There was a time when analog tape was the standard for recorded music and film. A singer would go into the studio, record a track and then let the mixing engineers splice and mix the cuts using everything from scissors to sound boards. The entertainment industry has changed drastically in recent years thanks to the growing popularity of digital recording arts.
What are digital recording arts?
If you work in this field, instead of carrying around an analog camera with tons of tape, you can use a digital version that records everything to disk. The same general rule applies to the music industry. In either event, you can then take that digital information, upload it to a computer and do all of your editing and mixing using the latest computer technology. Not only does this process save you time and material, but the actual editing is infinitely easier.
Competitive as it always was
If you want to become a digital recording arts technician you will need to learn the fundamentals first. Not only must you master basic analog editing, cropping, composition, and mixing, but you must also learn the appropriate software for digital enhancements. Without knowledge of both of these areas, most employers won't be willing to hire you. The entertainment industry is just as competitive and selective as it was during the analog days. Becoming certified as a sound engineer, cameraperson, or editor is an essential part of the process. However, once you complete your training, there is a world of opportunity that awaits you. The media industry is growing at an incredible rate.
Publish date: February 10, 2011