Students of recording arts technology learn how to produce sound for a range of media. They learn how to record music, dialogue, and sound effects; edit, dub, and mix; operate and maintain equipment; and more. Technology is constantly changing and, here at LMC, we're up on the latest industry standards to help you succeed in the career of your dreams.
Careers in Recording Arts:
There are many opportunities for the trained recording arts professional in the fields of producing, sound reinforcement, independent audio engineering, mastering, video game creation, film and television sound, radio broadcast, forensic audio, hardware and software development, equipment maintenance and repair, bio-acoustic research, theatre sound, forensic audio, bio-acoustic recording, audio project supervision, recording arts instruction/training, and many more.
It is extremely important to recognize that the industry has undergone a major paradigm shift in recent years. "Studio jobs" continue to exist, but due to the reduction in the need for large numbers of major studios, they are extremely scarce. The current model calls for entrepreneurs and independent contractors, trained to operate in a more "freelance" environment.
Digital technology and distribution via the Internet has shifted emphasis away from large record labels to independents who handle their own content and distribution, primarily by download.
Recording Arts Salary Averages in California:
Audio/Video Equipment Technician: $12.58-$40.42/hour
Sound Engineering Technician: $13.49-$55.18/hour