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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - August 23, 2022

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Ashley Stys (President of AES at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences) opened the meeting by asking all in attendance to answer the question, "What is one album that you feel has no skips?" Some of the responses included Try Hard by The Band CAMINO, Life's Not Out to Get You by Neck Deep, Abbey Road by the Beatles, the newest Chainsmoker's album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, El Camino by the Black Keys, The Presidents of the United States of America's self-titled album, and Tommee Profitt's Birth of a King.
Ashley then described to the group what AES is and the benefits of joining, stating: "AES is an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists, and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and spreading new knowledge and research."
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 OG's Radio Hour: The History of Music of the World According to OG's Record Collection on August 23rd, a DAWn Audio Zoom event on August 25th, Two Austin Ribbon Mics events: an August 27th pedal build and an August 28th mic build, a Focusrite event on September 22nd, and CRAS's open house on October 1st.
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.
For Industry News, Ashley referenced an article that listed the top-grossing tours of 2022. In first place was Bad Bunny, followed by Genisis and Elton John, making Genesis the top-grossing English language artist.
For Ashley's Mix Tip of the Week, she shared numerous articles from Universal Audio, including an interviews with producers and engineers, as well as an article to help you choose an audio interface based on what type of producer you are.
For upcoming sessions, William Walton has a 5th cycle project booked for tracking this Wednesday, Aug 24th, and mixing on the following Thursday.
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.
Gear share included a Shure SM58 Beta. This microphone differs from the standard SM58 by being supercardioid rather than cardioid, as well as having a more durable design. It also has a better high end response than the standard SM58.
After a Kahoot game that quizzed everyone on their knowledge of CRAS Teacher Catchphrases and Trivia, the meeting concluded with networking and socialization.

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