What do Sound Engineering Technicians do?

Operate machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.

  • Synchronize and equalize prerecorded dialogue, music, and sound effects with visual action of motion pictures or television productions, using control consoles.
  • Keep logs of recordings.
  • Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
  • Create musical instrument digital interface programs for music projects, commercials, or film postproduction.
  • Report equipment problems and ensure that required repairs are made.
  • Tear down equipment after event completion.
  • Confer with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.
  • Reproduce and duplicate sound recordings from original recording media, using sound editing and duplication equipment.
  • Prepare for recording sessions by performing activities such as selecting and setting up microphones.
  • Separate instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combine sounds later during the mixing or postproduction stage.
  • Convert video and audio recordings into digital formats for editing or archiving.
  • Regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.
  • Mix and edit voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances and for prerecorded events, using sound mixing boards.
  • Set up, test, and adjust recording equipment for recording sessions and live performances.

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