Tfft... dffd... is this thing on?*
I'm spending a lot of time, recently, in studios. Some of them not my own. Here are two patterns of behaviour:
А: Silence - "Can you hear me?" - "Yup" - cue playback / recording until finished or otherwise interrupted.
Б: Noises (multiple, some questionable) - "What's that?" - "What?" - "That..." - "Oh. Um..." - stop recording, fiddle until the unexpected is understood.
* Blogger stopped letting me update the server, the server went pear shaped, and I (copiously) lost enthusiasm. None of these things were connected, but their effect in combination produced a long period of silence. Let's see if this is an intermittent burble, or a gradually-increasing stream.