Why Forensic Audio Isn’t Audio Engineering

You might expect the job of a forensic audio analyst to be similar to that of an audio engineer, but it’s a lot more complicated than that!

Nearly all of us have mobile phones that can be used as recording devices, and this has led to a proliferation in the use of audio recordings within the courtroom as evidence. In 99.9 percent of these cases, these recordings will have been taken in less than optimal conditions, on low-quality devices, by individuals with little to no knowledge of the recording process. Whereas studio recordings are carefully planned and recorded in a purpose-designed environment, forensic recordings are often made on the spur of the moment, in hostile conditions, and the audio quality reflects that. However, just as the typical quality of these recordings is miles apart technically from studio recordings, so too is the impact that they can have on somebody’s life.

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Source: Sound on Sound Magazine