The Lowdown On SAE Institute
Thinking about taking up a career in the music biz? Not only is SAE Institute the official Education Partner of this year’s RTS tour, we think it would be a pretty awesome place to study! We caught up with some students from SAE to get the lowdown on what it’s like. Next up is Michael Mission, an Audio Production student.
Why did you decide to study at the SAE Institute?
After weighing up my options by researching online and attending several open days, I found the staff at SAE to be more welcoming, the lecturers more knowledgeable and the facilities more professional. I wanted to learn from the best and I immediately felt like I was at home here.
What do you like most about studying at SAE?
I love the wealth of information that each study unit presents. Information that I certainly would have had trouble sourcing and understanding if not for the talented lecturers and tutors ready to help you out whenever they can. I love the variety as well. I’ve learnt everything from mic placement and recording techniques to mixing songs on professional mixing consoles, producing electronic music using synths and plugins and even recording and mixing audio for film. All of it have made me a better, stronger and smarter audio practitioner.
What do you find is the most challenging aspect of the Degree?
I’ve had to quickly learn how to properly manage my time since doing this course. It’s the one thing that they don’t teach you. Having such a diverse range of students from all walks of life with different lifestyles and priorities it becomes an individualistic exercise to find your own rhythm and synchronicity with study and life outside of uni. It seems hard to juggle everything at first but you quickly become use to it, trust me.
What aspect of music industry are you most interested and involved in?
I’ve become really passionate in becoming a music producer during my time here at SAE. I find it extremely exhilarating collaborating with talented bands, solo artists and electronic musicians and bringing all of their musical ideas, their creativity and their unique sounds into something that other people can appreciate and listen to.
So what are some of the projects that you’ve been working on recently?
I’m currently working on a collaborative EP with a talented singer songwriter group. I really love simple acoustic productions – a guitar, a beautiful voice and sexy percussions. I’m also about to start working on a more hip-hop based production with a mate. I love my beats and I always seem to go back to it no matter what.
Anything else you would like to mention about SAE?
If you’re serious about audio and you feel like you want to enhance your knowledge and take it to the very next level, I wholeheartedly recommend checking out SAE. It’s an international institution that can open up many doors both here in Australia and overseas. I would love to work in New York someday. I know, I know – cliche right, but hey all dreams start out as cliches, don’t they?
So there you have it guys! Jump on over to the SAE Institute website to find out all about their course options!