sound·​man ˈsau̇n(d)-ˌman How to pronounce soundman (audio)
: a person who controls the volume and tone of sound picked up by a microphone (as in a recording studio or on a motion-picture set) for recording

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Stanley — whose name is officially in the dictionary describing a strain of pure LSD — was the band’s original soundman and financial backer. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 29 Oct. 2022 When the restaurant was closed at the beginning of the pandemic, the owner and his soundman, Hendrik Gideonse, arranged live streams in the empty space for their regular musicians. James Sullivan,, 16 June 2022 Bear was Owsley—né Augustus Owsley Stanley III—the near-mythic soundman and LSD chemist. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 The crew included director of photography Michael Winik and soundman Mario Popporino. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2020 Live performance has grinded to a halt, and with that, the soundman gigs have vanished. Chris Varias,, 20 Mar. 2020 Maceo has played the Dakota before, but this time the soundman seemed to be having problems getting a listener-friendly mix and volume in the room, which is probably a smaller venue than many the band plays. Dan Emerson, Twin Cities, 11 June 2019 The microphones and audio equipment came on loan from Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, where the final mix was done along with a screening with legendary soundman Ben Burtt (Star Wars series, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blade Runner). Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2019 Shortly after 5pm, German recording artist NoMBe, also a client of Udell's, bantered with the crowd while the soundmen worked out a few kinks. Nicole Pajer, Billboard, 2 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soundman was in 1929

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“Soundman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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