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Digital Audio

  • Digital Audio

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster

8027V Digital Audio I (one credit fall semester) 

8028V Digital Audio II(one credit spring semester) 

Co-requisite: Students must also be enrolled in an additional, core course credit at MCTC 

Students enrolled in this course will explore careers in the field of audio engineering. These areas include music production/beat making, sound for film, television, and gaming, live sound production, broadcast audio, and A/V Media. In this course, students learn how to use Pro Tools, the industry standard recording software Using Pro Tools as well as the state of the art equipment we have in the studio, students get to work on a variety of audio projects from producing beats and recording musicians to designing sound and editing sound effects for movies.

Check out some of our most recent student recordings!

What is an audio engineer?

An audio engineer is one of the most crucial positions in any media environment. Whether you are listening to an album, enjoying a live performance, watching a movie, or playing a video game, an audio engineer is responsible for the sound that you hear in any multi-media.

What type of jobs can you do as an audio engineer?

Recording studio

Head and assistant audio engineers in a recording studio are responsible for capturing musical performances. By selecting specific microphones and employing a variety of mic'ing techniques it is the engineer's job to ensure each recording is of the highest sonic quality. During the recording process, Producers will work with artists to bring their musical vision to life. A producer's job ranges from re-arranging songs and getting the best performances out of musicians all the way up to creating beats for artists. Mixing engineers take these multi-tack recordings and refine them so that each instrument is well balanced ensuring that the project or song sounds good as a whole. 


On a film or television set, audio engineers are responsible for capturing the production audio (typically actor dialog). After filming, a team of post-production audio engineers add to and further refine this audio. A typical post production project will have audio engineers recording and editing foley (footsteps and object handling noises), sound effects (sounds that cannot logistically be recorded live on set or by a foley artist and must be edited together), and finally sound design (sounds that do not exist such as alien screams and laser blasters). Audio engineers are also responsible for all the recording sessions needed to record the music for the film as well as the mixing, or balancing, of all the recorded sounds.  


 Much like film and television, video games require teams of audio engineers in order to record all sounds heard. This includes recording actor voice overs, foley, sound effects, sound design, and music. Gaming audio engineers will also work with the coding teams in order to ensure correct sounds are triggered at specific, variable points in a game.


In any broadcast, whether it takes place over the radio, television, or internet, audio engineers are required to ensure flawless audio. It is the broadcast audio engineer's job to ensure everything that needs to be heard will be heard as well as to make sure all audio systems are operating correctly during the entirety of the broadcast. Broadcast audio engineers are also responsible for adhering to any broadcast standards that may be in place. 

Live Sound

Live sound engineers are responsible for ensuring high quality, well balanced audio is heard at any live performance. Front-of-House engineers focus on refining and balancing the sound heard by the audience while monitor engineers focus on balancing and refining the sound heard on stage by the performer. Live sound audio engineers may be employed by the live sound venue itself or by the performing artist. 

Audio Forensics & Restoration

Audio forensics is one of the newest fields in audio. An audio forensic engineer is responsible for verifying audio evidence to be used in court has not been tampered with. An audio forensic engineer might also employ a variety of techniques in an attempt to improve the quality of a recording so it can be heard and interpreted. An audio restoration engineer is responsible for restoring and modernizing old recordings for museum and archival purposes

Do you have to be a musician to be in this class?

No. Although having musicians in the class gives us more options of things to record, you do not have to be a musician to succeed in and enjoy this class. Audio is just as prevalent outside of music as it is inside of music.

Digital Audio I & II are advanced courses for the Arts, A/V Technology & Communications career cluster​.


Students in the MCTC Digital Audio and Film courses have the opportunity to train, and if successful, to work as a member of the Live Action Media Broadcast System (LAMBS) crew. The LAMBS crew operates the video board and all audio/video content at both Legacy and Rhodes stadiums. For each football game, the LAMBS crew operate the five live-action cameras well as run the various control functions such as instant replay, commercials, and splash video graphics. LAMBS crew members also have the opportunity to act as Technical Director for each game.

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