Recording Better Interview Audio


Recording an interview is one of the most important tools a production has for storytelling. Nothing beats listening to the master of a specific trade tell what they know about a certain topic to be shared with generations to come. Do you know the basics of recording? Let’s step it up and record even BETTER interview audio for increased quality in your production.

When recording interviews, there are two specific parts to the puzzle: the video, and the audio. Many times, people will frame up a beautiful image only to use camera audio. They may even have the misfortune of relying only on poorly placed wireless microphones.

Recording an interview is much more than putting a lavalier on a person’s chest. The way you choose to record the sound can literally make or break your product. You owe it to yourself and your production to watch this series of videos to learn the process of recording the main track for all your documentaries, commercials, news shows, and reality shows. When an interview is recorded poorly it can haunt you through post-production, costing more money to fix tracks and problems that would have been avoided with a little extra effort and a better game plan.

In this course, you will learn a tried and true method that you can use to improve the quality of your interview recordings. You’ll also get to know some production lingo and etiquette that you will need in order to look and sound like a professional. Get to recording your best audio possible!

Learn the entire process. What gear to purchase, how to prepare for the job, and how to record properly. Finally, we are going to swing full circle and show you a great way to label your audio properly before turning it in.

Learning Objectives

  • Get greater respect of the sound process for recording interviews
  • Know all the gear needed to record interviews successfully
  • Microphone Selection Tips for Recording in multiple locations
  • How to Assess a Room for Recording Interviews
  • Dive into different recording mediums, like recording Dual System or Direct to Camera.
  • Learn Time Code Basics to get you ready for our advanced time code courses coming out soon.

Course Features

  • Lectures50
  • Quizzes0
  • Skill levelAll levels
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Students20
  • AssessmentsYes
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Thomas Popp has a degree in Recording Arts and Sciences and has worked on countless Television Shows, Movies, Commercials, and Music Videos. He is also a Representative for the popular audio equipment manufacturer, Zaxcom, Inc. He has educated many students about the theories and techniques of Production Sound, which also includes traveling to China to teach a masters class on Digital Wireless Technology.


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    Essential Beginner course

    Interviews are a staple product in the video industry. If you work in video, you WILL record interviews at some point. Because they are ubiquitous, interviews can begin to seem easy and boring. This course reminds us all of the importance of STORYTELLING in our work and the care we must take to record the words spoken by our subjects, not just the sounds they emit from their mouths. This course is best for beginners to audio recording, and those who do not specialize in audio recording but want to have a strong grasp of the fundamentals. No question is too stupid, all aspects of recording an interview are laid bare and explored in fine detail. Great course, worth the money, and will absolutely return on the investment if you follow its guidelines. Enjoy!

    Essential resource for all professionals....

    I highly recommend this course for people in all areas of production. Not only for sound mixers, but for directors, DP’s, camera operators, producers, etc., who want to learn more about sound gathering and the different aspects involved in the sound mixer duties. All the concepts are very well structured and perfectly explained for well knowledge sound professionals. 👍🏾

    I wish I would have had access to this in Collage

    In college I was studying film and wanting to get into Sound. All of the audio profs were very music based so I would rely heavily on videos I would find from interviews with pros. I would have loved to have had this as a resource. Well worth your time!