Audio Production Technicians set up and operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment, connecting wires and cables, sound and mixing boards, and related electronic equipment for concerts, sports events, meetings and conventions, presentations, and news conferences. They may also set up and operate associated spotlights and other custom lighting systems.
- Install, adjust, and operate electronic equipment to record, edit, and transmit radio and television programs, motion pictures, video conferencing, or multimedia presentations.
- Diagnose and resolve media system problems.
- Switch sources of video input from one camera or studio to another, from film to live programming, or from network to local programming.
- Mix and regulate sound inputs and feeds, or coordinate audio feeds with television pictures.
- Compress, digitize, duplicate, and store audio and video data.
- Perform minor repairs and routine cleaning of audio and video equipment.
- Notify supervisors when major equipment repairs are needed.
- Design layouts of audio and video equipment, and perform upgrades and maintenance.
- Conduct training sessions on selection, use, and design of audiovisual materials and on operation of presentation equipment.
- Monitor incoming and outgoing pictures and sound feeds to ensure quality, and notify directors of any possible problems.
Career Path Examples
- Live Sound/Stage Technicians: These individuals are hands on in the studio or in a live performance medium. They use their technical skills and listening analysis abilities to ensure the best sound is produced, either on a hard copy recording or in a live environment.
- Assistant Engineers – Recording Studio: These individuals understand signal flow and have a good understanding of the technology used in studios, both Analog and Digital. They anticipate Engineer and Artist’s needs in a session in order to keep things moving forward. Good troubleshooting skills are needed. Understand studio etiquette.
- Technical/Customer Support – Software/Hardware/Equipment Manufacturers: Knowledge of technology you are supporting is required; most companies will train on their specific product line. People do not normally call technical support until they have exhausted every other avenue; so excellent people/phone skills and patience are required. Ability to think situations through logically and clearly. A lot of companies use these positions as a way to train personnel in their equipment, services and will move people to more advanced positions within a reasonable time frame.
- Engineers – Recording Studio: Must be able to translate what client wants to hear. Expected to handle and be responsible for all recording from basic tracking to final mix. Good troubleshooting skills, people skills, ability to work under pressure and critical listening skills, Need a thorough understanding of all technology being used in studio.
- Sound Company Technicians: Work as part of sound crew, setting up PA system on different site every day. Work under direction of artist’s representatives, microphone placement, cable layout, speaker, console and outboard equipment placement, troubleshooting while show in progress.
- Audio 1 Technicians: In charge of the entire audio section of presentations. Ensure that all equipment needed is present directs other sound technicians. Runs balanced mix of presentation. Good people skills are essential. Also a good understanding of equipment, signal flow and acoustics required.
- Audio 2 Technicians: Responsible for setting up of audio equipment being used at presentations, working under the direction of Audio 1 Tech. Layout of cables, optimum placement of speakers, microphone placement, battery packs on remotes properly service. A good understanding of signal flow and acoustics required.
- Front of House (FOH) Engineers: Responsible for setting up the entire sound system. Separate instruments, vocals, effects, and mixes them through the front of house sound system. Must present balanced sound to the audience. A good understanding of acoustics, signal flow and ability to work under pressure required. Normally experience as general sound or stage technician and period as monitor engineer required to get to this position.
- Producers – Recording Studio: Responsible for the entire recording project for an artist. Excellent people skill is a must. Understanding of technology is required. Also responsible for keeping project within a budget. Ability to work under pressure and good listening skills.
- Production/Facility Managers: Responsible for all technical aspects of in house productions. Conduct proper advance work including visiting artists, ordering any extra equipment needed for shows and meeting all requirements of visiting productions to ensure shows run smoothly. Responsible for maintaining existing technology and keeping house up to date on new technology. Good people skills, highly organized and can work under deadlines.
- AV Regional Account Manager: Oversee a regional area, providing advice and counsel to account managers in the district, responsible for their area achieving company goals and working within required budgetary guidelines. Must have excellent people skills, thorough understanding of technology and corporate meeting industry. At least 3-5 years experience in the Corporate AV industry is required for this position.
- Project Managers: Liaise with client, ascertain their needs and budget, advise them on the best course for them, assemble team to successfully plan, initiate and complete project on time within budget. Understanding of technology and technicians abilities a must. Good customer service skills required. Would need a broad experience in the field as technician and or sales rep.
- Studio Designers: This position requires a complete understanding of acoustics and studio technology. You would be required to sit down with a client, look at their space and work with them on what equipment would best serve their needs. Understanding of blue prints, wiring schematics, acoustic treatments and all aspects of a studio. Would need years of practical experience as an installation technician, engineer, producer or have been in some way involved with studios and studio technology.