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Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 12:13 AM



Manhattan School of Music (MSM) is deeply committed to excellence in education, performance, and creative activity; to the humanity of the School’s environment; and to the cultural enrichment of the larger community. A premier international conservatory, MSM inspires and empowers highly talented individuals to realize their potential. We take full advantage of New York’s abundant learning and performance opportunities, preparing our students to be passionate performers, composers and teachers, and imaginative, effective contributors to the arts and society.

MSM's Distance Learning and Recording Arts Department is now searching for a Recording Engineer to join its full-time staff dedicated to providing high-quality audio and video recording services and support to the MSM community.


Recording Activities:

• Coordinate and engineer audio recordings for live classical and jazz music events, including symphony orchestra, opera, chamber orchestra, chorus, jazz orchestra, Latin jazz ensemble, jazz combo and solo instrumental/vocal recitals.
• Execute multi-channel digital recording and operate console to produce live-to-2 mix.
• Operate robotic video recording equipment connected to video workstations to capture live student recitals, institutional concerts and private recording sessions. Includes camera setting adjustments such as focus, framing, iris, gain and white balance.
• Coordinate with Production Department to gather information about music program, instrumentation, stage set-up; communicate with musicians about specific technical support needs.
• Coordinate with other audio engineers to design the technical plans for recording, including microphone selection, microphone placement, cable patching in theatre, system patching in recording studio, and console set-up.
• Attend dress rehearsal before the live concerts and provide solutions for technical audio problems.
• Test equipment to ensure proper operation and execute system set-up.
• Coordinate with musicians and studio clientele and perform post-production duties such as music editing, mixing, and mastering to provide high quality final recording for competition, audition, documentation, and future commercial release.

Distance Learning Audio:
• Plan and provide audio technical services for live videoconference or webcast events.
• Make technical plans for local sound pickup with other engineers.
• Execute system set-up, including microphone positioning, cable patching, console set-up, and in-house loudspeaker set-up.
• In-theatre sound check and audio technical troubleshooting.
• Coordinate with remote-side audio engineers to evaluate the mixing and provide qualitative feedback for improving the mix.
• Execute “Send” audio mix to remote-side institution or provide FOH engineering during distance learning events, as assigned.

Editing & Duplication Services:

• Execute daily “top and tail” audio and video editing, duplication, and labeling of student recitals, private recording sessions, and institutional events.
• Perform post-production editing sessions of recorded material with students and faculty.
• Guide and train work-study students on audio editing and duplication, ensuring students format and document all recorded materials according to policy.
• Maintain all audio editing guideline documentation as needed.
• Complete duplication work orders including transfers from various media formats.
• Use studio policies and procedures for formatting and documenting all recorded materials.

Audio Support Services:
• Execute sound reinforcement for institutional events, live web-streaming and master classes.
• Coordinate with Production Department and House Staff on the set up of lectern microphones, wireless lavaliers, and panel discussion microphones.
• Operate console for FOH mixing, sound effects preparation and playback.
• Provide wireless microphone support.

Classroom Stereo System Maintenance:

• Perform regular maintenance and inventory of all classroom stereo systems.
• Coordinate with faculty to provide immediate response to requests for system maintenance with respect to status and time frame of repair or replacement.
• Perform initial troubleshooting of systems.
• Provide preliminary diagnosis and coordinate with Recording Manager and Maintenance Technician for necessary maintenance actions.
• Provide list of equipment, tools, and supplies needed to keep classroom stereo inventory up to date.

General Studio Duties:

• Attend monthly departmental meetings; prepare written report on classroom stereo maintenance and editing and duplication services; and periodic control room meetings.
• Attend interdepartmental production and planning meetings, as requested.
• Draft proposals for equipment upgrades and improvements for School management review.
• Oversee maintenance of Recording Studio 114.
• Maintain studio organization; Answer studio telephone/email regularly; take messages for studio personnel.

Work Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in audio engineering or a closely related field and/or 2-3 years’ experience.
• Knowledge of Classical and Jazz music. Ability to read musical scores required.
• Knowledge of stereo and multi-mic techniques.
• Experience with digital consoles.
• Knowledge of proper gain structure, signal flow and signal processing required.
• Solid understanding of basic electronics and digital technology.
• Hands-on experience with a professional-level DAW (e.g., Steinberg Nuendo/Cubase, Pyramix, or ProTools).
• Knowledge of video technology and FOH or live event sound a plus.
• Flexibility a must: evening and weekend shifts required including periodic extended workday shifts (E.g.,12-14 hour days with day time load-ins and evening events); prompt changes to schedules (e.g. unexpected emergencies or performance contingencies)
• Must be able to climb a ladder. Must be able to lift audio equipment in general use.

Work Style Qualifications:
• Reliable, responsible, and punctual.
• Self-starter and team player in a small studio environment.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills. Tact a must.
• Ability to maintain professionalism and amiability under high pressure in a diverse work environment; ability to multitask is a must.
• Business casual attire; jeans/sneakers for load-ins/outs & maintenance.

Commensurate with education & experience.

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

Must email résumé, cover letter and salary requirements to:
Chris Shade, Recording Manager:

Applicants will be required to send sample recordings that they have engineered only if selected for an interview. All recordings should be sent digitally via Dropbox, or similar.

Equal employment and equal educational opportunity have been and will continue to be fundamental principles at Manhattan School of Music, where employment and enrollment are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

• Location: Manhattan, New York, NY

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