Audio Programmer

Job Purpose

An audio programmer is someone who programs, edits, inserts, creates, etc. music and sound effects in video games, movies, and some TV shows. There is quite a bit of education that has to go into these jobs. You need to know many different software systems and soundboard operations. A soundboard operator makes sure a game or movie sounds as good as it looks.   

Reports to

  • People who are interested in sound effects, music, movies, video games, etc.
  • People who enjoy working with software and soundboards.
  • People who use computers and enjoy using them.
  • People who are interested in the principles of sound and audio manipulation.
  • Working in the video game/movie development appeals to you.


Somethings that audio programmers need to be able to do are...

  • Be able to know different types of software that changes and edits sounds.
  • Have expertise with working with digital signaling technology.
  • Have a high degree of focus while working.
  • Need a bachelor's degree in computer science.
  • Need 3-5 years of programming experience.


Audio programmers need to be able to perform these skills to make a movie or game sound good...

    • Maintain current knowledge of audio programming techniques.
    • Work with state of the art audio software and hardware.
    • Be able to liaise with other programmers and game and movie designers.
    • Test and debug sound code so it can be inserted into the game or movie.
    • Maintaining and/or improving the sound engines on PS3, PS4, PC, XBOX 360, and XBOX One.
    • Be able to produce different unique sound effects for each category of games or movies.

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