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An audio engineer (also sometimes called as recording engineer or a vocal engineer) works on the recording, manipulating the record using equalization and electronic effects, mixing, reproduction, and reinforcement of sound. They may work with musical artists, television news stations, movie directors and radio stations. Audio engineering majorly concerns the creative and practical aspects of sounds including speech and music, as well as the development of new audio technologies and advancing scientific understanding of audible sound.

    Areas of Research

  • Audio signal processing
  • Architectural Acoustics
  • Intelligent Mixing of Live Multichannel
  • Intelligent music recognition
  • Mining music metadatab



For a student to apply for undergraduate degree in Sound Engineering, following criterion must be met :


# 1

For admission to bachelor's degree, the candidate must have passed the higher secondary school examination with science stream.

# 2

For IITs, it is mandatory to qualify the JEE mains and advanced. For other engineering colleges in different states, corresponding states have their respective qualifying examinations.

# 3

The duration of the course is 4 years although IITs and NITs offer five-year integrated Master’s degree.

# 4

The eligibility criteria to go for a master's degree is holding a bachelor’s degree in (B.E/B.Tech).

# 5

For premier institutes, you need to qualify GATE and for other international universities and Ivy League colleges you need to appear for GRE and IELTS/TOEFL.



There are ample opportunities and scopes available for sound engineers in various fields like tv channels, theatres, radio stations, multimedia design, animation, movies and much more.


  • Sound Engineer
  • Audio Engineer
  • Studio Manager
  • Production Assistant
  • Assistant Engineer
  • Acoustic Consultant
  • Digital Remastering Engineer
  • Live Sound Engineer
  • Multimedia Developer
  • Studio Designer
  • Studio Technician

Salaries and Perks

Average pay of a sound engineer is in the range 3,00,000 to 4,00,000 per annum and the total pay ranges up to 2 to 9 lakh per annum.

Top Institutes

Best Institutes of the country offering Sound Engineering include:


The IITs are the most sought after premier institutes in India for mining engineering. The top IITs offering mining engineering course are IIT Delhi, IIT Bombay. IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur. Admissions to these institutes are done through a two-tier Joint entrance examination test consisting of JEE mains and JEE advanced. These offer you a very high scope of research if you are really interested in Mining Engineering

The Film and Television Institute of India

The Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) is one of the autonomous Institute which is under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting of the Government of India and aided by the Central Government of India.] It is situated on the premises of the erstwhile Prabhat Film Company in Pune. After its inception in 1960, this institution has declared as one of India's premier film and television institute, with its alumni becoming technicians, actors, and directors in the film and television industry.


National Institute of Film and Fine Arts is also known as NIFFA. It was founded by Late Dhiresh Ghosh. He was the former head of the Department of Direction, FTII, Pune. NIFFA is registered as a non-profit making society (Affiliated by Federation of Film Societies of India & Member of National Film Archive, GOVT. of India) devoted to career development programmes in the film industry and allied fields.

Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication Pune

Symbiosis International University (SIU) is located in Pune, Maharashtra, India. It is one of the private coeducational and multi-institutional university. It got its official recognition by the UGC and the AICTE. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council was declared as an 'A' grade university. SIU is part of the Symbiosis Society, which acts as its managing body.

Xavier Institute of Communication

The Xavier Institute of Communications (XIC) is one of the professional media Centres. this institution offers a variety of services to the student in training and production. The Institute is at two locations; the St. Xavier's College campus and the St. Xavier's High School campus, Mumbai.XIC is an autonomous educational unit of the Bombay St. Xavier's College Society Trust. It comprises of colleges like
  • St. Xavier's College
  • the Institute of Management
  • the Institute of Counseling
  • the Hera’s Institute of Indian History and Culture


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Some of the famous and successful people who hold a degree in Sound Engineering are:


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