Audio Engineering Industry Jobs
Audio Engineering training can lead to a variety of exciting,
fulfilling careers. US and Canadian music production schools offer a
wide range of courses designed to build on skills required for the
sound engineering jobs listed below. Learn more about audio
Where can audio engineering training lead you? Examples include:
Producers are integral in the production of musical projects.
They're typically tasked with producing the overall sound of a
project, which involves the selection of recording engineers,
studios, and the musical material itself. In addition, producers
often act as liaisons with other aspects and people involved in a
production. Administrative duties, including contracts and fees,
often fall under a producer's job responsibilities.
A recording engineer works in the studio, and is charged with the
responsibility of maintaining quality and excellence in recordings.
The recording engineer is the one behind the console, and requires a
well trained ear to achieve excellence in the transfer of sound to
media. Familiarity with recording and signal levels, signal
processing devices, and all related session operations is required.
Typically, the recording engineer and the producer will work
together on the final recording mix.
Assistant Engineer (2nd Engineer)
The assistant engineer is the recording engineer's number one
assistant. This position is where graduates of audition engineering
schools often begin. This job is an excellent way to learn the
skills required in a studio, and how a session runs smoothly. The
role of the Assistant Engineer is to help the Recording Engineer
successfully complete the job, ensuring that all aspects of the
recording session are working smoothly. This includes set up and
tear down for sessions, testing of equipment, aligning recording
machines, overseeing the comfort of any clients or coworkers
involved in the session, and even running errands. Essentially,
whatever is needed to ensure a successful session may fall under the
domain of the Assistant Engineer.
A Mastering Engineer is tasked with the compilation required for the
final stage in the recording process, and ensures that it is ready
for mass duplication. Responsible for the final product, the
Mastering Engineer requires great breath and depth of experience,
including a very strong ear.
Digital Remastering Engineer (Archiving)
The Archiving Engineer is responsible for ensuring that the final
product is transferred to the appropriate media that will give it
longevity and durability. The preservation of recordings is their
Live Sound Engineer
A Live Sound Engineer is involved with concert production, including
all equipment and consoles required to produce a live event. Working
with crews, understanding how to best achieve quality acoustics in
different settings, and monitoring sound production are key tasks.
A Studio Technician is tasked with ensuring the studio itself is
fully operational. This includes maintenance of all studio
equipment, wiring, equipment repair, and trouble shooting any
problems that may arise during a session. Computer and networking
skills are increasingly demanded of Studio Technicians as equipment
rapidly becomes more technologically advanced.
A Studio Administrator manages a studios operations, including
booking studio time. In addition, they are responsible for duties
including; equipment and supplies purchasing, studio marketing, and
overseeing the studio's business operations. Often, ensuring that
the studio is following the business plan and managing cash flow
also falls under the Administrator's role.
Mixers are the people responsible for collecting recordings of a
production while it is underway. They also record room tone and
location sound for later use in the sound production process. Sound
recordists typically work with other crews on location, including
camera and boom operators.
A Music Supervisor is tasked with the selection and/or recording of
music for a film, and is typically hired by the film's Director or
Producer. In addition, the Music Supervisor is responsible for any
negotiations or fees required to access original music for the film.
A Music Editor answers to the Music Supervisor and is tasked with
any editing of the music score required for the film. Strong musical
abilities and editing skills are required.
Charged with arranging and working with the post production team,
the Sound Supervisor is typically hired by a Director to work with
the entire sound production team.
A Foley Editor oversees all Foley artists who work to replicate
those recordings included in a film that are not recorded while on
Automated Dialogue Replacement Editor
The ADR Editor works in tasked with the re-recording of primary
actors dialogue in the post production stage. Their job is to clean
A Sound Designer needs a vast knowledge of recording procedures in
order to create any sound that is required within a film. Creativity
and a great ear are critical talents required of a Sound Designer.
Forensic Audio Specialist
These specialists are often employed by government and/or law
enforcement. These individuals may perform several tasks, including
providing testimony as to how recordings were made, reengineering
preexisting recordings for greater clarity, comparing recordings,
The job descriptions listed above are by no means an exhaustive list
of those career paths open to Audio Engineering graduates. Audio
Engineers are vitally important in many other business areas,
including Sales, Web/Video production, and others.
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