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Balance, Consistency, and Being On-Axis > Balance, Consistency, and Being On-Ax... - Pg. 375

ChapTer 16 Location Sound techniques mixer and the boom operator (who should be wearing headphones as well) can also monitor the accuracy of the microphone placement; being sure to keep it on-axis and the subject-to-mike distance consistent (discussed later). Just as a cinematographer is trained to see every light source on the scene, a sound mixer is trained to hear every sound on the location that might wind up on the recording. However, humans have developed highly selective hearing. It is easy for us to ignore or "filter out" inessential sounds and focus only on the sounds we need to hear in a particular situation. It's easy to go through an entire day and never really "hear" the air conditioning droning in the background, or the con- stant buzz of crickets out your window, or the hum of the cooling fan in your computer. Background noises Figure 16-7 Large headphones that completely cover the ears should just like these can be anything from distracting to be used to monitor audio, because they block out noise. disastrous on an audio recording, so a sound mixer needs to develop an "objective ear" and must communicate to the director when unwanted sounds are infiltrating the scene, especially when they are intermittent sounds, like a plane flying overhead, or a news radio coming through the wall from next door, or the refrigerator in the kitchen kicking on. Chances are, no one else on the set has heard any of these noises. 357