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A Quick Audio Recording Guide for Journalists

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  • 1. PreparedbyAmyO’Leary amyoleary@gmail.com QuickAudioRecordingGuide TIP! Roomswithsoft surfaces(andcars!) aregreatplaces torecord. 4 CONTROLYOURENVIRONMENT Findingaquietplaceforyourinterviewmeansyouneedto“setup”yourinterview environmenttomakesureit’sasquietaspossible.Onceyouarrive: TurnOffBackgroundMusic ShutOffAirConditioning,Fans TurnOffComputers UnplugRefrigerators CloseOpenWindows AvoidWindyPlaces(orkeepwindatyourback) Moveawayfromheavytraffic(aroundacorner) InaLoudRoom?Moveintothehallway. It’sMurphy’sLaw. Ifyouarenotwearing headphones,things willgowrong. Becauseyoucan’t hearthingslike cellularinterferance,cellularinterferance, headphonesare theonlywayto guaranteeaclean, usablerecording. Large,closedheadphonesworksbest. Avoidearbudsandnoise-cancellingheadsets. WEARHEADPHONES (ORRISKDISASTER!)3 Alwaysholdthemicrophone 5inchesawayfromthe speaker’smouth,underthechin. Forproperrecording, neverputitonthetable. HOLDTHEMIC CLOSERTHAN YOUTHINK2 TIP!Ifthesubjectgetsloudsuddently,justpullthemicbackforasecond. . It’slike“ThePriceisRight”-you wanttorecordatashighalevel asyoucanwithoutgoingover. Goingover,or“peaked”audio,is theonlythingthatcan’tbefixed inthecomputer. CHECKYOUR RECORDINGLEVELS1 RECORDING BEFOREYOULEAVE

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