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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - June 20, 2022

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Ashley Stys (CRAS AES President) commenced the meeting with a strike of her gavel. In a break from tradition, Ashley dispensed with themed questions; students were simply asked their names, cycle, and their current status. Most students this week arrived from lower cycles, with a relatively even distribution of participants from Cycles 1-4.

Ashley transitioned to discussing AES and its mission. She strongly advocated joining the organization, gave a breakdown on student discounts for membership fees, and enumerated the many perks afforded to members, such as news, information, activities, discounts, and career resources. Ashley introduced the attendees to our full roster of CRAS AES officeholders: Ashley Stys - President; Tyler "Seven" Miller - Vice President; Gregory Bonini — Secretary, James Shaw -- Vice Secretary; Spencer Halpin and Les Danglar - Techs. An overview of upcoming guest speakers and events is provided: a tour of immersive audio startup Spatial Inc's Scottsdale showroom with Robert Brock on June 23rd, two Mic Builds on July 28th and July 30th respectively, and the long-awaited return to fully onsite classes beginning August 15th.

Ashley promoted the CRAS Mentor Program, an invaluable resource of upper-cycle students devoted to academic success, leadership, and community. Mentors in attendance gave a friendly wave and offered to assist anyone in need of help.

Two current AES subgroups involving sound design and digital composition respectively were advertised. DAW Subgroup leader Teddy Huang excitedly shared the potential involvement of FL Studio creator Image-Line Software.

For our Gear Share segment, the Blue Microphones Spark Cardioid Condenser was demonstrated. Formerly included as part of the CRAS Laptop Recording Package, the Blue Spark features a 20Hz-20kHz frequency response, a pad switch, and a roll-off switch the manufacturer markets as "Focus Control."

Ashley then invited students to promote themselves and their talents. Two trumpet players, one that doubled as a vocalist, answered the call and offered to collaborate with classmates. On that note, Tyler "Seven" Miller took the opportunity to gauge curiosity in a CRAS AES radio comprised of student music, telling any interested students to contact him.

Following a Kahoot! competition quizzing students on topics from CT100, the meeting officially concluded with networking and socialization.

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