I set up my kit on the desk in my office. My kit at the moment is:
- Zoom H4N Pro
which I use either as an interface or as a file storage device for the recordings. It has an external mic port which I connect my Rode Videomic to. It is also very easy for checking the audio recording levels to make sure my audio is both not peaking or near inaudible. Previously, I’ve been advised that between -3 and -12 is the safe zone. Around the -6 point seems to be ideal.
- Rode Videomic
which is a directional, condenser shotgun microphone. It has a handy screw-on attachment which can connect directly to the top of an SLR camera. I used my SLR to keep it steady. It can also connect via cable directly into the SLR microphone port if I wish to make video recordings with higher quality audio. The video and audio files will be merged to make it even easier for post editing. I have a ‘deadcat’ for the Rode Videomic too, this is a fluffy sheath that can be slid onto the mic over the foam sheath for extra noise reduction. This is particularly useful when recording outdoors.
Put your hand in this shape.
Put your thumb near your mouth and your little finger to the mic.
This is a good mouth to mic distance for your recording.
When I sent a test recording to Alex over at Makermet, he said they could hear too much of the echo of the little room I was recording in. Their suggestions were putting cushions round the microphone. In my lo-fi setup, I used a vase and a plant pot to hold up the cushions either side of the microphone. We also realised a blanket would be a great idea to reduce echo from behind me. I set up two tripods, with one leg of each on the desk, as well as a mic stand behind me. This tripod of stands created a makeshift triangular den so I could drape a blanket over the stands and create a cushioned, mini studio within a studio. A meta-studio if you will. Here is a photo (sans blanket – just imagine a cosy cover draped over the stands!) of my rickety set up for your enjoyment.