Studio Sound Operator

Studio Sound Operator

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Studio Sound Operators work in studios and make recordings of music, speech and sound effects.


In your day-to-day duties you could:

  • Plan recording sessions with producers and artists
  • Set up microphones and equipment in the studio
  • Make sure the volume and recording levels are set correctly
  • Operate recording equipment and add effects
  • Record each instrument or vocal onto a separate track
  • Mix tracks to produce a final ‘master’ track
  • Log recordings and other details of the session in the studio archive


Some of the employment as a Studio Sound Operator would get involved with work around Film, Music, Art/Entertainment such as concert arenas, social club/halls, broadcasting, sports and recreational and education.


You’ll need a good knowledge of music and recording technology and electronics.

You could start as an assistant in a recording studio and work your way up.

You can work on community music events, DJ projects, hospital or community radio, or mix and record music in a home studio and post your work online.

Working Hours

39 to 41 a week, you may have to work evenings / weekends / bank holidays as customers demand.


£17,000 – £41,000 per year.

Predicted trends +2.7% increase, Leading to 2,755 new jobs by 2027.


You could start as a runner or an assistant in a recording studio and work your way up. Employers would usually need at least 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent and a level 3 course. If you have an EHCP you may be able to apply under the Dfe exemption which allows the apprentice to use Entry level 3 English and Maths qualifications. The apprentice would have to be competent enough to successfully achieve all other aspects of the apprenticeship requirements, become occupationally competent and achieve Entry Level 3 in English and Maths before the end of their apprenticeship You could leave school and start with an Apprenticeship.

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