recording college

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Member Since: Jan 26, 2003

to make this short and sweet, i need to decide(and fast) if and how imma go about college. I wanna open up my own audio place in about ten years, so need to know my stuff well. i found a home studdy course that looks pretty decent, and it's cheap, so i figured i'd do that since i had nothing to lose and then take extra courses at a college for business and anything i wanted to know more on. I've also been looking at Madison Media Institute in Madison, Wi. The thing is it's $20,000, and i'm not exactly going to be making much right out of college.this presents a problem.i've only found 2 other collges that have degrees for sound recording, but Madison looks the best. But, my parents surprised me the other day and said they'd pay half. My orginal plan was just to do the home study and then take courses, but now i'm reconcidering. So whatta you guys think, should i try the home study and do just courses, or take out loans and go to Madison. If any one knows of any other recording schools also, lemme know.

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...bringing sexy back
Since: Jul 01, 2002

Feb 23, 2003 02:09 pm

qualifications are what you'll need to get a job anywhere...which youll have to do im assuming before you start your own studio.

itd be an experience!

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Feb 23, 2003 01:10 pm

Maddison has great program from what I have heard. There are some others out there such as Full Sail and acouple more I can think of. You can stop by a music store near you and grab a copy of Recording magazine and they have several schools listed that are rated fairly high on the scale. It sounds as though Maddison is close by you, so that is an otpion I would look at. I know for sure that a hands on education there would truly be a much better experiance then an online course at home. That is however not to say that an online course is not a good option, just that it is probably not going to give you the same level of experiance that Maddison will.

Good luck, and let us know how things turn out.

Since: Sep 09, 2002

Feb 23, 2003 08:14 pm

do you really need a degree? i'm just asking because i've talked to 6 or 8 people on line who all say the same thing: They wish they'd spent that $10,000 - $30,000 on equipment and just taught themselves.

Don't take me too seriously, as i'm just a hobbyist with audio anyways ;O) -j

Since: Apr 03, 2002

Feb 23, 2003 08:25 pm

I know only a couple peeps with formal education, and it does teach a lot. What is learned by experience over years can be learned in school in weeks/months, so it is a faster path...but the people I know with schooling are schooled in playing, not engineering so it may not mean much, but I don't know any engineers with formal training except one, and I think he kinda sucks at his job last I heard any of his work.

I am just not much for classrooms, myself...that said, I am spending next week in Oracle training so, well, I guess I am a hypocrite, but then, my employer is paying for it, not me.

Since: Feb 22, 2003

Feb 23, 2003 08:49 pm


Here is my advice, take it or leave it. It sounds to me that you've got alot of time if your wanting to wait 10 years to open your studio. If I were you, I'd not make a rash decision. It's cool that you've got folks that want to help in Schooling. Hopefully thats not a "right now" offer only. School is good, but what others have said about experience is correct. A degree looks nice but it only "looks" nice. Experience is way more important. If your not totally sold on the school Idea, don't make the financial committment. If you've got cheaper alternatives, like the home study course. Maybe you should give it a shot and see if it gives the results your hoping for. Also, continually think that you need to open your studio A.S.A.P. This will help you stay motivated and give you the urgency to learn, learn and Practice. Most people tend to procrastinate and if you say in about 10 years you want to open up your studio, you may find yourself waiting 8 years to be the most productive. If you start now, you'll accomplish more. I have to tell myself that all the time!

Since: Dec 30, 2002

Feb 24, 2003 03:42 am


I currently attend the ACM in Guilford (UK) doing a 2 year BA-Degree, the course cost me 10,000.

I knew fairly little before I started the course and I must admit that I now have a fair bit of knowledge in the field (if I do say so myself :), However, as already mentioned by Jamie - I wish that I had spent that 10,000 on studio equipment and picked up the art myself.

Having said that tho, there is no way of knowing if I would have been able to learn my equipment or some of the more technical and physical processes involved.

As a final point I would definatly reccomend working in a couple of studios before you embark upon opening your own - the experience will be priceless.


Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Feb 24, 2003 01:20 pm

Man, if I could afford it in terms of money and time, I would go in a heart beat! Play with other peoples equipment and share ideas and approaches etc.! Absolutely! Of course having said that, I choose not to per other priorities. As far as career? Yow, what a concept! There's knowledge, relationships, politics, exposure, self marketing, ad on infinum! I like Jues idea if you can do it. Get involved with some studio and if nothing else listen to the folks that work there and see what their biggest challanges are. For me, I am too emotionally involved to make music a career. I would be acting out the first time a bean counter edited my work. Wally's tunes from San Quinten!

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