Chapter 14Audio for Television

“Just as you should preplan camera angles for a shoot, you should preplan mic types and positioning. Carefully plan cable runs and connections, and scout every location to determine if it will cause undesirable noise from air conditioners, trains, traffic, or other uncontrollable sounds that will end up being recorded.”

—Douglas Spotted Eagle, Grammy Award-Winning Producer

“Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?”

—Harry Warner, President, Warner Bros., in the silent film era, 1927


Acoustics: High-frequency sound waves travel in straight paths and are easily deflected and reflected by hard surfaces. They are also easily absorbed by porous fibrous materials. Lower-frequency sound waves (below 100 Hz) spread ...

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