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Get great sound every time with this field recording checklist

You return from a long day reporting in the field — only to realize you didn’t record ambience. You’re in the middle of a reporting trip and you’ve forgotten extra batteries for your recorder. You’re not happy with the scene sounds you’re capturing. For audio producers, these frustrating problems are all too common. We want to

Audio production FAQ: Headphones, levels, mics and more

  Our readers have many questions about audio production and we want to help you find the answers. Consider this a living document — we’ll continue to update it with answers from NPR Training and other experts in the public media community. Have a question we haven’t answered? You can drop us a line via

You asked: How can I get better at standups?

On-scene, in-the-moment narration can add depth and urgency to an audio story. But doing great “stand-ups” requires thinking beyond the clichéd “I’m standing here…” approach.