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Audio Production Career Avenues

January 7, 2011 IADT Nashville, Audio Production, IADT General 0 Comments

If you want to be right in the middle of the media world, a career in audio production may be for you. In the audio field, you could some day find yourself mixing sound for your favorite video game series, producing hit music or recording the dialogue of famous actors. Opportunities in audio are endless. To help you begin your journey toward a career in audio production, we've assembled a list of some of the most exciting audio production career avenues that various industries have to offer.

Spotlight: Game Audio Engineer
If you love video games and you have a talent for sound, you could feel right at home as a game audio engineer. Game audio engineers bring video games to life by creating realistic sound effects and original music. A big qualification for game audio engineers is creativity since many of them create sound for objects or creatures that don't exist in real life. These engineers must also be resourceful as they often have to create sounds from scratch on a low budget.
Other gaming jobs: Soundtrack composer, audio creative director, audio test engineer

Spotlight: Studio Manager
Studio managers in radio work to make sure live productions come off smoothly and cleanly. They work with producers to adjust sound levels, mix audio, piece together sound clips and create original content. Since much of their work is live, studio managers must be quick thinkers who are cool under pressure.
Other radio jobs: Program manager, production manager

Spotlight: Dialogue Editor
The dialogue editor on a movie has the unique job of editing, synchronizing and smoothing the film's dialogue. The dialogue editor starts working after the entire movie has been shot, matching the dialogue that was recorded on the set to the actors' mouths on screen. Most times, parts of the dialogue recorded on the set aren't useable. When this happens, the dialogue must get the actor back in studio to dub in the parts that didn't come across well during production. Dialogue editors must be patient as they constantly tweak hours of audio to get the ideal sound.
Other movie jobs: Foley artist, re-recording mixer

Spotlight: Composer
Composers are called upon to write new songs or take song ideas and flesh them out. Many composers work closely with recording artists to create songs that fit the artists' style and personality. Other composers write original scores or arrange scores to be performed by an orchestra. Composers must use their creativity to write music that is seen by audiences as something more original and exciting than thousands of similar pieces.
Other music jobs: Music editor, vocal production

Spotlight: Location Sound Engineer
Location sound engineers can work on the sets of movies or television shows. They are responsible for making sure sound equipment works, microphones are picking up the right sound and all sound gear is out of camera range. Location sound engineers must be organized and thorough in their preparations to make sure they get the sound right on the first try to take the pressure off of post-production sound engineers. Location sound engineers who work on live sets like news productions, sporting events or awards shows face extra pressure as sound problems can be difficult to fix on the fly.
Other television jobs: Boom operator, sound editor, music supervisor

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