Jobs in the Recording Studio

The recording studio is where live music is recorded. The mixing room is where the different sounds are brought together. The live room is where the musicians performs. It is soundproof. The recording artist has another such room. The lounge is available for times when musicians or singers are not yet needed.

Only a very few artists have their own studio. Most use a commercial studio and pay many thousands of dollars a day for its use. A great deal of work goes into the days before the recording studio so that the time can be used most productively.

The work can be technical and it is confining. The pay at the studio might be based on when a project is being done only.

The Record Producer

The record producer is a key player within the studio environment. Clive Davis has literally developed the sound, the style, and the delivery of many major stars and he continues to do so. Since producers work somewhat solo, it is the record companies that usually hire them. It is the producer who takes the time to really listen to the performance, work on the areas where it needs improvement, and tweak various elements of it.

While each person who is contributing to the record is in the booth, the producer sits next to the engineer at the mixing desk and directs the project as it unfolds. The producer keeps everyone and everything going, ready, and upbeat. Then the record is mixed, and everyone has a chance to put their two cents worth into the final product - the demo that will be heard by a variety of individuals and maybe selected by the record company.

Producers begin low on the totem pole, usually as assistant engineers, then perhaps as engineer. Some begin as artists themselves and then go over to the production side, much like actors sometimes become directors. But this is one of the jobs that require hands-on experience. Courses in mixing and the technology of recording might be helpful, but it will never get a person a job as a producer without the requisite experience.

The Sound Engineer

Another member of the team in the recording studio is the sound engineer. This is a much more technical job than producer. The sound engineer sets up the equipment, runs the equipment, takes care of the equipment, and puts it away. The sound engineer is a technician, and the job does not require him/her to have the outgoing leadership style of the producer. The sound engineer is responsible for the tapes that are created in the studio.

Sound engineers are creative, technical, understand or know musical instruments, have a good ear for music and rhythm. To begin in this field, it is good to start with small, lesser known studios. Working for a local band will also be good experience. There are also sound engineers at radio stations and in the theaters.

The Studio Manager

The studio manager is the business end of the studio. The studio manager is a kind of salesperson for the studio, negotiates the fees charged by the studio, makes sure that all of the equipment is running and repaired as necessary, and manage day-to-day operations. The manager must be really good at details, handling multiple priorities, and dealing with stress. It is definitely not a job for everyone. Many studio managers began as receptionists and worked their way up.

Other Jobs

At a recording studio, there are also jobs as receptionist, rehearsal room manager, work in catering, and technical director.