I'm into pre production on my own animated short and need to record a short amount of dialogue and soudn effects. I want the sound to be of reasonable quality. I have an iTouch with voice/sound recording applications on it, a Digital camcorder with built in or an external mic (relatively cheap mic) or a laptop with external mic. Are either of these practical or should I be sourcing other digital recording gear (I'll be combining the sound digitally either in Audacity, Blender or something like After Affects).
I'm not going to do a great deal of recording and this may be a one off project so I do not want to spend a fortune. (I was looking at a Tascom DR07 or equivalent)
OK, no advice or recommendations - went out and purchased a Zoom H4n plus a Rode M3 microphone - hopefully these will suit my purpose. Anyway, I think I need a pop screen for the dialogue I want to record and a more effective wind shield (maybe one of those fake fur ones). Can anyone point me to some How To's...
For the Pop screen I figure just a couple of layers of stretch hose over a frame of some sort. Not so sure about the wind shield though.
For the Pop screen I figure just a couple of layers of stretch hose over a frame of some sort
Yes, works well on a splatter guard like this
A pop shield also keeps your talent a decent distance from the mic. The M3 is a condenser rather than a dynamic so distance is essential. If the pop screen is insufficient you could also angle the mic so that it is not directly in front of the talent, but off to one side or above or below. If all this fails, resort to covering the mic with a cotton finely woven sports sock. Avoid synthetics or even wool because of the possibility of a static charge.
This should be enough for recording dialogue indoors.
For outdoor recording you will need a fake fur windshield, preferably a blimp because even a slight breeze will be picked up by a cardioid like the M3.
Hope this helps
Since the foam wind shields all mic manufacturers supply are so ineffective in the wind it make you wonder, especially for high end brands like Rode that they don't supply a 'dead cat' or 'dead wombat' as standard!
PS: these things are awesome! http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=96913 but they stink of oil. need to get a new one