We constantly get bombarded by sounds. Musical sounds. Rat-ta-tat-tat dialogue coming from the tube. So many sounds competing for our attention.
There will always be a need for mixing sounds, creating sound effects or even operating or designing sound systems or equipment. Video games, films, videos, presentations and more - sounds will always be integral to our experience.
That is what makes audio engineering a possible career choice and a great business opportunity.
Imagine owning your own home studio, working with some talented individuals or even helping to produce an album from a local artist who is just getting started.
Everybody probably watches American Idol and even The Voice, but let’s face it – not all are meant to be signed on as the next hottest celebrity.
The shower notwithstanding, the next best thing might be to actually help make music better, monitor sounds at a live event or soundtracks more lively. While others chase after the limelight, there is always a need for people who can work to improve our listening experience.
Interested? It can be, with a few years of audio production classes and a degree from a school that you can find online, a future in the recording industry or even producing sound effects for major motion pictures could await.
There are a number of different types of audio engineers. Knowing the differences might help in discerning your type.
- Recording engineers work with radio and TV to install sound effects and regulate the tempo using mixing boards
- Mixing engineers mix different tracks or sounds
- Audio engineers operate tracks and analyze the technical and musical aspects of sound
- Sound engineers will focus on games and sounds to make “gamers” enjoy games even more while live sound engineers help configure the equipment necessary to produce the sounds at a concert or live event
- Fold back or monitor engineers monitor sounds during live events fading some sounds while amplifying others
- System engineers design and operate PA systems
- Post engineers edit and mix sounds used for TV or film balancing voices with sound effects or background music
Finding the school, internship and opportunities that are right for your interests is essential to your success as a business owner in the industry.
The obvious costs: the right equipment, a good understanding of the industry and an idea of the type of customer they might find.
So if you are a good listener and don’t need to be on center stage, audio engineering might be the next best thing to that singing career.