Tips to achieve optimal disciplinary procedure recording quality
The suggestions listed below will assist in achieving an optimal result.
- Set the recording device to record in an uncompressed file format such as the “.wav” (Windows) or “.aiff” (Mac).
- Environmental noise – such as that of air-conditioners, fans, radios, TVs, passing vehicle and people traffic, white noise and paper shuffling – can impact on the audibility of voice input. Where possible, switch off devices and equipment that are a potential source of background noise that could impact on the quality of the recording.
- Place mobile phones as far as possible from the recording device to exclude or minimise interference.
- Where microphones are utilised, position the microphone and arrange seating positions of participants to ensure that the most important input is captured clearly.
- For the purposes of accurate voice-name attribution, participants should return to the same seating arrangement after breaks.
- The chairperson should remind participants to increase voice projection in noisy environments and request each participant to introduce themselves and state their role in the proceeding at the beginning of the proceeding/recording.