We have come across a series of free training courses from NPR’s Rob Byers This first course is designed to help you identify problematic audio, prevent the most common problems and recognize when it’s time to call for help. It’s a great reference guide for anyone who works with audio, from new producers to seasoned veterans.
Preventing audio problems is one of the keys to ensuring quality productions. The term “garbage in, garbage out” is common in the audio world because it’s true. It can be difficult and time-consuming to fix problematic audio once it’s recorded.
The guide has three main sections:
Recording problems - These issues occur while recording in a studio or gathering audio in the field.
Editing problems - These issues pop up at your desk, cutting the piece together.
Mixing problems - These issues occur while putting the finishes touches on a piece.
Rob Byers is NPR Training’s Production Specialist. He worked as an audio engineer at NPR from 2003-2008 and led the part of the audio engineering and operations team at Minnesota Public Radio | American Public Media through 2016. He wrote The Audio Producer’s Guide to Loudness and his work at MPR|APM contributed to a Pulitzer and a Peabody.