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An audio engineer (or a sound engineer) is a trained professional who works with the mechanics of recording, mixing, and reproducing sound. Audio engineers are not the same as sound producers, writers, or performers, as they deal specifically with the technical and the mechanical aspects of music and sound; nothing else. f

Job responsibilities

An audio engineer works with the technical aspects of sound during the processes of recording, mixing, and reproduction. Audio engineers often assist record producers and musicians to help give their work the sound they are hoping to achieve. For example, an audio engineer will piece together parts of a song, use auto-tune on a recording, and/or add synthetic sounds to a track. Audio engineers are different from producers. However, some audio engineers go on with their careers to double as producers or assume the role of producer. There are several subfields of audio engineering that one can become involved in.

Studio Engineer
A studio engineer works closely with producers in a studio. Sometimes studio engineers double as the producer and work independently.

Assistant Engineer
An assistant engineer usually works in a studio setting as well. They are often apprentices to studio engineers who own or work in large facilities.

Recording Engineer
A recording engineer is someone who focuses specifically on the aspect of recording sound.

Game & Audio Design Engineer
A game & audio design engineer helps work with the sound engineering on video games, as well as how to appropriately add sound to the game.

What do they get paid?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted that sound engineering technician jobs would grow by 9% from 2012 to 2022, which is as fast as the average for other occupations. In May 2012, sound engineering technicians earned mean annual wages of $55,340, according to the BLS. The highest-paid sound engineering technicians worked in motion pictures and video. They earned an average salary of $76,300 in May 2012 (www.bls.gov).

Where do they work?

Audio engineers may find jobs in the following fields:

  • Movies: In movies, sound engineers may be required for voice overs, sound tracks and scenes.
  • Television shows: Many television shows and commercials also require audio engineers in various departments prior to the final airing.
  • Music: They play a significant role in the field of music; particularly in live concerts, recording studios, and video albums.
  • Meetings: Big corporate companies require audio engineers for managing audio equipment in seminars, meetings and lectures.
  • Sports: They handle live telecasts, commentaries and many other functions.
  • Schools: They may also find jobs in schools while managing audio in sports functions, dances, student gatherings and in lectures also, if the class is big and requires additional audio equipment.
    Audio engineers working for television, films and music recordings will find their names among the credits. They can also be found in the following places:
  • Recording studios: Recording studios require audio engineers mainly to operate microphones, software and mixers. It is one of the most lucrative jobs; besides money, it also brings recognition.
  • Auto stores: An audio engineer may also find a job in an auto parts store selling stereo equipment and to assist in installations.
    Home audio stores: Home audio stores also need audio engineers to provide customers with assistance in selecting the right type of speakers and also help in installing them.

What education do you need?

Most sound engineers have received training at vocational schools, community colleges or 4-year colleges and universities. Undergraduate majors for sound engineers include audio technology, broadcast technology or music production, according to the Audio Engineering Society (www.aes.org). Sound engineers often hone their skills in student and community productions before being hired as salaried or freelance sound engineering technicians.

Skills Required

Sound engineers must be electronically adept and able to fix equipment when it malfunctions during a performance or recording. Working as part of a production team, they should also have strong interpersonal skills and be able to take direction from directors, producers and other members of a recording or performance crew. A love of music and excellent listening skills are also important.


Brian Haught

Age: 45

Venues: The Dragonfly, The Joint, The Opium Den, King King, The Garage, The El Rey, Henry Fonda Theater, The Viper Room, Roxy, Troubador, Key Club.

Years in Town: 18

Years in the Biz: 12

Gig Pet Peeves: Tardiness. "When you're in the studio you have all the time in the world. That's not true when you're playing live."

Favorite Piece of Gear: Any digital mixing console. "It allows you to be fluid and fast."

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