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Audio for Single Camera Operation by Tony Grant

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10 Mics: placement with regard to speech

More often than not, sound recordists spend the majority of their time recording speech. The main criterion in recording speech is that it is always intelligible. No matter how well lit, framed and composed the pictures may appear, if you can't make out what the person is saying …

The secret of achieving the ‘correct’ sound is being able to place the correct mic in the correct position. The position is all-important, even the world's best mic won't produce good results if it's poorly placed. So, the two decisions you have to make are – which mic/s to use, and how to correctly position it/them.

In the best of all possible worlds, you want to control the position at all times.

The seated indoor interview ...

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