Studio based engineers are commonly associated with music singles and albums by many, but they often work on far wider ranging projects. Once you have the skills required to work in a studio, you can apply them to many different areas like sound design and music for TV and film (see other job roles listed).
In a smaller studio, engineers will be responsible for setting up equipment and placement of microphones, carrying out the recording and completing the final mix. In larger studios, there may be one engineer responsible for the set up and recording and another for the mix stage.
As with all areas of sound you’ll need good hearing for this role. A knowledge of music with good sense of pitch, timing and rhythm are required and it is often from playing music that people show an interest in the recording and mixing side. As well as balancing the sounds well, mixing is a creative task in many projects and this is another reason it is so appealing.
An interest in electronics and acoustics (physics) is useful (and interesting!) for this role and is suited to people who enjoy practical tasks. Most recordings are captured digitally now, using software to edit the mix once it’s recorded.
This is not a 9-5 job, so you need to be flexible but the projects are varied which keeps it interesting.
More information available from these websites:
BBC Bitesize digital recording.
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Check out our article from musician and engineer Suse here!