Re: interview

Subject: Re: interview
From: Beth Agnew <beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 15:46:43 -0400

Hi Paul,

By using the mic input jack on your digital recorder, you can get good quality sound with even an inexpensive microphone. The trick is to have the mike close to the subject. If you want to capture your questions as well as the SMEs answers, then a handheld cable mike (such as TV reporters use) is a good choice. You can point it at whoever is speaking. Unidirectional mikes are great for areas with a lot of ambient noise because they can be focused on the speaker's mouth to eliminate background noise. Once you get the hang of using it, your can get top quality.

Lavaliere microphones are excellent, but a bit pricey. I've had decent results from a $10.00 computer mike connected to the recorder. The little mike that came with one of the webcams I bought has also provided good results. It's an over-the-ear jobbie with an optional tie-clip. If you are podcasting and want the quality to be superior, then go with the lavaliere. Brand is not that important but you can't go wrong with Sony.

obair81 -at- comcast -dot- net wrote:

I have been using a digital recorder for years to interview SMEs, with great success.

Now, I sometimes have to interview SMEs in a place where there is background noise from several servers. I do not use a microphone, so the recorder now captures all the background machine noise, which makes listening to the recording difficult sometimes.

Can anyone recommend a high-quality clip-on microphone that would not pick up background noise so much?
Beth Agnew
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