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Career focus: Audio engineering

Many times we wish that we could just eat, live and drink music. Wouldn?t it be great if one could get money for doing just that?

india Updated: Feb 28, 2006 11:53 IST

We all love music now. Don’t we? There are so many times that we wish we could just eat, liveand drink music. Wouldn’t it be great if one could get money for doing just that? Of course! You need not be a pro guitar player or a percussionist to be able to do that.

There are more options at hand to change your love for music into a full-fledged profession. Audio Engineering is one great alternative. It refers to the use of sound to communicate. The techniques it imparts, can be used in the field of entertainment, information, education or a combination of all of these. The sphere of work is endless with radio, television, films, etc.

The ever-booming audio industry requires a work force with a combination of artistic and technical capabilities, and Audio Engineering provides a student with just these. A student attending this course will learn the technical and creative sides of the recording process, how to work with others in the studio environment and how to compete with complex recording projects. On the business side, the student will learn the aspects of music management and contracts, as well as financial issues related to the music business.

The programme is designed to train students for positions in commercial recording or broadcasting studios encompassing digital editing techniques. The students are equipped to function on a professional level in wide variety of environment. One can enter the music business as an effective professional in a number of roles, on either the technical or business management sides of the music or broadcast industries.

You can choose to be a recording engineer, post-production audio engineer, location recording engineer, studio manager or an audio film editor. With a diploma in Audio Engineering, you can get into a TV broadcasting, radio broadcasting, advertising, audio pre-& post production, video pre-& post production, marketing & PR, interactive product development, documentary or corporate film production and of course, film and video production.

Careers in the audio industry involve multiple skills and a person with a fair idea of most of the technical and artistic aspects of audio creation for all categories of media formats would be highly competitive in the job market. Remuneration You can start earning anywhere from Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 in the beginning after a diploma. These numbers can soar to Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 within a year or two.

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These institutes offer courses in sound
• School of Audio Engineering, Chennai
• AV Parekh Tech Institute, Rajkot, (Gujarat)
• Bhubananda Orissa School Of Engineering, Cuttack
• Govt. Institute Of Electronics, Secunderabad
• Film & Television Institute Of India, Pune
• Film & Television Institute Of Tamil Nadu, Chennai
• Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Kolkata
• University Of Mumbai, Mumbai

First Published: Feb 28, 2006 11:53 IST