A list of considerations post recording:
- Position/ of the microphone and how it impacted the recording – subject to mic proximity, directionality (based on the polar pattern of the mic), contact noise (brushing, hands, etc.
- Setting – unwanted ambient noise (in a music recording hearing other instruments), wind/weather, acoustics of the space (size, shape of the room, indoor/outdoor).
- Loudness of the recording is the content you wished to record at an acceptable loudness. This the result of level settings of the recorder, but also 1 and 2. This also includes concerns with distortion (you cause the transducer to fail levels that are too ‘hot’) The recording is peaking the meters.
- Mechanical/digital noise – all recording equipment generates noise. In digital recorders noise tends to come from Analog to Digital processors (converting the electronic signal that represents the sound wave into samples and bits)
- Not having the right equipment or faulty equipment, forcing alternate plans.
- Are you looking at the waveforms with an acurate tool (ie. Audacity and not soundcloud).
- Actual words (content from an interview), or sounds (from an atmospheric recording) you hoped to get on tape, but did not.
- Do you have access to create the recording you desired. You cannot be both the recording engineer and the subject of a recording easily. Develop opportunities for yourself in which you stand the chance to learn the most.