20 great new audio jobs at Disney Imagineering, Haven Studios, PlayStation London, ZA/UM Studio, Techland, The Audio Programmer, EDAG Group, Upstream, Upright Music, Spotify, TransPerfect, Arkane, Lucid Games, The Sandbox, Phoenix Labs, Gotham Studios, HoYoverse, VOX Media, JOINT, and University of Colorado-Denver

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We came across interesting new jobs at Walt Disney Imagineering, Haven Studios, PlayStation London, and ZA/UM Studio:

  • Walt Disney Imagineering is looking for a Principal Audio Designer for their Disney Cruise Line and Disney Live Entertainment (FL, US)
  • Haven Studios is hiring a Voice Designer to work on their recently announced Fairgame$ competitive heist game (QC, Canada)
  • PlayStation London is seeking a Lead Music Designer to work across PlayStation Studios projects (England)
  • ZA/UM Studio requires an Audio Director to oversee the overall aesthetics, direction, budget, and quality control of their audio (Remote / Europe)

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Principal Audio Designer
Company: Walt Disney Imagineering
Location: Celebration, FL, US
Job description

Through innovative storytelling and a culture of collaboration, Disney Live Entertainment creates, produces, and delivers remarkable and engaging entertainment experiences. From the intimate to the spectacular, our work can be seen at Disney theme parks, resort hotels, cruise ships, and other locations the world over. This diverse team – representing a wide variety of disciplines and talents from technical directors, writers, and lighting designers to choreographers, cosmetologists, and music producers – brings magical worlds to life through technical expertise, performance excellence, incomparable ingenuity, unparalleled spectacle… and a dash of pixie dust.

The Principal Audio Designer, supporting Disney Cruise Line, serves as the creative leader and representative for Disney Live Entertainment (DLE) Audio Design department. The Principal Audio Designer leads the Design team (Audio Designers and Programmers), and supervisor for local operating crews, contractors, and vendors through the completion of projects.

Responsibilities/You will:
  • Serve as the Subject Matter Expert, Creative and Administrative Leader, responsible for all Entertainment Audio systems and participate in a Project’s creative development and production phases, including blue-sky brainstorming, project kick-off, scope definition, feasibility, and budgetary ROMs
  • Provide oversight and input during Creative Reviews, Design Reviews, and other major milestone checkpoints and develop and/or implement Audio System designs for live shows and facility infrastructure
  • Be an engaged leader of Audio system R&D efforts, participating as necessary to collaborate with other Company technology divisions, responsible and accountable for the audio systems and quality of all DLE productions
  • Direct all Audio Design Projects – helping Designers to plan, prioritize, coordinate, brain-storm, problem solve, budget, procure, install, and implement their design concept throughout the entire course of a Project
  • Be accountable for resource planning, budgeting, and estimating at both the Department and Project levels, and developing a pipeline of both internal and external Audio Design talent
  • Lead a creative team of proficient, multidisciplinary Designers, as well as function as a working member of the design team with a natural inclination to generate ideas and the ability to do so with great proficiency
  • Assist with negotiations and lead contracted Audio Designers and Vendors ensuring Disney quality, compatibility, training, and accurate documentation of all audio services delivered
Basic Qualifications/You will have:
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in the Entertainment Industry working in audio system design, media playback, programming, routing, show development, and operation of live shows
  • Outstanding understanding of current technology, theory, and Industry standards for all aspects of audio system design, as applied to live show and facility systems
  • Advanced comprehension of the various formats for audio content creation and compatible delivery systems in both file delivery and live delivery environments, and understanding of SMPTE standards
  • Understanding of audio distribution and routing systems, including advanced network setup, advanced signal flow, file management, and advanced audio programming methods
  • Demonstrated extensive experience in Audio Design practice and procedures including show design, live performer amplification, and audio control design
  • Demonstrated functional leadership ability, including problem-solving, influencing abilities, negotiating skills, and continuous improvement process experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • Significant experience in audio systems design for cruise ship live entertainment
  • Significant experience in facility design
  • Experience in live show development with The Walt Disney Company
Education

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Technology and Design (MFA preferred), Audio Production or equivalent work experience

Additional Information

This position is located in Celebration, FL. Travel to domestic and foreign venues for extended periods of time is required. Must have or be willing to obtain a passport.

Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities, and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at https://jobs.disneycareers.com/benefits.

Voice Designer
Company: Haven Studios
Location: Montréal, QC, Canada
Job description

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play — it’s also the Best Place to Work. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in entertainment producing The PlayStation family of products and services including PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Plus, acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios, and more.

PlayStation also strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. We welcome and encourage everyone who has a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology, and play to explore our open positions and join our growing global team.

The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

Haven Studio’s Voice Designer will design and implement all voice-related content in our recently announced Fairgame$ title from conception to completion. You will work closely with Audio, Design and Production, to ensure that we achieve AAA quality voice content.

Reporting:

The Voice Designer will report to a Haven Producer.

