Audio Production is an often-misunderstood phrase. While most quickly assume that these words mean the “making” of music, the reality is that these words are more of an “umbrella” for all the efforts that go into a finished product.
There is so much more to “audio” than merely music. It’s everywhere around us. Every Video Game, every movie, every concert, every live stream, every record, every television show… there are scores of experts dealing with the audio side of the event. Oh, the things we take for granted…
Most consumers don’t put a lot of thought into how they’re actually “listening” to what they’re hearing. If it’s a favorite song of theirs, they assume that the artist(s) must have entered a recording studio, the lights must have dimmed, and moments later “the song” was born of sheer magic.
When a movie is being viewed, we try to wrap our heads around the story, but fail to realize that the sound effects, and musical orchestration, evokes the emotion that the viewer must live through, in order to convey the atmosphere that the movie-makers originally envisioned.
In watching a sporting event on tv, we fail to rationalize how we HEARD the swoosh of the basketball passing through the net, or that the sounds must match the visuals that are being passed from one camera to another.
I’d bet you don’t think about the two different concerts that are happening at once, when you go see an artist perform live. That’s right… there’s a team of experts controlling the sound for the audience, and another team controlling the sound on stage, so that the artists can hear themselves over the roar of the crowd.