4/22/2012 12:29 PM
If you’re considering recording school, chances are, you’re
hearing a broken record of negative advice: The competition is fiercer than
ever. Schools are churning out more grads than the industry can support. There
are no jobs in this economy.
But warnings like these, while certainly
rooted in reality, oversimplify the situation. As the music industry has
evolved, so has the role of the recording engineer. Sure, there are only a
handful of jobs tracking rock stars in big studios, but there are more kinds of opportunities than ever. And as
the industry changes, schools are adapting, tailoring their programs for a new
generation of versatile engineers and musicians.
Pursuing an education is a
simple matter of defining your goals and setting your course. The right path
for you might an online class, a full-time program, or maybe just a weekend
spent actually reading your gear manuals.
If you’re considering formal
education, check out our “Choosing a Recording School” feature, which
outlines options ranging from short-term courses to advanced degrees. More
inclined toward DIY? In “Learn, Baby, Learn," we bring you dozens of free
and low-cost alternatives to schools.
Either way, remember that education is a lifelong pursuit, so whichever
approach you take, boosting your skills will only work to your advantage.