Technical Audio Developer

Art · Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Department Art
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Schell Games is a highly talented group of artists, programmers, producers, and game designers led by game industry veteran Jesse Schell.  We're the largest full-service education and entertainment game development company in the United States.  Since 2002, we've worked with world-class clients and partners to create interactive experiences that engage and inspire players of all ages across all platforms.  Presently, we are focused on virtual reality, augmented reality, location-based experiences, and social games.

 

Do you like to work on innovative projects in a motivating, friendly atmosphere? Would you agree that games can engage and inspire?

 

If you answered "YES!" to both questions, you might be a fit for our studio!  


 

TECHNICAL AUDIO DEVELOPER


We are currently seeking a talented Technical Audio Developer to join our team and help build both educational and entertainment content.  Our ideal candidate will have the ability to handle technical and artistic issues during game development as well as be able to work quickly in a team atmosphere with schedules and reliable milestone delivery.


The applicant will be working on a variety of projects in-house with our dev teams, and should be excited and capable in cross-discipline situations. Previous experience working with, and integrating, sound into game engines such as Unity and Unreal is required.  Ability to work with a DAW is necessary, as is some experience with other middleware programs such as FMOD or Wwise. Passion for audio design, SFX, VO recording/editing, and musical composition are crucial. Previous experience with creating and placing audio hooks, mixing and leveling audio, and working with game teams is preferred.


Expectations for an Advanced level role at the studio:


You consistently seek out best practices from experts within and outside of the studio and incorporate them into your work. Your craft skills allow you to deliver on the team's vision. You clearly understand how your work affects your colleagues and the experience you are building. Although you are still learning how to be an expert, your teams benefit greatly from your growing expertise.


You communicate effectively with colleagues and clients. You build relationships, communication channels, and efficiency within your team. You seek feedback, and address it consistently and effectively.


You excel in your project role. You advocate on behalf of the guest and understand how that translates to project goals and constraints. You're comfortable working within our development methodologies and explore different ways to make your team more effective.


Others look to you to help make decisions on the team. You are able to constructively work through conflict with members of your team.



AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY


  • SFX Design and Implementation
  • VO Recording/Editing and Implementation
  • Dynamic Music Implementation
  • Occasional Musical Composition
  • Communicating and Collaborating with Design and Engineering partners to  facilitate iteration on audio
  • Meaningfully contributing to decisions and maintaining audio development best practices


DESIRED SKILLS & EXPERIENCE


  • 3-5 Years of audio development experience preferred
  • Portfolio/Reel of work must be available for review
  • Familiarity with Unity and Unreal game engines
  • Proficiency with Wwise, FMOD, or other similar middleware
  • Familiarity with Dynamic Dialogue Implementation
  • Proficiency with Dynamic Music Integration 
  • Proficient use of a DAW (Reaper preferred) 
  • Basic Knowledge of Ambisonic Audio and Contemporary VR Mixing Practices
  • Basic Knowledge of Source Control (Perforce, SVN, Github)
  • Experience designing for various hardware systems and organizing signal flow

 

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: 

 

  • BS/BA/BFA degree in graphic design, fine arts, animation, visual communication, CS, or similar preferred 



Our studio is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive work environment that ensures that all applicants and team members are treated with dignity and respect.  We will not tolerate any type of discrimination or harassment directed at any applicant or employee because of their gender, race, religion, age, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, veteran, family or parental status or any other protected group characteristic.  This equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.


Prohibiting discrimination and harassment is only one part of the equation. “Diversity makes us strong” is more than just something we say.  We value diversity in all forms because it is essential to our success, and we want every member of our team to feel their best creative self.  Our development environment and social culture are based on welcoming, respecting, and celebrating differences among our team members and our players.  We rely on each person to add their own unique skills and perspective to our culture.  Every member of our team is responsible for making the studio as inclusive and equitable as possible.



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The candidate selected for this position will be subject to standard employment verification and criminal background check upon offer of contingent employment.


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  • Location
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Department
    Art
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level