Audio Engineers work in many different areas including recording and producing
music for CDs, radio, television, motion pictures, and video games. They may also
set up and run PA systems for concerts, festivals, sporting arenas, conventions,
churches, live theater and nightclubs. Audio techs are responsible for recording
or reinforcing live sound with all the instruments in proper sonic balance and clarity.
In addition to having a "good ear" and an understanding of music, they must have
a thorough knowledge of acoustics, microphones, mixing boards, signal processing
and digital audio software.
What program does SFCC offer?
SFCC offers an
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
and a Professional Certificate in Audio
Technology. The program is the only one of its kind currently offered in Eastern
Washington. It prepares students for jobs in digital audio production, analog and
digital recording, live sound engineering, sound design, and as technicians in the
broadcast and audio-visual industries.
Areas of study include: computer-based music technology software; digital and analog
recording techniques and procedures; acoustics; microphone design and placement;
signal processing and effects; songwriting, arranging, and film scoring; live sound
reinforcement, location recording, system set-up and maintenance; music business;
basic music theory and piano.