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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - November 7, 2013

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At tonights meeting we had CRAS instructor Paul Richards come in to speak to the students about remote recording. Students learned how to show up to any situation and make a professional recording happen with limited equipment. Students also learned about places to utilize remote recording that they might have never thought of before; like schools, churches, ensembles, and other places within the community. One of the biggest concepts of the night was "Gig's get gig's" and never to turn down a gig because you never know who you'll meet at it. Paul Richards started running live sound for local bars, and through that gig met people, and began to do sound for restaurants, which led to getting gigs at festivals. With Paul's set up he had the pleasure of recording the Roots, Umphreys Mcgee, Les Claypool, Pheonix Symphony, Robert Randolph and many more! Richards also talked to the students about the methodology behind remote recording. There are 3 different types of remote recording. Live to 2 Track/Stereo, which is used in small venues and recorded usually by tapers and requires minimal equipment and captures natural dynamics. Direct/Indirect Multi-source Recording is another type of remote recording which is used for mid to large sized venues and large ensembles, and is controllable by a combination of Foh feed, stage mics, and audience mics. The last type is Standard Multitrack Recording, which is done with touring bands, industry events, large festivals and so on, this requires real engineering and pre-production and usesx a high level of skill in mixing and editing. After the presentation we opened the floor to Q&A with Paul and students were also able to see some of the equipment he uses up close. Overall the event was very successful and a lot of fun for everyone!

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