Definition Day: Room Tone

NinaBlog_DefinitionDay_LinkedInsizeRoom Tone is the silent sound you record after a scene is shot in a particular room, or setting, to give the editor atmospheric silence to work with.

When you watch a movie, even if nothing is being said, or nothing really can be heard, there is at least “room tone”, because if there wasn’t, it would be a very jarring experience.

If you’ve ever been to an Anechoic Chamber, like the quiet¬†room at the Bell Labs in New Jersey you know what I’m talking about. The anechoic chamber is the¬†loneliest and eeriest experience even if you’re in the chamber with a bunch of other people. “Quiet” isn’t “no sound”.