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A career as a video game sound designer is a lucrative one and many sound engineers dream to become one.

There is absolutely no need to talk about the importance of sound in a video game. Play your favorite game on mute to realize how important sound is when it comes to creating a captivating experience.

As you all know sound effects are included in the games to make the virtual characters, stories, and worlds we are playing come alive and of course, music is a very powerful tool when it comes to evoking emotion from players as well.

A video game sound designer is the person who generates and manipulates audio elements for the game.

While there are a few key differences, the role of a sound designer in the gaming industry is similar in many ways to that of television production, theatre, and filmmaking.

How Do You Start?

The first step is that all aspiring sound designers must take is deciding if game audio is really the job for them.

Do you think that creating audio for the video games in the modern world is an easy job?

Well, think again.

According to video game sound design experts, in addition to having audio engineering talent, you have to learn a wide variety of hardware, software, and different techniques to create the audio and get it into the game.

First of all answer the questions below, if your answer is yes, then you can start preparing for a career,

Do you have a strong passion for sound along with great amounts of creativity?
Are you also technically savvy and capable of learning new programs and software needed to create and edit sound?
Are you a team player?

Needless to say that which is very challenging but also a rewarding career.

The Internet is a great source to learn new things and video game sound design is no different.

It has tons of great resources, videos, and tutorials from which you can learn how to be a sound designer.

But learning the basic aspects of sound and new age technologies from an audio engineering school definitely lays a strong foundation for your sound design career.

When looking at the industry statistics, most who got hired by the top game developing companies across the globe went to school to learn sound design and audio implementation.

Attending school is also an essential part of Sound Design, but there’s a lot more skill-development work to be done once you’re out of the classroom.

This is because this field is more technical than people imagine; it requires learning and becoming familiar with all sorts of software, hardware, and techniques.

Having an awesome demo that demonstrates your sound design skills will separate you from the crowd more than anything else.

A simple technique to assess your skill

Take any edit / film sequence / trailer (games or movie), remove the audio, and add your own. You should ideally do this without listening to the original audio — it will make you think about the sounds rather then just blindly trying to copy the original approach.

The Process Involved in Game Audio Design

Since every game is developed differently, there’s really no one single process that every sound designer follow.

Either way, the sound designer usually gets started by creating a library of sound effects that are needed in the game.

Communication and collaboration are key.

The goal of the sound designer is to work together with the design and animation team to create rich audio that fits the virtual experience being developed.

Strong communication both with the audio engineers in your team, with the composers to create and edit music for the game and with the rest of the video game development team.

This will definitely help the designer in understanding the type of audio content which needs to be created for the project, and how best to implement the audio in the game.

Sound designers also have the task of testing the game during the later stages of development to catch any audio bugs or mistakes.

You need these skills.

We have gone through the technical skill sets and requisites published by some of the major game developing companies like Velan Studios, HI-REZ STUDIOS, Epic Games, Ubisoft, Amazon.com, Kabam, Electronic Arts, Blizzard Games for hiring video game sound designers and here are the most important ones

Skills & Must Haves
Originate and implement all aspects of game audio from concept to optimization.
Identify technical dependencies and get support for audio features.
Work with designers and programmers to identify audio needs.
Create sound fx and implement sounds fx within the game.
Play the game regularly and continually identify opportunities to improve audio quality.
Work with outsourced audio engineers and manage an outsourced pipeline.
Having the vision to create the best sound design for games in the industry.
Engaging with a world-class team to create amazing gaming experiences.
Pushing the development of audio features and integration for future Unreal audio engine development.

Technical Requisites / Qualifications
Experience in game audio development with at least a shipped AAA titles.
Knowledge and experience with multiple industry standard DAWs, such as Pro Tools or Reaper.
Working knowledge of WWise, FMOD and/or other audio engine middleware.
Good working knowledge of Maya or Max for production.
Proficiency in Audiokinetic’s Wwise.
Basic understanding of DSP and audio programming skills.
Vast knowledge of modern sound design techniques and tools.
Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work productively and efficiently toward deadlines.
Audio editing, synthesis, processing, and mixing skills – particularly with sound effects and dialog.
Experience with Unreal or Unity editors, including scripting, level editor, animation and linear editors
Shipped FPS title; ideally a multiplayer FPS.
Understanding of PC and console development, capabilities, and limitations.
Work well with all departments and accept and run with feedback.
Familiarity with UE3/UE4.
A strong understanding of current generation console audio functionality and capabilities.

Good luck with everything to start a lucrative career in Video Game Design.

