A BUDGET RECORDING MIC

- USING THE MIC -

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Using the microphone is quite straightforward. The notes below suggest various options that might prove useful when setting up the Sony ICD-PX333 recorder recommended for the project. You can find comprehensive instructions for setting the various options from the device menus HERE -- (Click on 'List of topics' and then 'How to use' ).

Menu Settings:

• From the 'Detail Menu' menu heading, select the highest quality 192Kbps (SHQ) recording mode for best results.

• From the 'Mic Sensitivity' menu, select the 'low' setting for optimum results.

Starting the Recording:

• Once you have the menu settings for quality and level set up as suggested, start the recorder by pressing the red 'REC/PAUSE' button on the front of the device.

• To ensure the 'record' status is not disturbed during insertion into the housing tube, push the 'HOLD' function button - located on the left side of the recorder - upwards towards the top of the recorder.
(Note that inserting the recorder into the tube will tend to confirm that action, by continuing to push the 'HOLD' button in the 'on' direction during insertion -
This action should reduce the likelihood of inadvertently switching 'off' the record function to virtually zero).

• Insert the recorder into the tube, fit the foam blocks to prevent any movement within the tube, and then fit the outside windshield over the whole assembly.

• You're now ready to go - remember though, the mic remains live until you either remove the recorder and switch it off - or the battery runs out (that might take several hours of course - these devices use very little power!)

Creating a 'sync' reference:

• The audio recorded on this mic will need to be 'synchronised' to the audio recorded by the video camera. A simple way to achieve that is to create a 'clapper board' reference point at the start of the recording.

• Your microphone recorder is already running. Start the video camcorder recording, and simply lightly knock the recorder housing onto the camera housing. This will create a loud 'click' on both audio tracks, which will be easy to locate in your audio editor afterwards. You might also like to speak a few words to describe the specific 'take'. That can be useful if you leave the mic running, but record several separate video 'takes'.

A (very) short video clip - showing a sample of the mic in action...

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...and finally, a short 'spoof' clip of the mic in use

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