Before I got into radio, I had dreams of being a record producer or a recording engineer. I loved the studio environment with all the gear and high-fidelity sound and the fiddly bits that go into making music. Sadly, though, I found I had no talent for such a thing and moved on rather than become an abject failure. My career in the music industry became playing the finished product on the air. That’s turned out okay.
Were I starting out today, though, I’d have a shot because the role of an audio engineer has expanded greatly thanks to technology. Music Industry Think Tank offers this advice.
The dream of being a rock star eludes most of us. Fortunately, you can work and succeed in the music industry. Being an audio engineer, you can have a huge impact on recording, mixing, editing, and much more.
What You May Not Know About Audio Engineering
We usually think of an audio engineer working in a recording studio. Live music performances, film, TV, theater, radio, podcasts, video games, and more all require audio engineers. And within each of those broad areas, there are a number of audio (or sound) engineer roles to play.
You Need “Big Ears”
The most important skill is to have a finely honed ability to hear subtleties of sound. Musicians call this having “big ears”. To hear the gradations of change an effect has on a solo instrument while all the other instruments are playing at the same time requires skill and zen-like concentration. An audio engineer with a Master’s in Electrical Engineeringsays you can practice this skill every time you listen to music. Decide that you’re going to do nothing but listen. Listening to a symphony orchestra is a great way to develop big ears because there are so many different instruments to try to identify.
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