Related jobs: Sound Designer, Composer
There are precious few audio jobs in the game industry, because just one audio engineer can often serve multiple teams. In fact, it’s common to have a single audio engineer covering an entire game studio. Many studios don’t have any full-time audio staff at all, instead choosing to contract on a temporary basis as needed.
On a given day as an Audio Engineer, you’ll do things like:
- Talk with the game team to determine what sorts of music or sound effects are needed
- Search through commercial audio libraries to find sounds to use as source material
- Record new sound effects in a studio or out in the real world (“in the field”)
- Use specialized audio hardware and software to create sounds, or modify and tweak combinations of sounds to make new ones
- Use custom software and editors to integrate your sounds into the game
Most of the audio jobs in the industry are contract positions. You can contract through a staffing agency, or as an employee of a contract audio firm. Most of the Audio Engineers that I’ve met are self-taught, although there are audio engineering schools that you can attend to get targeted training.
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