Recording Equipment for Interviews | Focus Groups | Seminars | Conferences
Microphone Quality and Position
The absolute key to getting a usable recording is using mics that are
close to the person talking. Sitting a recorder in the middle of a
room can mean problems and unusable recordings (eg lots of background
noise, faint speakers at the back of the room etc).
Remember t0 record in either .wav or .mp3 format as this is used by most transcription software.
Remember to control the background noise – choose an area that is closed off from external sound. Not a cafe. If you have limited choice. Then we recommend getting the microphones as close to the speaker/s as possible. This may mean investing in a lapel microphones see: here,along with a microphone splitter to allow input for two mics see: here.
Recording Interviews and Focus Groups
We have seen great success using ZOOM products. We highly recommend the ZOOM H1 for interviews and small groups.
Recording conferences, lectures, question and anwser sessions
For this you will most probably need multiple microphones, we recommend a base unit like the ZOOM H2n. This will record external mic along with the base unit mic. If you are recording a question and answer session we recommend a roving wireless mic system see: here.