Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3 Testing, Can you Hear Me?
Apr 6, 2012
“Test, 1, 2, 3.”
“…Anything but that.”
Even if you’re not a fan of musicals, you’ll have to agree that the musical Rent said it best. Nobody checking the audio levels wants to hear those same words over and over, over and over again. Anything but would be There are even the people who then start to get a bit goofy, singing and yelling that same phrase, ‘test one, two, three.” The worst thing is, you’re busying hooking up the XLR adapters and adjusting the levels, and need them to continue speaking to get levels perfect.
Want to eliminate the problem before it starts?
Have a few prepared phrases. Just like you want to be prepared for any audio or video situation, you also want to be ready with all the video component cables, audio adapters, and any other adapter you might need for the situation. Here’s a few phrases to try asking people to say:
For music, “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are..”
For interviews, “My name is Triangle Cables. T-R-I-A-N-G-L-E C-A-B-L-E-S.”
For everything else, just start listing what you had for lunch, “For breakfast it was coffee and jam on toast, then for lunch, let’s see….”
Don’t be stuck hearing the Verizon commercial phrase, “Can you hear me now? Good. Can you hear me now? Good.” Make all of your audio checks painless from feedback and annoying phrases.