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Old 06-12-2014, 02:09 PM   #1
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Default Band Recording Equipment

Hi, Im looking for technical advice on recording band performances in the competition arena. The purpose of the recordings will be for post performance assessment and review by the band and possibly to enhance our band website and FB presence.

The challenge is sound quality vs file size for online sharing!

Any recommendations on suitable equipment to achieve an acceptable outcome?

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Old 06-13-2014, 07:53 AM   #2
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I have the Zoom H1 and am quite pleased with it for recording practice sessions.

As for reducing file size, that is best done later with Audacity (free) or whichever software you might use. After doing some clean up... cutting off a second or two at the beginning & end, fade in / fade out, and maybe amplify it a wee bit, or add some compression. After all that, I save it as an MP3 if I plan to share it by Email.
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Old 06-13-2014, 08:07 AM   #3
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Zoom for me too. Used the same one for about 4 years. you can check the sound quality on my you tube vids if you want. Mostly solo, but I've complete faith in it for bands too.

And more importantly in my case... its idiot proof
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Old 06-13-2014, 09:14 AM   #4
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Zoom for me too. Used the same one for about 4 years. you can check the sound quality on my you tube vids if you want.
You need to sync the Zoom audio to the vid after recording?
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You need to sync the Zoom audio to the vid after recording?
As I understand it, with a much fancier camera than I have.. you can mount the Zoom onto the camera, and plug it in, and wallah, it syncs to the video, or the Zoom replaces the onboard mic ??
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Old 06-13-2014, 11:24 AM   #6
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As for file size, record in WAV, and worry about it later. A 2GB media card, if you can find one that small, will last you about three and a half hours of recording time. As for distribution, there are very few people in this world for whom 128kps MP3 is not adequate.
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:12 PM   #7
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You need to sync the Zoom audio to the vid after recording?
Nope. Tape it, load to comp/YouTube. Done

Incidentally I was struggling with "sync" really, this device couldn't be simpler, and it's really dependable. There's a n "auto" thing on it which reduces distortion etc. zoom, drop it it still works.

I use a tripod for my indoor stuff, hand held it's fine too.

Wonder if they'd give me commision


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Old 06-13-2014, 03:16 PM   #8
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Nope. Tape it, load to comp/YouTube. Done
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Have a look at my you tube channel, look under Neil Clark or Heed229. There's 520 odd vids there. All from the same cam
You must be using one of the Zoom video recorders.
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Old 06-13-2014, 03:22 PM   #9
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Em... Aye. Did I miss something?

Oh, sorry,min should have quoted. Was in answer to the do I need to sync Q

Yes, I'm using the zoom H1. Never post after vodka. Unless manometers annoy u of course

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Old 06-13-2014, 10:51 PM   #10
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Nope. Tape it, load to comp/YouTube. Done.....
Hmm, if you record the video on a cam, and audio on a Zoom H1, surely you will need to sync the 2 at some point (post production, say), no? Unless as Rojellio suggests, you are connecting the Zoom to the cam (have never tried this myself).
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