Arizona State University in Arizona

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted January 28, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Audio Recording/Production Engineer 

Arizona State University

KAET Public Television Station

Campus: Downtown Phoenix 

Requisition Id# 1480BR


Salary Range: 

Depends on experience 


Close Date: 

February 3, 2014 is the initial close date. Applications will continue to be accepted and considered until the position is closed. 


Job Description: 

CENTRAL SOUND at EIGHT, formerly the KBAQ Production Studio, a part of KAET / Arizona PBS, is seeking a Audio Recording and Production Engineer to Plan and coordinate recording and production of on-location and studio recording, primarily of voice, classical, jazz and similar genres of acoustic. Assemble and produce stereo and surround sound mastered for a variety of media including audio books, CDs, Blu-Ray and online, in addition to radio and television broadcast.  Operate, test, schedule, repair, and install a variety of technical audio recording production equipment including both hardware and software.


Essential Duties:

Record a variety of solo, chamber and large ensembles (choirs and orchestras) in a variety of acoustic settings.


Edit, mix and assemble programs (music, interviews, host segments) for broadcast and coordinate activities with department manager, producers and talent.


Repair, maintain, modify, design and install production equipment and software.


Liaison with stagehands for microphone placement and adjustments when required.


Train staff and students in use of production equipment.


Ensure audio quality is to the preference of manager, relevant staff as well as artists, incorporating their feedback accordingly.


Handle audio-recording, editing and production needs of CENTRAL SOUND, including but not limited to musical compilations for posting online, interview audio as well as other productions in a timely manner, meeting deadlines appropriately.


Ensure technical quality of productions.


Participate in budget preparation and policy in regard to equipment needs and new technologies.


Schedule production equipment facilities and personnel to maximize resource utilization.


Determine equipment needs and resources available and recommend appropriate audio equipment and software, such as appropriate microphone, microphone preamplifiers, speakers, mixers and software.


Participate in remote productions and special events including those for Arizona PBS.


Will need to work a variety of shifts including evening and weekends.


Minimum Qualifications: 

Bachelors 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 drivers license with clean driving record.


Desired Qualifications: 

Comprehensive knowledge of classical-music recording technology and techniques, including live, in-studio and post-production. This should include knowledge of: SADiE, Sequoia, Nuendo or similar audio recording, editing and mastering system, microphone techniques (including those for surround), digital mixing consoles from Yamaha or similar, and all other aspects of professional audio equipment typically used in a classical music and/or broadcast multi-track recording environment.


Demonstrated knowledge of Stereo and Surround recording and production techniques.


Demonstrated knowledge and experience in recording and editing of acoustic music, sound reinforcement a plus.


Positive attitude, great attention to detail, strong organizational and professional communication skills.


Committed to team efforts and mission of CENTRAL SOUND and Arizona PBS.


Demonstrated knowledge of the basics of broadcast level standards such as RP155, BS1770, the Calm Act or similar.


Demonstrated knowledge of audio (word-clock) and video sync and distribution.


Demonstrated knowledge of basic video production, including editing and shooting a plus.


Demonstrated knowledge of classical music repertoire helpful, with basic score-reading ability required.


Working Environment: 

Our office/studios are located at the Downtown Campus at the Walter Cronkite/KAET building.  Assignments occur at the Tempe Campus School of Music, Downtown, and many other venues through the greater Phoenix Metropolitan area and sometimes in outter areas of the state. This position works a variety of shifts, including evenings and weekends.


Physical Requirements of this job include:


Work at desk, attend meetings, drive; travel to other departments, offices to observe work, and make presentations. Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 55 pounds. Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts. Ability to clearly communicate  to perform essential functions. Most work is performed in a normal office environment with some work performed in the field doing on-site inspections. Accesses paved, rocky, or uneven areas. Moderate exposure to dirt, dust, pollen, inclement weather, temperature extremes and unpleasant odors. Read blueprints, construction plans and microfiche reports. Use graphic instructions including blueprints, maps, layouts and other visual aids to determine innovative solutions to problems. Lift and carry materials weighing up to 55 pounds.


Department Statement: 

CENTRAL SOUND at EIGHT, formerly the KBAQ Production Studio, a part of KAET / Arizona PBS, is dedicated to capturing classical and acoustic music performances of the highest professional caliber, taking special care to preserve the authenticity of the experience.  Our studios provide an array of audio and new media-related services ranging from voice recording, to stereo and surround production as well as mastering for products such as audio books, CDs, Blu-ray, online media, radio and television broadcast.  As a premier provider of audio services, CENTRAL SOUND is committed to serving as a central hub for notable musical events in the community, bringing concerts of internationally acclaimed artists, performances by leading ASU faculty and the next generation of young musicians to thousands of listeners.  Striving for that quintessential sound, we produce numerous programs for broadcast on the airwaves of KBAQ-FM, as well as exceptional television audio, featured on Eight-Arizona PBS and beyond.


Eight specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture — utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives.  The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961.  Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems.  With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.


ASU Statement: 

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 70,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.


ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit


Arizona State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. 


Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent up successful passing of the background check. 


Fingerprint Check Statement: 

This position is considered safety/security sensitive and will include a fingerprint check. Employment is contingent up successful passing of the fingerprint check. 


Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 11:59PM Arizona time on the date indicated.


Resumes should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meet the minimum and desired qualifications stated in this requisition.


Only electronic applications are accepted.


ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.


To apply please go to  click "External Applicants" under Staff Positions, see Req Id# 1480BR

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