How do I become a sound engineer?

Anita would like to know how to go about becoming a sound engineer.

What’s the best route to become a sound engineer for a school leaver​?

— Anita

Expert answers

Bryan Grant's reply:

The route to becoming a sound engineer is long and opportunistic.

Most engineers start out as technicians and through networking at shows they’re working on, mixing support bands when they can, and sometimes through good luck, they find themselves building a reputation with bigger and bigger bands. There’s no ‘fast’ route that I know of.

The good news is that there are plenty of courses around. We’ve just started a series of Live Sound Technology courses which give a practical and theoretical base for beginning work in the live sound industry and you might want to check it out.

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