Understanding how sound works and what it takes to capture, create, or process it is a valuable set of abilities that can be used in a wide range of different ways. And because professional audio is needed for so many forms of media, a person's career in this field can overlap a variety of enjoyable areas. So as you begin exploring where your own potential might lie, think about the following general roles, starting with the differences between an audio engineer and a producer:

[ Open All | Close All ]

Audio Engineers:
are mostly involved in the technical parts of the work. That is, they handle physical equipment and/or operate digital audio workstations (DAWs). And they usually specialize in just one or a few particular aspects of the recording, editing, mixing, and mastering process. For example, some sound technicians or engineers may work primarily with microphones, preamps, and amplifiers. Others might work behind a mixing console or assist with editing captured audio on a DAW system like ProTools or Logic Pro.

Sound and music producers:
are like directors. They coordinate everything, managing both audio engineers and any musicians or vocal talent being used. A producer often brings his or her own creative sensibilities and vision to a project and may even contribute some songwriting or performing.

Independent recording engineers and producers:
are often on the go and work in all kinds of different places as professionals who contract their services on a project-by-project basis. They frequently use portable equipment to capture and produce quality audio for anything from live event broadcasts to radio segments to podcasting and online streaming.

Professional recording engineers and producers:
typically work for a well-equipped studio or in a live setting for a particular act or venue. Just like professionals in independent recording, they can get hired to provide services for all kinds of interesting projects, from music albums to game sounds to movie voiceovers.

Electronic music artists and producers:
specialize in the use of digital software such as Logic Pro or Ableton Live to create unique audio compositions or live entertainment. Although they sometimes make use of traditional instruments, they typically stick to devices like samplers, MIDI sequencers, and synthesizers to create the sounds they need.


Excellent Salary Potential

The median hourly wage for audio technicians in Canada is $27.50 (about $57,200 yearly), but they can earn incomes as high as $40.87 or more per hour (about $85,010 yearly).

For audio producers, the numbers are just as compelling. Within Canada, the median wage for professionals in the category that also includes producers of other media is $26.67 per hour (about $55,474 annually). Their wages can go up to $47.17 or more per hour (about $98,114 annually).

The median hourly wage for audio technicians in Canada is $27.50 (about $57,200 yearly), but they can earn incomes as high as $40.87 or more per hour (about $85,010 yearly).

For audio producers, the numbers are just as compelling. Within Canada, the median wage for professionals in the category that also includes producers of other media is $26.67 per hour (about $55,474 annually). Their wages can go up to $47.17 or more per hour (about $98,114 annually).