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Audio Production: 5 Interesting Work Environments

August 2, 2013 Audio Production, IADT General 0 Comments

Interesting Work EnvironmentsYou love audio. You’re interested in how music is created, recorded and edited. You wonder what it’s like to create the soundtracks for television shows and movies. But is this more than just a personal interest?

It can be.

As an Audio Production student, you can be introduced to the skills you need to work in this industry. There are many different ways audio professionals are employed. Read about these five interesting work environments profiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics – and decide if one of them is right for you:

Audio and Video Equipment Technicians

Responsibilities:
  • Set up and operate audio and video equipment
  • Know how to connect wires and cables
  • Operate sound boards, mixing boards and related electronic equipment

Audio and video equipment technicians must know how to work with microphones, speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors and recording equipment.

They may work at news networks, businesses or universities to set up meetings, conventions, news conferences, lectures or presentations. They may also work in the entertainment industry at venues, setting up stages for musicians or fields for sporting events.

Broadcast Technicians

Responsibilities:

  • Set up, operate and maintain equipment
  • Regulate the signal strength, clarity, and range of sounds and colors
  • Know how to work with radio or television broadcasts

Broadcast technicians operate transmitters, enabling listeners and viewers to hear their radio or television programs. They must also know how to use computers to program their equipment, edit audio and edit video.

They may work for radio or television networks. Some may also be able to work with online programs that broadcast over the Internet.

Recording Engineers and Sound Engineering Technicians

Responsibilities:

  • Operate machines and equipment that record, synchronize, mix and reproduce music, voices or video
  • May operate equipment designed to produce special effects for radio, television or film
  • Must know how to effectively and efficiently record live performances

Recording engineers and sound engineering technicians must be able to record audio performances or events. They are responsible for combining tracks that were recorded separately to create a multilayered final product. They must know how to operate transmitters to broadcast radio or television programs, especially for live events. This skillset includes knowing how to use computers to program their equipment and to edit their recordings.

They may work in the music, television or film industry.

Foley Recorder and Mixer

Responsibilities:

  • Use props to recreate physical sounds that are integrated into television shows or films
  • Work with cue sheets to determine what sounds need to be created
  • Must be able to properly time effects with pre-recorded dialogue

Foley recorders and mixers are a specific type of sound engineering technician. Microphones used in the television and film industry are designed to capture dialogue, meaning many important background noises are not recorded. To make up for these lost sounds, Foley recorders and mixers use props to recreate the sounds.

They may work in the radio, television or film industry. They may also work for advertising agencies that are responsible for filming commercials.

Field Technicians

Responsibilities:

  • Set up and operate portable equipment outside of the studio
  • Stay up to date on developing technology
  • Work with reporters and broadcasters

Field Technicians are responsible for successfully recording outside. This type of coverage requires a lot of electronic equipment – which field technicians must know how to operate, maintain and repair. The technology is rapidly changing, so field technicians must stay current on how to use their equipment.

They most often work with televisions stations, exclusively with news reporters.

These are just a few examples of the types of work Audio Production students may find. Talk to your program advisor about other opportunities, such as Mixing Engineers or ProTools Operators. Audio Production is a growing industry – find your niche at IADT today.

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