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.
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?