Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Consistency in Sound

The thing with audio is that people really don’t notice it unless it is, none existent, very noisy or it changes radically within a scene.  It is important to be aware of the overall consistency of your sound, because nothing betrays a mistake worse than a sudden change in sound quality.  Whether it is the background noise varying between cuts or sounding muffled on one voice and clear on another or changing from loud to quiet (unless that is relevant to the content like someone whispering after shouting).  To have control over these elements and to give your editor a fighting chance at making the final product sound good, I recommend that you do everything in your power to record all your audio tracks in the field as well as is humanly possible, doing your best to maintain a solid consistency throughout.

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