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Audio Guidelines

Mizzou's sounds are distinctive: the chiming of the bells at Switzler Hall, Marching Mizzou, award-winning vocalists, the booming cheer of M-I-Z!

Audio recordings can enhance University of Missouri communications as stand-alone pieces or as components of larger multimedia projects. With audio, we can archive and share radio interviews, provide narration for photo slideshows and add background music to videos.

Before embarking on a multimedia project, please review our guidelines.

Reasons to use audio

  • Lectures
  • Radio broadcasts and interviews
  • Photo slideshow narration
  • Video voiceovers
  • Background music for multimedia projects
  • Recordings of musical performances

Sound recording

  • Avoid interviews in unreasonably noisy areas.
  • Avoid spaces with prominent echo, if possible.
  • Gather room tone in at least your settings for primary interviews.
  • Use lavalieres for most video recording situations. Position the lavaliere on the interviewees to catch sound in the direction they're facing.


  • When adding music to an audio project, a video, a photo slideshow or another multimedia undertaking, be sure to choose music that you have the legal right to use.
  • Don’t steal copyrighted music to enhance radio projects or add background sound to videos and photo slideshows. There is no educational exemption for the use of copyrighted music in videos.
  • Options for background music include:
    • Original music by an MU student or employee.
    • Short music clips created with the help of music-making software.
    • Stock audio from websites offering music clips and songs.
    • Public domain songs, which are not protected by copyright.
    • YouTube Audio Swap, which allows YouTube users to add music selected from a library of songs.