Hi there and welcome to Melodic Exchange. My name is Gary, my team and I are on a mission to give you simplified and actionable recording arts and music production advice to help you make informed decisions.

If you're a new reader and want to know more about starting your career in music and audio production, check out our START HERE page.

Melodic Exchange was established in 2015 with the goal to provide easy to understand recording arts and education advice that makes a real impact. I was always frustrated seeing too many audio production related sites fail to provide actionable information to their readers.

I wanted Melodic Exchange to be different, and I made a commitment to making sure our advice can be followed by ​regular people with a love for the arts who are looking for real answers to help realize their dream careers.

My Story

I grew up never really giving too much thought about the audio recording or music production processes. Sure I loved the latest drops and soundtracks, anything that had an amazing ambience to it, but other than that I had a very average childhood. After deciding to make the recording arts my career, my education at Full Sail dramatically changed my perceptions on how recording and manipulating sound could deeply affect others in a positive way.

Gary Varnes

I DJ’d and toured a few clubs a bit, but after I got married, my priorities changed. I realized that teaching others the art of recording helped them fulfil their own dreams and kept my own skills in the game - without being away from my family. I've really transformed my views on audio and sound production. I constantly learn more about the production, teach others and generally make sure the recording arts continue to flourish as they evolve.

If you’re looking for the best information on music, sound or audio engineering careers, plus reviews on the best music production equipment you’ve come to the right place.

Careers in the music industry are very rewarding and our mission is to provide unbiased and helpful information on everything there is to know about getting started.

This resource was created to help guide people just like yourself to a successful career in audio. With the massive amount of information scattered around the internet, we've gathered the best of the best in an easy-to-understand way.

And it doesn’t cost you a dime. We simply want to help aspiring sound engineers like you achieve your goals.


“Music is fundamental to our species, perhaps even more so than language.”
Dr. Daniel J. Levitin

“The most abstract of our arts is also one of the things that defines our humanity.”
Andrew Ford

“I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me – like food or water”
Ray Charles

Topics We Cover

We try to cover as many relevant music and sound engineering topics as possible, we would certainly love to hear from you if you have any suggestions. Feel free to drop us a line, we’ll do our best to cover it for you if we haven't already.

Everything we publish is based on our own research of the topic. We utilize government data, professional third party research, the best music school websites, plus many other resources.

What we do

  • Simplify complex advice
  • Give realistic expectations
  • Write for real everyday people learning about their options
  • Conduct an enormous amount of research to back our advice

What we don't do

  • Promote fake “instant star” attitudes
  • Tell you to do something that doesn't work
  • Make you buy expensive or unnecessary products
  • Give favorable reviews to companies that pay us

Here are some of the most popular topics we currently cover regularly:

  • Sound and audio engineering schools
  • Current salary information
  • Music producer jobs
  • The best music production equipment and software
  • Job descriptions
  • Scholarships and industry grants
  • Industry news

We hope you enjoy this site and find it useful. Feel free to provide us with any feedback any time.

Cheers, and best of luck in your career!

Gary Varnes