In this short audio guide for making good quality digital recordings, Chris Vallance and Paul Parkinson give some useful tips on what software and hardware you need to get great results without breaking the bank.
- record directly on to a computer using a USB microphone headset with Audacity
- use a mobile phone, mp3 player or mini-disc with a lapel or internal microphone
- choose the place where you record carefully and think about the background noise you'll pick up and what atmosphere that will create
- turn your phone off while recording
- wear headphones so you can hear exactly what you are recording
- avoid 'clipping' or 'pops' by using a foam cover or sponge on your microphone with a pop filter and don't put the microphone too near your mouth
- wrap the microphone flex around your hand to reduce extraneous noise
Now there's no excuse for not making 'broadcast quality' recordings!