Profession audio production technician

Sound mixers control technical functioning of equipment to record and edit sound and for transmitting radio and television broadcasts of sounds, as well as other types of telecommunication signals on land, sea or in aircraft.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Related professions music

Knowledge

  • Acoustics

    The study of sound, its reflection, amplification and absorption in a space.

  • Musical instruments

    The different musical instruments, their ranges, timbre, and possible combinations.

Skills

  • Set up sound reinforcement system

    Set up an analogue sound reinforcement system in a live situation.

  • Technically design a sound system

    Set up, test and operate a complex audio system, based on a given sound concept. This could be a permanent as well as a temporary installation.

  • Prepare personal work environment

    Correct settings or positions for your working instruments and adjust them before starting operations.

  • Fit up sound on stage

    Set up, rig, connect, test and tune audio equipment on stage.

  • Work safely with mobile electrical systems under supervision

    Take the necessary precautions while providing temporary power distribution for performance and art facility purposes under supervision.

  • Operate an audio mixing console

    Operate an audio mixing system during rehearsals or during live performances.

  • De-rig electronic equipment

    Remove and store various types of electronic equipment safely after use.

  • Perform soundchecks

    Test the sound equipment of a venue to ensure smooth operation during the performance. Cooperate with performers to make sure the venue equipment is adjusted for the requirements of the performance.

  • Perform technical sound check

    Prepare and run a technical sound check before rehearsals or live shows. Check instrument setup and ensure correct functioning of the audio equipment. Anticipate possible technical problems during a live show.

  • Provide power distribution

    Provide power distribution for light, stage, sound, video and recording purposes.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Use personal protection equipment

    Make use of protection equipment according to training, instruction and manuals. Inspect the equipment and use it consistently.

  • Manage personal professional development

    Take responsibility for lifelong learning and continuous professional development. Engage in learning to support and update professional competence. Identify priority areas for professional development based on reflection about own practice and through contact with peers and stakeholders.

  • Work with respect for own safety

    Apply the safety rules according to training and instruction and based on a solid understanding of the prevention measures and risks to your own personal health and safety.

  • Maintain sound equipment

    Set up, check, maintain and repair sound equipment for a live performance establishment.

  • Set up equipment in a timely manner

    Make sure to set up equipment according to deadlines and time schedules.

  • Pack electronic equipment

    Safely pack sensitive electronic equipment for storage and transport.

  • Understand artistic concepts

    Interpret an artist's explanation or demonstration of their artistic concepts, inceptions and processes and strive to share their vision.

  • Tune up wireless audio systems

    Tune up a wireless audio system in a live situation.

  • Assess power needs

    Prepare and manage the provision of electrical power for different areas.

  • Follow safety procedures when working at heights

    Take necessary precautions and follow a set of measures that assess, prevent and tackle risks when working at a high distance from the ground. Prevent endangering people working under these structures and avoid falls from ladders, mobile scaffolding, fixed working bridges, single person lifts etc. since they may cause fatalities or major injuries.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

Optional knowledge and skills

draw up artistic production manage consumables stock manage technical resources stock use audio reproduction software maintain system layout for a production manage signoff of an installed system keep personal administration set up basic recording edit recorded sound translate artistic concepts to technical designs develop professional network plan a recording safeguard artistic quality of performance advise client on technical possibilities adapt artistic plan to location operate sound live promote yourself record music document your own practice consult with stakeholders on implementation of a production