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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - February 15, 2021

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The meeting started with Andrew opening up and showing off the AES Student's website as well as talking about the contest that is currently going on and open to the AES societies Student members. From there Chris Strongman showed his Strymon Deco Tape Saturation and Doubletracker Delay Pedal. It was discussed how the pedal gives the sound it does and how Chris has been using it to get "That warm sound from the 60's and 70's".

After Chris went and had finished up his presentation, Luke Halligon gave his tip of the week. This week it was in tribute to Rupert Neve who had just passed. In his tribute, Luke showed a short segment of an interview that CRAS had recorded from 2001 with Neve. In the segment, Neve talked up listening for what was done to get the sound that was in the piece and using critical listening rather than just listening like a consumer was.

From this point, Andrew— CRAS AES Chair, started the introductions. Today's ice-breaking question was "What is your current favorite song?". Answers ranged from music originating in Russia to France and then all the way back to the US. The final person to answer the question was Juan Hernandez who was the special guest for the evening.

It was at this point Mackenzie took over as Moderator and started the questions that she had compiled. Questions ranged from Juan's time at CRAS, to what he recommends students do while at CRAS, how COVID-19 has affected his work. They also touched on his time in LA, and the move back to his native country of Mexico. Student's learned that Juan was working currently on producing for The Voice in Mexico. The topic then changed to Juan's networking and how he has made many connections in the industry and has made many allies and acquaintances in his time on social media.

Questions from students were asked as they came into the chat and about 15 minutes before the meeting ended the floor was opened up for students to ask questions themselves. There were only a few questions and then the shutdown procedures began. These included Mackenzie announcing the new segment that would include a student presenting a song that had influenced them in some way. From here the students thanked Juan for his time and the meeting ended.

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