That’s it! You’ve decided it. Your dream is to become an audio engineer. You want to become a master mixer, a sound wizard, and a legendary rocker all in one amazing package. But where do you start? What type of equipment do you even need? No worries, we are here to help walk you through that process in an easy, digestible manner. So sit back, relax, and let’s learn about audio engineering.
1) Learn From The Professionals
Our first tip is a simple one that MANY people ignore which leads to their eventual quitting. Learn from the professionals. Learn everything you can! There are dozens of YouTube channels and even YouTube Live channels that host audio engineers doing their best job and some even have discord channels where you can hop on and ask questions.
Even better, though, is to learn from a professional in person. Do you have a club or bar that you love going to? Do you like theatre? Do you go to a Church or a Synagogue? ALL of these places have live audio engineers that you can learn from.
The only thing you have to do is walk up and ask if you can watch them or if they can give you any tips. (Side note: Don’t ask while they are in the middle of a difficult mix). When watching these professionals in action, watch how they interact with the crowd. And more importantly, watch when they adjust the levels and what the result is. It’s insanely cool!
2) Research Sound Equipment!
There are dozens of different types of stereos, cords, software, and mics, all with a different feel and sound. So what can you do? Do your research on sound equipment!
Start with the speakers and look for a pair that fits your budget and works well for the type of music you want to mix.
Next, determine which cords work best for you and how they plug into the amps, soundboards, and mics. Remember, part of the audio engineer’s repertoire is being a master at setting up sound equipment. You’ll come to know these cords like the back of your hand.
Lastly, stay up to date on your music software. This one is a little tougher since software usually gets better every few years. However, by staying on top of the latest trends and using the best music software, you’re more likely to land a gig and keep it. To help you out, Cubase and Pro Tools are two that are widely used among audio engineers. But do your own research on which you like more!
3) Develop Great Habits
Our last tip works not only for being a great audio engineer but for anything in life you want to pursue. In order to get great at being an audio engineer, you’ll have to set aside a certain amount of time that’s devoted specifically to improving your audio engineering or mixing skills.
Turning this hobby into a routine with set times for improvement will go a long way in your success and ability to keep with it.
And lastly, have fun! You’re about to embark on one of the coolest and most rewarding jobs in the world. So if you get stressed out at times, just take a break and come back. Your equipment will be waiting and you’ll feel more refreshed, with a smile on your face. Enjoy!