What is needed to become an Acoustic Engineer?
I'm a Senior in High school and I play many instruments. lately I've been interested in how Acoustics work in any hall or space. I'd like to take a class on this especially in college but i am not sure where to start. Any comments and or tips are greatly appreciated.
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Most Acoustic Engineering programs are graduate level programs in Mechanical or Electrical engineering departments. If you are interested in architectural design and physical acoustics, then I would recommend pursuing a BS in physics or mechanical engineering. If you are more interested in the audio signal processing side, speakers and sound systems, etc, then go for a BS in electrical engineering.
There are a number of possible positions in this area. The two areas I can imagine almost immediately are using that knowledge in software as an audio DSP engineer. That will involve designing and programming audio plugins for digital audio workstations, and professional live audio applications. The second would be as a room acoustics designer for concert halls, theaters and recording studios. (Actually that can go even further, as factories have become more sensitive to the high SPL levels the machinery can generate, and wish to reduce their liability with workmen's comp for hearing loss.)
Either way, it's going to be important to understand both the art and science of sound. As far as universities, I would look first for schools with a specific acoustic program (Penn State, as Mr. Prosuk mentioned). From there, look at schools with strong science and music departments. But if your focus is more towards room design, you may also consider architecture programs. Talk to advisors at the campuses and discuss your interests; they should be a great help to choose the best schools for your interests. Good luck!
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