First, we try to get more range. Next we look for sources of content to make our stations interesting to listen to. Then, we start trying to improve the sound quality of our content.
Most of us begin by trying to eliminate that annoying "hummmmm" we start to hear under our content. After that, we try to up the dynamic range and then, make it louder.
Below are a few of the links I've found to be especially useful in both beating our common enemy - HUM, and in moving audio through the chain in the best way possible.
- The War on Hum - How to Maintain a Hum Free Audio System
- More on ground loops and lots of links to even more material on improving sound quality
- An 86 page mega-guide to ground loops and hum elimination from the phenomenal Tomi Engdahl
- A Clean Audio Installation Guide - another monster publication covering all (and I do mean all) aspects of audio management - a must read! RESTORED
- Audio Cables Tips and Construction Articles from Shavano Music Online
- How Ferrites Can Prevent and Eliminate RF Interference to Audio Systems
- Transferring LPs to CDR: Some Advice
- Why Does My Transmitter Hum?
- Fixing bad audio in transmitters
- Creating your own bumpers and station IDs
- Stereo to mono the easy way
- Better modulation for low power AM
Remember, you can fool your eyes with an animated cartoon offering 30 samples per second but it takes 44,000 samples per second to fool your ears. Time spent improving your audio quality is definitely time well spent!