CRAS students participate and discover DAWn Audio – Music Connection Magazine

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS; www.cras.edu), the leading audio engineering training institution, announced a successful Zoom event while 25 students from the Audio Engineering Society (AES) participated and learned about DAWn Audio, including its origins and purpose of providing a bridge platform between musicians.

Kohr explained that he first discovered DAWn Audio during the NAMM Show 2022. CRAS students attending the show came across DAWn Audio and were so excited about it that they approached Kohr about creating a AES student event at school so that more students can learn about the unique platform.

DAWn is compared to a “Google Docs for music”, but compatible with all DAWs. Pinzon calls their approach “middleware” because rather than building another DAW for artists, they became a bridge between existing ones. DAWn does not require any file exporting, downloading, importing or converting, as it simply facilitates communication between the different DAW projections present in a session. The result is a session, made up of each individual artist’s project, all synced via DAWn. The app is currently in beta and anyone can join its growing waitlist of over 200 artists at https://dawn-audio.com/waitlist. Select artists are offered exclusive access to join their beta as they grow their community.

The founding team of DAWn Audio met while studying engineering physics at Tulane University and began working on DAWn as a flagship project. Pinzon is a drummer and he got into music production as an undergrad, and found he was tired of struggling to collaborate with his friends through DAWs. Given their programming background, his team was able to build a proof of concept for DAWn, and following feedback from teachers, mentors, and advisors, they decided to start turning DAWn Audio into a business. The Founders are now scattered across New York, Wisconsin, and Louisiana, but they intentionally remain a New Orleans-based company because the city’s culture is closely tied to DAWn’s culture.

Pinzon concluded that the CRAS Zoom event was an overall success, and he received great takeaways when he asked the students, “If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be- she ?” Some of his favorite responses included:

  • “Make sure credit is given where credit is due.”
  • “I wish the superficiality of the music industry wasn’t glorified.”
  • “Having engineers less likely to be overworked and underpaid.”
  • “Focus more on people with skills than on people with connections.”
  • “Changing the mindset of trying to appeal to mainstream audiences rather than trying to appeal to yourself as an artist.”
  • “Forcing originality. Let’s stop following like TikTok and actually start our own thing, our own sound, our own wave.
  • “Normalizing people making music just because they want to make music…music existed before there was an industry, and now it’s all industry driven and not music driven. .. – returning to what we were before that.”

The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences is made up of two neighboring campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Arizona. A CRAS training includes broadcast audio, live audio, film and television audio, music and video game audio, all taught by award-winning instructors who have all excelled in their respective fields, including sound reinforcement, audio recording and production, digital recording, troubleshooting/maintenance and music business.

CRAS’ structured programs and highly qualified teaching staff provide a professional and supportive atmosphere, which is complemented by its small class sizes allowing for one-on-one instruction and support for audio recording engineering students. CRAS has been providing quality professional training in audio recording for over three decades. The curriculum and equipment are constantly updated to keep pace with rapid advancements in the music and sound recording industries. CRAS course offerings and subject matter have always focused on the skills and knowledge necessary for student success in the audio recording industries.

The 11-month program is designed to allow each student to learn and practice in all of the Conservatory’s studios which are comprised of state-of-the-art audio recording and mixing equipment, the same equipment used in the best today’s studios and remote broadcasting. installations including Pro Tools Ultimate, API Legacy Consoles, SSL AWS Consoles, Studer Vista Consoles and more. All students must complete a 280-hour internship in the industry to graduate from the Master Recording Program II, which may eventually lead to employment in the industry.

For more information about the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, visit www.cras.edu, contact Kirt Hamm, administrator, at 1-800-562-6383, or email [email protected]

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