CRAS Students Get Crash Course on Physics of Microphones from Audio-Technica

The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) has a history of partnering with manufacturers. The goal is so that its students may hear directly from those who design and produce the gear they currently both learn on as well as will utilize in their professional careers once they graduate. Audio-Technica U.S. is one such manufacturer that relishes the opportunity to get in front of and educate the next crop of audio engineers.

“It was a fantastic event and I really enjoyed working with CRAS students and staff,” said Steve M. Savanyu, Director of Educational Services, Audio-Technica U.S. “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.”

On Feb. 27, Savanyu taught his “Physics of Microphones Master Class” to CRAS students. In the lecture, Savanyu touched on how different types of microphones work using basic physics, how to apply them to recording and live sound applications, and then demonstrated some of their operating characteristics. He explained that not only did he hear from CRAS students that they thought they knew it all with a particular mic but still learned more from him, but that he also learned a few things during his time at CRAS.

“It is 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 continued. “I even picked up some cool techniques while I was there. We are all learning and that is important!”

“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 CRA, and she was right!,” says David Kohr, CRAS AES Faculty Advisor. “Steve is an amazing person that has such a great approach to audio education. From beginning to end he kept everyone drawn into 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!”

Savanyu concluded that CRAS is a great place to learn. “In fact,” he said, “I’m a bit envious of the talent and technology the students have at their fingertips compared to when I went to school. I could see a passion and desire to learn by the students and a dedication to teaching by the staff. To the students, learn everything you can and take advantage of the gear you have access to! It probably won’t be like this in real life.”

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