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Does a audio engineer travel a lot around the world?

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jeff’s Answer

Not usually, but I am sure there are exceptions. It used to take a lot of money to build a studio, ( if you are recording). This requires a long term investment. I have worked with 2 Grammy winning engineers. Both worked for many years in the same local.
Of course things are changing. If you are doing sound for a band on tour, then I expect you would get to travel a lot.
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Paul’s Answer

To add to Alex's answer, in regards to live event audio engineer essentially the same rules apply. You can live in a large market such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas. Chicago, Atlanta, etc., and work an entire career doing conventions, local entertainment venues and such. Touring artists typically carry their own audio crew with them, so there is an opportunity to travel, depending on the artist.

I would add for live events, it's highly suggested to join IATSE, the international stagehands union. For most major motion pictures, it's actually required.

Thank you !! Stephan C.

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Israel’s Answer

Both Paul and Alex are correct in their views. I'll add that engineers who also become producers are more likely to travel. But, by far, the live audio engineers (concerts, tours, etc) are definitely the most likely to accumulate lots of miles on their frequent flyer accounts.

Israel recommends the following next steps:

You may want to explore the role of a music producer. Start here: https://www.recordingconnection.com/reference-library/recording-entrepreneurs/what-does-a-music-producer-do/

Thank you !! Stephan C.

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Alex’s Answer

It depends greatly on an engineer's niche or specific industry. Most engineers recording or mixing records in a studio rarely travel, though it isn't out of the realm of possibility when working with big-name clients. Generally speaking, mix engineers mostly work remotely from a single studio (commercial or home) at this point, as it's simple for clients around the world to transfer sessions anywhere online. If you're capturing audio for films or video games, that's a situation in which you could end up traveling quite a bit.

Thank you !! Stephan C.

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Daniel’s Answer

Yes, if you work for a band or musician that likes to take their own engineers on the road, or for theater or circus shows that do tours , that’s for sure , you can juggle between one city studio job and tours
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