Recently I got a job offer to work as a full-time artist on something SUPER COOL, maybe the coolest thing in the universe, but it’s all the way over in California!
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Well, this explains so much. I should be thankful that I’m nearly dead from exhaustion and not starvation…
Still, for the chump change I make, I still have to keep at finding better gigs.
Congrats to all of the engineers out there who have a gig. If you don’t have a gig, as yourself: Are you a DEGREED engineer? Or are you someone who bought a console at Guitar Center and call yourself one without the degree? If it’s the latter… fix it. That piece of paper will quickly separate you from 75% of the hacks out there.
I have to respectfully disagree with the necessity of a degree. This is one of a few fields where a degree really doesn’t hold that much.
Those of us without degrees aren’t “hacks”. Getting a degree doesn’t make you a better engineer (necessarily).
I’m sure in some aspects a degree could be helpful but work experience trumps all.
I know for a fact that I know way more than people my age going to a uni for this career, and my resume and portfolio are much beefier.
Yea, I’ve met some audio engineers who’ve made a nice living, and they’ve all told me that a degree isn’t needed. One point blank told me it’s nice to get the exposure to that kind of equipment and networking, but the piece of paper doesn’t do much for you.
I feel like I need to chime in here:
I do have a BA, and I learned a lot while in school, but I work at a decent sized production company and they didn’t give a shit about my degree. It hasn’t hindered me in my job search, but I promise you, it hasn’t been a very big part of me landing any of my gigs.
While I’d say a lot of people working in this industry would more accurately be called “technicians”, there are still a lot of sound guys and gals who would be more than qualified to be called engineers. Some of them have degrees in CS or EE, but just having any degree slightly related to audio certainly doesn’t automatically make one an engineer.
My big argument is when people claim to be engineers but have little to no concept about acoustics, physics, electronics, or any of the scientific basis for audio. As stated already, that’s where the term “Sound Engineer” came from - back in the day when people were building cabinets and wiring their own systems and designing/building gear. I work full time at a sound company, and I do call myself an audio engineer, but very little of that has to do with my duties during shows. (simply mixing shows also does not make one an engineer). Back in the shop during the week I’m repairing speakers, wiring racks, soldering cables, and designing systems for the next show. That’s the real meat and potatoes of sound engineering. Not just sitting behind the console, but sitting at a desk and putting in all the work behind the scenes.
And for what it’s worth, any time I’ve been asked if a degree is necessary in this field, I’ve always said no. I think a degree is a valuable thing, and it’s important to a lot of people (including myself), but it’s perfectly reasonable to assume someone with a little bit of talent and a lot of dedication can make a good living in this industry without ever having stepped into a classroom.
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Excellent, excellent explanation.
Just mixing does not make one an engineer. That makes you a mixer.
To be a real audio/sound engineer…soldering, rigging, wiring, etc is all a part of that. I don’t think i’ve ever been asked if I have a degree. Being an engineer means you have to know at least a little bit about a lot.
This just isn’t a black and white question, or answer. And that’s okay.