For my assignment, I have chosen to use the Zoom H2N dictaphone for my sound. This is because earlier in the semester we were given a workshop where we all tried out different technologies that capture sound.
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I chose the Zoom as it definitely gave the best quality of sound when practicing and it is very portable and small. The Zoom H2 features a built-in W-XY stereo microphone with five mic capsules, allowing front cardioid (90°), rear cardioid (120°) and 360° polar patterns. The result is brilliant stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging. A 3.5mm headphone jack is provided for you to monitor the recording.The Zoom H2n features ‘Mid-Side recording’ – this combines a uni-directional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bi-directional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. If you record in RAW mode, you can even adjust the stereo width after recording.
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For my assignment, I will be using the Zoom Microphone to capture the sound bites required. I have had practice runs with the fostex and other sound equipments. However, strongly feel that the zoom captures the best sound quality. The Zoom microphone has a lot of pros to using it such as:
- Portable – smaller then some sound equipments
- long battery life
- Capability for high quality professional recordings
- Can record 2 separate sound waves (good for interviews)
As I am in a wheelchair it also has the advantages of me using the Zoom as it can be difficult carrying around equipment.
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To make sure I get the best sound. when conducting the interviews i want to place the microphone closer to the interviewee. This is crucial as the interviewee is the most important person. They may not be able to redo the interview again or in the time frames required. Making sure that the sound is clear and not hitting the highest points on the microphone as this can make the sound rubbish and overloads the microphone. The interviewer can be dubbed back in at a later date if needed. The location needs to be quiet and where people wont disturb. For instance, In the sound studios or a quiet room.