Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 33

Thread: Careers in Audio Technology

  1. #11
    Haigbabe's Avatar
    Haigbabe is offline 3D VIP 2004, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11, '12
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    1,714

    Default

    Have you covered the lo-fi stuff such as ringtones/greeting cards/toys?
    Proud supporter of 3D as a 2012 3D VIP

  2. #12
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Hollywood, CA
    Posts
    3,558

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Haigbabe View Post
    Have you covered the lo-fi stuff such as ringtones/greeting cards/toys?
    Ringtone downloads frequently outsell the download of the actual track. It's a >USD$5 billion dollar business.


    DC
    Dave Collins Mastering
    www.collinsaudio.com
    +1 323 467 5570

  3. #13
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Fort Wayne, IN, USA
    Posts
    27,246

    Default

    Do you know anyone (AE) that makes ringtones? I wonder what the skill set is for that task. Or is it like "making MP3s?" I don't know.

    Seriously, I'm canvassing the industry. I would like to get job descriptions and skill set lists from several disciplines represented here. DC, how about a single page describing what a mastering engineer needs to know and does?
    Todd, a music recording engineer?
    Haig, a live recording engineer?
    Barry, a composer/AE?
    KK, a post-production engineer?
    Philip Perkins, a location sound guy?

    These would all be very helpful.
    Lynn Fuston
    3D Audio

    Making beautiful music SEEM easy since 1979.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Nashville, TN
    Posts
    60

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 3daudioinc View Post
    Do you know anyone (AE) that makes ringtones? I wonder what the skill set is for that task. Or is it like "making MP3s?" I don't know.
    I used to but that was earlier this century and that technology would be considered primordial by today's standard. The tones I made were blips and bleeps with FM tone generators and a whopping 8k of 4-bit ADPCM samples (used any way you wanted!) Monitoring was done through a dummy handset speaker (mono, baby!) The data size requirement was so limited that you really had to think hard about using something like MIDI pitch bend. It was much like building a ship in a bottle, just that the bottle was one of those airline-sized "cordials."

    Anyhow, I think you've got the modern production method covered. Most folks would rather hear the song as audio instead of a version as played by the Pong Symphony Orchestra.
    Nate
    Western Yankee

  5. #15
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Fort Wayne, IN, USA
    Posts
    27,246

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Collins View Post
    Ringtone downloads frequently outsell the download of the actual track. It's a >USD$5 billion dollar business.
    Is that just because people haven't figured out how to "swap" ringtones? As soon as there is a Ringster website (like Napster) I suspect a lot of that money will dry up.

    I admit that I was shocked the first time I heard that people were paying $2 for a ringtone of a song, but wouldn't pony up $.99 for the entire song.
    Lynn Fuston
    3D Audio

    Making beautiful music SEEM easy since 1979.

  6. #16
    David Klausner is offline Gold Club Member (1000+ posts)
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Ft Wayne, IN
    Posts
    1,499

    Default

    How about sales? Not necessarily what the typical recording student is thinking of for a career, but we hire a number of folks with degrees from places like MTSU, and it's a much steadier paycheck than I was ever able to bring home doing engineering.

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Fort Wayne, IN, USA
    Posts
    27,246

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by David Klausner View Post
    How about sales? Not necessarily what the typical recording student is thinking of for a career, but we hire a number of folks with degrees from places like MTSU, and it's a much steadier paycheck than I was ever able to bring home doing engineering.
    Added. See I knew there were lots I'd overlook.
    Lynn Fuston
    3D Audio

    Making beautiful music SEEM easy since 1979.

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Hollywood, CA
    Posts
    3,558

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 3daudioinc View Post
    Do you know anyone (AE) that makes ringtones? I wonder what the skill set is for that task. Or is it like "making MP3s?" I don't know.
    For a number of releases I've made the ringtone, the files played when you go to the website, MP3's etc. Still the minority, but it's more than just dragging the file into iTunes.

    DC, how about a single page describing what a mastering engineer needs to know and does?
    Can it be double-spaced with really large margins?


    DC
    Dave Collins Mastering
    www.collinsaudio.com
    +1 323 467 5570

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Carmel, NY
    Posts
    306

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 3daudioinc View Post
    Seriously, I'm canvassing the industry. I would like to get job descriptions and skill set lists from several disciplines represented here. DC, how about a single page describing what a mastering engineer needs to know and does?
    Todd, a music recording engineer?
    Haig, a live recording engineer?
    Barry, a composer/AE?
    KK, a post-production engineer?
    Philip Perkins, a location sound guy?

    These would all be very helpful.
    That's a big question. I'm sure each job description varies wildly from person to person and even project to project. I only know what I do and my skills are probably not the same as others. I am most often hired as a producer and this usually includes various combinations of the following:

    1. Organizing & Planning
    - helping the artist choose appropriate repertoire
    - coming up with a unique concept
    - making the most of smaller budgets
    - contracting musicians
    - scheduling and preparing in the most efficient way
    - choosing studios that meet the specific requirements of the project.
    - inspiring and motivating the artist

    2. Composing/Arranging/Orchestration
    - familiarity with all instruments (acoustic, electronic or ethnic) and styles.
    - advanced harmonic & rhythmic vocabulary
    - mastery of counterpoint!!!
    - being able to convey a message or emotion with maximum impact
    - Finale notation software!

    3. Engineering
    - Pro Tools & Digital Performer
    - ability to run a session in any commercial or home recording studio
    - being extremely particular about sounds and capturing them effectively
    - advanced knowledge of microphones and other audio equipment
    - ability to troubleshoot quickly and solve technical problems in any situation
    - MIDI programming & sound design
    - EDITING!!! - being able to fix anything no matter how bad (within reason!)
    - Mixing
    - Mastering

    4. Playing of multiple instruments and owning good sounding, well maintained instruments

    ----------------
    Is this what you wanted? Is it too general or too incomplete?

  10. #20
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Franklin, TN
    Posts
    14,647

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Collins View Post

    Can it be double-spaced with really large margins?


    DC
    That, and I'll do mine in that famous "PAN 60" font-size...
    Last edited by Todd Robbins; 10-22-2009 at 09:18 PM.
    Todd Robbins
    TX3 Productions, Inc.
    www.toddro.com

Page 2 of 4 FirstFirst 1234 LastLast

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •