Profession sound editor

Sound editors create the soundtrack and sound effects for motion pictures, television series or other multimedia productions. They are responsible for all the music and sound featured in the movie, series or videogames. Sound editors use equipment to edit and mix image and sound recordings and make sure that the music, sound and dialogue is synchronised with and fits in the scene. They work closely together with the video and motion picture editor.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic


  • Audio editing software

    The various software for editing and generating audio, such as Adobe Audition, Soundforge, and Power Sound Editor.

  • Musical theory

    The body of interrelated concepts that constitutes the theoretical background of music.

  • Musical genres

    Different musical styles and genres such as blues, jazz, reggae, rock, or indie.

  • Film music techniques

    Understand how film music can create desired effects or moods.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

  • Personal directing styles

    Be familliar with the style of specific directors.


  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Follow directions of the artistic director

    Follow the instructions of the director while understanding his creative vision.

  • Synchronise sound with images

    Synchronise recorded sound with footage.

  • Consult with production director

    Consult with the director, producer and clients throughout the production and post-production process.

  • Search databases

    Search for information or people using databases.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Coordinate music with scenes

    Coordinate the selection of music and sounds so they match the mood of the scene.

  • Attend music recording sessions

    Attend recording sessions in order to make changes or adaptations to the musical score.

  • Structure soundtrack

    Structure the music and sound a film to make sure that all components work together.

  • Finish project within budget

    Make sure to stay within budget. Adapt work and materials to budget.

  • Edit recorded sound

    Edit audio footage using a variety of sofware, tools, and techniques such as crossfading, speed effects, and removing unwanted noises.

Optional knowledge and skills

purchase music draft music cue breakdown musical instruments archive documentation related to the work synchronise with mouth movements rewrite musical scores film production process work with composers musical notation transpose music organise compositions file-based workflow draw up artistic production engage composers transcribe ideas into musical notation collaborate with music librarians