The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162454   Message #3866747
Posted By: Mr Red
18-Jul-17 - 04:30 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Field Recording
Subject: RE: Tech: Field Recording
It really depends where the end result is going. And the ambience is far more significant than your ear/brain perceive.

If all you want is to hear the tune/lyrics I would say that the recorder on a smart phone is far more than adequate, even good quality. And most people have a smart phone.

If you want something a bit more special the Zoom H2N is a superb all-rounder. It has a tuner feature, metronome, and four microphones so that you can tailor the directional response (tradable for stereo acuity), and re-chargeable batteries can be used, though the life of alkaline is very good. The only caveats I would counsel are 1) hand held needs a delicate touch because the battery cover creaks if held too tight & b) the shotgun setting can only be set immediately after switch-on. Neither caveat is insurmountable with a bit of memorising.

Pure shotgun comes in as a mono (two identical stereo) channels. Which for recording voice in noisy environs is a benefit not a loss.

My results, can be heard at http://stroudvoices.co.uk - the quality reflects the environment & the devices (H2n, phones X2, & a cheap wrist recorder for catching the moment then asking permission! PM me for details like cost = 7 cups of coffee ish)