Music is the beat to our daily lives. We dance to our downloads, stream on the move and spin our favourite records more than ever before… even cassette tapes are enjoying a revival.
The gig scene is more popular than ever, with over 30 million people heading to live music events last year alone. Check out these 5 jobs you can do in the Music tech scene.
Senior Sound Engineer
If you have a creative mind and an ear for good music then a Senior Sound Engineer is the job for you. They are in charge of recording, mixing and editing music and audio for productions. They also set up and test sound equipment before an event, broadcast or recordings. Attention to detail is a good quality to have for this role as they enhance sound quality and add sound effects to recordings, to ensure the finalised product is the best it can be.
A Studio Technician, also known as Broadcast Technician, has the responsibility to set up, operate and maintain the electronic equipment that is used to transmit radio and TV programmes. In addition they control the audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and TV broadcasts.
As a Sound Designer, you will work as part of a team with the responsibility for creating the audio for the different projects you will work on. This will then be used to create the tempo, atmosphere and overall effect of the project. This role covers numerous creative sectors such as theatre, games, film and TV. In all sectors you will have to develop the sound concept for a project as well as a sound map or storyboard from a script or description of a project.
The job role for a Sound Technician will depend whether you work in production or post-production.
Production Sound Technician’s role consists of assessing the acoustics of the performance area and assembling and operating the necessary equipment, whilst consulting with producers and performers to check the correct sound requirements. They also select, position, adjust and operate the equipment used for amplification and recording.
A Post-Production Technician is responsible for the mixing and balancing of speech, effects and music as well as creating and altering sound effects for use in films and TV. They will also re-record and synchronise audio and integrate pre-recorded audio with visual content.
A Sound Mixer, also known as a Mixing Engineer, works with musicians, programmers and producers. Production Sound Mixers usually work on a freelance basis. The hours are long and the work often involves long periods working away from home. Most Production Sound Mixers are trained in sound recording. They often begin their careers working in the industry at junior levels as sound trainees. This training period may last for around two years before they are ready to become Sound Assistants.