What is a Sound Engineer?


The term “Sound Engineer” is used a bit everywhere in the world to identify some audio related jobs. But in Quebec, you have to be carefull, since the use of the term “Engineer” (“Ingénieur)” is exclusively reserved  to the members of the Engineers of Quebec order (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec).

More information on the use of engineer in Québec

Title Usage :

The use of the term “Engineer” is exclusively reserved for members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec. A title is a way of qualifying a persons skills, their function, their task, university level or professional qualification. The title of «engineer» fits in the later category. In Québec it’s usage is governed by the Loi sur les ingénieurs and the Code des professions

The titles used for sound “workers” in Québec are therefore related to their specialty:

In general, instead of using Sound Engineer, one can use:

  • Technician in sound engineering
  • Sound Technician / Audio Technician
  • Sound /Audio operator
  • Sound Recording technician
  • Sound Mixer

For the live shows, instead of using Sound Engineer, one must use:

  • Audio tech / sound technician

In the music business one must use:

  • Audio tech / Sound technician
  • Audio / Sound Recording technician
  • studio technician
  • Music Producer
  • Music Mixer

For the domain of Game Audio one uses:

  • Audio Lead / Audio Director
  • Sound Editor
  • Dialogue Designer
  • Sound designer
  • Foley recording technician
  • Foley Artist
  • Sound Artist
  • Game Audio Integrator

In the domain of tv and film post-production one can use:

  • Boom operator
  • Re-recording Mixer
  • audio operator
  • Sound Editor
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Sound designer
  • Foley recording technician
  • foley Artist


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