A sound engineering technician mixes, creates, and plays music and other sounds, usually at live events. Some jobs will require the sound engineering technician to work on a team of other technicians or with live performers, such as bands, dancers, and singers. The technician may also have to coordinate with visual effects. Some sound engineering technicians will work in movie and television production, and they will help improve the sound aspect of these types of entertainment.
Some jobs are part-time, while others are full-time. Some jobs are on a per-need, freelance basis. Prior to a job being carried out, the technician should properly set up the equipment and then test it to make sure it works. Sometimes, it may be necessary to troubleshoot and make small repairs to equipment. After a job is done, the equipment needs to be packed up safely. Some heavy lifting may be required.
Sound engineering technicians are usually expected to be highly creative, in order to be able to create sound sequences that will engage audiences. If certain music or sounds do not impress an audience in a live performance, it may be essential to make changes on the spot. Basic electrical knowledge will come in handy. A minimum of a high school diploma may be required. To obtain jobs, it may be necessary to showcase skills. A sound engineering technician may attend a formal schooling program and an apprenticeship to develop skills.
Sound Engineering Technician 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.