What Does An Audio Engineer Do?

Audio engineering is not just a skill, it’s a talent. An audio engineer listens closely and balances audio sources to make any type of event sound crisp and clear. 

Audio engineers work with recording, mixing and reproducing sounds. A live sound engineer works at live events (like concerts, conferences, conventions/trade shows, political rallies, etc.) to ensure that the sounds at the event are high quality for the audience as well as for any live streaming or recordings that may be done. Audio engineers tend to be artistic, creative, innovative and expressive. Engineering live audio requires strong communication skills and a drive to create only the most successful events. 

Our team has some of the most dedicated audio engineers in the area, and we’d like to share more about one of our audio engineers, James Dewit

In April 2019, James traveled across six states to move to Iowa and join our crew. James is originally from Cedar Rapids and is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa (Go Panthers!) He had spent the last four years working for Walt Disney World in Florida as an audio technician. When asked, James recalled some of his favorite shows that he has been a part of, including Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Live, Sugar Ray, Baha Men, Candlelight Processional at Epcot, and Disney on Broadway Concert Series — just to name a few!  As he and his wife, Audrey, considered where they wanted to take their futures, they decided that home in Iowa was where they wanted to be. 

James thinks of himself as a musician as well as an audio engineer. He is wicked talented on the guitar and has the voice of an angel with a pop-punk sound. He has spent many years with Nexus Entertainment Arts in Cedar Rapids as a volunteer at 319 Fest and Jackbox Productions. James and his wife are also focused on football, specifically the Jacksonville Jaguars. In July, James and his wife adopted their first dog together, Watney the hound. Watney likes to take naps, so that works out well for James. Fun fact: you can follow the adventures of Watney on Instagram!

Even when work gets challenging, James continues to have a great attitude. James, your hard work does not go unnoticed. Having you on our team makes a huge difference. We couldn’t imagine doing our jobs without you!

Here’s what others have to say about James Dewit…

“James is stinkin’ good at his job. The level of detail he brings to shows is great and he gives clients a great show. You can tell he really cares about the outcome our clients get — only after his coffee though. He needs coffee in the morning.” – Jesse Snyder, Lighting Designer

“One of the easiest people to work with I know, and one of the smartest.” – Bruce Bingman, Client Account Manager

“Smart, good at his job and great with clients. Helpful, always willing to help the team. Mischievous.” – Amanda Snyder, Client Account Manager

“James works hard and is funny! He told me a really funny joke once.” – Rob Silver, Production Specialist Engineer

“He is calm, cool, and collected, and he’s mentally strong. James is always good for a laugh. He gets along with everyone, and everyone loves him. He’s REALLY good at his job. He comes to work every day ready to go (after his coffee) and stays focused. He’s impressive to his peers and he impresses our clients.” – Nicole Schroeder, Marketing Project Coordinator

“Our crew respects James for his talents! He is a great communicator, a strong problem-solver, and he has a killer work ethic. His positive attitude is infectious and he is very enjoyable to be around!” – Kim Klein, Office Manager

“James is the ‘silent and strong’ type. He just gets it done. No fuss, no muss. He is very detailed and proactive in his planning. He is a great asset to the team and a positive person to be around.” – Mary Beth Kunz, Production Manager

“James always comes to work and hits the ground running. We appreciate that. Thanks for being on the team!” – Doug Netolicky, VP of Business Development 

“In the short time James has been a part of our team, he has proven himself capable at any task given to him. James approaches his work methodically and in an organized fashion that inspires his coworkers and challenges them to be their best as well. James has a willing attitude and a great work ethic, which will carry him far in his career at Wired Production Group. I really enjoy working with James and having him as an integral part of the team.” – Aaron Wells, COO

“As a recent addition to the Wired team, James brings a large load of experience and expertise to the audio team. In the few months he has been with us, he has shown his leadership and technical skills on many projects. From concerts to corporate events, he has shown to me, our staff, and our clients that he is a true professional. I am thankful for him and I appreciate all that he does for our company, even if he is a Jacksonville Jaguars fan. Thanks, James!” – Ron Rausch, CEO