To perform well in the Studio Recording and Live Sound career path means understanding acoustics, recording and play back technology, sound mixing and how to work with numerous modern music formats.
A modern recording studio is an essential part of the sound of modern music. While performers bring their talents, it’s the person at the switchboard who determines the final sound of a song, creating multiple tracks for each individual artist and blending them together. Sound mixing has become so sophisticated that a skilled mixer may take music recorded in different times and places and weave them together into one song with no evidence of the sources. This includes manipulating sound with software to clean or add distortions and effects, and capturing pure, good quality recordings, as well as important steps like determining which volume a particular track will be played at in relation to another or slowing or speeding recordings.
Still, although most music fans make recorded music the majority of their consumption, live sound remains important for concerts, theatre performances, sporting events, recitals, presentations, religious ceremonies and other places where real time sound reproduction and amplification is necessary.
Possible Studio Recording and Live Sound jobs include:
- Venue Audio Technician
- Studio Recording Technician
- Audio Engineer