Figure 13-7.Audio console.
Monitor the record and playback levels constantly
during the mixing process. When putting several
elements together, listen closely in the headphones to
the level balance. Remember, do not let supporting
sound override primary audio. Check the master tape
recording level to make sure its average peaks are
between 80 and 100 percent on the recorder VU meter.
If you thoroughly completed the preproduction
organization, it will be easy for you to follow the script
during the production phase.
You should listen to the finished product and make
sure the production accomplishes its intended purpose.
Listen for quality checks you may have missed in earlier
development. Pay particular attention to the audio levels
and quality of the final recording. If the spot or feature
is not satisfactory, mix it again and correct the problem.
Check to be sure the production meets the allotted time
When the final product passes all the quality control
checks, label it according to local procedure and turn it
over to your supervisor.
RADIO CONTROL ROOM EQUIPMENT
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify the equip-
ment in a radio control room.
Radio broadcasters find out early in their careers
that broadcasting involves more than just announcing.
Broadcasters working in the radio medium also must be
proficient at operating radio control room equipment. In
this section, we will cover the various pieces of
equipment that make up a radio control room.
Even though all audio consoles are operated in the
same basic manner and perform the same primary
functions, their capabilities are not always the same.
Differences among consoles are obvious from one
model to the next, but even consoles of the same make
and model often are locally engineered to perform
various additional functions.
Before you operate your console for the first time,
take the time to learn its various intricacies. Figure 13-7
shows atypical audio console.
The audio console connects the microphones,
cartridge machines, reel-to-reel tape recorders/