Testing recorders

In the lesson we tested recorders with different microphones.

We used a Fostex and a Zoom. The microphones we used with them were a shotguns and lapels.

The Fostex picked up a lot of noise from the microphones moving. The recordings also only had a left channel because it recorded two outputs as if there were two microphones.

The Zoom recorder also picked up a lot of background noise because it recorded with both sides.

Due to all of the recordings with background noise, i’ve realised its important to pick the most appropriate polar/pickup patterns.

Overall, some of the recordings were really quiet and other were quite loud. Depending on how loud the people speaking are, I now know to always test the volumes of recordings before I start an interview.

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