Instrumentation lab technicians are the backbone of Australia’s recording industry.
As such, their skills are crucial to recording studios, as they are the people who actually manufacture the instruments.
In many cases, they also create the music that is being played, so when the artist makes a mistake with a piece of gear, they don’t need to find a replacement.
But it’s also true that, as technology improves, the need for these skilled technicians is also increasing.
In a new report, Instrumentation Lab Technician Network, the industry body says it has seen a rise in the number of instrumentation technicians and in their importance to the industry, and the number is expected to grow.
“With advances in technology and automation, it’s becoming increasingly important that musicians and producers are able to communicate and work with each other more effectively,” the group says.
“A lot of people have come to accept that instrumentation lab jobs are becoming more difficult, and have become more reliant on automation and automation-enabled services.”
It’s this last point that worries many artists and producers.
“I have heard from a number of people that instrumenting lab jobs in the music business are now becoming increasingly dependent on automation, automation-powered services and automation to ensure the work is done safely and efficiently,” the report says.
Instrumentation lab staff will need to have a “proper understanding of both the software that is used and the underlying hardware, so they will be able to work together and to be flexible when needed to make sure they’re doing the right job”.
While the industry says it wants to attract and retain the best talent, it is also worried that automation may be replacing the jobs of more experienced staff, leaving people in a “chaos state” of uncertainty and uncertainty about what is and isn’t possible.
In addition to this, the report notes that many of the instruments being recorded are now made using software that has a “high level of complexity”.
The report also says that automation-based tools like the Reaper 2, Cubase, Ableton Live and the iPad Pro are taking over the instrumentation job, while the rise of the iPad as a professional recording device and digital audio workstation has made the need to perform repetitive tasks more important.
In an effort to counter these concerns, the organisation has launched a new website called The Instrumentation Laboratory.
This new platform allows members to search for an instrument they want to work on, and then find a person with a background in instrumentation who has the knowledge and skills to assist them in their instruments.
“The instrumentation industry has had to cope with these technological shifts for decades,” the organisation’s CEO, Steve Beattie, says.
“We want to help restore some of that balance.”
It sounds like a good idea.
But is it enough?
The instrumenting industry is certainly not alone in facing the growing complexity of digital audio.
The digital audio industry is growing at an exponential rate, but the industry’s workforce is also growing at a slower pace.
This is in part because many of those in the industry are now relying on technology to help them do their jobs, rather than rely on a human, and to that end, the number and nature of their instruments has grown.
The Instrumentation Labs report says that the number one problem in the recording industry is the increasing complexity of the equipment used to record music.
It says the number, quality and quantity of instruments in the business has grown exponentially over the last 20 years.
The report says it is important that the industry continues to embrace the growing complexities of digital technology and use it to improve the quality and performance of its instruments.