Sound Engineers: The Unsung Heroes Of Live Events

Different important roles must be performed at a live event, from security and coat checks to bartenders and VIP hosts. However, it's often the sound engineer who holds the key to the success of a live event. With ears on every mic and his eyes on every stage light, they ensure that everything sounds good and that everything looks good. Here are the key roles of an audio visual engineer that can make or break your live event:

1. Design, Set Up, and Test Audio Visual Equipment

A full-service AV company will ensure your audience has an optimal audio visual experience by designing, setting up, and testing audio visual equipment at your venue. They will consider the size of the venue, the number of attendees, room layout, and sightlines to determine what type of AV system is needed for your event. 

2. Bring Out an Artistic Vision and Add Creative Ideas

Do you have a multimedia creation you want to accompany your live performance? An audio visual technician can help turn it into reality. For example, you may have an artistic presentation with a nature-based theme. It is up to the AV technician to blend this presentation into your performance and enhance it with their creativity. 

3. Add Sound and Light Effects Matching the Event 

Sound and light effects are integral to any live performance. For a show to be successful, both the audio and visual aspects must work together. A sound engineer can hype up the audience by adding sound effects at just the right time. 

In fact, a skilled AV engineer can turn your audience's experience into something truly special. For example, in an EDM show, the AV engineer works with the DJ to make sure every light effect is synced up perfectly with every beat drop or any other major moment in a song. 

4. Edit, Enhance, and Mix Recorded Content

A good sound engineer makes a live event even better by ensuring the audience gets the perfect sound. If part of your live show includes studio-recorded content, the AV engineer edits, enhances, and mixes it to sync with the live performance. 

5. Supervise Operators 

As events continue to become more complicated, it becomes increasingly necessary for professional audio visual engineers to supervise equipment operators, particularly large-scale productions. Today, AV engineers must have strong leadership skills and are comfortable taking charge in high-pressure situations. 

If you're looking to put on a live event and want to make sure your audience is having a good time, you must have a professional on sound and lighting. Call a sound engineer to discuss your vision for an upcoming live event and how they can make it a success.