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I used to be a professional broadcaster. I was a DJ, producer, and even worked on The Howard Stern Show.

You might think that crappy audio would be a pet peeve of mine.

Truthfully, I just want the info, and I don't expect studio quality recordings.

However, there is one thing that makes me nuts, which is when people making recordings are just too casual with things like clearing their throats, chewing gum, etc. I mean, is it really that hard to listen to your audio and clean up the sound of you clearing phlegm out of your throat?

For example, I'm listening to a recording right now, and the person doing it keeps drinking water. You can hear him unscrew the cap, drink, and swallow. It's friggin' gross.

Have you ever been in a quiet place where two people were making out near you and all you could hear was the slurping sounds?

This dude drinking water every two seconds is just as skeevy.

I'm sure he's using a headset mic, because if he was further away, you wouldn't hear every little thing.

Another thing that makes me batty is when the person doing the recording has some kind of recurring tick like clicking his tongue after each sentence.

Do you have any audio pet peeves?
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  • Profile picture of the author WillDL
    Originally Posted by ZachWaldman View Post

    For example, I'm listening to a recording right now, and the person doing it keeps drinking water. You can hear him unscrew the cap, drink, and swallow. It's friggin' gross.

    Have you ever been in a quiet place where two people were making out near you and all you could hear was the slurping sounds?

    This dude drinking water every two seconds is just as skeevy.

    Do you have any audio pet peeves?
    He needs the water. You see, lying makes his throat dry so he has to keep hydrating.

    I have no idea who I'm insulting, and don't really believe that, but having worked on TV commercials I have a similar pet peeve. I hate it when people can't get their nervous ticks under control on camera. It makes them look...well, nervous. I think people have a very strong subconscious nervous salesman= lying salesman connection.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    I know exactly what you are talking about.

    What drives me crazy is when you have to sit through 10 or 15 minutes or more of idle chatter before they get to the actual content. Do we really need the full minute of canned music for the intro? No. Do we really need the dumb jokes and useless chit chat? No. Just get to it and get it done.
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    • Profile picture of the author ZachWaldman
      Originally Posted by Rich Struck View Post

      I know exactly what you are talking about.

      What drives me crazy is when you have to sit through 10 or 15 minutes or more of idle chatter before they get to the actual content. Do we really need the full minute of canned music for the intro? No. Do we really need the dumb jokes and useless chit chat? No. Just get to it and get it done.
      Ugh, you just reminded me of another thing. I hate hearing the entire autobiography of the author before he gives you any usable info.
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Another issue is recording at such a low level it becomes difficult to hear while listening in the car. The road noise is louder.

    Also too many "um" and "uh" or "like, you know" statements, and long pauses mid-sentence while the person speaking thinks about what to say just to finish the sentence.

    :-Don
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    • Profile picture of the author Gail_Curran
      Agree with all the above. But you see, there is so much emphasis on churning out products fast Fast FAST! that there is no time to do quality control.

      And customers don't know how lousy the presentation is until after they've bought the product, at which point the product creator has your money and doesn't give a crap.
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Does this include people who look off to the side every 20 seconds in their video? I watched a video by a guy named Zach lately who couldn't help but look at his notes off screen every 20 seconds... c'mon man! Oh hang on, his name was Zach Waldman too!
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  • Profile picture of the author Charlotte Jay
    Yup, those things peeve me too. I have a studio and have been involved in live sound for a decade now (my husband works professionally as an AV consultant and live sound engineer). The things I come across sometimes are shocking. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to invest in a wind screen and move the mic 4 inches closer to their mouth for it to sound 10 times better.
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