Sound technicians operate technical equipment to amplify, enhance, record, mix or reproduce sound in support of performing arts and may also assemble and maintain sound equipment.
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 work in radio, television and recording studios, or in theatres and other live performance venues. They may also work in wholesale and retail businesses trading in sound reproduction, recording and public address equipment. In some cases, they specialise in operating or maintaining sound equipment.
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
- able to work under pressure.
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