Court Reporting Jargon

Set the EQ by dropping the treble, then lower the master if the dB is too high, and monitor the main out.
Wait. What does that mean again?

When recording audio, court reporters have to pay careful attention to numerous technical aspects involved in making sure the audio is clear and high quality. The above jargon contains just some of the things court reporters have to do and know about in order to create great recordings. But let’s break it down.
EQ is short for equalizer, just like those in music. Depending on the type of voice being recorded, different aspects of the sound must be equalized. For example, low and rumbling voices may need to have the bass lowered in order to hear their voice more clearly, while high-pitched voices may need the bass raised.


“Lower the master if the dB is too high”. The master in this case refers to the master volume. Individual audio streams from the different microphones can be controlled, but the master volume controls the overall volume of all the streams. dB stands for decibel, which refers to how loud the sound is. If the dB is too high, some of the audio may be lost as the sound can get distorted and blown out.
Finally, monitoring the main out just means paying attention to the main audio stream which is essentially coming “out” of the audio mixer.
Some of these concepts may seem simple, especially after being explained, but keep in mind that it takes knowledge and skill in order to know what these things are in the first place, and how to execute them effectively. There are way more technical terms and concepts that court reporters have to know, but the court reporters at Neal R. Gross have undergone rigorous training in order to make sure they understand all the jargon.