Producing good quality sound for audio and video

June 5, 2012 Samantha

Recording equipment for interviews, podcasts, videos and focus groups.

 

Different types of recordings require different types of equipment and software. If you want to make high quality, professional audio or video recordings, then it is a good idea to do some research into what is the best solution to suit your particular needs and limitations.
Here is a quick guide to some of the options available:

 

iPhone, iPad and Android Devices. These are an ideal choice if you make regular dictations. They are portable, versatile and can be really useful if

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Recording Equipment for Transcription Services

you want to make quick dictations on the fly. Many of these types of devices also provide the convenience of being able to send your dictations directly from your mobile device to your chosen transcription service (either through secure email or various apps that are available) without having to transfer audio files to your PC or laptop first. This makes them a good option for people who are short on time.

 

Digital Dictaphones. These are a good option if you require more superior recording abilities such as sound. Dictaphones will often come with software that enables filtering, advanced editing and multi-track recording of your audio files. Dictaphones are great for recording dictations and one to one interviews (as long as the room is free of background noise). Most Dictaphones now come with USB for transferring your files to your computer. You files can then be uploaded to a transcription company, shared with colleagues and friends, uploaded to the internet or stored on your computer.

 

Microphones. If you often conduct and record focus groups, group interviews, podcasts or videos, then it is advisable to invest in a good quality microphone to make your recordings. This will ensure that you and anyone else involved in your recording can be heard clearly and that the sound quality is of a professional standard. It is particularly important if you are recording multiple voices and want to have your interviews or videos transcribed accurately. If purchasing a microphone for group interview sessions, then it is best to provide individual microphones for each participant or at very least a microphone per three participants.
Lapel microphones are also a good idea if you wish to produce good quality audio to accompany your videos, but don’t want your microphone to be visible.

 

Things to Consider When Purchasing Recording Equipment
Whatever form of recording you intend on making, it is important that your recording equipment has the versatility and capability to meet your needs.

 

Some of the main things that you should look for are:

 

• Easy to transfer to your computer.
• Records in a familiar format or multiple formats.
• Is easy to set up and use.
• Not too expensive.
If you would like any more information about which kind of microphone is best for your particular needs or would like to receive a quote for our transcription services, please contact us today!

Samantha

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