By Ashtyn Creel
In today’s highly sophisticated world of technology, it’s no surprise that there is just as much involved in sound design as there is involved in visual design. Until the day when silent movies come back in style (which might not be happening any time soon), sound designers are a huge part of the visual media industry.
With an associate degree in sound design for visual media, you can learn the skills necessary to venture into an exciting career. Topics covered in the program include advanced sound design, sound effects, ADR (automated dialogue replacement) recording and editing, field and location audio recording, synchronization, boom operation, and the art of mixing all these elements together.
An audio and video equipment technician’s main job duty is to set up and operate electronic equipment such as microphones, projectors, speakers, monitors and recording devices. These electronics are used for all types of events that require audio broadcasting such as concerts, sporting events and conferences.
A field technician works with portable electronic equipment outside of a studio. Most field technicians work with news companies.
A recording engineer works with recording equipment and computer software to create special effects for television, radio and movies.
A broadcast technician uses special equipment to keep track of all the different elements involved in radio or television broadcasts, such as signal strength, clarity of sound and range of color. They work with transmitters and edit audio and video recordings.
A sound engineering technician records, mixes, synthesizes and reproduces music, sound effects and voices in mediums such as video and movie productions, recording studios, sports centers and movies. A foley artist is a type of sound engineering technician that deals exclusively with background noises. Learn more about foley artists in the BLS Occupational Outlook Quarterly.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, both broadcast and sound engineering technician careers are expected to grow 9% over the next several years.
A sound mixer/editor is responsible for editing, adding and removing sounds after a film is complete.
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