The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) recently partnered with Audio-Technica to provide its students with “The Physics Of Microphones Master Class.” During the event students were able to hear directly from those who design and produce the gear they currently both learn on as well as utilize in their professional careers once they graduate.
“It was a fantastic event and I really enjoyed working with CRAS students and staff,” says Steve Savanyu, director of educational services at Audio-Technica. “As an educator who works in the industry, I enjoy getting out in the field to share knowledge and to learn things from others. The CRAS students showed a passion for their craft and enthusiasm to learn. I liked spending time with some of the classes and applying techniques taught. Because we work in a relationship-based industry, building good relationships is a key to success.”
Savanyu taught “The Physics of Microphones Master Class,” touching on how different types of microphones work using basic physics, how to apply them to recording and live sound applications, and then demonstrating some of their operating characteristics.
“It’s interesting in that I cover microphones 101 on steroids, but each time I do the seminar both the students and I all learn something,” Savanyu says. “I even picked up some cool techniques while I was there. We are all learning and that is important.”
CRAS AES faculty advisor David Kohr adds, “CRAS has had a working relationship with Audio-Technica for more than 20 years, but we were introduced to Steve Savanyu at NAMM by Piper Payne who suggested that he would be great to have come and host an AES event at CRAS, and she was right. Steve is an amazing person that has such a great approach to audio education. From beginning to end he kept everyone drawn in to his presentation on ‘The Physics of Microphones.’ We look forward to having him back in the fall so he can host his entire master class.”