Assistant Engineer Handbook


From gopher to gold records. This book is your complete reference for technical careers in the recording studio. Whether you're still in high school, enrolled in a college of music or recording program, or about to embark on your first studio internship, you'll refer to this manual again and again. You'll find real-world advice every aspiring recording engineer / producer ...
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From gopher to gold records. This book is your complete reference for technical careers in the recording studio. Whether you're still in high school, enrolled in a college of music or recording program, or about to embark on your first studio internship, you'll refer to this manual again and again. You'll find real-world advice every aspiring recording engineer / producer needs to land a studio gig and keep it.

First-hand stories and advice from the top engineers and studio managers in the United States.

Descriptions of the various technical jobs that are available in the recording industry.

Hefty resource section packed with essential information...everything from a comprehensive list of educational facilities to resume and cover letter tips.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825672965
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,470,809
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi
About the Author vii
Introduction ix
Chapter 1 Assistant Engineering 101 1
Engineering, Defined 2
Changing Technologies Mean New Skills 4
An Educational Evolution 6
A Long List of Skills 7
Math and Science 7
Music 8
Electronics 9
Signal Flow 9
Web Skills 10
Human Hearing 11
Communication 11
Ears! 11
Opportunities in a Competitive Field 12
Beyond the Studio Gig 13
Music Recording 13
Sound Reinforcement 15
Film and Broadcast 16
Other Careers 17
Do Some Career Detective Work 18
Spotlight: Crystal Davis 20
Chapter 2 Your Game Plan 23
Creative Expression Through Technology 23
The Importance of Education 24
Research the Job Before Committing to School 27
What Type of Program is Best? 28
Music-Based 28
Industry/Business Specialty 29
Engineering Focus 29
Program Lengths 29
Seminars, Short Courses, Web Programs 30
Certificate/One-Year/Two-Year Programs 30
University Programs 31
Do You Need A Degree? 32
Selecting a School 33
Considerations 34
Making the Most of Your Education 37
At School, Outside the Classroom 37
Beyond the Campus: Out in the Field 40
Spotlight: Robert Scovill 42
Chapter 3 Going Where the Jobs Are 45
Moving to a Traditional Market 45
Big City, Big Lifestyle Change 46
Building a Career in a Secondary Market 48
Regional Considerations 50
City Comparison Chart 51
Spotlight: Janet Kalas 52
Chapter 4 Working For Free: The Internship 55
Big Or Small Facility? 56
Paid Vs. Unpaid Programs 57
Moving and Other Considerations 58
The Search Process 58
You, On Pare: The Resume 59
Resume Anatomy, Top to Bottom 60
Keeping it Clean: Style Tips 62
Finishing Touches 63
The Art of the Cover Letter 64
Contacting Facilities 65
The Interview 66
Pre-interview Research and Preparation 66
Day-of-Interview Do's and Don'ts 67
In the Interview 68
Post-Interview Follow-Up 69
Learning From Rejection 70
The Foot's In The Door: The Internship 71
Display A Professional Attitude 71
Know Your Place 73
Learn By Doing-Even Menial Tasks 74
Perseverance Is Key 76
When Bad Things Happen to Good Interns 77
Getting a Recommendation 77
Spotlight: Arthur Rochester 79
Chapter 5 Making the Cut: Landing an Assistant Gig 81
The Transition From Intern: What Now? 81
The Assistant's Role 82
Demonstrate Skills, Earn Respect 84
Make Yourself Indispensable 85
Master the Technology 86
Keep the Right Attitude 87
Learn Good Judgment 88
Spotlight: Roy Jorge 90
Chapter 6 Etiquette Do's and Don'ts 93
Acting the Part: You're a Professional 93
Be a Team Player 96
Assistants: Seen, Not Heard 99
Ethics in the Workplace 101
Crossing The Line 102
Spotlight: K.K. Proffitt 105
Chapter 7 Staying on Top of Your Game 107
Networking Equals Netting Jobs 107
Get Out There, Get Involved 108
Continuing your Education, Avoiding Complacency 109
Moving On 110
Finding Your Niche 111
Strive for Life Balance 112
Giving Back to the Community 113
A Long-Term Strategy For Success 114
Resources: Industry Foundations/Support Groups 117
Resources: Audio Industry Organizations 119
Resources: Audio Education Programs 125
Resources: Industry Trade Magazines 157
Resources: Trade Shows and Industry Events 161
Resources: Sample Letters 163
Networking Letter: Informal E-mail 164
Internship Cover Letter 165
Thank You Letter 166
Resources: Sample Resumes 167
Index 171
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