An audio engineer (also known as a sound engineer or a recording engineer) is a professional who assists in the production of a recording or a live performance by balancing and adjusting sound sources using equalisation, dynamics processing, and audio effects, as well as mixing, reproducing, and enhancing sound. Audio engineers are hard at work on the "The technical aspects of recording—the positioning of microphones, the adjustment of preamp knobs, and the adjustment of levels—are covered in this section. An engineer is responsible for the physical recording of any project... the nuts and bolts."
Sound engineering is becoming increasingly acknowledged as a creative profession in which musical instruments and technology are used to create sound for film, radio, television, music, and video games. Sound engineers work in a variety of settings, including film, radio, television, music, and video games. Additionally, audio engineers set up, sound check, and perform live sound mixing for music concerts, theatre performances, sporting events and corporate functions utilising a mixing console and a sound reinforcement system.
Alternately, an audio engineer can refer to a scientist or professional engineer who holds an engineering degree and works in the fields of acoustical engineering, electronic/electrical engineering, or (musical) signal processing and is responsible for the design, development, and construction of audio or musical technology.