161: Record Great Audio

161: Record Great Audio


How do you record great sound? What mics do you use and where do you put them? What recording levels should you set? Join host, Larry Jordan, as he combines actors with different mics and illustrates what sounds great, and what doesn't, and how to record it in this highly informative webinar.

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Presented: June 3, 2015

Each week, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video training webinar discussing issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 52:16
File sizes: 824 MB and 414 MB (ZIP files)
Format: QuickTime movie (HD: 1280 x 720)

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This session answers the question: what mics do I use and where do I place them to get great sound in-studio or on-location? This webinar is filled with LOTS of practical examples of different mics, techniques and locations to help you improve your sound.

During this session, host Larry Jordan works with two actors and ten different microphones in-studio and outside to illustrate:

  • Digital audio recorders
  • Where to set proper record levels
  • How changing mic position affects sound quality
  • What different mics sound like indoors
  • What different mics sound like outdoors
  • How to use mics to reduce noise
  • Compare desktop, handheld, headset, shotgun vs. lav mics
  • How and when to record room tone

This session doesn’t just talk about mics, it illustrates them. During this session we use the following gear:

  • Electro-Voice RE-20
  • Shure SM58
  • Audio-Technica BPHS1
  • AKG C520
  • Countryman E6D
  • Tram TR-50
  • Sennheiser MKE-2
  • Audio Technical Pro 70
  • Rode NTG-2
  • Sennheiser ew 100 G3 wireless system

SPECIAL BONUS: Includes almost 30 minutes of informative Questions and Answers from the audience during the two live sessions.


This beginning-level session is designed for anyone interested in improving their sound – either in-studio or on-location. (This training only requires QuickTime Player to view.)


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  • Explain key audio concepts
  • Defining key terms
  • Explain frequency response
  • Explain where to set audio recording levels
  • Explain when and where to use an AGC
  • Show different audio connectors
  • Discuss microphone pickup patterns
  • Showcase digital audio recorders
  • Test desktop, headset, lavaliere, handheld mics indoors
  • Test lavaliere, handheld and shotgun mics indoors
  • Show how and when to record room tone
  • Show how different mics reduce background noise differently
  • Show how lavaliere mic placement affects sound quality
  • Show how shotgun mic placement affects sound quality
  • Show how to properly coil audio cables
  • Answer audience questions