Mobile TV Group Engineer-in-Charge Renen Hicken First Attended CRAS with a Plan on a Career in Music Production, Not Broadcast Engineering
Aug. 11, 2021 – The future depends on what you do today. – Mahatma Gandhi
Renen Hicken loves music, and as a teenager he planned on a career in music production. That’s not where the road took him once he began his formal training.
Growing up in Colorado, Hicken, now 22-years-old, was involved in music both inside and outside of school, and the path he saw himself taking led him to the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences (CRAS) in not too far away Arizona.
“I attended CRAS planning on a career in Music Production, but quickly realized that I was far more interested in the creative problem solving and technical side of things,” Hicken explained, who graduated CRAS in 2018. “I went looking for the most technical job I could find, and it seems I found it with broadcast engineering.”
About The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences is composed of two nearby campuses in Gilbert and Tempe, Ariz. A CRAS education includes broadcast audio, live sound, film and TV audio, music, and video game audio, all taught by award-winning instructors who have all excelled in their individual 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 individual instruction and assistance for students in engineering audio recordings. CRAS has been providing quality vocational training in audio recording for more than three decades. The curriculum and equipment are constantly being updated to keep pace with the rapid advancements in the music and sound recording industries. CRAS’ course offerings and subject matter have always centered around the skills and knowledge necessary for students’ success in the audio recording industries.
The 11-month program is designed to allow every student access to learn and train in all of the Conservatory’s studios which are comprised with state-of-the-art audio recording and mixing gear, the same equipment used in today’s finest studios and remote broadcast facilities, including Pro Tools 12, API Legacy consoles, SSL AWS consoles, Studer Vista consoles, and much more. All students must complete a 280-hour industry internship to graduate from the Master Recording Program II that may ultimately lead to industry employment.