How to work in a music studio as a sound technician

How to work in a music studio as a sound technician

Do you dream of working in the world of music and exploring the vast ocean of musical creation and its various genres and moods, or specializing in a particular genre? Are you a lifelong enthusiast who wants to understand what sound is made of, how artists or beatmakers distinguish themselves through their sound signatures or productions, and produce musical works that provoke different emotions or that simply won't leave your head? Are you looking to work in a studio and perfect your critical listening skills, artistic vision and techniques? If so, this guide is a good starting point to arouse your curiosity and introduce you to the fascinating world of audio engineering and sound techniques so that one day you can work in a music studio as a sound engineer. This article will guide you through some essential steps to achieve this goal, focusing on the skills, qualifications, and practical steps to establish yourself in this career.

1. Understanding the role of the sound technician

Before diving into the details, it's crucial to understand what the job of a sound engineer entails. A sound engineer is responsible for capturing, mixing and producing high-quality audio recordings. This includes:

  • Recording Capturing the performances of musicians and artists.
  • Mixing Combine the different audio tracks to create a coherent, balanced version of the song.
  • Mastering Finalize the mix so that it's ready for distribution and broadcast.

2. Acquire the necessary skills

A. Academic training

Although some sound engineers are self-taught, training such as that offered by Musitechnic can greatly facilitate entry into this field. 

AEC Recording and Sound Design

A complete 360-degree training program covering all techniques in 16 months over 4 sessions (career management, video game and film sound, post-production, recording techniques, music creation, etc.). All the information is available here.

Certifications and online courses 

The training taught at Musitechnic is now available 100% online live from home. With the same courses we've been teaching for over 37 years. All with the emphasis on interaction with audio professionals who are all rooted in the industry. Find out more here.

B. Technical skills

  • Proficiency in DAW (Digital Audio Workstations) software Learn to use software such as Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Studio One taught in our school, and use this knowledge to improve your skills and versatility on other DAWs such as Reaper, Logic Pro, FL Studio (which is becoming increasingly important in the industry).
  • Knowledge of studio equipment Familiarize yourself with the equipment: microphones, mixing consoles, preamplifiers, connectors, digital and analog effects, patchbays, etc. 
  • Mixing and mastering techniques Learn the basics of mixing and mastering, how to achieve good equalization (EQ), how to handle compression and all the other effects that can give balance or bring out the salient elements of the mix while camouflaging and masking any flaws. 

C. Non-technical skills

  • Communication : Working with artists requires excellent communication skills. You need to know how to manage your ego, while at the same time bringing your critical vision to bear to reassure the artist. You need to be able to listen and understand the artist's intentions and vision, so as to guide your mix in the best possible way to remain faithful to the artist's needs. Knowing how to welcome him, guide him in his choices or advise him on the method that seems best suited to his project, and above all knowing how to maintain an atmosphere and a relationship of trust, while also prioritizing the dimension of comfort. 
  • Creativity A musical ear and a sense of creativity are essential to bring your own touch to the recordings, helping to build a sonic signature or simply what you and the artist have agreed to bring out in the recordings. Understanding the intention, the artistic approach.
  • Time management : Recording sessions can be long and demanding for both you and the artists. Knowing how to manage your time is crucial.
  • Active monitoring of new products and trends: Stay up to date and update your knowledge of the industry's new materials, techniques and current trends in sound, genre and artistic countercultures, whose codes are essential to understanding how they work and how they work. 

3. Gaining practical experience

A. Internships and apprenticeships

Look for internships or apprenticeship opportunities in music studios by visiting the premises directly, don't wait for ads on platforms. These will enable you to familiarize yourself with the studio environment and develop practical skills. The range of in-house internships available to Musitechnic students is vast, and you'll quickly build a network and a reputation if your work and investment are consistent and of high quality.  

B. Collaborations and personal projects

Collaborate with local musicians or work on your own projects to build a portfolio. The more projects you have to show, the easier it will be to demonstrate your skills to potential employers. As we teach in our career management courses, putting yourself forward with your profile and skills is a major asset. 

4. Networking and career development

Participate in éevents and conferences

Attending conferences and music events can help you meet industry professionals and expand your network.

The rest is up to you, and taking part in a community such as that of Musitechnic students and graduates is undoubtedly one of the best ways of getting started.

In conclusion, working in a music studio as a sound engineer requires a combination of technical skills, creativity and practical experience. By following these steps and staying determined, you can turn your passion for music into a fulfilling career. Don't forget to keep learning and growing in this constantly evolving field.

We hope we've whetted your appetite to find out more, and if you'd like to get ready to take the plunge and train to enter the exciting world of sound engineering and possibly make your debut in the music industry.