A sound tech’s primary duty is to assist the sound engineer, and he has only one primary responsibility, which is to be attentive. Load in and load out are second only to that primary responsibility.
There are many facets to being attentive. First and foremost, a good sound tech will attend to the needs of the engineer. Being conservative means paying attention. The engineer should have no difficulty at all communicating with his tech. Some of the ordinary means of communication that are used during shows are:
- Two-way radios or closed circuit comm. systems
- Cell phones
- Text messages
- Hand signals
- A nod of the head
A tech must follow his engineer’s lead and constantly glance at the engineer to see if he needs something. The engineer of any show has a lot on his mind. There is a lot he has to be responsible for to achieve truly professional results. The engineer must focus on several things: the artists, the sound, and the audience. One thing he should not have to focus on is getting his tech’s attention. Anytime the engineer has difficulty communicating with his tech, the tech is failing to do his job. It is the responsibility of the tech to be attentive. The engineer should never have to leave his seat after the artists arrive. The sound tech must be alert to the needs of the artists too. When the artists are setting up, it is the sound tech’s responsibility to provide the following: