Audio Standards Guide

Reasons to use audio

  • Lectures
  • Radio broadcasts and interviews
  • Photo slideshow narration
  • Video voiceovers
  • Background music for multimedia projects
  • Recordings of musical performances

Sound recording

  • Avoid interviews in unreasonably noisy areas such as:
    • Near a fountain
    • Inside a high traffic building or classroom
    • Near a roadway
    • Near heating or cooling units outdoors
  • Avoid spaces with prominent echo, if possible.
  • Use lavalieres for most video recording situations.
    • Lavalieres are small microphones that clip on to a subjects tie or shirt.
    • Position the lavaliere on the interviewees to catch sound in the direction they're facing.

Music

  • When adding music to an audio project, a video, a photo slideshow or another multimedia undertaking, be sure to choose music that you have the legal right to use.
    • Don’t steal copyrighted music to enhance radio projects or add background sound to videos and photo slideshows. There is no educational exemption for the use of copyrighted music in videos.
  • Options for background music include:
    • Original music by an LU student or employee.
    • Short music clips created with the help of music-making software.
    • Stock audio from websites offering music clips and songs.
    • Public domain songs, which are not protected by copyright.
  • YouTube Audio Library, which allows YouTube users to add music selected from their free library of songs.

Permissions

  • Use the university photo / video release form to obtain written permission from everyone you record. All subjects must complete and sign a release form.
    • Maintain the original release form with your department's files.
  • If your project includes copyrighted music, you must comply with all applicable copyright laws.
  • Follow all applicable Lamar University legal and liability guidelines.