Audio is an extremely important element of a TV program, often credited with providing 80 percent of the information. Viewers readily pick up any mistake with audio, especially the lack of sound, which can lead them to change the channel to make sure their set is still working. If they get distracted with another program and don’t come back, that is a lost viewer—something stations and networks definitely don’t want.

The disciplines and techniques of production are applicable to the field of audio. For example, knowing the steps needed to connect a microphone so that it functions through an audio console is a matter of applying several basic techniques. At the same time, the care with which the operator works to test the quality ...

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