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Joseph Schwartz

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Audio Fields:

  • Educational Institutions - Educator
  • Recording Industry - Home/Project Studio
  • Recording Industry - Post Production
  • Recording Industry - Film/Video Sound

Job Duties:

  • Information Technology Worker
  • Consultant
  • Editor
  • Educator
  • Mixer
  • Recording Engineer


I have worked in various roles and environments in music production and in film and television post-production. I am currently employed at California State University, Northridge.

Following my childhood passion for music and sound, I began studying and performing music in high school. I went on to study Music Production and Engineering at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in 1986. After graduating, I worked as an assistant engineer at recording studios in New York, and later in Los Angeles.

I transitioned into post-production sound in 1990, when Columbia Studios (later renamed Sony Studios) hired me as their first digital assistant sound editor, to develop workflows with their new WaveFrame audio workstations. I continued in film and television sound editing at Sony and some independent facilities until 1996, receiving two MPSE Golden Reel Awards nominations in 1993 and 1994. Often working without onsite engineering support, I felt compelled to become technically self-sufficient.

In 1996 Timeline Vista, impressed with my proficiency with their WaveFrame products, hired me as a technical support engineer. I provided worldwide client support, and tested and documented new software releases, until the WaveFrame was discontinued a few months later.

I returned to Los Angeles and went to work in the post-production engineering department at Paramount Pictures, supporting their post-production editorial and sound facilities until 2006.

Later that year, I took a position at Moviola, supporting their television editing clients, until the Fall 2007 Writers Guild Strike halted television production.

I assumed my current position at California State University, Northridge in early 2008. I provide technical leadership and engineering support for facilities and student film projects, and I record, edit, and mix audio for public service announcements produced in collaboration with government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Non-AES Awards & Award Nominations

MPSE Golden Reel Award Nomination Dialogue Editor for an Animated Television Series, 1993 Exo Squad episode "The Brood"

MPSE Golden Reel Award Nomination Assistant ADR Editor for a Dramatic Series, 1994 My So-Called Life episode "On The Wagon"

Education Background

Bachelor of Music Music Production and Engineering Berklee College of Music 1986

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