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Mastering The Void: A Missing Link in UK Audio Education?

In recent living memory, the United Kingdom has shifted its Higher Education (HE) policy from a purely educational standpoint to an overtly vocational one. This shift has emerged from successive political policies that encourage a fierce marketization of the UK HE sector, rated by metrics often based upon employability, vocational and student satisfaction. Against this backdrop, new generations of `music technologists` have emerged in a continually growing sector. Perhaps this growth in undergraduate provision has emerged to meet the demand of industry or despite industry. This paper explores one remaining area of audio education in which an industry-ready training void may persist. Drawing upon analysis of undergraduate provision in the UK and several interviews with lecturers and program leaders, this paper displays the perceived mismatch between training provision and professional expectations in audio mastering and seeks to discuss satisfactory ways forward for aspiring engineers.


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