Sound can make or break your project, so be sure to work through this checklist before recording audio on your next shoot.Cover image via guruXOX.It’s an unfortunate fact that audio concerns are often not the highest priority on a video production set. Other issues like lighting, composition, and camera movement often come first — along with slightly more annoying things like actors’ requests for more Pellegrino in their trailers.However, good audio is the difference between successful projects and bad ones, so if you’re getting started in the audio recording world, check out the items on this list before you record again.1. Room ToneImage via Elizaveta Galitckaia.Room tone is one of the first things you should check when you arrive on set. (But it’s also important to keep tabs on it throughout production — especially right before you record.) To combat unnecessary tones in your audio edit, record at least a minute or so of uninterrupted room tone before your shot.2. Check ConnectionsImage via Dja65.Just like recording digital video, digital audio recording requires lots of wires, ports, and connections, which need to be plugged in and adequately secured. XLR connections are ideal for their sturdiness, but when you’re dealing with smaller audio jacks and headphones, be sure to make sure everything is set.Pro-tip: when investigating audio level problems, checking connections should always be your first step.3. Auto vs. ManualImage via sefoma.Depending on your setup and the size of your crew, you’ll need to make a decision about recording audio levels manually or with “auto” settings. Obviously, there are pros and cons to both of these options — auto is convenient but not always perfect, and manual is not always reliable either. Regardless of your choice, double-check your selection before recording, and make sure you’ve got someone monitoring your recording with a pair of headphones.4. Reading Audio MetersImage via nikkytok.By the same token, even if you go with auto level recording, you still need someone reading and monitoring the audio meters. Your biggest concern will be avoiding peaking (or making sure levels don’t stay too low). Here’s a great resource on setting audio levels and other best practices.5. Boom PlacementImage via guruXOX.If you have decided to use a boom microphone as part of your audio recording setup, choosing your boom microphone, boom pole, and boom pole holder are your next step. Here’s a great in-depth article about all things boom, but for our purposes, once you have the right tools for the job, you need to decide on your placement. Ideally, you’ll have your boom operator holding the boom above your subject. However, when this is not feasible, you can boom up from below.6. Protection from the ElementsImage via artestudio8.The elements are always a major concern for audio recording equipment. The biggest factor is often wind, which can come out of nowhere at any moment. Adding “dead cats” and other windshields becomes a necessity, but so does locational awareness and using things like natural enclosures and screens to reduce noise. Even when you’re indoors, you need to take things like heat and cold into consideration — along with external noises like appliances, air conditioning, and foot traffic.7. Phantom or Battery PowerImage via Jeff Baumgart.Depending on your microphones and audio recorders, you may have several different power sources to consider. You also have to decide which pieces of gear you want to power with batteries versus phantom power (which draws power directly through an attachment to a camera or audio recorder). Once you’ve decided on all your gear, you’ll need to keep plenty of different batteries handy as backups (and chargers).8. Microphone Level vs. Line LevelImage via YunJun CHO.When you’re planning out your audio recording workflow, consider whether or not you’ll be sending a line level or microphone level into your camera or audio recorder. Line level is generally better, as it’s much higher than a mic level and will yield a better signal-to-noise ratio. However, when you go through a mixer, be sure to check whether or not your camera or audio recorder accepts line levels.9. HeadphonesImage via AtomStudios.Finally, when you’re recording audio on set, it’s very important to have a good pair of quality headphones to monitor sound in real time. Whether you’re manning a boom pole yourself or sitting at a mixer, you’ll obviously need headphones to focus on the stereo channels. Keep plenty of headphone jack adapters handy in case you need to go directly into an XLR. And always, when navigating audio problems, make sure your headphones are properly plugged in before you go looking for other problems.For more resources on audio recording, check out some of these articles, or tune in to our Audio Recording Archives.Audio Tips for DSLR Filmmakers9 Helpful Audio Tricks for Recording Documentary InterviewsAudio Automation Can Save You Hours in Premiere ProPiece Together a Pro Boom Mic for Around $500The Indie Filmmaker’s Guide to Recording Audio
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve been trying to change the environment for the most part. You can still see the immaturity in our team. I think now that we’ve been able to compete not just with NCAA teams, but also the UAAP teams, we’re not letting them get an easy win from us,” he said.Tang shared that it’s been hard to get the shift in mentality without the team tasting victory. But he’s willing to play the long game with a brighter future of St. Benilde in mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For the most part, the change of environment and culture has to be evident with us getting wins. If you don’t get wins, there’s no change in whatever you’re trying to build up with. But at the same time, the question for us is how are we’ll be able to get there? It’s a process wherein we got to keep explaining to them the small details, up to the nitty-gritty ones where we’re telling them why weren’t we able to get over that hump,” he said.Despite the Blazers bowing out of the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with a paltry 1-7 record, Tang believes that the foundation has already been laid out and it’s now up to the players to continue staying on the path the coaches have paved for them. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde coach TY Tang knows the challenge that awaits him with the Blazers.With the team in the cellar for the past two seasons, the rookie mentor knows that the goal for him this NCAA Season 93 is to take away the squad’s losing culture.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick leads San Beda past rival Letran MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “The challenge is making them respond to that. That’s something that us coaches, the whole coaching staff, has been trying to do for the longest time, for the last six months,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to polish it given a few more weeks entering the NCAA season.”
The Delhi Commonwealth Games Organising Committee on Tuesday claimed that it has cleared dues amounting to Rs 111.84 crore to 36 of the 45 foreign companies involved in the Games last year.The remaining nine companies have already been paid Rs 191.11 crore and a balance amount to the tune of Rs 17.80 crore has been withheld owing to non-performance of contractual obligations, the OC, which is facing allegations of widescale corruption, said in a press release.The companies which have got their dues include eight vendors to whom payments have been made between January 24 to January 31.In addition, there are 71 Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) to whom a total travel grant to the tune of Rs 16.74 crore was payable. Out of these, the OC said, 64 CGAs have been paid Rs 14.95 crore, and the balance payment of Rs 1.79 crore to the seven remaining associations will be released by February 7.Quite a few companies from Australia and England threatened to sue the CWG organisers for non-payment of pending dues running into millions of dollars.Reports of a USD three million-plus class action emerged at a time when India’s foreign minister S M Krishna visited Australia and the issue figured prominently in Krishna’s talks with his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd.The claims were largely linked to the opening and closing ceremonies and Australian firms said they were upset with the OC’s refusal to settle disputes.The OC countered that most payments were complete and those awaiting disposal had to do with “under performance and contractual obligations”.Newly elected sports minister Ajay Maken then directed government nominees in the OC to thoroughly verify unpaid dues and make all the legitimate payments within 10 days.advertisementThe payment disputes lingered for more than three months after the October 3 to 14 Games. Australian firms such as Howard and Sons, Norwest and a consultant for the ceremonies had claimed that doing business in India was an arbitrary and risk-laden affair.Agency reports said events organiser Ric Birch had commissioned a law firm for a multi-million dollar lawsuit that would involve four large Australian firms including his Spectak Productions and fireworks company Howard & Sons.The companies whose payments have been withheld are Swiss Timing, Infostrada Sports, K Events SRL, Mark Fisher, Great Big Event, Spectek Production, Production Resource Group, EKS Workforce and E&Y Workforce (Consortium with EKS).