I'm a college student at my local community college where I am currently enrolled as a music major. I just finished my first semester and I am still trying to figure out what degree I want or exactly what field I would like to get into. My plan, until yesterday, was to get an associates in Audio Recording and an Associates in Computer Programming. My goal with that would be to get into designing software such as DAW's, VST's, etc. Until yesterday, when I was watching a video demonstration from Musikmesse 2014 and I realized that what I really want to do is work for a company like Akai, DjTechTools, Native Instruments, or similar companies designing electronic instruments. So my question is, what degree(s) would be best to help me to get into this field? And how do people typically get into this field?
I hope you like math a lot, because to do any of those jobs, you will need to do a lot of it. A dual major in acoustical engineering and computer science would probably be ideal, but it involves lots and lots and lots of math because you have to deal with acoustic modeling, which is all math.
If you were considering just getting associates degrees and making things that sound cool from musical skill, you may want to reconsider the path of designing the tools used by musicians, because it is extremely technical. If the idea of a bunch of math and fairly challenging 4 year programs doesn't scare you off though, it could be a lot of fun, just be aware of what you are getting yourself into if you go down that path.