Sound Technician


Sound technicians operate technical equipment to amplify, enhance, record, mix or reproduce sound in support of performing arts. They may also assemble and maintain sound equipment.

Duties & Tasks

Sound technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • determine sound requirements
  • set up, test and operate equipment in accordance with the acoustics of the area and select, place and adjust microphones
  • monitor audio signals to detect quality deviations or malfunctions
  • service, maintain and repair amplifiers, tuners, receivers, digital audio systems, turntables and pick-ups, reel-to-reel and cassette-type tape recorders and speaker systems
  • build and install sound systems
  • dub and edit tapes or compact discs
  • operate controls to maintain correct sound levels
  • talk with performers and instruct them on microphone use
  • introduce pre-recorded special effects required by scripts.

Working Conditions

Sound technicians may be required to work shifts that involve long hours in the evenings and on weekends. They often work under difficult conditions and, when working at outdoor concerts, in variable weather.

Personal Requirements

  • a good ear for detail in all areas of sound
  • aptitude for working with computers and audio equipment
  • flexible attitude toward working hours and conditions
  • able to work under pressure.

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