4 Voice Recording Tips to Sound Like a Pro

Whether you are producing a commercial, infomercial, corporate video or even episodic television, you’re going to need to know how to record the human voice.

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Recording Sound Effects

SFX00Movies with true organic sounds, imagined futuristic electronic audio, and even the everyday noises around us, aren't complete without good sound effects.

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On YouTube, Good Audio Will Put Your Video Ahead of the Pack

One of the most common questions we get from beginning video producers is “how do I get my video to be more like what I see in movies and TV?”

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Microphone Pick-up Patterns

There is a region around each microphone called the pick-up pattern, in which sounds are best captured. 

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Is it Possible to Record Decent Audio In-camera on a DSLR?

There is obviously a need to use external audio recorders when you need to record more than two channels or when you need the absolute highest quality sound.

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Audio Sweetening

Rarely will a video producer lay down an audio track and leave it. Good, recorded sound is essential in any production,

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Mic Types

Has the selection of microphones offered by your favorite electronics store ever overwhelmed you? Have you stared in awe at the vast array of silver or black, big or small, expensive or cheap micro­phones available to you?

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Packing my Sound Recorder

Capturing sound is one of the most important aspects when creating the perfect story.

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Audio: Impedance

Impedance is very important because selecting the wrong impedance mic can cause immediate and sometimes serious problems.

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Do-it-Yourself Hoop Windscreen

WS01It's time to record the narration for your next video production. You want to produce the best audio quality possible, keeping your narration free of plosives, but can't bring yourself to part with $30 to purchase a hoop-style windscreen like the pros use.

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Wireless Mics Demystified!

A good wired microphone is perfect for reliable high quality audio, but sometimes the wires get in the way.

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10 Common Audio Mistakes

TenCommonListen up! Sound is important to your video. Here are some tips on how to record it, edit it, deliver it, and make it the best.

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What Works for You? A Guide to DSLR Audio

If you gather ten sound engineers in a room and ask them what’s the best way to record something, don’t be surprised when you get ten different answers.

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Tune Your Room

0You knew it was possible to tune an instrument, and you've certainly fine-tuned graphics and audio plug-ins, maybe even tuned up a car, but did you know you could tune a room?

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5 Ways to Step up Your Audio When Filming

In a perfect world, budgets would be unlimited and you could hire a top-notch sound person for every production.

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That Same Ol' Audio Question

Audio00It was dinner on the seventh 8am-midnight work day in a row. 

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Wireless Audio Recording Systems

Demystifying On-Camera Wireless Systems

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Sports: Audio for Remotes

BasketBallLayoutThe types of microphones being used and microphone placement is determined during the planning phase.

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Sync Sound

The miracle of film and television is a result of a perceptual phenomenon known as "persistence of vision."

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Shooting to Playback Audio

Quite often it is essential to shoot musical numbers to playback, the logistics of recording music and shooting film or video simultaneously being too demanding

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Audio for Video

micSo, you've bought a shiny new digital video camera and you're blown away by the image quality. But what about the audio?

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Adventures in Sound Editing - Part 2

MixerGoing for the Take: Okay, you've got your mixer and your equalizer.

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The Physics of Sound

Learn the attributes of sound, how we hear, measure and record sound.

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Adventures in Sound Editing

MixerImagine the tape you made of your kids' last camp out. It's got some crickets on the sound track.

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Lavalliers, Shotguns and Handhelds, Oh My!

So, you've got a small budget and you finally believe that the audio you capture for your project is just as important as the video, (we told you so!) but you can only purchase one mic.

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DIY BoomPole

How does $25 for a boom pole sound? 

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Audio Location Scouting

Visuals aren’t the only thing to consider when you’re scouting locations. Audio is just as important. Just because a location looks good doesn’t mean it sounds good.

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Monitoring the Soundtrack - The Boom

Booming00Last month, Fred Ginsburg talked to us about the importance of monitoring the sound track during our shoot. This month, we continue with the special needs of the boom operator.

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Boom Operating Techniques

The boom pole is used to suspend a microphone over the actors on set.

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Monitoring the Soundtrack

HeadphonesA cameraman would never judge composition and good lighting based on what he or she hears. Likewise, a soundperson would be a fool to record audio based solely on what they see.

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Natural Sound to the Rescue

Two minutes of extra work on the set or in the field can save you hours of headache in the edit bay. You just need to remember to do it.

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Practice Makes Perfect

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I’m always amazed when I see musicians perform complicated pieces with a look on their face like they don’t have a care in the world. Whether they first chair in an orchestra or play lead guitar for a hair band, they have that simple look of enjoyment as they play their instruments effortlessly.

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Sound for Film and Television

The Boom—Why, Isn’t That Old Fashioned?

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A Crash Course For Mixing Sound – Part II

MixerMeters1There’s a reason why your Grandma’s apple pie tastes so much better than the pie you purchase at the grocery store. The reality is that both the store and Grandma have the same ingredients: sugar, flour, apples, etc. Nevertheless, Grandma’s apple pie seems to melt in your mouth, while the store-bought pie seems stale.

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Location Recording Techniques

LocationRecordingThe primary objective of the production sound mixer and the boom operator is to capture clean dialogue on set.

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Sync Tanks - Part Three

SyncTankImageWith soundtracks much more dense than in the past, the present generation of moviemakers has seen an exponential growth in the number of people who work on the sound after the film has been shot. Last month in the second installment of Elisabeth Weis' articles we explored ADR and beyond.  In this, the final installment we pick up scratch mixes and temp tracks.

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The Boom Mic

The boom pole is a extendable pole used to position a microphone in the proper proximity above the actors on set.

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Sync Tanks - Part Two

SyncTankImageWith soundtracks much more dense than in the past, the present generation of moviemakers has seen an exponential growth in the number of people who work on the sound after the film has been shot. In this, the second installment of Elisabeth Weis' articles we explore ADR and beyond.  Next month in the final installment we pick up scratch mixes and temp tracks.

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Building an Audio Recording Room

Clean, clear audio is an essential aspect of any professional production, but many (if not most) videographers underestimate its importance.

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Crash Course for Mixing Sound-Part 1

MixerMeters1Recently, a sound design forum that I belong to debated on what the audio levels should be in a film. I, of course, chimed in. I was surprised that there were so many different opinions. The group is a good cross section of the sound design community being made up of amateur, prosumer and professional participants. However, despite this eclectic group, there was no definitive answer. There were some guidelines and a general understanding, but still no definitive answer. So, how do you go about mixing sound to picture? I'm glad you asked!

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