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Audio Production Basics

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This is a very basic overview of some audio production situations to be aware of. Specifically, this slideshow addresses some basic microphone usage and placement tips.

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  • Ambience: or ambiance is a desirable quality to capture in BINAURAL recordings. Then you deed the musicians around 2 mikes (OMNIDIRECTIONAL) with the loudest further away.<br /><br/>
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Audio Production Basics

  1. 1. Audio Production Basics Presented by Brett Atwood
  2. 2. Audio Recording Options • Direct-to-Computer Microphone • Smartphone Recording Apps • Handheld Recorder
  3. 3. Audio Recording Format • What file format does your audio format save in? • Audacity supports .wav, .aiff and .mp3 – Note: For .mp3 format, Audacity users have to install the free LAME plugin
  4. 4. Popping the “P’s” • Announcing words that emphasize p, b, or t sounds naturally produce a sharp puff of air • This can result in a pop or thumb in your recording if you speak too close to the microphone • A windscreen on the mic can help
  5. 5. Windscreens • Foam ball-shaped accessory for the microphone • Used to reduce unwanted sounds
  6. 6. Microphone Pickup Patterns
  7. 7. General Mic Tips • Get your microphone as close to the source as possible. • Even directional microphones pick up a little sound from most directions, so the closer the better - as long as you're not getting negative effects (plosives, mouth noises, etc)
  8. 8. General Mic Tips • Eliminate the Competition: Think about the OTHER sounds in the room where you are recording. Two main sources of unwanted sound are: – noise : this can be the noisy air conditioner, traffic outside, crowds in the hall. – ambience : may be the "live nature" of the room you're in, the unwanted echo. • Do what you can to eliminate the problem and place your mic as close to your subject as possible.

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