Sennheiser products are part of the Conservatory of Arts and Sciences (CRAS) students’ “laptop package.”Tempe, AZ (April 28, 2008)–The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) recently implemented a “laptop package” program, where students receive an Apple MacBook, Logic Studio, Pro Tools M-Powered Academic, an M-Audio Fast Track Pro interface, Sennheiser eH 150 headphones, and a Sennheiser evolution series e 815S-X microphone.
The laptop package has been years in the making; students receive the package as part of the curriculum, using it throughout the program and keeping it after they graduate. Noted Kirk Hamm, administrator of the Conservatory of Arts and Sciences, “Because we’re serving 480 students at any one time at 10 levels in the program, it’s not easy to make changes. We had to get this package right from day one. Quality was of the essence, not only from an audio standpoint, but also from a reliability and durability standpoint. We had to have gear that would stand up to daily use across a wide range of applications.”
The Sennheiser component of the laptop package acts as each student’s portal to the physical world–the evolution e 815S-X dynamic instrument and vocal mic at the front end, the eH 150 headphones at the back. These laptop package components join CRAS’s stock of Sennheiser products that all students have access to, including shotgun mics for post classes; wireless beltpacks and antennas for the live sound program; and MD 421-II, e 604, MD 441-U and e 602-ll for recording.
Presently, 200 students have the laptop package; every three weeks, 48 new students are getting the packages,resulting in approximately 800 packages in 32 weeks to be provided to new students attending the Conservatory
“We have a joke here that nothing is truly ‘student-proof,’ only ‘student-resistant,'” laughed Hamm. “We are open 24/7, 349 days a year, so our gear is used to extremes, far beyond any commercial facility. The Sennheiser gear has been excellent and stood the test through the first fifteen weeks we’ve had it here on campus. Another plus is the 10-year warranty on evolution mics, which will carry us through any problems and keep us on track. Because our program runs like a clock, we can’t have any downtime. Our local dealer, Jim Weingard of BKW Inc. in Tempe, is proactive about contact and ready to keep us rolling should the need arise.”
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences