3 Things A Sound Engineer Must Know When Working A Live Event

Although you might not think much about the things you hear at a live event, it takes a lot of work to produce this sound. It is quality sound that helps determine the overall success of any live event.

A sound engineer is tasked with ensuring that all audible requirements are met at these events. In order to successfully pull off a live event, there are three important things that a sound engineer needs to know. 

1. Knowledge of the Location

One of the most important things that a sound engineer can do is scout the location for a live event well in advance. Each location will present unique challenges when it comes to sound acoustics, the potential for signal interference, and space allocations.

It's important that a sound engineer is able to factor in all of the unique characteristics of a location when creating the layout for an event. The location of the stage, the positioning of the artists on that stage, and the placement of all speakers and amplifiers will be determined by the unique aspects of a live event's location.

Only a skilled sound engineer can successfully work with the aspects of a location that might pose a challenge to creating a balanced sound.

2. Understanding of the Intended Theatrics

Live events are designed to help create a unique experience for anyone in attendance. Whether the event is a musical performance or a stage production, there will be natural highs and lows throughout the event.

It's important that the sound engineer work closely with the production team to understand the intended theatrics of the event. This will allow the sound engineer to mix the sound in a way that helps to achieve the intended result.

Good sound engineers must be able to communicate well with the production team in order to create the type of sound required for the success of a live event.

3. Familiarity With the Event Timeline

Many live events will feature both musical and talking portions throughout the event. It is important that the sound engineer working at the event is familiar with the event timeline so that he or she can make the adjustments required to maintain quality sound.

The mixing requirements for the sound produced during talking segments will differ from the mixing requirements for musical segments of the event. Knowing when each segment will occur allows the sound engineer to prepare the sound equipment for these changes.