August 16, 2018

Recording Tip 6

Ask everyone present to turn OFF all mobile phones. Text messages or voice mails emit a radio frequency which is inaudible to the human ear even when the phone is switched to silent, but the recording equipment will and does pick this up, and the resulting buzzing noise will drown out whatever is being said at the time. Turning mobile phones to ‘silent’ or ‘vibrate’ mode is not enough – they need to be turned off. If they are not, this will be the only sound the transcriber will hear.

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