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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - July 25, 2022

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Ashley Stys (CRAS AES President) opened the meeting by asking all in attendance to answer the question, "Who do you think will be your most played artist/band this year?" There was a healthy amount of variety in the responses, some of which included No Pressure, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Poor Man's Poison, Dance Gavin Dance, BLK ODYSSY, Post Malone, The Chainsmokers, ABBA, Queen, Boston, Beyonce.
Ashley then described to the group what AES is and the benefits of joining, which was particularly beneficial due to a large number of first-cycle students in attendance, accounting for 8 of the 25 in attendance.
Ashley then introduced the CRAS AES office holders in attendance: Ashley Stys - President; Tyler "Seven" Miller - Vice President; William Walton - Secretary; James Shaw - Vice Secretary; Spencer Halpin and Les Danglar - Techs.
Upcoming events currently scheduled for our chapter were announced, including a Mic Build taking place on July 28th and 30th, an Apogee Digital Zoom at 7:30pm on August 1st, and an Ableton LINK event with Deadbeats at 7:30pm on August 4th, as well as the return, to fully onsite classes beginning August 15th.
Ashley spoke about the CRAS Mentor Program, an all-important tool provided to students to ensure their academic success by connecting them with upper-cycle students for help with any topics that they are struggling with.
Current AES Subgroups were discussed, including the DAW subgroup that is led by Teddy Huang. According to Teddy, the subgroup will be focusing on Logic workflow in preparation for the Logic certification. For those interested in attending, it meets at the CRAS Gilbert campus on Wednesday nights at 8:30pm. There is also a Sound design subgroup that meets Tuesdays at 8pm.
Ashley then presented the Pro Tools Quick Keys Keyboard Cover for the gear share of the meeting, noting the benefits of using it to improve your workflow, but warning everyone to not become reliant on it in the event that you may be in an environment where you will not have it to reference.
Tyler "Seven" Miller (CRAS AES Vice President) announced that he has created a rotating playlist on Spotify that features artists currently in attendance at CRAS as an outlet for them to gain exposure. Students who attend the AES meetings will receive priority for placement into the playlist.
Artists in attendance included New Age Autotune artist for trap beats; Rappers; Alt Pop/ Alt Rock vocalist; Post Punk/ Goth Rock drums, bass & synth; and Metal vocalist/ rhythm guitar.
Ashley presented the Waves Cloud MX Audio Mixer for our industry news. It is currently available for $750 on the Waves website. The Cloud MX Audio Mixer is a cloud-based audio mixer for use in broadcast environments that delivers "Pristine audio, high-precision mix control, and creative processing capabilities with Waves plugin integration."
We closed the meeting with a Kahoot that quizzed everyone on industry icons. The meeting then concluded with networking and socialization.

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