The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences recently hosted Blue Microphones during a training clinic on proper microphone techniques and placement during recording sessions for the school’s students at its Gilbert, Ariz. campus.
“We joined a class being led by CRAS instructors Mike Jones and Tony Nunes,” explained Blue Regional Sales manager Ben Thompkins, who has been with Blue for more than seven years. “Specifically, we worked with the students on mic placement and choosing what mics would be good for a band consisting of a drummer, electric bass, singer, saxophone, acoustic guitar, and piano/organ player. We held this recording session to support CRAS and work with the students to hear and experience all the different options of microphones and headphones Blue has to offer.”
During the session, CRAS students got to work with a number of Blue microphones and gear, including The Bottle, Bottle Rocket Stage 1, Hummingbird, Baby Bottle, Mouse, and Lola headphones.
“CRAS has an extremely knowledgeable staff, incredible facilities, forward-thinking classes and programs, active students, and an overall great environment for audio students,” Thompkins continued. “There are many advantages to working with CRAS, including seeing the next generation of audio professionals and giving them an opportunity to work with our products. We have an internship program that CRAS students have participated in and, in many cases, have been hired to work at Blue.”
Accompanying Thompkins during the training session was CRAS graduate Tyler Barkley, who is now employed with Blue as product support clerk.
“The session was very informative for our students, and having Tyler participate as a CRAS graduate also showed our current students the opportunities available to them both to intern, as well as full-time employment after graduation,” said Kirt Hamm, CRAS administrator. “Blue designs and produces top-shelf pro audio gear. Having them come and train our students is real-world knowledge they can take with them into the field, which is invaluable at this stage of their education.”