Sound technicians are required to assemble, operate and maintain the technical equipment used to record, amplify, enhance, mix or reproduce sound. They identify the sound requirements for a given task or situation and perform the appropriate actions to produce this sound. Sound technicians of different types are required in a range of industries including:film;broadcasting (radio or television);advertising;audio recordings. Job titles may vary according the industry and can include sound assistant, sound recordist and sound supervisor. Within film, specialist roles are available such as dialogue editor, dubbing mixer, production mixer and Foley artist. Work activitiesThe specific tasks carried out by a sound technician vary according to the actual role in which they work. Sound technician roles can be split into two categories:Production - the recording of all sound on set or on location;Post-production - the balancing, mixing, editing and enhancing of pre-recorded audio. Production activities include:assessing the acoustics of the performance area and assembling and operating the necessary equipment;consulting with producers and performers to determine the sound requirements;selecting, positioning, adjusting and operating the equipment used for amplification and recording;applying technical knowledge of sound recording equipment to achieve the determined artistic objectives;recording sound onto digital audio tape or hard disk recorders;monitoring audio signals to detect sound-quality deviations or malfunctions;anticipating and correcting any problems;maintaining and repairing sound equipment. Post-production duties include:integrating (synchronization) of pre-recorded audio (dialogue, sound effects and music) with visual content;re-recording and synchronizing audio (post-synching);mixing and balancing speech, effects and music;creating and altering sound effects for use in films, television, etc. For larger scale operations, such as film productions, sound technicians are usually required to work within sound teams. There are often separate sound teams for production and post-production. The job of a sound team is essentially to follow or interpret the instructions of the director, sound designer or sound supervisor.
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