An audio/sound engineers’ job consists of recording, mixing, and reproducing sounds. Audio engineers often assist record producers and musicians putting together parts of a song, auto-tuning a record, or adding synthetic sounds to a track.
A recording engineer is someone who focuses specifically on the aspect of recording sound. Recording engineers shape the sound of an album. They record, edit, and mix sound through their choice of microphones, setting levels and sound manipulation techniques.
A mix engineer focuses on mixing together different tracks to mesh and create a new track and also mix the various sound elements of a track to balance the volume and improve audio quality.
A mastering engineer smooths over the results of a mix engineer, making the final product into a whole. They
A live sound technician will work at live events to manage sound quality, volume, & equipment.
A monitor engineer works with live sound engineers to help the performers at a live event hear themselves. The monitor engineer is responsible for the operation of the monitor mixing console, maintenance and repair of the band’s in-ears, onstage, and backline gear. Monitor engineers maintain and repair microphones, wedges, XLR cable, and any other audio gear. They also supervise the installation of the monitor system, the mixing desk, and the signal inputs.
A systems engineer manages the entire experience of sound at live performances. Systems engineers manage both live sound engineers and monitor engineers, and also work to set up the entire live sound system at many live events.
A video game sound designer helps work with the sound engineering on video games, as well as how to appropriately add sound to the game. A video game sound designer also creates content, which often involves recording audio elements and crafting them in an audio workstation to match animations or environments in a game.
An audio post engineer works to mix and edit audio for television and movies. Say if some sounds are off or voices cannot be heard (lacks in performance or quality), actors would be brought to a sound studio where an audio post engineer will add in music, voiceover effects or use ADR (automatic dialog replacement) if necessary.