I've been an amateur practitioner of audio engineering for about 4 years now (on and off) and really feel that it's what I want to do with my life. I came across my love for audio engineering when I started producing my own music from home at the age of roughly 17 (I'm 23 now). I attended a small learning institute for creative media shortly after I left school and learned how to use Cubase and Reason as well as the basics of EQ, modulation/time FX and dynamic processors. The problem is my formal education in that field stopped shortly after that course because it was not until after I finished school that I realized this is what I wanted to do, which has really put pressure on my available options here and now. I have however continued to hone my skills through self study and personal experience. I'm fully capable of producing a good sounding mix thanks to my countless hours of research and trial and error as long as I have standard studio equipment available e.g. Decent monitors/headphones for which the most part I have not (most of my experience comes from using other peoples equipment).
What I'm now trying to say is that after 4 years of independent learning I feel as though I have come up against an obstacle stopping me from going any further with my desired career. Basically I would like to talk to some people who have had experience with actual courses intended for job opportunities in the field of audio engineering as I am having trouble finding something to suit the costs and lifestyle of a 23 year old male in full time employment. Is it possible to skip the constraints of a course and learn hands on with a professional studio these days? Or is my only option to struggle with work, home and education?
All and any advice/information would be helpful.
(I would like to point out that I have researched educational facilities like SAE and such already and the prices/time are not realistic for me unless I quit my job.)
Edited by Fealow (15/03/12 01:24 AM)