by Alex Cosper (2/08/14)
Recording arts schools are certainly worth pursing if you want to become a record producer and can afford the education. While it is possible to learn everything about audio engineering working with a mentor, it can help to learn from a school with state of the art equipment. Depending on how serious you are about a career in becoming a music producer, you should be open to learning about all facets of recording, including knowledge about musical instruments and music theory. The best music producers are able to draw from talent, knowledge and experience to craft professional recordings.
It's important to face the reality that only a small percentage of record producers will ever work on a recording that becomes a national hit, although it is common for small recording studios to be profitable from staying busy recording local acts. In the 21st century, almost everything you need to know about recording can be learned on a computer, whether it's working with recording software or researching how technology works. As online schools have become popular with the broadband internet, it is becoming more possible to become a producer just by experimenting with audio software.
The ultimate reward for enrolling in recording arts schools is networking with professionals who can answer your questions become the study material. Online classes are becoming more flexible to work around student schedules. You should learn as much about recording as possible prior to enrolling in a recording arts school so that the basics are already familiar and you can get deeper into concepts about how soundwaves work and having an intimate understanding of various frequencies. Knowing as much as possible about recording can bring you to the attention of record labels, which you can get big paying clients.
An advantageous strategy to prepare yourself for a recording arts program is to watch as many video interviews as you can on YouTube about recording technology, recording history and well known producers. In the sixties George Martin helped influence the sound of The Beatles by experimenting in the studio. By the 1970s producers were using 24 track recording consoles, which became the industry standard even though the 1990s. Since that time digital technology has taken over many recording studios. Many recordings are now mastered to a digital format instead on analogue tape, although there are still purists who either use analogue only or an analogue/digital hybrid.
While there are many schools in every major city where recording can be learned, even at recording studios, only a handful of recording arts schools are recognized nationally. Some quality institutions to consider that offer recording arts degrees include Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ithaca College in New York, American University in Washington DC, Long Beach City College, Fresno City College, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Bates Technical College in Tacoma and Lee College in Bayton, Texas.
Here are some tips to think about when approaching recording classes:
1. Prepare yourself by at least learning an overview of the various leading recording software from Adobe, Apple and other recording software developers.
2. Some people who aren't suited for a recording progression are misled into thing that going to school will lead to a job in a very competitive field.
3. The most likely successful producers will invest in their own equipment or have access to equipment whenever they need it.
4. Not all recording schools are accredited, which does not carry as much credibility in the recording industry.
5. Take responsibility for learning as much as you can since the people who don't keep learning are the ones left behind.
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