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Recording and Producing Audio for Media by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 11. Dialogue

In audio the principal challenge during the production of drama is recording dialogue. Sound effects are usually handled in postproduction; music always is. Recording dialogue on the set is known as production recording. Regardless of the venue—studio or on-location—or the medium—radio, television, or film—recording dialogue that is clear, intelligible, and as noise-free as possible is the production recordist’s goal. Even when dialogue is to be ultimately recorded or rerecorded in postproduction, it is important to preserve an actor’s performance on the set, if for no other reasons than for timing and interpretation (see also “Automated Dialogue Replacement” later in this chapter).

A production recording also preserves the ...

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