Intro

Randy continues on the original “Audio Check” episode and talks a little more about capturing audio and the different ways you may want to go about doing that.

You can record (almost) anywhere.

  • Many things hold true, what you’ll commonly hear about getting a good recording sound for your voice, or at least capturing it in the best way possible. 
    • I feel the absolute, most important thing is having a good Signal-to-Noise ratio. Simply put, this you wanting to capture the most of what you’re recording against the noise that is likely in the background. There are times where you might want background noise, for instance. This would be if you’re wanting to catch a crowd’s loud reaction at an exciting event. Still. There are multiple microphones for that purpose. You can have a microphone dedicating “crowd noise” that you mix into the main mix. It’s still important to have a good signal to noise ratio on the microphone in which you’re capturing a person’s voice. 
      • An example of a terrible signal-to-noise ratio would be if I was recording with a desk fan blowing right into my face, where the wind is going to obviously interfere with the amount of signal (that is my voice) that is picked up. 
  • Today is my example of a completely different setup and how I go about getting the job done. Today I’m visiting my parents’ home out in the country-side. There was no way I felt like loading up my mixer, desk, monitors, etc, to bring it to my parents’ house to record. Instead, I’m using something that’s ultra portable, as well as actually being well-suited enough to be a full-time podcast setup. In fact, a man named Tim Ferriss uses this same portable setup when he records legendary figures. 
    • I’m referring to the Zoom H6. This recorder has the ability to record 6 inputs at once, via XLR cables, my recommended method of recording. XLR doesn’t seem appealing to a lot users at first when they’re getting started with podcasts, at least with people I’ve guided. Even though this episode is my VERY FIRST time using the H6, I know that it theoretically makes sense for a beginning/ or professional to have this device, to skip the USB podcasting setup. Seriously, if you’re tempted to buy that USB microphone, Hold off! Save for a few more months and buy something that can give you XLR. Please – Just do it 🙂 To me, USB Microphones make about as much sense as buying a computer with zero inputs, just to have to buy a dongle to hook in a bunch of cables you could have prepared for by purchasing a system with adequate inputs. 

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