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Sound Engineer

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€16k > 35
Sound Recording Engineer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€16 - 35
Related Information:
Trainee: Min Wage
Qualified: 26 - 35
Data Source(s):
SOLAS

Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
6.5%
Occupational Category

Engineering Professionals N.EC.

Also included in this category:

Mechanical engineers; aeronautical engineers; automotive engineers; marine engineers; metallurgists; technical engineers; traffic engineers.

Number Employed:

5,500

Part time workers: 0%
Aged over 55: 8%
Male / Female: 92 / 8%
Non-Nationals: 25%
With Third Level: 93%
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At a Glance... header image

Sets up, operates and controls the sound equipment used in recording, television and film studios and at live events.


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The Work header image

Sound recording engineers record music and other types of sound in a recording studio or on location. They use complex equipment and need a high level of skill to get the best results.  
 
The engineer is responsible for operating a control console, which controls the level and quality of sound passing through to the tape. Engineers usually start a recording by building up individually recorded performances onto a computer or audiotape; they usually leave any vocals until last. They can record different sections of music or vocals onto a computer hard drive or multi-track tape.  
 
The record producer has overall responsibility for the recording; the engineer gives technical advice on the best methods, effects and levels needed to achieve the desired sound. Engineers often spend a lot of time enhancing and fine-tuning the quality of particular sounds. Once all the performances have been satisfactorily recorded, the engineer will produce a rough 'mix', before producing the finished version that everybody is happy with.  
 
As well as controlling sound at the mixing desk, engineers are responsible for arranging microphones, headphones and other pieces of sound equipment used for the recording. Sound engineers work with artistes, musical producers, managers and other studio technical staff.  
 
Sound recording engineers may have to travel and stay away from home, especially for location work and outside broadcasts.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Confer with producers, performers, and others to determine and achieve the desired sound for a production, such as a musical recording or a film.

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Prepare for recording sessions by performing activities such as selecting and setting up microphones.

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Record speech, music, and other sounds on recording media, using recording equipment.

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Regulate volume level and sound quality during recording sessions, using control consoles.

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Separate instruments, vocals, and other sounds, and combine sounds later during the mixing or postproduction stage.

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Mix and edit voices, music, and taped sound effects for live performances and for prerecorded events, using sound mixing boards.

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Keep logs of recordings.

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Report equipment problems and ensure that required repairs are made.

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Set up, test, and adjust recording equipment for recording sessions and live performances.

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Synchronize and equalize prerecorded dialogue, music, and sound effects with visual action of motion pictures or television productions, using control consoles.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Interacting With Computers: Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Documenting/Recording Information: Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization: Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.

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Fine Arts: Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Sound recording engineers must be both creative and technically minded.  
 
You must have good problem solving skills; you must enjoy working on the recording process from start to finish. This may involve long periods without a break, so you must have patience and a high level of concentration. You should be committed to keeping up-to-date with advances in audio technology.  
 
Sound recording engineers must have good communication and interpersonal skills, to work in a team, offer ideas and take on board other people's requirements and expectations.


Further Informationheader image

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Go..Live Sound Engineer - from: N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Sound technician (broadcasting, film, video) - from: GradIreland
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Go..TV or Film Sound Technician - from: N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Radio Telefis Eireann (RTE) - Human Resources Television
Address: TV Programme Building, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Tel: (01) 208 2442
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