When people think of the music industry, or when they listen to songs and albums, they focus on the singers themselves, and how talented they must be, to make such wonderful-sounding music. That is certainly true; that the singers are very important when it comes to how good a record will sound, but it excludes the integral roles that are played by other parties in making the song sound the way it does.
The next person that people usually think of when they think of the people involved in producing music is the music producer. Again, this is fair because the music producer is the one who is in charge of the overall conception and production of the song, mixtape or album.
The people who are seldom remembered are the music technicians, even though it is arguable that they play roles that are as important, if not more important that all the other people who are involved in the music production process.
The music technicians are the ones who check to make sure that everything that will be used in recording the music is in good working order, and tuned to provide the sound possible. The importance of their work is highlighted by the fact that most of the things they do are so technical that neither the artists themselves, nor the music producers would be able to do them without the technicians being involved. In the world of sound production, one incorrect setting could mean the difference between a great-sounding record and one that sounds terrible.
In order to become a music technician, it is usually advisable that you acquire a degree from a college or other educational institution. Some educational institutions exist that focus specifically on music education, and a degree from one of those would be a great way to get credibility on the industry in as short a period of time as possible.
While it is important to get a formal education; as with all technician roles in all industries, the most important consideration will simply be whether or not you know what you are doing, In order to be recognised, hired and allowed to work on important projects, you must be able to show an understanding of the various instruments and equipment used in the music production process and a proficiency in making them work together in order to produce the best sound possible.
Doing this could involve physically adjusting things on instruments or using digital interfaces such as a computer or MIDI controller to manipulate settings in order to get them at optimal levels to make sounds being produced sound as good as possible.
The prospects of a music technician are very impressive. After working as a sound engineer or in whatever technician role for some years, whether in a single studio or in many different ones, a music technician will usually have acquired the essential skills and the reputation to change careers and become a music producer, thereby taking on a wider and more lucrative role in the music production process.