What is a Live Sound Engineer?

A live sound engineer is someone who blends and balances multiple sounds at a live event by using a mixing console, pre-recorded material, voices and instruments. The sounds are equalized, routed and amplified through loudspeakers. This requires more than just plugging in amplifiers, as each venue is different - from the outdoor arena, to the concert hall or a small, intimate bar. Each brings its own challenges to the live sound engineer, and requires knowledge of electronics and acoustics as well as the ability to work with a producer or a band to get the wanted sound.

A live sound engineer is someone who blends and balances multiple sounds at a live event by using a mixing console, pre-recorded material, voices and instruments.

The live sound engineer is often in charge of a crew of technicians who are in charge of other sound engineering duties, such as running cables and setting up microphones. Technical rehearsals and sound checks may be held hours, days or weeks before a concert in order to fine tune all the technical aspects of the live performance.

Are you suited to be a live sound engineer?

Live sound engineers have distinct personalities. They tend to be artistic individuals, which means they’re creative, intuitive, sensitive, articulate, and expressive. They are unstructured, original, nonconforming, and innovative. Some of them are also enterprising, meaning they’re adventurous, ambitious, assertive, extroverted, energetic, enthusiastic, confident, and optimistic.

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Live Sound Engineers are also known as:
Sound Person