Testing Your Audio Recording Gear

Audio can make or break a production.  If you have poor audio your audience will tune out almost immediately and nothing good will come out of it, especially when conducting an interview.  So having good clean audio is paramount.  Join me in this course as I go over the importance of testing your audio gear to make sure everything is working properly.  We’ll look at audio levels, where to position microphones and confirming that your external audio devices are talking to your computer.

During an Audio-Only Interview: Testing the Recording Gear

To learn more, I've created a new course with communication specialist Amy DeLouise called Art of the Interviews for Lynda.com


There is a real art to conducting an on-camera interview.  Doing research and prep work ahead of time is huge. Join me and communication specialist Amy DeLouise as we team up to show you how the pros prepare for, organize, and conduct great video interviews. Learn about performing background research before you "set foot on set," positioning the subject in front of the camera, building trust, avoiding common mistakes in questioning, capturing secondary audio for use in a podcast, and much more. Amy brings years of interviewing expertise to this important subject, while I offer tips that will help make editing easier and reduce the amount of money spent in post-production.

Topics in this course include:

  • Planning interview goals
  • Anticipating interviewee's answers
  • Conducting background research
  • Scheduling interviews
  • Building rapport
  • Teasing out supporting points
  • Getting transcripts
  • Avoiding obstacles with challenging interview subjects

You can check out the class here - http://www.lynda.com/Video-Shooting-Video-tutorials/Testing-recording-gear/141499/155897-4.html