Job Description:

CENTRAL SOUND at ARIZONA PBS / CLASSICAL ARIZONA PBS, an award-winning audio-media production service, is seeking a skilled Audio Engineer who specializes in on-location and production of (primarily) classical, jazz or similar genres of acoustic music. 

The ideal candidate will have competence in classical music recording and production; have the experience to contribute to a team dedicated to excellence; and have the capacity to grow/adapt to emerging immersive technologies (such as those for ATSC 3.0, Atmos or Auro 3D) and production techniques through professional development. 

Responsibilities will include the ability to produce content, for a variety of media including physical (CDs, BluRay, USB), online media (streaming, on-demand), as well as radio and television broadcast. They will supervise/schedule/guide student assistants from Arizona State University, as well as occasionally perform audio-for-video production, podcast production and the set-up and operation of sound reinforcement equipment in various acoustic settings. The audio engineer shall operate, test/troubleshoot, schedule, repair (if possible), and/or install a variety of technical audio equipment including both hardware and software.

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

This is a full-time, 40 hour per week, benefit eligible, University Staff position.

Days and Schedule: 
Monday - Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm, to include some evening and weekend hours to cover recordings. Weekdays off will be provided in exchange for weekend hours worked.

Job Family -Broadcast Radio/TV
Department Name - AZ PBS
Salary Range - Depends on experience
Close Date - 20-September-2019

Essential Duties

  • Record a variety of solo, chamber and large ensembles (choirs, orchestras, etc.) in a variety of acoustic settings.
  • Record/Produce recordings in stereo and surround, with possible future production in surround+height/immersive technologies via professional development.
  • Ensure audio quality and production is to the preference of the department manager as well as artists, incorporating their feedback accordingly.
  • Liaison with stagehands and event organizers for microphone placement; making adjustments as required.
  • Assist in maintaining communication between CENTRAL SOUND staff and venue personnel to ensure smooth operations.
  • In coordination with the manager and assistant audio engineer; lead/guide and schedule student assistants, production equipment, and support personnel.
  • Occasionally assist with assembling broadcast programs and podcasts (music, voice recording, interviews, host segments) and coordinate activities with department manager, producers and talent.
  • Maintain and organize production equipment, including scheduling repair, modification and installation of equipment and software.
  • Participate in budget preparation and policy in regard to equipment needs and new technologies; such as determining equipment needs and resources available, and recommendation of equipment and software.
  • Assist with the setup and operation of sound reinforcement equipment when required.
  • Assist in the production needs of CENTRAL SOUND, including but not limited to musical compilations for posting online, interview audio, podcast production, as well as other productions in a timely manner, meeting deadlines appropriately.
  • Participate in remote productions and special events including those for Arizona PBS and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a program with concentration in music performance, music technology, audio recording and/or broadcast production or the equivalent; AND two years of progressively responsible experience in high fidelity audio recording and classical, jazz or acoustic music program production and/or live broadcast program 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

  • Comprehensive knowledge of classical-music recording (live, remote/on-location, studio) and post-production. This would include evaluating musician stage positions and acoustic conditions to properly position microphones and recording equipment, as well as aspects of professional audio equipment typically used in a classical music and/or multi-track recording environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in surround production techniques is helpful but not required.
  • Experience in high fidelity audio recording and classical, jazz or acoustic music program production. (3 years)
  • Experience in reading classical music scores.
  • Demonstrated experience with 3-point, 4-point / source-destination editing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of analog and digital audio equipment, signal flow, and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Demonstrated knowledge or certification of AoIP systems such as Dante and/or Ravenna.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Sequoia, Nuendo, Pyramix or similar digital audio workstations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of loudness metering and broadcast level standards such as RP155, A85 or similar.
  • Experience in work that requires attention to detail, strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Experience in thriving and adapting in fast pace situations, sometimes under pressure.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of both Microsoft and Apple operating systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of sound reinforcement setup, teardown and operation for a variety of styles of music, speech and acoustic environments a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic video production, including editing and shooting a plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of social media networks including ability to make posts via computers, tablets, and smartphones a plus.



Job Location: 
Phoenix, AZ
United States
Job Category: 
Friday, September 20, 2019
Job Type: 
Full time
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