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Connect the thingy to the other do-hicky


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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.