I'm an animator and I'm looking for a portable recording device of some kind that I can use to collect sound effects and stuff outside...I'm not really an audio whiz so it would have to be something that recorded digitally so I could then download the sounds onto my computer via usb or something. I also have a few voices left to record for the project and it would be easier at this point to go to these last few people rather than have them come to me, so if I could find a portable device like this that would record clean enough quality to use for voices as well that would be awesome.
My budget is pretty small so I don't really wanna spend a lot of money on it...but I'm hoping to get this into film festivals so quality is important. Any of you audiofiles out there have any suggestions?
I just checked those out, thanks for the suggestion...unfortunately they're a little out of my price range. I was using the blue mic snowball...it was a good quality usb mic for like $100...and I was hoping to just hook it up to my laptop so I could travel with it for some remaining voices...but I found out the hard way that it wasn't vista or 7 compatible...I'd been using it on XP at home...it's supposed to be a driverless mic so it's some internal thing and apparently if I'd bought the mic like a month later I would've gotten the upgraded version that would be compatible with vista. The only thing the company will offer is a discount to rebuy the mic...but after shipping and everything it's not much of a discount at all and it's for the exact same mic I already have...just modified for compatibility and it seems kinda rediculous to buy the same mic I already have for the amount I'd be using it away from my home computer...figured it would be more worth while to get something that could also be carried around in the park or on the street for sound effects...was hoping I could find something like that for around $100.
Well, if you bought the mic only a month or so later, I would continue to complain, for most companies provide for a "grace" period for new/upgraded versions for free within a certain timeframe. If you just go to the website or talk to level 1 tech support, they will tow the company line about paying for upgrades, for most L1 tech support may not even know their company polices of grace periods. I would ask for a manager or sales associate, explain how much you love their product on your older machine but that you have a newer work machine now that you did not know about earlier, and had you known of both your upgrade and the upcoming product upgrade you would have waited, and offer to pay for shipping.
The most important thing about these issues is be firm with your request, be polite and courteous and positive about the company and their product, and keep asking for a higher level manager until you get what you want. Make sure you have a good story, but no company wants bad vibes or reputation. Give numerous examples of other similar products or software that have provided you a similar free upgrade and keep pressing them, trust me, I've gotten costly upgrades for free numerous times wthin that 30-45 day window, you just need to find the right person to talk to.
Bad sound is generally the quickest way to tell a professional video from one made by somebody much less experienced.
Therefore, it is a good thing to focus on.
$100 is not a huge budget and very good mikes are not cheap. You might consider carefully choosing and selecting a used one on Craigslist to get a little more bang for your buck, but be careful there. But it can be done.
But even with great mikes you can still easily get horrific sound. study up on good miking technique. A major cause of horrible sound is having the mike too far from the source of the sound.
Hope this helps a little bit.
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