and got to train in our state-of-the-art trailer,” says Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “The feeds included 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 had the opportunity to experience what a broadcast is really like and to practice mixing the audio and follow directions amidst 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.”

Three CRAS teams, each comprised of 10-12 broadcast engineering students apiece, trained during the three days Fox Sports broadcast of the NASCAR Camping World 500. Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame member, and Fox Sports senior mixer and consultant, Fred Aldous was a member of the CRAS team who taught the CRAS students during the training.

“It is truly gratifying seeing the response of the students mixing an actual event in the CRAS Mobile Broadcast Unit, alongside the Fox Sports broadcast of NASCAR,” says Aldous. “It’s an experience they will never forget.”

Adds Hamm, “Having someone of Fred’s caliber available to teach our students was a great experience for them. Everyone at Fox Sports was also great to work with during our three days at PIR. Our students learned from the best.”

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 Reinforcement, Film and TV Audio, Music Production, 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 our small class sizes allowing for individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings,” adds Hamm. “CRAS has been providing quality vocational training in audio recording/production 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 Professional Audio Industry.”

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.

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