Recording Engineer Schools

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Education has grown so highly specialized across the board that there are now all manner of preparatory institutes, including recording engineer schools. In the old days, students hoping to make careers out of production engineering and recording were forced to go to work for an established pro in the field. Only then could he or she learn the highly technical skills involved in sequencing, mixing, balancing, and (sometimes) broadcasting.

Today, however, those with a yen for the production console can go straight to work learning the same techniques that top recording engineers use for big-time artists. Moreover, a first-year student may also get to use state-of-the-art equipment that he or she could only dream of working with outside the aegis of recording engineer schools. With hands-on instruction throughout every step of the process, these music schools give prospective engineers every tool they need to succeed in a studio environment.

What Recording Engineer Schools Teach

Most music production schools understand that unless you have a broad-based education in music, a vocational skill is almost useless. Imagine the plight of a technically masterful engineer with nary an understanding of pitch, harmony, or other aspects of music theory. He or she would have little to offer an inexperienced artist looking to his or her engineer for help. Despite the focus on star quality, music is still a collaborative art form that requires excellent personnel at every turn.

Recording engineer schools will therefore offer training in recording theory, automation, MIDI and sampling, and a host of other related applications. A knowledge of acoustics is imperative, as is a knack for editing and mastering. Regardless of the changes to come in the recording industry--and come they will--until machines can teach themselves to record, these skills will remain essential for any top engineer.

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