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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 engineering schools.



 


Where can audio engineering training lead you? Examples include:

Producer

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.

Recording Engineer

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.

Mastering 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 responsibility.

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.

Studio Technician

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.

Studio Administrator

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.

Mixer/Sound Recordist

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.

Music Supervisor

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.

Music Editor

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.

Sound Supervisor

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.

Foley Editor

A Foley Editor oversees all Foley artists who work to replicate those recordings included in a film that are not recorded while on location.

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 up recordings.

Sound Designer

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, etc.

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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