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Career as a Sound Engineer



Sound engineers have a crucial role to play in the music business. Everyone who has been at a concert and amazed by the precision and general consistency of the music should praise the brilliant engineer who controls the sound. Sound engineers, also known as music engineers, blend, recreate and control harmonization and artificial sound effects. They're not just restricted to the field of music.

Eligibility Criteria:


  • Must possess at least 50% aggregate from a recognized institution in 12th, from any board PUC/CBSE/ICSE/ISC, etc. However, the cut-off margin varies with the selection process of different colleges. Only a background in science is viable.
  • Should procure a valid score in entrance exams such as JEE-MAINS/CET/VITEEE/JEE-Advanced, etc. Different colleges offer their own entrance exams if you don’t have a satisfactory score in JEE or other competitive exams – colleges like NMIMS, Symbiosis International University, XUB, Andhra University, LPU, etc.
  • To become a Sound Engineer, one must earn a degree in BE/B.Tech or a diploma. These are the basic qualifications you will require.
  • An M.Tech in Sound Engineering can also prove to be helpful while looking for a higher degree and better learning.
  • Consult with creators, musicians and others to decide and create the perfect sound for a project, such as a musical album or a film.
  • Harmonize and enhance pre-recorded voice, audio, and special effects with graphic movement in feature films or tv productions utilizing control systems.
  • Replicate and reuse sound files from the initial recording media employing audio processing and reproduction devices.
  • Organize for studio sessions by devising tasks such as choosing the right contraption and establishing suitable recording devices.
  • Layer and modify voices, songs and affixed sound effects for live concerts and initially recorded events employing sound melding panels.
  • Psychoanalysts — Brief understanding of human effectiveness and attitudes; physical characteristics in abilities, character and aspirations; task orientation; methodologies of understanding human behavior; and diagnosis and management of social and emotional disorders.
  • Media services — Awareness of content creation, networking and distribution approaches and practices. It involves alternate ways to educate and inspire through printed, auditory and graphic media.
  • Consumer Service — Recognizing key practices and methods for the provision of client and professional care. This involves evaluating client needs, fulfilling performance standards and assessing customer experience.
  • Technology and Innovation – Practical application of science and technology in engineering. This involves the application to the design and manufacture of different products and services of principles, methods, processes, and equipment.
  • Development and Collection - Accumulating natural resources, production methods, quality management, prices and other strategies for optimizing the productive produce and delivery of products.
  • Pace of Perception – Comparing commonalities and dissimilarities between collections of characters, figures, items, images, or sequences precisely and efficiently. Simultaneously time or one after the other, the stuff to be compared can be viewed. Evaluating a given object with a recalled object often involves this skill.
  • Steady Hand — The willingness to maintain your shoulder and forearm straight when rotating your arm or keeping your hand and forearm in one place.
  • Ambidexterity — The potential to carry out physical tasks with clear and concise movements of arms and limbs to direct activities by assembling, altering or removing different objects.
  • Brilliance - Potential to create unusual or clever ideas about a particular subject or situation, or to find inventive ways to solve a dilemma.
  • Visual Analysis — The capacity to envision how something is going to take care of when it's moving about or when its pieces are shifted or reconfigured.

Once you procure the required qualifications for becoming a Sound Engineer, a myriad of options are open to you. There are multiple projects you can undertake throughout this line or work, and there are many other fields you can branch out to.

  • Mastering Engineer: Mastering Engineers are people who specialize in the field of obtaining audio which has already been originally blended in analog or digital field as solo, stereo, or multiple channel configurations and optimizing it to be used in delivery, or through physical media or means of broadcasting content.
  • Recording Engineer: Recording Engineers manages many mechanical and artistic elements of the capturing process and is responsible for the general sound of all captured songs, guaranteeing that the sequencing technician has better content to deal with and therefore the finished result suits the musicians and producers.
  • Studio Engineer: A studio Engineer's duties usually include capturing and editing content to ensure it is available for industrial use or publication. Their job includes collaborating with musicians in a studio, overseeing training sessions and guaranteeing sound is recorded at the required level. They will be credited for integrating the sound such that the tracks can be turned into a finished piece.
  • Audiovisual Technician: Audiovisual (AV) Technicians install and manage the sound and camera systems used to host live activities such as workshops, football games, corporate conferences, and concerts. They combine stereo mixes, display digital files, improve lighting, and organize visuals. Well composed, self-motivated people who think quickly on their feet and appreciate technological support will excel in this position.
  • Radio Producer: Radio producers are credited for the audio quality of programs on radio, social media and other electronic channels. They are active in the whole project, from creating suggestions to handling the reaction of the viewer during the broadcast. As a producer, you are in charge of overseeing and collaborating with transmission associates, panelists, DJs, technicians and IT workers.

Career opportunities


Sound Engineers can opt for various fields of work in the companies listed below:

  • Sound and Vision India
  • Cerence
  • Mumbai Music Institute
  • Axis Entertainment
  • One India
  • TGC
  • Bid Ocean
  • iCowboysMedia Software Company LLC
  • Sound and Vision India
  • Saavn
  • Seamedu

Colleges offering courses


  • Creo Valley, Bangalore
  • Zee Institute of Media Arts, Jaipur
  • NRAI School of Mass Communication, Delhi
  • AIFT Atharva Institute of Film and Television, Mumbai
  • IIFA Multimedia, Bengaluru
  • Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies
  • CMR University, Bangalore
  • Mumbai Music Institute, Mumbai
  • Seamedu School of Pro-Expressionism, Pune
  • SAGE University, Bhopal
  • Vishwakarma University, Pune
  • IIFA Lancaster Degree College, Bangalore

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