Operates machines and equipment to record, synchronize, mix, or reproduce music, voices, or sound effects in sporting arenas, theater productions, recording studios, or movie and video productions.
This career is part of the Arts, Audio-Video Technology and Communications cluster Audio and Video Technology and Film pathway, Journalism and Broadcasting pathway.
A person in this career:
- Confers with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.
- Prepares for recording sessions by performing such activities as selecting and setting up microphones.
- Records speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.
- Regulates volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.
- Separates instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combines sounds during the mixing or postproduction stage.
- Mixes and edits voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances and for prerecorded events, using sound mixing boards.
- Keeps logs of recordings.
- Reports equipment problems and ensures that required repairs are made.
- Sets up, tests, and adjusts recording equipment for recording sessions and live performances.
- Synchronizes and equalizes prerecorded dialogue, music, and sound effects with visual action of motion pictures or television productions, using control consoles.
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