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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - September 12, 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, "Sock sock shoe shoe OR sock shoe sock shoe?" Sock Sock Shoe Shoe received 30 votes, Sock Shoe Sock Shoe received 3.
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 Ari Blitz on September 15th, 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, a CRAS Grad Panel on September 30th, 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 a Sound design subgroup that meets Tuesdays at 8pm.
For Industry News, Ashley announced that Marshmello is the official music curator for the 2022-2023 Monday Night Football season.
For the mix tip of the week, Ashley presented a video on how shotgun mics work and when to use them. The video presented the Deity S2 microphone. It can be used to reduce room noise as well as plosives. Shotgun mics get a cleaner recording without the microphone being in the shot. The interference tube of the shotgun mic result in reduced phase interference as well as a lower noise floor. It's best to use a shotgun mic for a single source that is on-axis.
Artist share included numerous students who expressed their interest to be an artist for any sessions. This included multiple guitar players, bass players, and a drummer.
For Gear share, a Novation LaunchPad Mini was presented. The LaunchPad is a MIDI controller that you can buy for around $100.
After a Kahoot that tested everyone's knowledge of Core Technology, the meeting was concluded with networking time.

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