On Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 12:01:52AM +0100, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> Did anybody on this list start directly as audio engineer?
I did, not at a commercial studio but at the Belgian public radio & TV,
BRTN. Requirement for that was to have graduated at the then RITCS in
Brussels, now part of Erasmus University, and passing a series of exams.
I actually started there on the first of April, also my birthday. First
appointment was an interview with the chief engineer. The night before
the union (who had an axe to grind with him) had erected a stone wall
blocking the door of his office, so we had the interview in the bar.
BRTN had set up a specialised group doing only music recording a short
time before, and I immediately opted for that, to be told that apart
from formal musical training, playing an instrument and being able to
read an orchestral score, this required at least two years in-house
experience and familiarity with all the technical infrastucture and
operations, radio and TV. The CE explained that the main reason for
that was that he wanted the engineers at the music group to be able to
resist pressure from supervisors, producers, etc. who would otherwise
try to interfere with his work. And he was right about that as I later
experienced many times. So I spent the first year with TV, followed by
half a year in the on-air radio studios.
After that I transferred to the music group, where you were on trial
for two more years before being confirmed by your peers. I stayed
there eight years, and then was supposed to take the management exam
which would mean a boring supervisor job for some years, so I moved on.
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