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Prepare and develop all voice-related content for our game
  • Collaborate with the narrative and audio directors to develop the voice aesthetics and systems
  • Plan, schedule, and attend voice recording sessions according to project milestones
  • Work closely with stakeholders to ensure the voice design of the game is fully known, documented, and realized throughout development
  • Participate in creating and organizing voice-related content in the voice database structure and pipeline
  • Implement, organize, and maintain content and structure in proprietary voice database applications
  • Carry out post-production of voice-related content as needed
  • Manage and implement voice-related assets into the sound and game engine
  • Liaise with localization teams on voice content in all specified languages
  • Collaborate with various outsourcers for casting, recording and post production.
  • Debug voice-related content in the game to ensure final product quality
Minimum Qualifications
  • College degree in Music, Sound, or relevant industry work experience
  • Ideally 1+ year of game design experience or associated industry experience
  • Experience building and organizing voice-content pipelines
  • Experience casting, recording, editing voice talent, and providing voice direction
  • Experience working with voice-related content for digital media
  • Experience using a variety of audio middleware (Wwise, etc.) applications/pipelines
  • Knowledge of audio processing and software (Reaper, ProTools, Izotope RX, etc.) for processing voice-related content, adding special effects, and enforcing loudness standards
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve effectively and produce timely project results
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Must have a keen understanding of game audio systems and a passion to improve the quality of the end-user experience
Responsabilités et tâches
  • PrĂ©parer et dĂ©velopper tous les contenus liĂ©s Ă  la voix pour notre jeu.
  • Collaborer avec les directeur·trice·s narratifs et audio pour dĂ©velopper l'esthĂ©tique et les systèmes vocaux.
  • Planifier, programmer et assister aux sessions d'enregistrement des voix en fonction des Ă©tapes du projet.
  • Travailler en Ă©troite collaboration avec les parties prenantes pour s'assurer que la conception vocale du jeu est parfaitement connue, documentĂ©e et rĂ©alisĂ©e tout au long du dĂ©veloppement.
  • Participer Ă  la crĂ©ation et Ă  l'organisation du contenu liĂ© aux voix dans la structure et le pipeline de la base de donnĂ©es vocales.
  • Mettre en Ĺ“uvre, organiser et maintenir le contenu et la structure dans les applications propriĂ©taires de la base de donnĂ©es vocales.
  • Effectuer la postproduction du contenu vocal selon les besoins.
  • gĂ©rer et mettre en Ĺ“uvre les actifs liĂ©s Ă  la voix dans le moteur sonore et le moteur de jeu.
  • Assurer la liaison avec les Ă©quipes de localisation pour le contenu vocal dans toutes les langues spĂ©cifiĂ©es.
  • Collaborer avec divers sous-traitants pour le casting, l'enregistrement et la postproduction.
  • DĂ©boguer le contenu vocal dans le jeu pour garantir la qualitĂ© du produit final.
Qualifications recherchées
  • DiplĂ´me d'Ă©tudes supĂ©rieures en musique, en sonorisation ou expĂ©rience professionnelle dans le domaine concernĂ©.
  • IdĂ©alement, plus d'un an d'expĂ©rience en conception de jeux ou d'expĂ©rience connexe dans l'industrie.
  • ExpĂ©rience dans la construction et l'organisation de pipelines de contenu vocal.
  • ExpĂ©rience du casting, de l'enregistrement, de l'Ă©dition des voix et de la direction des voix.
  • ExpĂ©rience de travail avec du contenu vocal pour les mĂ©dias numĂ©riques.
  • ExpĂ©rience de l'utilisation d'une variĂ©tĂ© d'applications/pipelines de middleware audio (Wwise, etc.).
  • Connaissance du traitement audio et des logiciels (Reaper, ProTools, Izotope RX, etc.) pour le traitement du contenu liĂ© Ă  la voix, l'ajout d'effets spĂ©ciaux et l'application de normes de volume sonore.
  • CapacitĂ© avĂ©rĂ©e Ă  rĂ©soudre les problèmes de manière efficace et Ă  produire des rĂ©sultats dans les dĂ©lais impartis.
  • Excellentes compĂ©tences en matière d'organisation et de communication.
  • Avoir une connaissance approfondie des systèmes audio des jeux et une passion pour l'amĂ©lioration de la qualitĂ© de l'expĂ©rience de l'utilisateur final.
  • Avoir une attitude positive, pragmatique et orientĂ©e vers la recherche de solutions.
Lead Music Designer
Company: PlayStation London
Location: London, UK
Job description

PlayStation isn’t just the Best Place to Play — it’s also the Best Place to Work. Today, we’re recognized as a global leader in entertainment producing The PlayStation family of products and services including PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®VR, PlayStation®Plus, acclaimed PlayStation software titles from PlayStation Studios, and more.

PlayStation also strives to create an inclusive environment that empowers employees and embraces diversity. We welcome and encourage everyone who has a passion and curiosity for innovation, technology, and play to explore our open positions and join our growing global team.

The PlayStation brand falls under Sony Interactive Entertainment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation.

