Can you see it? (The microphone)

Can you see it? (The microphone)

Couldn’t boom because of shadows, couldn’t use a personal mic on our presenter (Chris Packham) because he was lying down. Can you see where it is? Hopefully the viewers won’t! Often it’s possible to hide a microphone ‘in plain sight’, the camera angle and putting it where people won’t be looking will help it stay hidden.

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Today’s sound invention!

Today’s sound invention!

Today’s sound invention is – cue drum roll – a record deck silencer! Ok, so it’s a bit of transparent wig tape holding the needle off the LP but it took us a while to figure out. We needed a way to keep the turntable moving but not hear anything from the needle. It also needed the needle to look like it was on the record for the shot to work. Gaffer tape kept stretching and landing the needle on the record again but the wig tape worked...

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Recording from Skype

Recording from Skype

Skype for Interviews from dkaye I found this brilliant tutorial recently on getting the best sound recording quality from Skype. It’s a little out of date now but the principles ring true and I have not found anything more comprehensive out there. For example the codec that they mention has now been superseded – so don’t expect to see that in your status window. I’d still highly recommend Audio Hijack Pro though if you are working on a mac – for all sorts of audio recording but it works particularly well for Skype as there is a setting of splitting the caller and receiver on to different tracks, which really helps with any editing afterwards.   There‘s a bit of computer set up to go through, which I found a bit tricky – but with the help of the following articles I managed it. If you are on an apple mac you might find them useful:  Apple port mapping Basics   Locating your MAC address  and finally this is the source of the video – The Conversation Network Forums  Good luck!...

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Rogue Amoeba

Rogue Amoeba

Have you come across Rogue Amoeba software? Well, if you haven’t there might be few bits that you find very useful. All very reasonably priced and certainly all the software I’ve tried has a free trial version so you can check it out first. They include; Audio Hijack a great little bit of software that allows the capture of any audio playing on your computer and converting it to a sound file. Nicecast a streaming program that will stream your audio over the net, use it’s own built in server or set it up for Shoutcast or similar. Airfoil excellent if you use Airplay speakers or stream audio around your house using Airport Express. Airfoil allows you to stream not only from itunes but from other applications or system audio. Companion software Airfoil Speakers lets you stream to other computers and free iphone or ipad apps allow you to use that device as a speaker. Find out more at...

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