Audio Broadcast Engineering
Television Production Truck - Audio Engineer-in-Charge (EIC)
The vendor which supplies the television production
truck facility will normally hire the Video Engineer in Charge, the Audio
Engineer In Charge, and additional equipment support engineers. These
engineers provide the human interface link between the production truck
equipment, and the production company personnel responsible for making the
Overview for the Role of the Television Production Truck
• Engineering Coordination & Planning
An interactive, cooperative, and direct working relationship with the group of
talented engineers, directors, managers, and assistants necessary to produce
high quality television events is essential. Positive attitude, highly
effective communication skills, and a relaxed air of confidence are valued
traits among this group of diverse and highly skilled personnel.
Direct communication interface with various combinations of production company
staff, venue engineering staff, power systems engineers, satellite uplink
transmission engineers, satellite downlink engineers, network broadcast
transmission QC engineering, executive & line producers, production
director, associate director, technical director, technical manager,
lighting director, stage managers, tape & edit engineers, video shading
engineer, camera operators, script and prompter operators, music directors,
and the numerous production assistants will be necessary.
The ability to interpret the technical requirements communicated verbally and with paper
documentation is essential. Leadership and effective communication of the
technical plan implementation with audio production team members is also
key. The ability to engineer and improvise the engineering strategy for
undocumented areas of the production plan is mandatory. Technical decisions
must be made accurately, and within a timely manner to insure that the audio
production setup stays in synchronization with all other areas of the
production setup. Delays caused by the audio department are not popular with
the production company, producers, and directors.
• Audio Quality Control responsibility.
This requires an overall and detailed technical understanding of each and every
audio element in the production. This includes knowledge of the path taken from
source to destination for all of the audio elements. Audio quality issues must be
quickly and accurately diagnosed. Rectification plans and options must be assessed
and communicated efficiently with the correct individuals in order to keep the production
schedule running without delay.
The Audio EIC must be prepared to assist the
Video EIC, A1 / A2 production engineers, and any other production team
member with speed, proficiency and style that is both technically and