Recording indoors vs outdoors
The following pointlist are tips to help when recording both outdoors and indoors.
- Always use a windsock on your microphone or recorder.
- Record in as sheltered a spot as possible.
- Record back to the wind to lessen the effects of bad weather.
- Be aware of your surroundings: try not to record an interview in a busy public place with passing traffic, sirens, loud groups of people, and unexpected passers-bye.
- Turning down the recording level, and placing the mic closer to the subject can lessen high background noise.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Don’t record in spaces with loud and large groups of people.
- Be aware of ticking clocks, air conditioning, pets, background TV and radio. A recorder can pick up these all.
- Different indoor spaces have varying acoustic properties, and will affect the recorded sound. Large halls echo.
- Smaller rooms are better.
- Try to minimize interruptions - if possible ask your interviewee to switch off their phone, if recording in a small room put a notice outside the door
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