Classical Audio Engineer

Updated: 3 days ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 12 Jul 2024


Campus: Downtown Phoenix

Classical Music Media Engineer

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced Classical Music Audio (Media) Engineer to join our team in producing exceptional content for public broadcasting, digital media, and commercial distribution.

As a valued member of our team, you'll play a pivotal role in shaping the auditory landscape of our productions. From conducting on-location stereo and surround music recordings to overseeing recording sessions, your expertise will be crucial in delivering premium audio experiences. Your duties will encompass a wide range of responsibilities, including operating audio equipment, conducting editing and mixing tasks, and performing audio repair and restoration as needed, ensuring meticulous attention to detail throughout the process.

With your adeptness in acoustic assessments and proficiency in microphone techniques, you'll excel in diverse performance settings. Whether executing multi-track recordings, troubleshooting signal flow issues, or utilizing state-of-the-art editing software, your passion for music and technical acumen will be evident.

The position requires the ability to make acoustic assessments and utilize proper microphone techniques in a variety of performance environments, perform/mix multi-track recording(s), troubleshoot signal flow and equipment issues, utilize source-destination editing paradigms, as well as read music notation and music scores. Other duties include preparing media content for online delivery; assistant with video camera setup and operation including audio for video synchronization, recording/editing voiceovers and interviews. There will be opportunities to engage in media content preparation, contribute to video camera setup and operation, and provide guidance to junior engineers and student workers. Working knowledge of a DAW similar to Magix Sequoia (our primary DAW), Reaper, and/or Steinberg Nuendo required.

The position offers continuing career educational opportunities and mechanisms to enhance their skills and knowledge, including access to the (ASU/NAU/UA) qualified tuition reduction program.

Selected candidates will be required to submit audio examples of work, with accompanying documentation. 

Days and Schedule:
This position requires a flexible schedule. While normal office hours, Monday - Friday, 10:00am- 6:00pm are expected, often events, recordings and productions occur during evening and weekend hours. Weekdays off will be provided in exchange for weekend hours worked.
ASU is a diverse enterprise with a wide variety of work and learning modes, locations and a commitment to sustainability, innovation and employee work-life balance. We are determined to maintain our position as an employer of choice in a competitive labor market.

Flexible work options

Alternative work schedules can include four, 10-hour workdays in a workweek; a nine-day, 80- hour schedule over two workweeks for exempt employees only; and staggered start and stop times.
Hybrid work is an arrangement where employees spend a minimum of 60% of their regular workweek at their primary ASU work location. Dean or vice president-level approval is required.

Job Family

Broadcast Radio/TV

Department Name

Arizona PBS



Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$48,400 - $63,800 per year; DOE

Close Date


Essential Duties

  • On-location (remote) classical recording and production.
  • Ability to evaluate musician stage positions and acoustic conditions to properly position microphones and equipment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a variety of teams (internally and externally)
  • Proficiency in source-destination editing paradigms.
  • Ability to read music notation and music scores required.
  • Knowledge of audio delivery formats for online and broadcast.
  • Ensure audio quality is to the preference of manager and senior staff as well as producers and artists, incorporating feedback accordingly.
  • Strong initiative and work ethic.
  • Attention to detail; strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt to fast pace situations, sometimes under pressure.
  • Ability to direct student and staff assistants during remote production, including at-work training of students and direct reports.
  • Maintain and organize production equipment.
  • Willingness to collaborate with colleagues on productions.
  • Participation in remote productions and special events including those for Arizona PBS and third parties.
  • Knowledge of both Microsoft and Apple operating systems

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a program with concentration in audio recording, music production and engineering, music technology, multimedia production, and/or music performance, or the equivalent; AND two years of progressively responsible experience in high fidelity classical and/or acoustic music production; OR any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved. Valid driver’s license with clean driving record.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in high-fidelity classical and/or acoustic music recording (live, remote/on- location, studio) and related post-production.
  • Experience mixing multitrack music audio recordings, including application of software and hardware audio processing, and related session notes/logs.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of surround production techniques. Immersive (Dolby Atmos) a plus.
  • Experience in setup and engineer recording sessions including coordinating with producers and/or other leads (composers, conductors) to achieve a desirable result.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of a DAW similar to Magix Sequoia (our primary DAW).
  • Experience with audio repair/restoration software such as Izotope RX Advanced to remove undesirable noises and disturbances.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of audio (analog and digital) equipment, audio and video signal flow, and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of loudness specs and related broadcast level standards. Knowledge and experience with AoIP protocols such as Dante and/or Ravenna. Adept in mixing and/or streaming of live audio and/or video content.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of professional video capture and/or production.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.

Working Environment

  • Our office/studios are located at the Downtown Campus of Arizona State University at the Arizona PBS/ Walter Cronkite School of Journalism building.
  • Assignments occur throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, as well as locations throughout Arizona including Flagstaff, Sedona, and Tucson.
  • This position works a variety of shifts, including evenings and weekends.
  • Work at desk and in a variety of venues, drive; travel to other departments, venues, and offices.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 55 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Ability to clearly communicate to perform essential functions.
  • Most work is performed in a normal office environment and/or in the field at performance venues.
  • Moderately low exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, inclement weather, temperature extremes and unpleasant odors.
  • Use of graphic instructions including blueprints, maps, layouts and other visual aids to determine proper placement of equipment and/or innovative solutions to problems.

Department Statement

Central Sound at Arizona PBS captures classical and acoustic music performances, taking special care to preserve the authenticity of the experience. As an award-winning premier provider of audio-media services, Central Sound is committed to serving as a central hub for musical events throughout the community, ranging from internationally acclaimed artists to the next generation of young artists. Aiming for that quintessential sound, we specialize in producing content that immerses listeners in the concert experience.

Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture — utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives.  The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on Jan. 30, 1961.  Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems.  With more than 1 million viewers each week, Arizona PBS consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget. Arizona PBS is a member-supported community service of ASU.

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Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience.

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