Sound director - Salary and Career
Audio Technicians

Sound director - Career description, activities, functions and salary

Configure, operate and monitor sound and recording systems, process and compile sound recordings such as editing records, synchronizing and mixing music, creating sound and recording system designs, installing/uninstalling and testing audio equipment and accessories, performing music and sound archives, selecting and managing repertoire, research new audio reproduction technologies and musical trends. In the case of DJs, they lead the dance floors.

How much does an Sound director earn

A Sound director earns between $1.195 and $5.640 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.152 and a median salary of $1.533 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 114 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Sound director

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.152 25.822 538 10
1º Quartile 1.195 14.344 299 6
Median Salary 1.533 18.390 383 7
3º Quartile 4.301 51.611 1.075 21
Higher Salary 5.640 67.674 1.410 27

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • medium-level technicians in cultural, communications and sports services
      • technicians in sound, scenography and projection equipment operation
        • audio technicians

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Main workplaces

Audio Technicians they work in radio and television stations, studios, concerts, nightclubs, parties, lectures, events, filming, predominantly as self-employed, In the case of sound engineers and music analysts, they work as salaried workers with a formal contract, They carry out their activities under occasional supervision and in a team , with the exception of DJs and music analysts who work individually, They work at irregular hours, indoors, outdoors or in vehicles, They can remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods and are often exposed to intense noise.

What does it take to work in the field of Audio Technicians

Post-secondary training and specialization courses are required for audio system designers and sound designers, high school training and specialization of up to four hundred class hours for other professionals, including microphones and equipment installation technicians. audio may be smaller. The full performance of the activities of audio recording technicians occurs after one or two years, that of DJs after three or four years, that of audio system designers and sound designers, after five years of experience and that of sound engineers and analysts. music requires knowledge and practice in the field.

Functions and activities of Sound director

Audio Technicians must:

  • design sound & recording system;
  • communicate;
  • compile sound records;
  • operating sound systems;
  • treat sound records;
  • operating recording systems;
  • assemble audio equipment and accessories;
  • treat sound registers;
  • mount audio equipment and accessories;
  • operate recording systems;
  • design sound and recording system;
  • operating public address systems;
  • play songs and sound files;
  • assembling audio equipment and accessories;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • operate public address systems;
  • play music and sound files;

  • Activities

    • replace defective equipment;
    • evaluating sound source characteristics (timbre, shape and type);
    • search music (market trends, culture);
    • guide microphonist and assistant;
    • set coverage angles, sound pressure levels and frequency response;
    • archive sound logs in predefined locations;
    • select music styles;
    • analyze music programming script;
    • fulfill event script;
    • work as a team;
    • supervise transport of equipment;
    • collect information about sound and recording event;
    • introduce musical styles to clients and/or superiors;
    • capturing audio signals for recording system;
    • balancing signals from audio sources;
    • clean equipment;
    • check system interference levels;
    • check audio system operation;
    • budget event;
    • recording signals on recording medium (media);
    • demonstrate memorization ability;
    • demonstrate musical sensitivity;
    • select sound records;
    • mixing signals from audio sources;
    • set system power demand;
    • configure recording systems;
    • balance differences of mixed sound registers;
    • demonstrate concentration;
    • testing equipment operation;
    • deal with unforeseen events;
    • check infrastructure conditions for access and installation of equipment;
    • interact with the public;
    • check physical dimensions of the location;
    • select electroacoustic transducers;
    • adapt repertoire to the audience;
    • positioning electroacoustic transducers;
    • pack equipment;
    • choose recording medium (media);
    • mix songs;
    • prepare monitoring system for recording;
    • manage repertoire;
    • control sound record dynamics;
    • mapping recording tracks;
    • search sound effects (foley);
    • positioning audio equipment;
    • adjust volume and equalization for the environment/situation;
    • identify target audience;
    • generate installation drawings and diagrams (asbuilt);
    • demonstrate flexibility;
    • mix music band;
    • forward music programming to ecad;
    • analyzing audio signals;
    • archive log media in environments as per technical specifications;
    • sound check;
    • discuss event briefing;
    • work with precision;
    • drive the track;
    • connect/disconnect audio signals;
    • research new audio playback technologies;
    • trigger equipment maintenance service;
    • mark specific points of tracks, reels and digital files;
    • align public address systems;
    • define technical needs of the event;
    • participate in meeting with production area;
    • check physical dimensions of the place;
    • show patience;
    • demonstrate creativity;
    • manipulate audio files (digital and analog);
    • check electrical power and grounding system;
    • show patience;
    • demonstrate ability to pay attention to detail;
    • balance differences of mixed sound registers;
    • insert audio description;
    • sort tracks and reels in predetermined sequence;
    • edit sound records;
    • execute equipment installation project;
    • organize repertoire;
    • equalize sound records;
    • connect/disconnect speaker system;
    • sync songs to the same beat;
    • balancing signals from audio sources;
    • demonstrate organizational skills;
    • suggest suppliers;
    • evaluate sound product quality;
    • distributing audio signals to other systems;
    • set system electrical power demand;
    • monitoring recorded signals;
    • set sync defaults;
    • demonstrate ability to find solutions;
    • evaluating sound source characteristics (timbre, format and type);
    • sublime personal musical taste;
    • install/uninstall transducers;
    • demonstrate initiative;
    • identify acoustic parameters of the place;
    • select audio equipment;
    • select repertoire;
    • monitor recorded signals;
    • configure public address systems;
    • disclose work;
    • emulate environments in sound records;
    • set stage map and input list;
    • search soundtracks;
    • operating specific equipment;
    • adjust system gain structures;
    • demonstrate auditory acuity;
    • minimize noise and distortion;
    • connect/disconnect audio signals;
    • specify equipment, microphones, transducers, cables and connectors (technical rider) ;
    • analyze recording environment;
    • work under pressure;
    • transfer sound logs to preset locations;
    • aligning recording systems;
    • check audio distribution uniformity;
    • demonstrate concentration;
    • analyze mixed sound records;
    • generate master;
    • interact with related areas;

    Sectors that hire Sound director the most in the job market

    • rental of other commercial and industrial machinery and equipment, without operator
    • radio activities
    • activities of religious organizations
    • cleaning in buildings and households
    • other advertising activities
    • sound and lighting activities
    • hotels
    • furniture retail trade
    • development of computer programs and software in general
    • fairs, congresses, exhibitions and parties organization services

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