Filmmakers will go as far as to say sound design is half the film.
Our brains are wired to process audio as context; the environmental noise allows us to place, and consequently trust, the sound. When you hear birdsong in someone’s background does your mind begin to visualise birds, to put yourself in their environment?
When we are seeking to communicate with others using our voice, we want more of our voice in the transmission and less noise. There are times when that birdsong can add to the experience and times when it will distract from your voice, try to pay attention to these moments for your audience.
To get more of your voice, and less noise, into the transmission there is a range of things we can do, many of them won’t cost you a dollar. In this video, we outline some of the environmental factors and compare a range of microphones if you’re considering investing.