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Chace Audio Launches Dynamic Internship ProgramTo educate tomorrow?s generation of audio restoration engineers (May 10, 2005)
Chace Audio, a full-service audio post production facility well known for sound preservation and restoration, has announced the inauguration of a comprehensive internship program to provide hands-on instruction in the major aspects of the companys core services.
The eight-week program launches in July and will become an annual fixture at the facility.
?While many schools emphasize preparing students for careers in music recording, there are also significant opportunities in audio post production for film, television and home entertainment, observes Chace Restoration Engineer Brian San Marco, who played a key role in conceiving and coordinating the program. ?Many educational institutions focus on the fundamentals, but instruction in the sub-specialties of sound preservation and restoration continues to be vastly underrepresented. We plan to help change that.
He adds, ?The tremendous volume of historical, corporate and entertainment content that is archived or must be periodically repurposed for new digital formats presents a growing need for engineers with the expertise to restore and preserve audio whose quality has lapsed or suffered over the years. The Chace internship program will arm students with a valuable real-world experience, giving them insight into an arena with long-term career potential.
Chace Audio will welcome its first intern from the renowned Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) in Tempe, AZ. As part of the schools focused curriculum to prepare students for positions in the recording and professional audio industries, students are required to perform a 280-hour internship. Chace has several CRAS graduates on its staff of engineers and interest from the schools internship coordinator drove the decision to offer the first opening to one of the institutions undergraduates. Based on the success of this years program, the internship opportunity will be offered to local Southern California and national recording schools.
"The pro audio industry remains highly competitive and it's critical for our students to graduate armed with experience in a working facility," states Kevin Becka, the Director of Education at the Conservatory. "We are pleased to partner with a preeminent facility like Chace Audio to offer a step-by-step opportunity to learn how the restoration and preservation of film soundtracks is achieved.
Following an initial orientation, the Chace intern will spend eight weeks across the companys departments. Film preparation and recovery will provide instruction on how a variety of audio elements are cleaned and prepared for evaluation and digital transfer. A week in Chaces digital and optical transfer suites will then demonstrate the analog-to-digital transferring process, as well as train the interns ears to listen for, recognize and interpret a variety of important sonic nuances. Next, a week will be spent with Chaces conforming engineers who will lend instruction on how audio is synched to picture. At every stage, the intern will be exposed to and become fluent in the technical vocabulary of film audio and how the workflow inside the facility occurs. The seventh week will be spent with Chaces senior restoration engineers who will demonstrate how technologies like Sonic Solutions NoNoise and the Cube-Tec Audio Cube 5 are used to digitally repair an array of problems and anomalies that often plague a typical film soundtrack. The internship concludes in the eighth week, where the intern will follow a specific title throughout the entire restoration process reinforcing the skills learned over the previous weeks.
?We are pleased to debut a dynamic internship program here at Chace that provides rare insight and direct experience with the audio restoration and preservation processes, states Bob Heiber, President of Chace Audio. ?As the digital convergence continues, audio and post production professionals must enter the industry armed with a comprehensive knowledge of the latest techniques and technology used to restore and preserve audio for archival, DVD and theatrical applications. Institutions like the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences play a critical role in educating tomorrows generation of audio engineers, and we look forward to sharing our knowledge and contributing to their further education with this opportunity.
About Chace Audio
Chace Audio is a full-service audio post production facility. In addition to the restoration and re-mastering of film soundtracks, it also provides audio compression, NoNoise® audio repair, music and effects construction and sync conversion transfer services.
Contact Chace Audio at: 201 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank, CA 91502-2349; Phone: (818) 842-8346; Fax: (818) 842-8353; Website: www.chace.com.
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