Room Tone

I’m down the the final phase of editing for my story for Community Voices. These last few edits are certainly more subtle, even if they are smaller than the last ones. I have to go through and check for redundancy and go back through the clips of tape to make sure they sound smooth. It’s a good thing I recorded room tone.

Room Tone the vital and often forgotten part of the interview, the kind you hear on the air but never notice. Let me explain; in every interview the interviewer need to take at least one minute to record the room’s sound, or tone. There is no such thing as pure silence, especially in your average room or setting. Outside there are cars, trees, people, birds, bikers, etc. Inside there are refrigerators, lights, clocks, babies and anything outside that you might be able to hear inside. If there is silence in a piece, it sounds artificial and unnatural. When you are using several clips of tape from the same setting the transitions between each clip can sound jerky or awkward if there is just silence between them. To smooth this out you can place room tone underneath the whole thing. It can mask other noises and allow the clip to flow better.

I am using a couple different clips from some of the people in my story. To make their clips go together more smoothly I have to go back through and add room tone underneath what they said. Something else that helps is taking out the extra breaths, the ums, the ahs and repetition. 

It’s really coming together, I’m excited to get far enough along to finally record the narration! Maybe by this weekend.


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