Responsibilities
  • Music System Design – Influences overall project strategy as it relates to the music system design. Can present music system design vision and progress to external and internal leadership teams.
  • Music Editing – Editing music and making assets that conform to the music system design.
  • Music Implementation – Directs implementation methods and strategies across multiple projects with music designers at multiple locations. Involved in discussions and influences music implementation strategies and technology development across PlayStation Studios.
  • Asset Management – Creates asset management processes for internal/external teams. Drives fundamental change in how assets are managed or executed via new technology or process.
  • Tools & Technical Proficiency – Works across PlayStation Studios to influence tools and systems. Actively engages with music industry and education on PlayStation Studios's behalf.
  • Communication – Represents CA Music within the studio leadership structure. Seeks out new ideas and discoveries within the music design discipline and communicates these to music team on a regular basis. Effectively manages reviews & planning meetings, achieves communication excellence in these settings.
  • Score Production – Manages recording sessions and communication with the composer and creative director.
  • Recording & Production – Can manage budget planning and legal approval processes around recording sessions and externally sourced assets. Contributes to the PlayStation Studios global audio community by sharing assets, techniques and planning processes. Mentors other music design staff in high-level planning and execution for recording sessions and vendor negotiations.
  • Process & Planning – Defines and establishes planning best practices to follow once in production. Forms good working relationships with senior management and external partners. Works collaboratively with leaders from other groups outside the music team such as Marketing or Tools & Tech.
Education & Experience
  • Expert knowledge of commonly used interactive audio tools and digital audio workstations, particularly Wwise and Pro Tools.
  • Thorough understanding of various techniques for implementing game audio and associated technical demands.
  • Minimum five years of industry experience in video game music production with multiple published titles.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience/skillset.
Skills
  • Comprehensive understanding of project schedules and milestone documentation.
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task and process knowledge.
  • Experience with JIRA, Confluence, Google Sheets, Microsoft Office, bug tracking databases.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration, verbal and written skills.
  • Able to adapt quickly in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, outstanding interpersonal and facilitation skills.
Industry
  • Knowledgeable of current industry trends: up-to-date on competitive products and standard methodologies.
  • Must love games and have a passion for creating them!
Audio Director
Company: ZA/UM Studio
Location: Remote / Europe
Job description Important:

For this role you must be based in the UK, Europe, or on Universal Time Coordinated UTC +/- 2 hours

Only CVs uploaded in .pdf form will be reviewed.

For reference, interview proceedings will not commence until this role has been open for a minimum of 2 weeks (week commencing Monday 2nd October 2023).

The role will also not be closed until an offer has been made – the studio remains committed to reviewing CVs all the way up until role closure.

We are looking for a talented and experienced Audio Director to join our video game development team. As Audio Director, you will oversee all audio production and implementation for our games across multiple platforms. You will manage and work with a team of sound designers, composers, audio programmers and more to create immersive auditory experiences for our players.

The Audio Director is responsible for the overall sound aesthetics, direction, budget, and quality control for our games. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams including art, design, narrative, programming, and production to ensure the audio aligns with the game’s vision. As Audio Director, you will establish workflow processes, guide the audio team’s work, and ensure delivered assets meet quality standards.

Responsibilities:
  • Decide on overall auditory style and tone for games in collaboration with stakeholders
  • Lead final audio mix process to achieve intended aesthetics and player experience
  • Manage audio department staffing, budget, schedules, workflows and deliverables
  • Guide audio team’s work and provide direction to sound designers, composers and more
  • Collaborate with other departments to ensure cohesion between audio and other game elements
  • Oversee implementation of audio assets into game engine and runtime technical performance
  • Resolve complex audio challenges and identify appropriate tools and solutions
  • Assure quality standards for all audio content through final mix and game release
  • Optimise licensing terms and costs for acquired audio assets and manage IP rights
  • Stay current on industry trends and identify innovative techniques to enhance games’ audio
  • Design and implement audio where required
Qualification requirements:
  • 7+ years experience in game audio development with at least 3 years in a senior audio role
  • Leadership skills to guide audio team and collaborate effectively with stakeholders
  • Deep knowledge of audio production pipelines, tools, and implementation for games
  • Strong grasp of audio mixing, mastering, compression, EQ, and effects
  • Solid understanding of audio licensing, rights management, budgets and contracts
  • Passion for audio innovation and identifying future opportunities to improve game audio
  • Portfolio demonstrating ability to create immersive, engaging audio experiences
Bonuses:
  • Expertise in Unity and FMOD
  • BA/BS or MA/MS in music production, sound design or related field
We Offer:
  • Competitive salary – Living Wage Accredited employer
  • Excellent career development opportunities in a rapidly growing studio.
  • Flexible hybrid work model – the ability to work remotely or from the office, with occasional required in person meetings.
  • Private medical and dental cover
  • Full studio closure over Christmas
  • Industry leading parental leave
  • Childcare support
About Us:

ZA/UM is a video game studio that in 2019 released the award-winning role-playing game Disco Elysium. We are based in the UK and Europe, we have offices in Porto, Brighton and London. Our team is spread across a number of countries around the globe. Currently, the team is composed of over 90 writers, artists, developers and producers.

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