Attach the mic stand to the recorder. Place the recorder on a soft durable surface (mouse pad, small towel) with the back of the recorder pointing at the interviewee. You will be looking at the display.
Set up your recorder so that the interview subject can talk normally, without craning forward or backing away from the mic. Ideally the subject should be sitting in a natural position that can be maintained throughout the interview without shifting around too much. The interviewee and you should not be sitting farther away from the recorder than 3 feet. If you sit further away, you will have to speak up when you ask your questions, especially if you have a soft voice. Always place the recorder as close to the interviewee as possible. Ideally you should have it about a foot away.
Plug in your headphones in the headphone/line in jack on the left of the recorder. Listen for background noise and move the interview location if necessary. Ask your interviewee some preliminary questions or make small talk. Monitor and adjust recording input levels based on their voice and temperament in conversation. You can adjust the input recording levels with the Mic Gain Wheel. If the recording level is set too high, the Mic Active light at the top of the recorder will flicker. Please note: the higher you set the recording level, the more background noise you will record and thus the poorer the audio quality of the recording will be. The best way to achieve high-quality audio is to put the microphone as close to the interviewee as possible.
Explain to the interviewee that should avoid touching the recorder. Avoid placing anything near the recorder that could bump into it during the recording. Avoid using external mics to record with the Zoom H2N. The Automatic Gain Control is problematic with most external mics causing some unwanted hiss and clipping.
Plug in the remote into the mini port on the left hand side of the recorder this will allow you to pause the recording if you need a break. Remember to hit pause again to resume the recording. Use the Mark feature on the remote to track important times in the interview. Using Wavelab 7 sound editing software you’ll be able to see the marks when digitally processed. When you’re ready to record unplug your headphones. Take the recorder and hit the record button. Now you will be recording. The display at the top of the screen will count your time and show you how much time you have left at the bottom.
At the end of the interview, hit the record button again to stop the recording. The red light will go off. Leave the recorder on until it has processed and saved the file.