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Assistant Recording Technician

An Assistant Recording Engineer assists the Recording Engineers and Producers in recording the music of artists in studios or on location.

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Also known as:

Assistant Recording Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Second Engineer, Tape Op

Skill Level:

Entry

What does an Assistant Recording Technician do?

An Assistant Recording Engineer assists the Recording Engineers and Producers in recording the music of artists in studios or on location.

This occupation is found in broadcasters and production companies that edit and produce music and sound content prior to release across multiple platforms. This includes music that is recorded for sale under the artists name and that used in TV, radio, film and computer games.
Assistant Recording Technicians work as part of a small team, often in a studio environment. They work with a variety of technological tools. They need knowledge and skills related to both the hardware and software used.

They work closely with, and under the direction of more experienced and senior Audio or Recording Engineers. Audio recording businesses may be large or small. Assistant Recording Technicians may work directly for a studio or in a self-employed capacity.

Watch and read (links to videos /cases studies):

https://mpg.org.uk/

https://www.jamesonline.org.uk/jamesresources/careers_advice/

Tools of the trade:

There are many “tools of the trade” – some technical and some creative.

  • Digital audio workstations such as Avid Pro Tools, Apple Logic, Steinberg Cubase or Ableton Live
  • Microphones
  • Audio processing devices

What is an Assistant Recording Technician good at?

Understanding Studio Recording Technology and Equipment

Operating Digital Audio Workstations

Project Management

People Management

Who does an Assistant Recording Technician work with?

Recording and Mixing engineers, music and audio producers, musicians, record labels, artist managers, publishers, songwriters and composers.

How do I become an Assistant Recording Technician?

At School or College: FE College Levels 2 &3 Music Technology Diplomas / Music Technology A-Level at Schools and Sixth Form Colleges.

Access Creative College (UK Music MAP member) offers a fantastic range of courses at a range of locations:  https://www.ukmusic.org/map-institutions/access-creative-college/

Gain work experience / Build a portfolio:

Look for an apprenticeship: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/assistant-recording-technician

Get a degree: Check out UK Music’s MAP members for trusted course deliverers: https://www.ukmusic.org/education-skills/music-academic-partnership-map/

Music Technology / Audio courses accredited by Music & Media organisation JAMES:

https://www.jamesonline.org.uk/accreditation/accred_courses/

Is the role a skills shortage?

No

 

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