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CRAS live sound instructor Jim Bender work with student's on one of the school's Midas M32R consoles.

Midas At The Heart Of Live Sound Education Program At CRAS

Arizona-based school employs a dozen M32R consoles in individual worskstations to benefit students with support from distributor AVL Media Group.

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS), specializing in audio recording, audio engineering and production education from its main location in Tempe and a satellite campus in Gilbert, AZ is utilizing 12 Midas M32R mixing consoles in its live sound program in individual workstations that allow students to become familiar with operating a professional mixer.

The school’s administrator, Kirt Hamm, explains, “We have a 6,000-square-foot live sound venue on our Gilbert campus with a full PA for the students to work in. We realized that we wanted to have a more hands-on approach and, rather than trying to crowd everyone around a main FOH console, we set up work stations with the Midas mixers. We can feed a signal to them and with headphones the students can work on a mixing session. We like that the Midas M32R is compatible and sort of a gateway platform to the larger Midas consoles which we see a lot of in the live sound industry.”

Jim Bender, live sound instructor at CRAS adds, “For final certification, students program the M32R for a large-scale system with standard PA system routing (left plus right/center bus) and matrix busing for camera and satellite feeds for streaming. We also use the M32R’s for an additional certification class in which 12 mixer stations are fed two channels of audio through our Dante networking into their laptops that are loaded with Smaart v8 and the students learn about sound system tuning. The versatility of the Midas M32R makes these tasks in a group setting much less daunting for both students and instructors.”

“AVL Media Group, the distributor for Midas products in North America, values its relationship with CRAS,” says Kurt Metzler, sales manager for AVL. “The school has a stellar reputation and we place a high value on education and supporting the arts. Helping these students in any way possible is paramount to advancing our industry in the future.”

AVL Media Group

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