You hold an triple A-tier microphone in your hand. An audio recorder with whisper-quiet preamps is by your side. Perhaps you’re deep in a jungle with modern noise miles away. Maybe you’ve arranged a block of dry ice for ideal squeaks and hisses. Every checklist item is ticked. You’re ready to create inspiring sounds and commit them to tape. You’re sure you’ve done all you can to capture perfect field recordings.
The reality? It’s often not enough. Why?
Well, even the best gear and most diligent preparations overlook small problems that can threaten field recordings and sound libraries. Today’s post begins a short series looking at common – yet overlooked – errors. It describes why they happen and how they can be fixed.
We’ll begin looking at field recording mistakes. In the following weeks we’ll look at problems when mastering clips, and curating them later.
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