Ask the Engineer: Which mic should I use?

Editor’s note: Rob Byers is a production specialist on NPR’s Editorial Training Team and the author of “Ask the Engineer,” an occasional series of advice about audiocraft and production for AIR. He has worked at Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media, and as an audio engineer at NPR, and mixes the Criminal podcast for Radiotopia. And,…

Ask the Engineer: 6 Questions We Want You to Ask

Editor’s note: Welcome to “Ask the Engineer,” an occasional series of technical advice columns from Rob Byers, sound engineer, loudness advocate, and the interim director of broadcast and media operations with “Marketplace” at American Public Media. This time, Rob shares a list of questions that smart producers ask before they deliver their tape.   When…

Ask the Engineer: Don’t Fear the Filter

Editor’s note: Welcome to “Ask the Engineer,” an occasional series of technical advice columns from Rob Byers, sound engineer, loudness advocate, and the interim director of broadcast and media operations with “Marketplace” at American Public Media. In this column, Rob tackles what he calls one of the most useful and underused tools in every audio producer’s kit: the high-pass…

Ask the Engineer: Fix Your Phone Tape

Editor’s note: Welcome to “Ask the Engineer,” an occasional series of technical advice columns from Rob Byers, sound engineer, loudness advocate, and technical coordinator for American Public Media. Thanks to Erik Stromstad at American Public Media for help with this column. By Rob Byers Phone tape can be a real pain when it comes to audio quality, but…

Listen Like an Engineer

Editor’s note: Welcome to “Ask the Engineer.” This is the first of an occasional series of technical advice columns from Rob Byers, sound engineer, loudness advocate, and technical coordinator for American Public Media. You can meet Rob — and sign up for a private, 30-minute consultation about your gear or software — at the AIR…