this is not strictly about Ardour, but I thought I’d ask here because I’m not on any other relevent forums - does anyone have any thoughts on a good recording setup for interviewing people in the field?
The scenario is that I volunteer once a week at my local neigbourhood center in Okinawa, where a lot of the other members speak Okinawan (a language that is currently heading for extinction…)as well as Japanese, so I’m looking to record some of the conversations going on, and the conversations I have where I get them to help me learn to speak Okinawan, and turn all of this into a podcast that will bring some attention to the Okinawan language in order to promote it (ie help it not die out) and help anyone who wants to learn it to do so.
So I’m going to want a nice portable setup that gives me decent audio quality in an environment with several speakers and background noise whilst being as unobtrusive and easy to manage as possible so I can keep the focus on the Okinawan speakers…
I’m thinking a portable recorder (Zoom Podtrak??) with 3 mics connected:
1: be a combined mic and headset for me (it will record my voice when I ask questions, and allow me to monitor all inputs)
2: a handheld mic that I can point to my interviewees - probably a Samsung Q2U so I have both usb and XLR (XLR for these field recordings, tho I have a separate use-case for the usb)
- a shotgun mic - this will be for background sound, and may not be necessary for the interviews, but may be useful for picking up speakers that are far from the handheld mic, and at times I am going to want to record people chatting and playing music in a room ( it’s basically just some people getting together to play Okinawan music for fun, there’s nothing professional about this so just a very simple setup to capture the live sound will be adequate) . Hopefully this mic will attach to the recording device, so I can have the recording device in one hand and my interviewing mic in the other.
Basically I’m thinking when I am volunteering (I end up doing yard work and stuff) I’ll have the headphones around my neck, and the recording device and handheld mic clipped to my belt in such a way that I can quickly access them and start recording whenever something interesting is happening!
A third use case is longer sit-down interviews - presumably I’ll be able to use the same setup, perhaps with a mic stand on the desk…
Does anyone have any thoughts on that? I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m at the bottom of the learning curve re equipment setups… (at present I’m making recordings with a small shotgun mic plugged into my smartphone, the resulting audio is good enough to be useable for experimental episodes but everything is on one track so post-production options are a bit limited).
thanks for any thoughts anyone can offer!