Audio engineering is only a part of the science of sound that deals with recording and remaking sound through mechanic and electronics. A person who wants to get into this field much be proficient with different types of recording equipment and will often simply choose one aspect of the process to master. There are 8 basic branches that an engineer can choose from.
A studio engineer is someone who works in a studio with a producer or one that works in a studio alone as a producing sound engineer. They are responsible for making the different tracts sound the best that it is able to. They analyze the technical and musical aspects of the present sounds and adjust their equipment and performance of the artist so that it sounds the best that it possible can.
A recording engineer uses a mixing board to manipulate different sounds from music, television, and radio. They may also install sound effects and speed up and slow down tempos depending on what sound they are attempting to create. They are most responsible for adjusting the audio to please the customer.
A mixing engineer takes different tracks and mixes them together. This can be useful if you have a performers voice on one track and the music on another. They must balance and adjust the different tracks so that it sounds good and will appeal to an audience.
Some sound engineers work specifically on games. They are responsible for all the sound effects and music that makes a game interesting and realistic. They must be familiar with the game that they are working on and place appropriate sounds in the places where it is needed.
A live sound engineer is responsible for making the sounds produced at a live performance or event sound their best. They may be responsible for setting up speakers in the best places, using a mixing board, and managing any sounds or noises that is required. They commonly work with bands and any other individuals who often give live performances.
Fold back engineers also work at live events. They monitor and enhance what the audience hears. They are supposed to make sure that audience hears all the important things while trying to cut back on other sounds.
System engineers are responsible for the design, setup, and operation of PA systems. These systems may be really complex and can often be difficult to manage. They must set them up and design them so that they are able to properly manage any of the sounds that are produced.
Audio post engineers edits and mixes the sound that is produced for films and television shows. They must manage all the different sounds that are required to make them seem realistic and to appeal to the audience. They must also balance the sound effects so that actors voices are not covered up or overshadowed by them.
There are several different branches that a person interested in audio engineering can choose from. You should choose which one best suits your interests and talents for a career. Sound engineers must the capable of using a variety of different equipment and must be able to listen and analyze the audio for any given thing.