List of Roles in a Sound Department

List of Roles in a Sound Department

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Here is a breakdown of all the roles you are likely to see on the credits of major feature length hollywood films and what they all actually mean:

Production Sound Department:

Production Sound Mixer / Sound Mixer  – Mixes and records all the sound on location
Boom Operator – Is in charge of placing microphones and controls the Microphone on the end of a boom pole
Sound Utility / Maintenance – They are effectively the runner in the sound department and keep the department clean and stocked up.

Post Production Sound Department:

Sound Designer – Conceptual Head of the soundtrack and often a creator of different elements such as Ben Burtt’s Lightsaber sound.
Sound Editor – Anyone who is editing the sound track in terms of track laying effects and other non specific edits
Dialog Editor – Anyone editing the dialogue specifically to clean it up and edit it in
Sound Effects Editor – Anyone who edits in Sound effects collected by sound crews
Re-Recording Mixer – The people in charge of the final mix of the elements of Dialogue / effect / music etc…
Foley Artist – Recreates everyday sounds for the characters and other elements on screen such as horses movements
ADR recordist / Mixer / editor – Person responsible for clean ADR and mixing it into other production sound
Sound recordist – More may be employed to collect sound effects for the edit and sound design



Matt Price

Matt Price

I am a London Based Sound Mixer and Sound Recordist working on Feature Films, Creative Content, Documentaries and Commericials.

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