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University for Audio

Postby Jonesy512 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 7:00 am

So I'm currently in grade 11 and my parents want me to look at university degree's for audio.
Down here in Tasmania (Australia) there isn't really that much the local uni offers a bachelor of arts which incorporates (from what I can tell) basic sound and lighting.
Interstate/ mainland offers a range of courses from acoustics to live sound and recording.
I want to work in live sound and maybe move into the recording industry later on.
I'm just wondering what you guys think I'm best doing?
I am better off just jumping into the industry and working from the bottom up, or should I go to university and stick out out for a few years?

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Re: University for Audio

Postby Dave Gate » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:59 am

See if you can get yourself in with a PA company or recording studio as a 'trainee' while you can still afford to live on fresh air and promises.

You'll sweep a lot of floors, and make a lot of tea. You won't get much sleep. And it's not glamorous. But if you find a decent company you will learn and prosper.

I really wouldn't bother with Uni; unless you'd rather know the theory of how a compressor works rather than finding out for yourself.
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Re: University for Audio

Postby Jonesy512 » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:04 am

Thanks Dave
I already work casual with 2 of the sound companies locally and I'm about to start working for a third so I'm already out in the industry and yeah I've done the coffee runs, floor sweeping, rolling cables etc. haha

As for Uni that's exactly my thoughts it'll just be more and more theory.

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Re: University for Audio

Postby The Red Bladder » Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:42 am

There have been many threads here and elsewhere on the usefulness of a university education in the live music field.

I have been out of that business for about 20 years, but back in the 80s and 90s, we looked for people with practical skills, such as electrician, welder, scaffold-rigger and that sort of thing. For the bigger gigs, one looks for skilled lighting techs (DMX rigs and all that computer simulation and control work) and hydraulics specialists, usually taken from the ranks of vehicle mechanics and similar skilled people.

The only university grads you will find on a live stage are usually a few of the fixed-wage musicians and the totally unskilled roadies, most of whom seem to have studied music technology and are looking (desperately) for a way into the business!

So, in answer to your question, what is best to work in live music, the answer is to gain a skill that a live sound and lighting company requires. That is DMX programming, welding, machine shop tech, electrician, rigger, HGV driver, AV tech and all the other jobs that require specialist skills.

The last thing one needs at a concert is another useless bod with a degree!
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Re: University for Audio

Postby narcoman » Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:52 am

+1. As usual - absolutely right Red B.
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Re: University for Audio

Postby James Perrett » Mon Oct 03, 2011 9:19 am

Maybe find a company that will let you do one day a week at a local college to study electronics or electrical engineering. A paper qualification could be a good fallback and I find that engineering knowledge is very useful.

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