It is a gamble with very long odds at the moment.
Alto Dog Studios, Blacksburg, VA
I've just read through this whole thread and I really appreciate the vast amount of information given by experienced practitioners in this field. I'm a guitar player for the past 7 years(I'm 25 right now). I just want to ask if there's any point in going for a full-time 4 year B.S. degree in Sound Engineering from a good college in the US? I'm extremely interested to work in audio(of any form). I was a Science student in high school and scored quite well in Maths and Physics so wouldn't mind going into a scientific field and get into designing audio systems. I'm planning to apply at UMich, Indiana University, American University and USC for their courses in this field. My experience till now has mostly been in live shows(played over 200 of them) and I understand that the live music scene is extremely erratic in nature. I want to broaden my horizons and would love to work in television or broadcast if the need be so that I can keep making my own music on the side without having to worry about that being the only source of finance for me. I could teach guitar but frankly I'm self taught and I love to compose songs. It would be great if I didn't have to depend on it to live my life. Stifles the creative aspect of it for me.
My question is, if there's any hope for working in this field? I'll be 30 by the time I pass out and that itself is a little worrying. Looking forward to any replies from the experienced people like Ms. Remy. I'd also love to hear from any current students or recent graduates from any of the above schools.
I officially retired in 2004. Until last year, I made some money doing freelance work at some television plants here in the Washington, DC area. One of the last things I did was to work on the installation of an SSL C100 at a television news facility.
Solid State Logic | Broadcast Sound | C100 HDS
This is a WONDERFUL console. It is just amazing. Easily the most advanced thing I have ever experienced. It can store audio clips. It has an automatic mix option that works great. The EQ & dynamics are very comprehensive.
They don't use it with an operator. There is simply one RJ45 ethernet connection from a Sony ELC system that controls the entire thing.
Sony Product Detail Page ELCMVS01
You may have seen pictures of TV control room with lots of people pushing buttons. Nope, that's history. All they need is one person. Robotic cameras, Chyron, video switcher, audio, & video playback from Avid Airspeeds is all handled by the director pushing a button that fires off the next ELC Event. Even complicated transitions are stored in a template that the show producer just fills in before the broadcast. They have one other technical person hanging around in case something unusual happens, but most of the time that person does nothing.
There is very little hope for a career in broadcast technical areas. The only openings are for people with some IT networking skills to hook boxes together....and from what I have seen the pay for those people is not good.
I'm sorry to be so down about this, but the situation is not worth pursuing. There are a very few positions in large cities working on entertainment shows, but the chances are not good.
Never use your DAW as an excuse. Remember Geoff & Sir George did Sgt. Pepper on a 4 track machine.
I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would even consider this business anymore. Yet schools are pushing them out to go where? What a twisted and confusing industry. Something has to snap.
I interested in the automatic mix option but should I even ask what it does. What a stunning console.
We all need to go back to farming.
More and more people, all need food and a purpose to our existence but we keep building things that put people out of work. What a gong show.
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