CRAS Expands, Adds ATCs

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) recently expanded its facilities with the addition of control rooms F and G, putting ATC SCM25A Pro reference monitors in both.
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Gilbert, AZ (December 2, 2014)—The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) recently expanded its facilities with the addition of control rooms F and G, putting ATC SCM25A Pro reference monitors in both.

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“Our rooms reflect reality in the industry,” said Tony Nunes, music production instructor and manufacture liaison at CRAS. Nunes, together with Mike Jones, director of education, travels to trade shows, recording studios and post-production facilities around the country to keep CRAS’s facilities and instruction in step with the times. Other gear in the studios include Pro Tools HDX rigs with Apogee converters, soundBlade HD rigs with Mytek converters and SSL AWS 948 combined console and control surfaces.

“We sculpt our technology and instruction to remain always at the current standards in the industry,” he continued. “Two years ago at AES in New York City, we visited a lot of the big studios in town, like Stadium Red and Electric Ladyland, and talked with our grads who worked there. A consistent theme that studio managers/staff stressed was the persistent requests they received for ATC monitors; so persistent, in fact, that most studios invested in their own ATCs.”

“The ATCs are certainly the most transparent monitors we have at CRAS,” said Nunes. “Students don’t get to studios F and G until they are a little ways into the program. By that time, they can really appreciate the details that the ATCs reveal. For example, when we’re tracking in those control rooms, students will notice fret buzz on the bass. One time, we had a vocalist who was struggling with an allergy and sinus problem. After he rested and had some tea, he came back and all the students could really hear the physicality of the difference. One student said it was like he could see the vocal cords in the ATCs. They’re a really great tool.”

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