Sound Engineer Career

Career Description:

Sound engineers are responsible for recording, manipulating, mixing and reproducing sound. Their skills of producing sound can be employed for use in various media such as film, radio, television, live performance (theatre, music, dance), electronic products and computer games. They identify the sound requirements for a given situation or task according to the ‘brief’ they are given and perform the appropriate actions to produce this sound.

Sound engineers are involved in both production and post-production. Those working in production record the sound on location, and those operating in post-production manipulate and mix the pre-recorded audio.

How to become a Sound Engineer:

To become a sound engineer, a person would first need a bachelor’s degree or higher qualification in acoustics, computer science, physics or another engineering discipline before he could pursue masters in sound engineering from a university. Alternatively at the time of being an undergraduate, he might work in audio companies (e.g.¬†headphone¬†manufacturer), or other industries which need audio expertise.

Sound Engineer course, trainings, programs:

Sound engineering courses at university or college fall into two rough categories: (i) training in the creative use of audio as a sound engineer and (ii) training in science or engineering which then allows students to pursue a career in developing audio technologies. Sound engineers can pursue specializations in any of the following sub disciplines:

  • Audio signal processing

  • Architectural acoustics

  • Electrical acoustics

  • Musical acoustics

  • Psychoacoustics

  • Speech transmission

Sound Engineer career schools/colleges, education:

There are many schools and colleges all over the world, but primarily centered in UK, France, Canada and the US, that provide courses in sound engineering.

Top 4 colleges/universities:

American University, Washington DC.

University of Denver, Colorado

Belmont University in Nashville, TN

Los Angeles Recording School

Sound engineer career job opportunities, salaries/pay:

While sound engineers mostly find jobs in the motion picture and video industry, the architectural and engineering industries offer the best pays. Although competition remains fierce and growth is expected to slow, a sound engineer’s annual income ranges between $30,000 and $50,000. Technicians who handle new equipment as opposed to those who perform engineering duties are expected to have the best potential for gains.

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