What is a Sound Designer?
A theatre sound designer is responsible for everything that the audience hears. This can include finding, creating, and editing sound effects, composing music, and designing a sound system specific to the space the production is in. They are responsible for making sure every cast and pit member is heard, and how the sound effects, music, and voices mix together to create a specific emotional connection between the audience and the story being told.
The sound designer may also take on the role of the A1, who is responsible for sound at every performance, checking the system for any discrepancies, and ensuring everything runs smoothly and in tune with the designer’s vision. They also live mix the show, often with no breaks! An A2, who stays backstage and manages any mic issues or swaps between characters, is also necessary to have during musicals and bigger productions.
With Tuck Everlasting no longer taking place in a traditional live-audience format, the sound designer role changed drastically for me.
My biggest responsibility for Tuck Everlasting is editing. All our actors are recording themselves, at home, on their phones - they send all the bits of dialogue to the music director, Paul, and I, and we work on putting all the chapters together in a span of less than two weeks! Paul creates and edits the individual songs, and I edit together the dialogue and piece them all together - we are both using the program Logic Pro X for those of you who might be curious!