A sound tech's primary duty is to aid the sound engineer and he's just one major responsibility, which is to be attentive. Load in and load out are second only compared to that primary responsibility.

Be Attentive 
There are lots of facets to being attentive. First and foremost a great sound tech will attend to the wants of the engineer. Being attentive means paying attention. The engineer should don't have any difficulty at all communicating together with his tech. A number of the common method of communication which can be used during shows are:


  • Two-way radios or closed circuit comm. systems
  • Mobile phones
  • Texting
  • Hand signals
  • A nod of the pinnacle


A tech must follow his engineer's lead and must constantly go through the engineer to see if he needs something. The engineer of any show includes a lot on his mind. There is a lot he has to be responsible for to attain truly professional results. The engineer must focus on several things at the same time: the artists, the sound, and the audience. A very important factor he should not need to concentrate on is getting his tech's attention. Anytime the engineer has difficulty communicating together with his tech, the tech is failing to complete his job. It is the responsibility of the tech to be attentive. The engineer should never have to leave his seat following the artists arrive.The sound tech must be mindful of the wants of the artists too. Once the artists are creating, it's the sound tech's responsibility to provide these:


    • Hand each artist their cable and inform them, "This is for you," or "You plug in here" for example.


    • We're not to the touch the artists'equipment and they're not to the touch ours (within reason of course.) We've to the touch the drums to mic them, but we politely ask if that is okay and we make sure to ask if any of our mics are in how of the drummer. Singers, obviously, may find it necessary to the touch our microphones and that is okay too. But, it's the sound tech's job to make all necessary adjustments to microphone stands to acquire the optimum placement for every artist. No artist should ever have to regulate a mic stand. Whenever that happens the sound tech is not doing his job. The artist should just focus on his instrument and his performance. Playing music is an emotional experience and if an artist becomes perturbed because he's to regulate his mic stand it'll affect his emotions negatively and which will degrade his performance.


  • The sound tech must adjust the monitors to accommodate the artists'preferences. Sometimes they want them closer, or farther away, or turned in this manner or that. It is crucial to help keep the monitors from the feedback zone, i.e. not pointing at microphones that could induce feedback.


Whenever the engineer leaves his seat to go to to those duties, the sound tech is failing to complete his job. The engineer cannot focus on creating the board, and the monitor mix, and the artists, and the audience if he's to complete the tech's job too. The most crucial job of the sound tech is to be attentive. Being attentive means a lot more than attending to the wants of the engineer and the artists. Being attentive means attending the show and focusing at all times. Listen for problems that could arise and alert the engineer of any concerns.

Consider the system. If there is an audio that is off axis, the sound tech should notice something like this right away and correct it without hesitation. If an artist is attempting to communicate something, the sound tech ought to be watching that too. It is the engineer's responsibility to comprehend those communications that come from the artists during a show, but, moreover, it's the sound tech's job to be mindful of the wants of the engineer and the artist. Which may mean helping the engineer determine what the artist is attempting to communicate. Furthermore, if your microphone stand slips, or gets moved out of position or knocked over, the sound tech must correct that at once.


Published by Whitney Morgan