Sound engineers are half problem solvers and half creative artists. He must ensure sound is captured, controlled, and reproduced without issues, and that the sound is pleasing and moves the audience in the intended fashion.
Mentors / Internship
No matter if you attend school or not, learning first hand from a mentor through an apprenticeship or internship is highly valuable. While school often teaches theory, mentors teach real-life work flow and application.
In sound, one is always learning and trying to improve their craft. Many sound engineers learned through self-study and experience. There are countless books on the subjects of recording, mixing, mastering, and sound for film. Online e-courses, videos, and tutorials are also a great way to learn from others. There are many forums dedicated to different aspects of sound engineers with well-known professionals taking part in the enlightening discussion covering the industry. Many magazines exist with up to date articles covering sound as well. All of these resources are extremely valuable to your audio education.
Develop a good set up
The act of learning on the different aspects of sound and in this case how it travels and how it behaves in a room is a key factor to knowing how sound is entering the microphone. To become a good sound engineer, you have to know how to work on flutter echo and all the acoustic problems where reflections are included. You have to understand on how to create a comfortable environment so that it becomes a catalyst for a better production
Study everything on microphones
When you get to know how the microphone works, you get to another important step of becoming a sound engineer. We have different types of microphones in the market, and each one of them has got its strengths and weaknesses. You have to know how to select the right one for whichever job you have at hand, and this is a basic skill of a sound engineer.
Know how to edit an audio
In many circumstances, many overlook the aspect of editing. This is so because editing is the most tedious and also boring part of being a sound engineer. You have to have good listening skills to edit excellently so that you can get rid of unnecessary noises and also develop realistic fades. When learning on how to become a good sound engineer, do not overlook this aspect at all since You will be required to do it in your future career as a sound engineer
Put the knowledge to practice
In addition to experience, you’ll need to put the knowledge to practice using any gear you can get your hands on and work in a variety of situations. You will make many mistakes, but learning from mistakes is how you make progress. Over time, you will be good enough and have enough experience under your belt to begin charging for your work as a freelancer or looking for a job in sound. You will need to hustle and present your best work to stand out from the crowd of other aspiring engineers.
As always with sound, protect your ears at all costs as they are your most valuable asset and hearing damage is irreversible. With hard work and determination, you can be a sound engineer and work on the subject that interests you.