Audio Levels - Part 1 March 23rd 2020 - 01:00 PM

Superficially, level seems to be a simple subject: just a reading on a meter. In practice, there’s a lot more to it. Level matters because if it is wrong, sound quality can suffer, things can get damaged or cause interference and listeners complain because they have to keep adjusting…

Hands On With 32-Bit Float Recording March 17th 2020 - 09:00 AM

It’s a clunky, technical name, but 32-bit float recording is here and it’s a real game changer for audio recordists who want to avoid the pressure of making sure their levels are set correctly in the field. I finally did some hands-on 32-bit float recording and it changes e…

A Clean Kit Is A Happy Kit March 16th 2020 - 09:00 AM

A crude sign with the words “A Clean Kit is a Happy Kit” was taped to the wall of the film equipment room during my first television news job in the late 1960s. The message was a reminder to create a mental check list and keep your 16mm film gear org…

Tips For Broadcast Quality Voiceovers March 9th 2020 - 09:00 AM

Voiceovers are among the hardest elements of the recording process for engineers to master. A major part of the problem is each voice is different and the narrator often brings a varying skill set to the recording session. There are no hard rules about how to get good results, but…