Call me old-school if you’d like, but I still prefer audio to any other form of digital storytelling. I guess I was part of that generation who got to see life before smartphones and even before the explosion of the web. Of course, I see this as a superpower more than a weakness to my storytelling abilities.
Some of the hardware
- Zoom H6– This is a powerhouse of recorder/interface. The Zoom H-6 does it all if you ask me. From capturing the energy from a festival to interviewing up to 6 people (attachment needed) at a time, it is my primary tool for capturing amazing audio.
- Audio Technica AT2020 USB– This is ideal for recording directly into the computer for any voice over work on basic tutorials, skype/zoom calls, etc. It’s just all around a solid mic for your work on your computer.
- Saramonic Wireless Receivers– For a more budget friendly wireless receiver, these do a great job. These are used when combined with video production and active shots. These are not ideal for trying to capture quality audio.
- Synco D2– This shotgun mic is really versatile, from VO work, to interviews. This does an amazing job at blocking out background noise. I even recorded my first audiobook with this :).
- Desktop: Legion C730: 32Gb ram packed with a solid graphics card that gets any audio/video (even 360HD) production done without a fuss.
- Software: Creative Suite
The Story Comes First
Before you get started with the how’s of production, start with these questions to help shape your workflow:
- Why did you choose this topic?
- What are 2 or 3 things you want the audience to remember (the take away)?
- What part of the topic do you like the most and what strengths/skills could you combine to help enhance that part?
- Don’t forget you. Ask yourself, where can I include some hidden elements of me to bring the project to life?
I know this sounds cliché, but seriously, it’s the small touches that show you are really enjoying your project.