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Is music production something I should go to college for?

l'm a freshman in high school and I have a passion for cooking some fire beats and I want to get better. Some of my role models are metro boomin, whoever made the beat for Tay-K's "the race". I would appreciate some advice very much and look forward to having a conversation. #musicproduction #music #music-production #sound-engineer #recording-studio


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Rafailia’s Answer

Hi there!


Yes, music production/sound engineering is something you should go to college for because they offer you a more thorough and technical aspect of things. You are going to learn thoroughly about sound waves, how to handle them, and how all their traits can be utilized along with the plug ins and new technology. More over, you can follow different paths and learn about different things, such as recording engineering so using pro tools, consoles, mics, stereo,surround sound set ups, mixing and mastering (both really hard individually if done professionally), mock-ups, foley. Although there are many self taught producers, you can see some difference with those having gone to college for it. For now, you can experiment yourself and take some online courses that will help you really get better at it.




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Mark’s Answer

Rafailia is right on target. She is urging you to consider your 'long game' in music. Creating beats now allows you to utilize your creative talents, but what happens if and when you tire of the genre, or things and your interests change as you get older?


You want to have a deep understanding of what is out there and be sure you are prepared for the opportunities that might be afforded you, by having the technical as well as creative knowledge.

I worked in studios in the 80s, and the engineers all wanted to work with top rock acts--who wouldn't--but the reality was that there were only a few slots for them to do that. Our studio got involved in film scoring--and that became a huge opportunity for the engineers--and the whole staff--to experience a completely different side of recording.


It had a giant upside, and many of my former co-workers became very proficient (and well known) for doing scoring work.


You can be well rounded within your interest. It expands your skills and opens opportunities. Good luck!


-M


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