An Audio Technician is responsible for setting up sound and recording equipment, making adjustments and testing the equipment and assisting with recordings or sound production. They work most often in recording studios and concert venues but may also work in television.
Audio Technician Duties and Responsibilities
The type of organization an Audio Technician works for will determine their particular responsibilities, however, there are several main duties all Audio Technicians perform. A review of current job listings identified the following primary tasks and responsibilities.
Prepare Sound Equipment
Audio Technicians are responsible for setting up any required sound equipment for a recording or live performance. This may include soundboards, microphones, amplifiers, audio lines, monitors and speakers, just to name a few. The type of recording or performance will determine how large of a setup is needed, but Audio Technicians must be comfortable with setting up all common sound equipment. They must also know how to test all the equipment and use it as well. They will be responsible for recording the music or monitoring the sound levels and quality for live performances.
Many Audio Technicians work as independent contractors and must maintain and own their own sound equipment. They must keep abreast of the latest technologies and trends in the audio recording industry to stay competitive and relevant. Audio Technicians will repair or replace faulty equipment and order new devices when needed. For Audio Technicians working for a studio or similar gig, they may be responsible for researching and making ordering decisions for the company’s sound and recording equipment. They may also keep an inventory on all the devices to prevent loss or theft.
Provide Customer Service
A large part of the Audio Technician’s job is ensuring clients are happy, both with the sound quality or recording and with the setup and process itself. In such a competitive business, it is vital that Audio Technicians develop good rapport with clients to encourage repeat business. For the independent contractor this is even more important, as they are responsible for finding their own clients. Some recording studios will also task Audio Technicians with finding new talent. Audio Technicians must be good at networking and making contacts.
Audio Technician Skills
A successful Audio Technician has a broad knowledge of sound technologies and is skilled at problem solving. They have excellent communication skills and keep up-to-date on the latest developments and trends in the industry. In addition to these traits, employers look for applicants with the following skillsets.
Core skills: Based on job listings we looked at, employers want Audio Technician with these core skills. If you want to work in sound and recording, focus on the following.
- Advanced knowledge of computer systems, both PCs and Apple
- Excellent hearing and an ear for detail
- Knowledge of sound and recording equipment
- Technical aptitude
Advanced skills: While most employers did not require the following skills, multiple job listings included them as preferred. Add these to your skillset and broaden your career options.