Backup audio media (BAM) is the term used for any audio recording and can include the audio synchronization tool built into a court reporter’s computer-aided transcription (CAT) software.
Below are three best practices related to audio backup:
- It is the obligation of a professional court reporter to stop the proceedings when the speed of testimony presents an issue, if you didn’t hear a word, or when speakers are talking at the same time.
- One must never rely on the audio backup to create an official record. Readbacks occur often during the proceedings, and you don’t want to play back the audio for your client when a readback is requested.
- If audio backup is requested by a client, check with your specific state rules in regard to your obligation to do so. If you do, however, provide a copy of the BAM, be sure to offer the same service to opposing counsel. Ensure that no off-the-record discussions are included in the recording.
The National Court Reporters Association has additional guidelines to help court reporters regarding best practices related to audio recordings.
There are several options in the marketplace for good and reliable microphones with great sound quality. Each reporter will definitely have an opinion on their preferred product of choice. Below are the steps to follow when you wish to enable your default microphone using Windows 8.
- From the Start screen, type in “Control Panel” to open the Search charm.
- The Control Panel window will open.
- Select Hardware and Sound.
- Click on the Manage Audio Devices under the Sound tab. The Sound window opens.
- Next, click on the Recording tab.
- Select the microphone you wish to utilize as your default microphone., right-click and select Set as Default Device, and then click OK to apply your selection.
- If the device you want to use contains a small circle with an arrow pointing down, the device is disabled. To enable the device, right-click the device name and select Set as Default Device and a checkmark will appear in a circle. Click OK to apply your selections.
- If you do not see your preferred device in the Sound window, place your cursor anywhere in the blank area of the window and right-click. Select Show Disabled Devices. Then proceed as above to select it as your default microphone.