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Audio Director

Company: Ascendant Studios
Location: San Rafael
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Audio Director

Ascendant Studios is looking for an audio director with a wealth of experience and a superb imagination to help us create the audioscape of our new game universe. Our ideal candidate is a highly creative individual who can imagine sounds for things that do not exist in the real world, lead a team, and implement their own work within UE.

This is a full time position. We are all currently working remotely due to Covid-19, but will require working from our office in San Rafael, CA later in the year.

Key Responsibilities

  • Drive the audio direction of a new IP, including designing world-class sounds for VFX, environments, characters, creatures, UI, etc.
  • Lead and collaborate with other sound designers and across disciplines to bring a new universe to life. 
  • Work with and guide outsource partners for SFX and music creation. 
  • Help to determine and manage audio priorities and schedules across both internal and external teams. 
  • Work with other disciplines to make sure that audio needs are met and audio is working and performant on various platforms. 
  • Implement new sound effects in engine for both real time gameplay and cinematics using Wwise and Unreal Engine.
  • Help to record, mix, edit, and implement voice over audio. 
  • May occasionally direct voice actors. 


  • 5+ years experience as an audio designer on AAA titles, including at least two shipped titles in a senior/lead role. 
  • Deep knowledge of sound design practices and audio theory across sound effects, music, voice over, and the technical audio pipeline.
  • Experience working with Wwise and Unreal Engine 
  • Expert proficiency with modern audio software and strong technical knowledge. 
  • Extremely creative - can come up with imaginative and intuitive sounds for things that do not exist in the real world to create a cohesive soundscape for a brand new universe. 
  • Previous experience working with external teams on sound, music, and voiceover. 
  • Ability to work independently, as well as collaborate efficiently across disciplines in a small, fast moving team. Great written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, ability to identify and resolve issues, and understanding of technical dependencies.
  • Understanding requirements and limits for audio on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Comfortable working with next gen technology.

Good to Have 

  • Previous work on first person titles or shooters. 
  • Prior experience directing voice over or performance capture sessions. 
  • A Bachelors degree in an audio related field. 

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