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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - September 5, 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 your favorite album cover?" Some of the responses included Boston Manners "Glue", Kaytranada's "Bubba", Metallica's "Ride the Lightning", The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", EARTHGANG's "Ghetto Gods", Sublime's "40 Ounces to Freedom", Travis Scott's "Astroworld", Adrenaline Mob's "We the People", Kanye West's "Donda", and The Beatles "Abbey Road".
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." She spoke of the member benefits available for joining such as meetings and activities, discounts, career resources, as well as news and information regarding the industry.
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 guest speaker Alvaro Morello on September 19th, a Focusrite event on September 22nd, HITMKR event with CRAS grad/ Director of Studio Operations for Aftermath Paul Montes one September 29th, and CRAS's Open House on October 1st. Student volunteers for the open house are greatly appreciated.
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. 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.
For Industry News, Ashley presented an article from Digital Music News that announced that Live Nation is shifting to reusable cups for their events.
For the mix tip of the week, Ashley presented a video comparing active versus passive speakers. Passive speakers have been the most common speakers, however in recent years active speakers have increased in popularity. The main difference between the two is that passive speakers require external power.
After a Kahoot that tested everyone's knowledge of Game Audio, the meeting was concluded with networking time.

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