Getting To Grips With My New Zoom H2n Audio Recorder

 

On several occasions when I’ve been meandering around the county, I’ve thought it would be great to capture a bit of audio to complement the blog post I intended to write later. To be ‘in the moment’ and record feelings and experiences at the exact time of their occurrence and – even more fun – to grab an impromptu interview with whoever, whenever, if the opportunity arose.

I didn’t want to use my phone for this mainly as I travel out of the UK frequently so I hankered after a device that would work anywhere and produce consistently high quality audio without any network fuss.

I bought a Zoom H2n.

Now I just need to learn how to use it.

  • How to set it up
  • How to record – how far away should I hold the microphone?
  • How to transfer my recording to the computer
  • How to edit the recording
  • How to embed the recording in my WordPress blog

Not much then!

At this point I’d like to convey huge thanks to Andrew White at Walks Around Britain for saving me hours of fiddling around in achieving the correct settings and for help and advice on recording. In addition, thanks to Giles Babbidge at The Active Photographer for hints and tips in the field and re: WordPress. I feel a little akin to a hamster on a wheel with the alarming rate at which new technology develops. If I stop for a breather, I’ll be left way behind!

Here are the results of my very first attempts. Bear in mind that these are simply tests but any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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Not bad for an initial test but room for improvement. I was holding the microphone slightly too close and, of course, I’ve yet to try that windscreen…

In addition, the test posts were not subject to any editing, so that’s another treat ahead!

I’ll be posting more on the Zoom H2n as I continue to learn.

I realise that folks like to assimilate information in different ways. I love reading and enjoy written blog posts with lots of photographs. Perhaps you prefer receiving information via video? Often, a combination of text, video and audio seems to hit the spot. I find listening to audio really attractive as I can multitask (i.e make a mess of lots of things at once…) and get on with other jobs whilst listening!

For all audio fans, my question to you at this stage is:

  • What topics would you like to hear covered?
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  • http://www.deanread.net/ Dean Read

    Would be great to hear interviews with people on your walks, either fellow walkers thoughts or land managers etc etc.

    I need to build on my confidence levels or I would be doing the same with AudioBoo :-)

    • Karenguttridge

      I thought interviews would be good too. I did feel a bit self conscious at first wandering around and talking into the mic – it’s not that small so not easy to hide! However, I felt less bothered as the day went on. I remember listening to one of your boos when you were solo camping and thinking what a great, clear voice you had for audio! Go for it :-)

      • http://www.deanread.net/ Dean Read

        I use my iPhone so it fairly inconspicuous. Thank you for your lovely comment, I have to concentrate hard to iron out my Derbyshire accent :-)
        Really wish I had more confidence when it comes to interviewing. Would love to do a few with Peak District folk for my podcast :-)
        Look forward to hearing what you create.

        • Karenguttridge

          No – accents are great! I just happened to have lost my Manchester accent over the years. No idea why. I would be one of those people who would be talking like a true Aussie if I spent a few weeks there! 
          As for confidence – I always take deep breath and ask myself “What’s the worst that could happen?” I might ask someone if they fancied saying a few words – and they might say no. That’s all. I meant what I said re: your audio – I think you’d be really ‘listenable’ (not a word but you know what I mean!) 

  • heatheronhertravels

    Hi Karen, I do quite a lot of podcasting & use an H2 Zoom to record – you might find some useful information about podcasting on my other blog at mybloggingjourney.com in the podcasting category, especially the interview with Andy White who is my UK podcasting guru

    • karenguttridge

      Hi Heather

      Thank you – I love your travelling blog and the blogging journey one looks really useful. I’ll be taking time out this weekend for a read! I’m getting better (slowly…!) with the audio – must keep on practising :-)

  • Damian Brown

    I’ve just got this mic, so I’m googling to learn from other’s experiences. Hence I’m here. You have a great voice for this by the way. Shame my tests will be mocked for my accent :D

    • KarenGuttridge

      Hi Damian-thanks for your nice comments! I haven’t done any recording recently but I’m so pleased with the mic – I can’t fault it – especially for a recording newbie like me! Hope you have a lot of fun with it :-)