The 10 Recording Commandments

If you’re going to record some sound effects for your creative project, keep in mind, these commandments by Ric Viers, from his book The Sound Effects Bible.

  1. Thou Shalt Have a Pre-Roll and Post-Roll of Two Seconds on Each Recording.
  2. Thou Shalt Record More Than You Need.
  3. Thou Shalt Slate Every Take with as Much Information as Possible.
  4. Thou Shalt Check Thy Levels Often.
  5. Thou Shalt Listen to Thy Work by Always Wearing Headphones.
  6. Thou Shalt Eliminate All Background Noise.
  7. Thou Shalt Not Interrupt a Take.
  8. Thou Shalt Point the Microphone at the Sound.
  9. Thou Shalt Check Thy Equipment Before Going Into the Field.
  10. Thou Shalt Remember the Copyright Laws to Keep Them Unbroken.

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