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 requirementsset up, test and operate equipment in accordance with the acoustics of the area and select, place and adjust microphonesmonitor audio signals to detect quality deviations or malfunctionsservice, maintain and repair amplifiers, tuners, receivers, digital audio systems, turntables and pick-ups, reel-to-reel and cassette-type tape recorders and speaker systemsbuild and install sound systemsdub and edit tapes or compact discsoperate controls to maintain correct sound levelstalk with performers and instruct them on microphone useintroduce 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.