You should hire a sound engineer for any live performances with microphones or any other sound sources. The engineer will control the volume levels and ensure that the audience and performers can hear everything clearly. Without them, incorrect sound levels and lousy quality can negatively affect the entire show or event. 

Needed for Any Live Performances or Speeches

A trained sound engineer should control any live event that involves electronic sounds. It's just as essential to ensure that the sound is high quality as it is to have the performance visuals be up to standard. What's the point of attending a performance if you can't hear anything?

If you're in charge of a speaking event, you can't just set up a microphone and speakers and expect everything to sound right. The same is true for music performances and plays. You will be battling room reverb, feedback, balance issues, etc., so you need a sound engineer to be there to plan for these problems and make adjustments when necessary. 

Setting up Microphones, In-Ear Monitors, and Other Speakers

A sound engineer's most essential tasks happen before the event occurs. They must set up and test all of the microphones, the speakers for the audience, in-ear monitors, and speakers for the performers. Any digital sounds must also feed into the mixer so the engineer can control everything during the performance or speech. 

Controlling the Acoustics of the Room

Every space has unique acoustic features that affect any sound that occurs there. It doesn't matter if it's a small room or an outdoor theater; the acoustics must be tested and controlled to allow the sound to be crisp and clear to everyone. The engineer will have to make adjustments to fight against reverb, external noise sources, etc. 

Making Sure the Audience Can Hear Everything Clearly

When the event finally takes place, the engineer will make adjustments in real-time to ensure that everyone in the audience can hear everything, whether they're in the front row or the back. They will also have to quickly respond to technical difficulties, such as a microphone that stops working. 

Adjusting Monitors for the Performers

The sound that the performers hear is just as important as what the audience hears. If the performers mishear something, they may make adjustments that negatively affect the audience's audio or mess up their performance in other ways. Therefore, the engineer must pay attention to the audio on the monitors so the performers can maintain proper levels and perform to their best ability.

Contact a sound engineer to learn more.