Sound engineers - also called sound technicians, audio engineers, broadcast engineers, and recording engineers - oversees recording and production of sound files. They work in a variety of venues, such as concert halls, stadiums, and theaters. Sound engineers may also be found in recording studios, where they may work on production or post-production for music and movies. The sound engineer often directs a team, and they have to ensure the team works together for the best possible production. Sound engineers also often work with clients to make sure teams are performing to their level of satisfaction. Additionally, theses engineers are often responsible for maintaining and repairing the equipment with which they work.
Sound engineers often have no set schedule, as they are working around events that are being performed at the venues in which they work. Those engineers employed in a studio also must work around the schedules of the clients; sound engineers may find themselves working many late nights or erratic hours. In all settings, sound engineers must keep up with the newest in digital equipment, software, and hardware as they apply to the field.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum educational requirement for this position; relevant technical education and/or accreditation is also usually required. Some colleges also offer degree programs in sound engineering as well. A track record of sound engineering work is usually required in these positions, and excellent communication, multitasking, and planning skills are required.
Sound Engineer Tasks
Record, layer, and produce sounds and sound effects for desired impact.
Spot, arrange, and edit audio into video or other delivery mechanism.
Create, update, maintain, and add to sample and sound libraries.
Assist in postproduction with improving sound quality or adding sound over video.