Updated: Oct 15, 2020

“ No matter how great the band, if the sound guy sucks, the band sucks”

A sound engineer is a technician dealing with acoustics for a broadcast or musical performance.

Sound engineering is based on the technical ability to ensure or create quality in sound. Having the right equipment is vital but it is only effective if you have the expertise to use it. By having skills it enables you to work on sound systems and you will get more value out of the sound.

Sound Engineers have a dynamic impact in making multiple events and audio productions successful. Their expertise is valuable and enhances the output of any creation. Without great quality sound, it would mess up the purpose of any project.

Sound professionals are responsible for setting up sound systems, testing and adjusting equipment levels and they ensure that all audio tools are working. They can work in various sectors such as events, studio or broadcasting platforms.

Sound engineers can take on various roles and work as studio engineers, system engineers or sound operators. They can use their expertise to set up wireless audio equipment and tools. Sound specialists can manipulate equalisation and the effects of sound. The overall effect of sound skills is that it produces advanced sound output.

Studio engineers can set up audio equipment and tools for recording purposes. These engineers have high-level ability to compose music and sound pieces, do audio recordings and edit them. They also need to have the digital capacity to use computerised programs utilised in sound editing. The audio they produce can be for broadcast platforms such as radio, television or other performance venues.

There are purposes for setting up sound, it could be sound for occasions such as a live concert, setup for studio sound or for a band performance. Setting up sound requires you to be able to adjust microphones, mixers, amplifiers and output tools.

As you gain knowledge in this field, you will learn to operate recording equipment and utilise instruments used in sound. You will also absorb technical skills that allow you to use sound tools and software for spectacular productions. Your understanding of sound and skills enable you to become more creative as a sound professional.An audio engineer works with the technical aspects of sound during the processes of recording, mixing, and reproduction.

Audio engineers often assist record producers and musicians to help give their work the sound they are hoping to achieve. For example, an audio engineer will piece together parts of a song, use auto-tune on a recording, and/or add synthetic sounds to a track. Audio engineers are different from producers. However, some audio engineers go on with their careers to double as producers or assume the role of producer. There are several subfields of audio engineering that one can become involved in.

The sound expertise you produce can be used in sound recordings and sound for corporate websites, videos and other media. You learn how to create a sound effect, manipulate sound waves, use synthesizer instruments and to use other elements in production.

Sound Engineers can work in various industries where they can specialise in sound projects. The entertainment industry is one of the sectors that largely depends on sound for the success of its productions. In preparation for any event, sound managers are tasked with setting up the sound to create the best event.

Sound technicians are employed in a number of industries, such as radio and television broadcasting, and are responsible for using audio equipment to record and reproduce sound. An associate's degree in sound engineering or some closely related field is usually the minimum educational requirement for entry-level sound technician positions. While not required, certification from a professional organization may make an applicant more appealing to employers. This field of employment is growing at about the average rate for all occupations. A qualification in sound will equip them with in demand sound skills that they will be compensated for, allowing them a prosperous career. Some of the major professional roles that you can take on with the expertise include:

  • Recording engineer and technical crew for live events

  • Location sound or studio recording

  • ADR recordist and editor

  • Recording technician

  • Equipment maintenance manager

  • Live sound technician

  • Technical/logistics manager

  • Digital music production

  • Remix producer

Life as an audio engineer can be an exciting and very lucrative career for anyone with a burning passion for music and the drive and technical aptitude to put it into action.

Varun Babbar


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