A live sound engineer has to take into account the unique character of each venue and audience when deciding how to balance the band's sounds and effects. For example, many different factors can affect the acoustics of a music venue - - is the room covered in carpet or any other soft, sound-absorbing material, or is the venue mostly hard surfaces, which allow echo? In addition, some audiences sit closer to the band, and some sit farther away, while others might sit at an unconventional angle with respect to the stage. The sound engineer must make sure that the music sounds its best at every seat in the auditorium.
Besides pleasing the audience, the sound engineers work to satisfy the musicians themselves. Musicians must be able to hear themselves when they play; live sound engineers manage this by rigging the stage with backward-facing speakers called monitors. Engineers also must make sure all equipment is in good working order so that the musicians produce the best possible sound.
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