sound·​man | \ ˈsau̇n(d)-ˌman How to pronounce soundman (audio) \

Definition of soundman

: 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

Examples of soundman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crew included director of photography Michael Winik and soundman Mario Popporino. Los Angeles Times, "A ‘home movie’ of Michael Jordan at his peak sat in the vault for 20 years. Until now," 19 Apr. 2020 Live performance has grinded to a halt, and with that, the soundman gigs have vanished. Chris Varias,, "For $50, this guy will write a custom song just for you," 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, "Saxophonist Maceo Parker covers all the bases with high-energy Dakota show," 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, "'Cold Blue' Shows the B-17 Bomber Like You've Never Seen It Before," 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, "Winston House & 2332 Collective Make Sure West LA Music Scene Doesn't Fade Away," 2 July 2018 Kenneally quickly picked up more work as a soundman, landing regular slots at the Fireside, Lounge Ax, and Darkroom. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Music / RIP Remembering soundman and musician Patrick Kenneally, who nurtured scenes in Chicago and Portland," 18 June 2018 The bullet, with cruel randomness, ends up in the chest of Mark Newman (Noah Wyle), a movie soundman who has just had coffee nearby with his soon-to-be ex-wife, Phoebe (Sharon Leal). John Anderson, WSJ, "‘Shot’ Review: Split-Screen Social Drama," 21 Sep. 2017 Ed Greene, the veteran soundman who collected 22 Emmy Awards and had an affinity for mixing live broadcasts like the Academy Awards, the Grammys and special editions of ER and The West Wing, has died. Mike Barnes, Billboard, "Ed Greene, Sound Mixer and Winner of 22 Emmy Awards, Dies at 82," 14 Aug. 2017

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Soundman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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