THE EQUIPMENT

20     Recording

‘In my opinion, the most dangerous machine of them all is the microphone.’

– BBC PRESENTER ESTHER RANTZEN

The recording business has come a long way since 1898 when Valdemar Poulsen first captured sound on piano wire fixed to a hand-turned drum. Today, digital recordings of sparkling quality can be made and edited directly on computers of all shapes and sizes, be they dressed up as camcorders, minidisc machines or solid-state recorders.

Miniaturization has made it possible for today’s reporters to move unhampered to the forefront of breaking stories and send back live, studio-quality reports via satellite link or mobile phone to be played straight to air or to a web site.

Computer editing packages allow you ...

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