GNR - Audio Tips

  1. Check to see if your phone has an audio recording app built into it and if not download one to your phone. The iPhone for instance has Voice Memo built into it or you may find a pre-installed app called Voice Recorder.
  2. Put your phone on airplane mode (this helps stop message alerts/bleeps interrupting your recording)
  3. Check the recording levels and set them so you slightly under record. We can always turn the sound up but if the recording is distorted there is no get-out-of-jail-free card. If the app sets the level automatically say "3,2,1" leave a gap and then start.
  4. Make sure you’re recording somewhere that’s not windy or with very loud noises e.g. a busy road. Inside is always better if possible. Try to avoid rooms where there are buzzes or hums like fridge freezers, air conditioning units or a fan. If you do want to record somewhere that is very busy, put a small smooth piece of scotch tape over the microphone hole(s) on your phone and this will help reduce distortion.
  5. The laws of physics state "Volume is proportional to distance." So place the microphone about 4 inches from the guest's mouth pointing in from the side at 45 degrees. If you went for 8 inches the laws of physics come into play and the recording will be quieter so you will need to turn it up / the phone will automatically turn it up BUT at the same time you will hear twice as much of the acoustic / background noise of the environment you are recording in.
  6. Record a short test recording to make sure everything is fine before you go for real.
  7. Don’t worry about making it perfect. We want your story told your way!
  8. Don't finish recording anyone without the consent statement!
  9. Finally, and most importantly, pray. Ask God to be with you and your interviewee and the Holy Spirit might use what is being recorded to touch the lives of others who will listen when it is broadcast.

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