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Recorder / Mic Checklist


Input Gain – Manual Vs. Auto, (Left vs. Right) gain dials, MIC GAIN (L, M, H), Limiter/auto switch.

File Format – file type WAV or MP3 (uncompressed or compressed), sample rate (44.1, 48, 96, 128), bit depth (8, 16, 24, 32)

Internal vs. External mics

Phantom Power (+48V) on/off

Left vs. Right, Stereo vs. mono, Channels, 1, 2, 4

Monitoring – Headphones (headphone volume), Meters

Why or why not low cut filters?




Polar Pattern – omni directional transducer listens from all directions equally. carded and all it’s variations (these are to some degree direction), polar (bi directional)

mic mount type – lavaliere (tie clip), shotgun, handheld, surface (tabletop)

Tranducer type – Dynamic, Condenser, Ribbon (power needed for condensers and ribbon)

Connectors – XLR, Mini, mini stereo


If you think there is anything we should add to this list leave it in the comments.

First time recording with a microphone

The microphone that I used for my recording is called Zoom model H2n. This recorder can record the surrounding sounds from distance whether it is near or far from the microphone.  The shape is like a rectangular with a thin side cover around the microphone. This microphone requires a pair of AA batteries in order to function. It can also use to connect with a Sony headphone set to hear the sounds from the recording clearly. One thing that I don’t quite understand about the channels 2 and 4 which is between Mic-Side and X/Y that what do they do for.

Connect the thingy to the other do-hicky

cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by Rob Blatt

For our next meeting, I want you post your recordings (embed to your post using Soundcloud) and describe the tools that you used to make the recordings. Also link to any resources that you discovered (videos, blog posts, manufacture specs, etc) to figure out how to use the microphones, recorders, and/or cables.

Describe the following about the microphone: Manufacturer and model, the shape and size, how is it held (or not). Does it need power (batteries) and why? What applications is it typically used for? What type microphone is it? What is type anyway? Look up specs on the microphone and tell us what you understand and/or don’t understand?

Describe the following about the recorder: Manufacturer and model, the shape and size, how is it held. What applications is it typically used for? What settings did you record the audio file in (this can be figured out from the file itself)? This includes file type, sample rate, bit rate, mono, stereo, 2channel, compression or not (and if you don’t know what these things are start to look them up!

Describe the cables you used: What connectors are on each end of the cable. Describe them, show a photo.

Describe the quality of the recordings. Which ones did you like better and why? How do they sound different in the different spaces? How do they sound different in the different distances from the subject? How do they sound different with different loudnesses?

Testing, testing, 1,2,3…

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Freeform microphone investigation for today’s in class workshop.

You will use at least four microphones and two different recorders. Make 6-8 recordings for each one you need to describe the follow four things on the recording. Use the recording as an opportunity to narrate your investigation of the tool.

1. Describe on tape the tools your are using for the particular recording – models and manufacturers.

2. Describe the environment you are in (at least one recording needs to be done outside). Be sure to try and give the size of the environment, width, depth, height. Also describe the surfaces of walls, floors, ceilings.

3. Play with microphone to subject distance (how close or far away from your mouth the microphone is).

4. Play with loudness of your voice. You should do this at different subject to microphone distances.

Testing -zoom H2n handy recorder

For the recording above, I used the zoom model H2n handy recorder . This recorder was pretty easy to use. What i like about this recorder is that it has five microphones built in, and I’m able to chose any of the four selectable recording patterns. The recorder also allows me to switch between traditional XY stereo, 2-channel surround, 4-channel surround, and a mid-side stereo mode. It requires a pair of AA batteris to work and has a rectangular shape. I can also connect external equipments to it, such as a microphone, with the 3.5mm mic/line input. It also uses a 3.5mm headphone/line output to connect headphones to hear the recording more clearly.