At this time of year, loads of High School Graduates are asking themselves “what now?” For the select few that excite from turning knobs, and moving faders, and dealing with software that deals with audio, there is a lot to consider. For example, TRADE AND TECHNICAL SCHOOLS like The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS)!
From coffee shops, to houses of worship, to bouncing from major live sound venue to venue there’s SOUND TO BE HEARD!
Truth be told, we typically show up, enjoy the performance, and move on our merry little way afterwards. However, very few people take into account what actually goes into getting a live performance to be felt by the audience. It’s far more complicated than most could imagine, but the team of experts that gets SOUND to our ears is an incredible bunch, following their passions of making performances memorable for the masses.
Imagine a small coffee shop doing Open Mic Nights. In today’s day and age, even in the smallest venue, people want to enjoy any performance that they witness, and SOUND has everything to do it! Each performer looking to play their set will wait their turn, take the stage, plug in, and start playing. Soon, YOU hear MUSIC! It’s not by way of magic, however. Somebody had to get the coffee shop’s P.A System (public address system) “dialed in,” so that it sounds the best it possibly can in that space. More so, somebody has to be there to contend with performers that might be less than technically proficient with the coffee shop’s system. For lack of better words, let’s refer to this person as the Audio Engineer. The Audio Engineer is the responsible person that gets that singer/songwriter the opportunity of being HEARD!
Everywhere there is SOUND to be distributed to the masses, there is an Audio Engineer, if not a TEAM of Audio Engineers. For example, in houses of worship, many people congregate and take in the music as part of the experience. Although many houses of worship are akin to the coffee shop (as far as P.A Systems go), many have stepped up their Live Sound game and have installed very large systems to accommodate scores of congregants. Somebody has to deal with all of that SOUND, right? Why not YOU?!