I’ve been dabbling with audio

…and dare I say it video over the last few weeks. Photography I get (well sort of) but audio…yikes now that is a whole different world.

And then I started to run into the usual sorts of problems associated with capturing audio and a DSLR: crap sound. Which is rather ironic (or not) given that Canon provided such a magnificent way of capturing video. So I bought myself some new toys (of course)

…one of these Rode Video Mic Pros to capture better sound when it’s just dialogue (along with a deadcat…seriously…to help it when it’s windy..can’t make it up)

…one of these..a Zoom H1 recorder for ambient sound

And then a rather particular piece of geek’dom..a Sescom LN2MIC – or a rather funky cable that allows the output from the Mic to pass directly to the camera. “Why” I hear you cry is this so important? Simply because then you avoid having to synchronise audio and video in post production. And oh for the mercy of god…Adobe Premier Pro…death by Adobe.

Anyway, I’m coming to the conclusion that proper video production, much like photography is best left to the professionals (ahem!) However it is proving useful for the work I do with Walk the Walk

Audio is another matter.

I’m loving it. Capturing ambient sound is a wonderful wonderful medium I have never explored before. Oh how I wish I had had a recorder as my daughter started to speak. Drat! My biggest stumbling block is getting the levels correct and I appear to be frequently under levelling…basically making it too quiet.

So I leave you with a slideshow I put together (credits for some of  images to Ian Jones and Lloyd Smith) from the last MoonWalk with some of the ambient sounds from the event…this was my first use of the Zoom H1…

 

…and perhaps best of all a recording of my daughter singing: “Super Cala”

 

6 thoughts on “Playing with audio

  1. Caroline

    Sounds almost say as much as photos! So I missed the Moonwalk this year but the photos and now sounds bring it all back! Thank you for capturing it!

    • Guy

      Most welcome Tracey – glad you like it

  2. Guy Aubertin

    "Very reminiscent of first Photoshop experiences." couldn't agree more…starting all over again!

  3. Baxter Bradford

    Yes Guy Audio is another world…. and fleet of shopping trolleys! Whilst I've not tried my hand at video properly, my son is a keen musician and so a home recording studio has been dwindling my coffers. But I've really enjoyed being at the base of a cliff and trying to gain a few footholds. Very reminiscent of first Photoshop experiences.

  4. Baxter Bradford

    Yes Guy Audio is another world…. and fleet of shopping trolleys! Whilst I’ve not tried my hand at video properly, my son is a keen musician and so a home recording studio has been dwindling my coffers. But I’ve really enjoyed being at the base of a cliff and trying to gain a few footholds. Very reminiscent of first Photoshop experiences.

  5. Guy Aubertin

    “Very reminiscent of first Photoshop experiences.” couldn’t agree more…starting all over again!

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