Defining the Role of the Audio Technician
July 16, 2012
•IADT General, IADT Las Vegas, Audio Production
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Pursuing a degree in audio production can prepare you for a variety of opportunities as an audio technician. But what exactly is an audio technician? What do audio technicians do every day, and how do they contribute to the industry?
In general, an audio technician is responsible for recording, editing, reproducing, and mixing sound. However, the specific duties and skills that an audio technician has can vary radically based on their title and workplace. In fact, audio technician is just one of several titles that you can have in the audio production field. Other audio production titles include:
- Audio engineer
- Audio technologist
- Sound technician
- Sound mixer
- Sound engineer
These titles may refer to approximately the same role but may vary in certain ways depending on the context. In audio production, audio technicians have many creative and technical responsibilities, ranging from editing a music track to designing the acoustics of a room. Often specializing in a certain area is useful if you’re looking for specific opportunities in the sound industry.
Audio technicians need to know how to use a wide range of audio equipment and technology. Most audio technicians are familiar with using older forms of equipment, and they must keep up to date with the latest advances in sound technology. Besides understanding the function and application of recording technology, audio technicians must also have a foundation of knowledge in acoustics.
Computers, in many ways, have made audio production easier for audio technicians. But since computers open up so many possibilities, there are far more possible roles available than there were in years past. Computers enable online sound production, a larger range of multimedia, and advanced sound engineering.
The fields that need audio technicians include broadcasting, advertising, media, film and video post-production, live performances, game production, and music production. If you’re interested in exploring possibilities in the audio production field, consider enrolling in an audio production degree program.