Profession sound operator

Sound operators control the sound of a performance based on the artistic or creative concept, in interaction with the performers. Their work is influenced by and influences the results of other operators. Therefore, the operators work closely together with the designers and performers. They prepare audio fragments, supervise the setup, steer the technical crew, program the equipment and operate the sound system. Their work is based on plans, instructions and other documentation.  

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Personality Type

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

Skills

  • Intervene with actions on stage

    Take your cues from actions on the stagte and interact with them. Take decision on the exact timing and procedure in a live environment, in order to product a fluid and consistent performance.

  • Consult with stakeholders on implementation of a production

    Consult with different people and groups who hold a stake in the production. Be on the same page on the practical side of the production, and keep them up to date.

  • Set up a multi-track recording

    Make the necessary preparations to record music or other sounds on several tracks.

  • Edit recorded sound

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

  • Monitor mixing in a live situation

    Monitor mixing in a live audio situation, under own responsibility.

  • 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.

  • Program sound cues

    Program sound cues and rehearse sound states before or during rehearsals.

  • Record music

    Record a sound or musical performance in a studio or live environment. Use the appropriate equipment and your professional judgment to capture the sounds with optimal fidelity.

  • Keep up with trends

    Monitor and follow new trends and developments in specific sectors.

  • Prepare personal work environment

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

  • 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.

  • Mix sound in a live situation

    Mix audio signals from multiple sound sources during rehearsals or in a live situation.

  • Operate sound live

    Operate sound system and audio devices during rehearsals or in a live situation.

  • Draw up artistic production

    File and document a production in all its phases right after the performance period so that it can be reproduced and all relevant information remains accessible.

  • Plan a recording

    Make the necessary arrangements to record music.

  • 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.

  • Use communication equipment

    Set up, test and operate different types of communication equipment such as transmission equipment, digital network equipment, or telecommunications equipment.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Support a designer in the developing process

    Support designers in the course of the developing process.

  • Set up sound reinforcement system

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

  • Organise resources for artistic production

    Coordinate human, material and capital resources within artistic productions, based on the given documentation e.g. scripts.

  • Translate artistic concepts to technical designs

    Cooperate with the artistic team in order to facilitate the transition from the creative vision and its artistic concepts to a technical design.

  • Set up basic recording

    Set up a basic stereo audio recording system.

  • Record multi-track sound

    Recording and mixing audio signals from different sound sources on a multi-track recorder.

  • 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.

  • Operate an audio mixing console

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

  • Interpret artistic intentions

    Interpret the artistic intentions of the author.

  • Work ergonomically

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

  • Safeguard artistic quality of performance

    Observe the show, anticipate and react to possible technical problems, ensuring optimal artistic quality.

  • Mix multi-track recordings

    Mix recorded sound from several sources using a mix panel, and edit it to obtain the desired mix.

  • Use personal protection equipment

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

  • Perform quality control of design during a run

    Control and ensure the quality of design results during a run.

  • Understand artistic concepts

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

  • Communicate during show

    Efficient communication during live performance, anticipate any possible malfunctioning.

  • Adapt artistic plan to location

    Adapt plans to other locations with respect for the artistic concept.

Optional knowledge and skills

coach staff for running the performance provide documentation fit up sound on stage ensure safety of mobile electrical systems document your own practice maintain sound equipment tune up wireless audio systems promote yourself set up equipment in a timely manner store performance equipment adapt existing designs to changed circumstances lead a team assemble performance equipment develop professional network advise client on technical possibilities prevent undesired changes to sound design technically design a sound system monitor developments in technology used for design plan teamwork update design results during rehearsals keep personal administration perform technical sound check maintain system layout for a production follow safety procedures when working at heights read musical score draw up instrument setup