Gaming Audio Technician

Recording the soundtrack for videogames to give the most immersive, realistic experiences

How this role makes a difference

If you’re a gamer, you know how much thought goes into the whole experience of a game. Not only to the storyline, characters, script, visuals, and the action that’s in the hands of the gamer, but also to the sounds. Animal squeals, explosions, gun shots, electric storms, car screeches and crashes: all need to be created and programmed to happen at exactly the right time.

A lot of creativity and precision goes into making these sounds. A gaming audio technician helps to record material that can be manipulated to make the best possible sound effect. They’re also involved in putting character’s voices into games. With nearly three billion gamers all over the world, you could be the technician who helps create the excitement and atmosphere of the next big game they play.

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The kind of work you’ll do

  • Assessing the needs of a game and planning the type of audio it will require
  • Sourcing existing sound effects from sound libraries
  • Layering sounds together to produce the sound required
  • Manipulating sound files digitally
  • Recording new material to add to sounds or to create a new one
  • Programming sounds to happen in time with the action
  • Recording actors’ voice overs and adjusting recordings suit the character they’re playing
  • Listening in detail to every sound that’s created to make sure it is perfect and seamlessly integrated into the sound track
Useful skills
Technologically minded
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Attention to detail
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Problem solving

What you can bring to the role

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Future career opportunities

With experience you could become a senior audio designer and eventually an audio director. Alternatively you could choose to be a freelance sound designer, working with a range of gaming design studios. Another option is transferring your skills to the film and TV industries and focussing on editing either sound effects, music, or dialogue.

How to get into this role

There’s no perfect career path or ideal way into your dream job.

But if you’re interested in education and training options that could be relevant to this role, you might want to consider:

Schools and colleges each have their own career guidance plan and can provide detailed information, advice, and guidance on options and next steps.

A little more about the role

Exciting features...

You will work with a big team of designers and programmers to plan and create the soundtrack for a game. You might also run auditions to find voice actors you need and then work with them to record their lines with the right energy, style and tone to match the action of the game.

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