Sound designers work on a variety of production teams in a range of outlets, including movies, television shows, video games, and more. They are generally responsible for sound production and editing, which includes creating and mixing and creating sounds to achieve desired effects. These designers may work independently or on teams with other designers, but almost always coordinate with other departments and directors involved in projects. Sound designers may work project-by-project as independent contractors or for established companies. Their hours may vary depending on their employers' needs; they generally work indoors and may work during regular business hours.
Prior work experience with sound design is very important in this position, as knowledge of, and experience with, the programs and instruments used to record and edit sound form the basis of the work. Employers may request that applicants present a portfolio of previous audio design work to demonstrate ability. The ability to work well on teams is also important, as sound designers often work seamlessly with multiple departments to create final products; however, sound designers must also be able to work independently with minimal supervision to meet deadlines.
Sound Designer Tasks
Use professional audio editing tools to record, edit, synchronize, and master audio.
Compose, record, mix, and implement music and sound effects.