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Careers in Music Production

Performers and composers need technically qualified and capable engineers to create the music they imagine. Technical or audio production careers focus on controlling and enhancing the quality of the audio that is created in the studio and at live events.

Examples of Music Production Careers

  • Recording Engineer
  • Record/Music Producer
  • Sound Designer
  • Instrument Tech/Specialist
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Sound Mixer
  • Recording Studio Manager

Recording engineer (also called sound engineers or audio technicians) – work with producers and performers to determine what sound is desired. Then they record “sound” using recording equipment and that sound is mixed and edited for things like quality and volume using a sound mixing board. “Sound” may include bass, drums, guitar, voice, etc. Sound engineers also create copies of the recording in other formats, test and make basic repairs on equipment and keep records of the recordings they make.

Music Producer (also called record producer) –A music producer is the creative leader for a recording project. She or he supervises the aspects of the recording process, such as hiring musicians, helping to select material and keeping the project on budget. Music production jobs may involve work on projects for artists, film, TV, or other multimedia.

Sound Designer – A sound designer finds or creates music and sound effects for productions, ranging from digital cinema, TV, animation and gaming to commercials, plays and other multimedia performances. The audio material is recorded and formatted for playback during the performance.

Instrument Tech/Specialist (i.e. guitar tech, bass tech) – An instrument technician who maintains the instrument and sets up musical equipment for his or her instrumentalist during a concert tour or stage show.

Live Sound Engineer – The live sound engineer mixes and adjusts the quality of audio, including speech and music, as it is being created in all kinds of venues like theaters, sports arenas, lecture halls and churches. She or he controls the sound using a mixing board and is responsible for setting levels and running sound checks. Also called audio technicians, sound technicians or mastering engineers.

Sound Mixer – A sound mixer manages the volume and sound quality when more than one microphone is used.

Recording Studio Owner/Manager – The studio manager oversees the day-to-day business of running the recording studio, including the managing the budget. She or he hires and schedules qualified engineers to run the studio equipment, books artists into the studio, negotiates prices and markets the studio to prospective customers.

More Music Production Jobs

  • Sound Effects Editor/Library Developer
  • Digital Audio Engineer/Editor
  • Radio Broadcast Engineer
  • Commercial Music