Music is a passion held close to the heart for millions of people worldwide, if you are one of these millions, then a career in the music business as an audio engineer could be perfect for you. Imagine each and every day being able to be a part of the future of music, networking with current artists and being able to offer your own ideas and recommendations on a track. Take a look at the following tips on how you can achieve the dream:
Become a roadie
Local bands are always looking for people to help them out in setting equipment for their gigs, which is great experience, as well as offering you a chance of networking with people within the industry. You may even get the opportunity to go along to the studio and see exactly how everything works when they´re producing an album or a single and gather invaluable, hands on experience combined with being able to network with the engineers, presenting yourself with opportunities in the future.
Take an educational course
There are great amounts of audio engineering college courses available for you to take that first step in getting a career in audio engineering. The first thing current employers will look at in this day and age is if you have studied and gained qualifications in the field, unfortunately if the answer is no, then it’s very probable that the company you are wanting to work for won´t take a second look at you. It´s highly recommended that you get some education under your belt to present to employers. Remember to get to know and network with your peers on your course, doing so could present opportunities for you after completing or during your course.
Don’t be closed minded music-wise
Audio engineers need to be able to appreciate and listen to a wide range of different music genres in order to be able to adapt to all the different artists they will be working with and also keep ideas fresh in their minds. If you are not branching out and listening to other stuff you may find it difficult to understand the sound that the artist/s are wishing to achieve. Knowing other music will also give you a great advantage over other audio engineers because you will have a more diverse repertoire of sounds.
Get yourself some equipment
Start trying to find that perfect sound. Go out and buy yourself some starter equipment so you can go ahead and realize what a difference you can make as an audio engineer. Don´t be deterred, everybody starts somewhere. Make sure that the equipment that you buy is of good quality because when it comes to audio engineering, it´s all about finding that perfect sound and it will be unachievable with poor quality equipment.
So, if you like the sound of being an audio engineer, the points above should put you right on the path to becoming one. It´s key to remember that audio engineering requires lots of practice and hard work in order to be successful.