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If you are a person who has completed your Higher Secondary Education / 10+2 Now you have reached the end of one straight road and landed on a junction from there they have to choose a particular road to go forth for a future-proof yet interesting career.

Till the completion of your 10+2, your learning journey has been a smooth ride.

Once you completed your 10+2 course, it will be high time to decide on the career path to choose for a secure future.

The career decision or the course selection you make after 10+2 determines whether you will have to traverse through bumpy roads or you can continue with the smooth ride.

The are many questions which comes into the mind of those completed their 12 years of basic learning, whether to choose engineering/ architecture/medicine /or focus on to Information Technology / Electronics or else take the next step in learning core science subjects and start a career in the field of research and development.

The above-mentioned category of people usually will be focussed after selecting a course and but with regard to some others, they join some course without even thinking about their passion or interest and thinks about the career prospects only at a later stage or after the completion of the course.

According to career experts and recommended by SEA, it is better to have a vision about the career you are about to choose / course to join before completing your 12 years of basic learning.

It will help you stay focussed and secure a better future.

a person looking in the laptop / internet for career opportunitiesAre you passionate about a particular subject?
Do ascertain your flair for a specific subject during your plus2 studies itself and try to keep learning more about that subject to know whether you have that aptitude to perform the tasks related to that particular career.

You have to take a note of each subject or about a career option which has impressed you a lot and collect more information about the courses available in that particular field.

If you are able to secure high marks in a particular subject during your 10+2 studies then it is a pointer towards the subject which you will have to choose for your career course or your branch of studies for Graduation.

For example, if you have a passion for music, and want to develop a career in the field you can join a Music Production Course or learn all aspects of Sound including Music Production with an Exclusive Diploma in Sound Engineering Course and Sound Recording Course.

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Learn about Opportunities
Do consider the Job Opportunities a particular career offers inside the country as well as internationally and also confirm that it is a future-proof career option.

You can get more information about a career option from Magazines, Newspapers and other publications that talks about trending career opportunities and courses.

Moreover, the world of internet offers a limitless opportunity to learn more about the career option you are looking forward to pursuing.

Another important aspect which is ignored is to get in touch with those who are currently working in the field. These people are the true experts in the field who can guide you in a better way and can shed more light into the ground level scenario and future prospects of a particular career option which you are about to choose.

In our academy, we encourage those who are applying for our course to conduct a research in the world of the internet about the field of Audio Engineering career options.
We also urge them to connect with professional sound engineers, either in person or via social media (Facebook and LinkedIn), who are working in the field of Live Sound, Music Production, Film Sound or Broadcast Sound to get more details about Sound Engineering as a career as well as Sound Engineering Academy.

Apart from that career orientation sessions are being organized in our academy before the admission to further elucidate the in and out of Sound Engineering as a career option and provide information what the academy offers as well as facilities available in the campus.

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Know the Syllabus
Before joining a course, with a particular college or academy, do go through their syllabus. Almost all the institutes including ours provides free prospectus and syllabus via email or post for those who are planning to develop a sucessful career.

You can always Call or Whatsapp +91 98957 45100 to know more details about the Sound Engineering Diploma Course and to receive prospects, brochure and other relevant course related documents via mail or whatsapp or via post.

Try to clearly understand the course modules and syllabus contents to know whether the subjects you are actually interested in or passionate to learn are included in the course.

In any particular course there will be some subjects which you are least interested in but if you are confident in taming those subjects during the course then you can go ahead.

Academy Matters
The college or institute in which you join for a course plays a pivotal role in your career.

The reputation of the academy in the industry, the no of years the academy is offering these courses, the no of studets who have alreaedy passed out of the institute, job position of alumni students in various organisations and above all the like-minded people who joins the course along with you in that course are also the deciding yet favorable factors that determines your career prospects.

Conclusion
Thanks for going though this article and hope you have understood the basic aspects to consider while choosing a particular career or course.
Here are the key take aways,

  • Determine the subject you are highly passionate about before joining a course or start a career.
  • Clearly understanding the syllabus of a particular course which you are planning to join.
  • Be wise in choosing the academy from which you are about to learn for your future.

Try to Live your Passion and Wishing you a Great Career ahead.

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The 5th tip is for those who are looking forward to becoming a Professional Sound Engineer.

5. Join an Audio Engineering Course
Getting trained in an academy can help you to sharpen your skills and become an expert in it and it will also help you to get connected with liked minded individuals and with experts in the field, that will in turn help in boosting your chances of getting a lucrative job and a promising career in the field.

Visit www.seaindia.in for more details about the programs offered by Sound Engineering Academy.

Happy Sound Engineering