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Sound Engineering

Summary

A Sound engineering technician operates, assembles and maintains technical equipment that records, amplifies, enhances, mixes or reproduces sounds. Sound engineers work in pan domains like advertising, music, movies, live performances and broadcasting. They assess the requirement of sound at any given location and then produce the appropriate decibels of sound.

Career Opportunities in Sound Engineering

  • Recording
    Sound Engineers in this profile record acoustics/design across field recording, sound libraries, bio acoustic research; nature sounds, live performances, mixing engineering, music composition and music production.
  • Internet audio broadcast
    Sound Engineers in this profile work across Internet, Radio, Television, Web Casting.
  • Mastering CD + DVD live sound
    Sound Engineers in this profile, master their hand at recording live sound in CD's and DVD's.
  • Audio software + hardware
    Sound Engineers in this profile work in quality assurance and technical support.
  • Quality Assessment
    Sound Engineers check the quality of sound and modify it to make it more pleasing.
  • Music restoration/preservation
    Sound Engineers work here to preserve prerecorded materials, such as vintage LP's and cassettes.
  • Forensic audio
    Sound engineers specializing in this profile work in courtroom documentation and as experts for speech recognition /restoration.

How to Pursue a Career in Sound Engineering

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science Stream Pursue B.Tech for 4 yearsPursue M.Tech for 2-3 years-
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science StreamPursue Different Courses(duration ranging from 1 month to 3 years )--

Important Facts

  • Most college have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12thor senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit.
  • Sound Engineering is also called as Audio Engineering.

Leading Institutes

Top Sound Engineering Institutes in India
College Location Website
Department of Film & TV Studies, Bharatiya VidyaBhavan New Delhi Delhi www.film-tvstudies.com
IIT Kharagpur Kharagpur www.iitkgp.ac.in
Deviprasad Goenka Mangement College of Media Studies Mumbai www.rset.edu.in/dgmc
Film and Television Institute of India, Pune Pune www.ftiindia.com
College of Applied Science, Vadakkencherry Vadakkencherry www.casvdy.org
Biju Patnaik Film and Television Institute Cuttack www.bpftio.org.in
CRAFT Film School Delhi www.log2craft.org
ZEE Institute Of Media Arts (ZIMA) Mumbai Mumbai www.zimainstitute.com
National Institute of Film and Fine Arts NIFFA, Kolkata Kolkata www.niffa.org
Digital Academy The Film School Mumbai Mumbai www.dafilmschool.com
Department of Music, University of Mumbai Mumbai www.mu.ac.in/portal/department-of-music
Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication,School of Arts New Delhi Delhi www.sac.ac.in
ARM Academy of Radio Management New Delhi www.arm.net.in
Asian Academy of Film & Television Noida www.aaft.com
Top Sound Engineering Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Yale University (Postgrad) United States www.yale.edu
University of Michigan- Ann Arbor United States www.umich.edu
University of Edinburgh (Postgrad) United Kingdom www.ed.ac.uk
University of Illinois At Urbana Champaign (Postgrad) United States www.illinois.edu
Australian National University (Both) Australia www.anu.edu.au
University of Manchester (Postgrad) United Kingdom www.manchester.ac.uk
Boston University (Postgrad) United States www.bu.edu
University of Southern California United States www.usc.edu
University of New South Wales Australia www.unsw.edu.au

Sound Engineering Entrance Exams

Undergraduate
College Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Joint Entrance Examination Main (JEE Main) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.jeemain.nic.in
Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE Advanced) May/June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.jeeadv.ac.in
National Engineering Aptitute Test (NEAT/NAT) June Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, www.srde.org
Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission (BITSAT) May Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, Logical Reasoning English www.bitsadmission.com/bitsatmain.aspx
Education Promotion Society of India National Admission Test (ENAT) April/May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English www.epsfi.org
Vellore Institute of Technology Engineering Entrance Exam (VITEEE) April Mathematics/Biology Physics, Chemistry, English www.vit.ac.in
University of Delhi Combined Entrance Exam (DU-CET) June Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.dtu.ac.in
Consortium Medical, Engineering & Dental Colleges of Karnataka (COMEDK) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.comedk.org
Admission Test for ICFAI Science & Technology (ATIT) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, English www.icfaiuniversity.in/atit/btech_program.html
Combined Written Admission Test (CWAT) May/June Botany Zoology Physics, Chemistry, www.acds.co.in
SRM University Engineering Exam (SRMUEE) April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology www.srmuniv.ac.in
Manipal University Online Entrance Exam (MU-OEE) March/April Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology www.manipal.edu
Indraprastha University Common EntranceTest (IPUCET) May Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, www.ipu.ac.in
Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) (Postgraduate) Jan/Feb All Branches of engineering www.gate.iisc.ernet.in

Work Description

  • Consult and advise producers, directors and performers to identify the sound requirements
  • Apply technical knowledge & experience in the domain of sound recording to help clients achieve the desired artistic objectives
  • Evaluate the audibility of region and also manage the overall assembly of the required equipments
  • Integrate and synchronize audio effects with visual content
  • Create sound effects which are used in shows, movies, broadcasting and television
  • Mix and balance music, special effects, speech and video graphics

Pros & Cons of a Career in Sound Engineering

Pros
  • Will find opportunities to work with TV and Film Personalities, editors, directors, singers
  • Combines passion for music and engineering
  • Great prospects in the near future
Cons
  • Need additional certification and experience to move ahead
  • Can be confused with jobs like DJing and Music Composer
  • May not make enough money at initial stages
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