Audio Producer [Diploma Level]
Qualification: NDip Popular Music: Studio Work N4 -N6
NQF Level: 6
Accreditation : QCTO, DHET
Timeframe : Three years minimum
What does an audio producer do?
Audio production is about much more than just music. It is the art and skill of producing audio & music. This can include anything from recording, mixing and mastering music in a recording studio to setting-up a sound system for a live show to producing a sound effects soundtrack for a feature film.
Changes in how people consume content have led to massive shifts in the media production industry, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the roles of audio professionals.
Gone are the days when an audio technician's primary role was to simply capture and record a performance. In today's world, an audio producer is responsible for creating original content, manipulating existing audio files, and working across different fields within the greater audio industry.
The audio producer is the go-to specialist when it comes to producing audio content for the music industry, the live sound industry, the film industry and broadcast industries.
What are some of the skills covered during this qualification?
Digital audio workstations (Ableton, Pro Tools, Reaper and more)
Recording studio operation
Recording, mixing and mastering
Audio for Film, Television and Broadcast
Location recorders and microphones
On-set production techniques
Mixing audio for video
Audio design & processing for video
Live Sound & Lighting
Point source and Line array speaker systems
DMX lighting connection and programming
Live audio processing
Digital mixers (Allen & Heath, Mackie and more)
Broadcast and Streaming Audio
Radio Ads: Writing, Producing, Editing & Mixing
Audio for live streaming
Is there a demand for audio producers?
There are more audio production jobs than ever before, owing to the ever-changing digital world. Audio production is a great career option if you're enthusiastic about the field and are willing to put in the time and effort to develop the essential skills and build a client base. While starting out can be a challenge, you'll soon discover that it's a fast-growing industry!
Audio producers are needed for all sorts of projects - from music production to adverts and jingles, to voiceovers and sound design. If you have a good ear for sound and are creative with your ideas, this could be the perfect career for you!
Can I work for myself?
In the modern audio production industry, there are many opportunities for audio producers to generate their own income. This is due in part to the ever-growing demand for quality audio content, and the increasing accessibility of audio production tools and platforms.
As an audio producer, you have a unique opportunity to create high-quality content that meets this demand, and to monetize that content in a variety of ways. You can sell your work directly to clients, or through online marketplaces and streaming services. You can also license your music for use in TV shows, movies, video games, and other media projects. And if you build a strong following online, you can even generate revenue from sponsorships and product endorsements.
So if you’re looking for a way to make money with your music skills, the modern audio production industry is a great place to start. There are plenty of opportunities available for those who are willing to put in the hard work required to succeed.
What are some of the different types of jobs I might work on as an audio producer?
Music producer: Get involved in the creative aspects of recording and start creating recordings for musicians you admire.
Audio engineer/audio engineering assistant: Either work your way up to a position in a recording studio or, if you're more of an entrepreneur, open your own.
Live audio engineer: Live music venues are a great place to hunt for a career in audio production, but if you prefer to travel, you can also try to get recruited by a travelling band.
Audio for video production: Audio production services are virtually always required for movies, videos, advertisements, and web series. Voiceover, audio FX, foley, and ADR for cinema and television are just a few of the unique projects handled by post-production companies.
Mixing or mastering engineer: A mix engineer creates a music that sounds amazing in their studio by balancing tens or even hundreds of tracks. A mastering engineer's primary task is to ensure that a single stereo recording shines on every playback system.