‘Daxalain5’. Coincidentall


‘Daxalain5’. Coincidentally, about an hour ago, I recorded a page of commentary for a forthcoming video module using a Zoom H1. My commentaries, are not, of course, ‘voice-overs’, as such, but commentaries to accompany on-screen action. They are recorded at my computer-desk, with heavy drapes drawn and the family, temporarily sworn-to-silence, no sounds, except for the cars which use our street as a short-cut to ‘town’. Over the years I had tried various methods, including recording to a stereo tape deck, but the little H1, (set of 48000bps and ’24-bit’), leaves its predecessors for dead. A quick trip through an audio-editor to get rid of any clicks, pops, tummy-rumbles etc, (I use AVS) and it’s ready for the timeline.

The audio editor is a handy way of ensuring uniformity between recording sessions. I have created ‘profiles’ for various conditions, mainly boosting at various frequencies. The whole thing is corrected,in-bulk (no point in doing it over and over again), and the ‘take’ usually delivered all-at-once, is cut into paragraphs.

The zoom devices seem to be affected by handling-noise and would benefit from being held in a cradle device of some kind. For normal use, I use a piece of well-padded foam-plastic tubing, of the sort used for insulation around external heat-pump piping. The H1 is a comfortable force-fit into apiece of that material, and is able to be handled that way, up-to-a-point. My H1 also, has a home-made ‘hairy-sausage’ wind-sock, consisting of a ‘Liteply’ framework with ‘Teddy-Bear Fabric’ over-the-top. It works quite well. The same arrangement is also ideal, I have found, for recording ‘archive’ material, sea effects, natural-history ‘sounds’. It makes as good a job, in fact, as an upmarket Sennheiser Mic. I also use at times, coupled to a ‘Microtrack’ audio recorder.

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