Crew roles

Sound Team

Sound Designer (SD)

The Sound Designer is responsible for both the layout and spec of equipment used in audio reproduction and for obtaining the required sound effects for a given event. The audio equipment can range from speccing the microphones for a full 20 piece pit band with a variety of vocal and ambient microphones to editing backing tracks and creating soundbites for transitions during a dance show. They are also responsible for leading their team of sound engineers through a delicate combination of delegation, teaching and problem solving.

Sound Engineer

The Sound Engineer works with the Sound Designer during the get-in to rig and wire up the sound system. In some shows, there is also the opportunity to offer help during pre-production using audio editing techniques. During the performances, the sound engineer is often then responsible for the mixing of audio and sound checks pre-performance, using the equipment set-up and spec’d by the designer. They will also be in close discussion during the show with the DSM (Deputy Stage Manager), who will often call their cues for sound effects.

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