List of Roles in a Sound Department

List of Roles in a Sound Department

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