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.
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.
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.