Background on Zoom H2N

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.

3 that we trailed out 

  • Edirol
  • Fostex
  • Zoom

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.

 

websites looked at

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/mar12/articles/zoom-h2n.htm

http://www.eglobalcentral.co.uk/zoom-h2n-handy-recorder.html

https://www.justflutes.com/zoom-h2-handy-digital-recorder-product1334517.html

Sound Equipment, Techniques and Stratagies

Sound Equipment 

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.

Techniques and Stratages

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.

Overview of First Sound Session

In my very first session with Steven, we were introduced to sound and what is expected of us by the end of the semester. We was given an overview of the assignment and what we are going to be doing over the other upcoming sessions. We were told that we had to create a pod cast that lasts around 8 minutes long. It must follow conventional codes and conventions of a professional pod cast. The pod cast will have a jingle, over view of content, a chosen subject of choice, interviews and sign off. As soon as we were told this information my creative juices started to flow I came up with three different possible topics that I could tackle but one stood out among the rest. We were asked to start putting ideas onto paper and start looking at existing podcasts that exist. This will help us to gain a much more in-depth understanding about the task given to us.

SOUND WITHIN A PROJECT

Sound is one of the key elements, if not the most important part in a video, without sound its just a moving image. A moving image will be harder to understand but with the sound it all makes sense. Sound helps to grip the attention of viewers, and helps to highlight the different tones. For instance, the ‘Jaws sound track’ has intertextual links to horror, provokes fear and helps to create tension. Without the sound it would have the same impact on the viewer and not give them that intense feeling they expect when watching.

Some ways of capturing sound could be through, on board microphones, lapel mics, clip on mics, boom arm etc. When creating projects before I have noticed multiple issues with sound and the sound quality

  • Sound can be muffled by wind, this sound awful and makes the overall product sound amateur.
  • Music can over power, the voices making them hard to hear. This can be amended but you lose the quality. On Premier Pro if you right click on the sound bar, audio gain and lift it up.
  • When editing it is crucial to splice the sound and video at the right point because it is no good cutting off the end words.

Sounds can help to portray a meaning, if this isn’t right then the whole project, video will not be to that high professional standard. As a practitioner, I will try and make sure that the sound is a good quality and making sure that when editing I pull out the key sound bites and edit it correctly. I can adjust settings of sounds it need be by using the audio gain if need be and add key frames if need too.

When making my 3 minute video and other projects I will definitely play a massive part to how the overall product will be. I want my product to reflect that of a near professional standard.