Session 7: Tech Review and Shorts

Today we listened to some of my favorite shorts: Questions for Martin Luther King from Third Grade Audio, Things We Wish We Could Tell Our Parents from Currie Youth Radio and Love and 27 Other Firsts from PRX. We talked about using short interviews back to back as a technique that can quickly show a listener many different different (or similar) views on one subject. 

We also had a pretty extensive tech review, where we went over the following things: 

Interviewing | Getting set up:

  • Levels (how loud you’re recording): 
  • Decibels should be between -10 and -6 (displayed “db” in bottom right corner of screen)
  • Can change record level by adjusting the “Input Level” button on the side
  • Generally, an input level around 80-90 is a good starting place 
  • Record Mode (internal v. external mic):
  • Rec Mode (press button)
  • Red Mode: Mono (should always be mono)
  • Source: Can be Ext (eternal mic) or Int (internal mic) 

Getting started:

  • What to ask at beginning of interview:
  • What did you have for breakfast? (Or another silly question to ask so they talk while you adjust their levels)
  • Will you introduce yourself by saying your name and title?
  • Will you spell your name?
  • What to ask at the end of interview: 
  • Is there anything else I should know? 
  • Is there anyone else I should be talking to (helps you find other sources)
  • Gather nat sound
  • Gather room sound

Other Tips:

  • You hold the mic, not the interviewee 
  • Ask follow up questions, ask open-ended questions
  • Go into your interview with at least five questions, but don’t be afraid to deviate from your plan
  • Get that microphone up close and personal - about 4-6 inches away from the side of their mouth.
  • You want your decibels (dB) to be between -12 and -6.
  • Remember to be gathering nat sound (pool splashing, students in the hallway) and room sound (record 1 minute of "silence" in the room that you're doing your interview in. This lets you pick up sounds like air conditioners, etc. that will help make sound transitions easier during production). 
  • Upload your .wav files (if you can) and transcribe your interviews on the google drive.

We're still planning to voice on May 20, but much of that will depend on how the next few weeks go!