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Live Sound Engineer

Hello there!

I’m Joost Baaij, Live Sound Engineer 🎵🎤🎹🎷🎸🥁 located in Amsterdam.

With a passion that’s as loud as the gigs I work on, I’ve been part of monumental productions like Nijntje (Miffy) de musical on tour and the Holland Festival. I strive to bring unparalleled sound quality that can elevate any event.

  • Freelance Live Audio Engineer for Hire
  • Strong focus on collaboration and open communication with artists and other technicians
  • Extensive experience with Yamaha (Dante) and Midas hardware and software
  • Specialized UHF transmitter technician with experience in Shure Axient, ULX-D, and QLX-D
  • Good knowledge of ICT and software such as Sound Vision and various DAWs

Handling all aspects of a production, from unloading a trailer to doing a show in QLab, is a given for me. I can work solo on small productions or as part of a crew for larger gigs.

In my work, I am reminded of the importance of listening. Not just as a technical skill but as an art form. Whether through the strings of a quartet or the words of an artist, the ability to listen deeply and translate that into a sound that resonates with others is what makes my role as a sound engineer both challenging and profoundly rewarding.

In the past, I’ve been full-stack internet developer 🧑‍💻 and owner of a Ruby on Rails studio. 💎

Past gigs

Karima el Fillali

20 May 2024

An Unforgettable Night with Karima El Fillali

This night, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam hosted an extraordinary performance by Karima El Fillali.

The L.A.S.E.R. being calibrated before the show

18 May 2024

A Night of Innovation: Cocon with Cello Octet Amsterdam

I helped build COCON, a groundbreaking performance featuring the Cello Octet Amsterdam.

Karmit Fadael

15 April 2024

Canto and Karmit With Noord Nederlands Orchestra

Today, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam hosted the unique symphonic blend of the Noord Nederlands Orkest and Fryslân-raised composer Karmit Fadael.

3 April 2024

O táxi n.º 9297: An Auditory Time Travel

Today the Muziekgebouw played host to a mesmerizing performance called O táxi n.º 9297. It was an orchestral narration that weaved through the silent film of the same name, a masterpiece dating back to 1927.

2 February 2024

Harmonies and Conversations

The String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam, celebrated as the world’s largest festival dedicated to string quartets, unfolded its rich tapestry of melodies and harmonies at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam.

Boudewijn Jansen - Carmina Burana (foto Robert Verhoeve)

8 December 2023

A Symphony of Sounds: Carmina Burana in Muziekgebouw

As the Muziekgebouw’s Grote Zaal dimmed, the stage was set for a night of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. But beyond the spotlight, another symphony was in play - our backstage ballet of sound engineering.

AskoSchonberg + LOD - Rhapsody (foto Kurt Van der Elst)

24 November 2023

Harmony in the Load Out

Last night, at the esteemed Muziekgebouw, as the echoes of “Rhapsody” faded away in the Grote Zaal, a different kind of symphony began backstage.

David August (foto Filip Preis)

19 November 2023

David August presented: VĪS

On the evening of November 19, 2023, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam transformed into a mesmerizing blend of sound and light, hosting the awe-inspiring concert “David August presents VĪS”.

Angel's Bone (foto Daniel Senzek)

9 November 2023

Behind the Scenes of Angel's Bone

Just wrapped up working on Angel’s Bone, an opera that’s been stirring waves since its 2016 debut.

3 November 2023

Dauw: a Prelude to Daylight in Sound and Story

On a crisp November evening, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam was transformed into a threshold between night and day, courtesy of ‘Dauw’, a unique performance by the Amsterdams Andalusisch Orkest.

The full cast on stage during the Medieval Castle scene

24 October 2023

On the Road with Miffy the Musical

This fall, I’m hitting the road, not with the usual synth-loaded DJ or a rock band, but with the iconic rabbit herself—Miffy!

The main stage during build

8 October 2023

Celebrating Brazilian Vibrancy at Vida Brasiliera

On the bank of Amsterdam’s IJ river, the giant SS Rotterdam moored outside, a carnival of tropical vibes unfolded on a serene October afternoon.

View from the console

17 September 2023

Surinaams Klassiek: A Night of Melodic Fusion

This night, I had the distinct pleasure of managing the sound for the introduction of “Surinaams Klassiek” on Foyer Deck 1 at Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam.

View from my mixing position of the Wijdegat Concert 2023

9 September 2023

Wijdegat Concert: an Afternoon to Remember

Today, I had the privilege of being both the systems engineer and the front-of-house engineer for the Wijdegat Concert. And let me tell you, it was an experience like no other.

Richard Bona (foto Yassine Toumi)

2 September 2023

Richard Bona and the Metropole Orchestra

Last night, the Grote Zaal of Muziekgebouw aan het IJ was graced by the extraordinary talents of Richard Bona and the Metropole Orchestra.

HvA Impact Xperience hero graphic

29 August 2023

Opening of the HvA Academic Year

On August 29th, I was part of the stage hand team for the Impact Xperience event at Muziekgebouw aan het IJ in Amsterdam.

Kamagurka op de set van Zomergasten

20 August 2023

Vpro Zomergasten: Kamagurka

Summer in the Netherlands isn’t just about sun and holidays; it also heralds the return of the acclaimed television series Zomergasten.

Opening of Holland Festival 2023 in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ Amsterdam. Copyright Ada Nieuwendijk

10 June 2023

Holland Festival 2023

I was part of the setup for the Holland Festival 2023, marking its remarkable 76th edition.

Symfonieorkest de Philharmonie

4 June 2023

Symfonieorkest de Philharmonie

Worked as a humble stage hand at Muziekgebouw for the Italiaans drama event, performed by the renowned Symfonieorkest De Philharmonie.