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Focal Easy Guide to Final Cut Express by Rick Young

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The only way to get good sound is to record it properly in the first place. Basic rules to achieve this include: using good microphones, getting the microphone as close to the subject’s mouth as possible, listening to your sound through headphones as you record it, and setting your audio levels correctly. The likelihood is if it sounds good at the time of recording then it will sound good in the edit suite.

Setting Correct Audio Levels

Audio levels are crucial to get right. If you set the level too high you will blow it, literally. When digital audio peaks too loud the sound will distort, break up and be unlistenable. Often called ‘pumping’, this ...

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