The music industry is a vibrant and appealing place to work. It’s also highly competitive. That said, the number of career opportunities behind the scenes runs quite a bit deeper than most people realize. If you successfully complete some essential recording engineer courses, you will have a leg up, and here are some jobs you may be able to land.
Perhaps the most obvious path from a recording engineer education is to become a studio recording engineer. Studio engineers are responsible to set up a studio for a recording artist and “roll tape” as they record. They keep an eye on the sound levels and work with the producer and mixer to make sure the raw recording sounds good.
A similar role to a studio engineer in a much different environment is that of a live engineer. Live engineers work with performing artists at concert venues to make sure instrument levels are good at sound checks and maintain the mixing board during the performance. Recording engineer courses can train you to do this.
If your recording engineer courses steer you towards work with a specific instrument, you may understand its inner workings and dynamic capabilities enough to be an instrument tech. If you are an instrument tech, you are responsible to make sure your performer’s instrument is ready for performance. This may include changing strings, tuning, changing drum heads, and working with amplifiers and mixers to make sure equalization setups are optimized for your performer.
A producer has a coveted and hard to define role in the recording process. They must have some understanding of how to accomplish things sonically from a technical standpoint while having some knowledge in songwriting and album structure that they can use to direct and coach a recording artist. Many of the best producers start off as engineers.