A rather neglected part of the video makers concern but nevertheless, something that influences viewing figures. Now it seems that you can get away with some poor quality video but not so with poor quality audio.
It fell to Stewart to give us his slant on how he obtains good quality audio by taking us through his selection of microphones; the quality of sound expected from lavalier, shotgun and various other devices.
Several of us found information about decibels most helpful. Even more so the influence given from using automatic gain control. Then we were able to hear the quality of sound at various recording distances and found it to be essential to record as close to the source sound as possible.
Everyone went away knowing a little more about recording soundtracks and even found that some editing programmes allow auto-ducking of music tracks when balancing with the spoken word.