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Research Guides@Tufts

Audio Recording Kit

General Tips


  • In the field, deconstruct the sound of the space and record the various elements.  Consider texture and proximity while recording.  
  • Always record at least 30 seconds of the space you are in without intervening.  
  • Prior to recording, listen carefully. If you hear a sound you don't want and you can turn if off or avoid it, do so.  It's easier to do this now than when you are editing. 
    • Exs: fridge hum, background music, etc.  
  • Say what you are recording into the microphone.  This will help you with organizing your audio files.
  • Be strategic with the microphones you choose to use. Again, the stereo mic for all-over sound and the directional mic for specific sounds. 
  • Consider pairing this with the Lavalier Microphone Kit if conducting interviews.
  • If you'd like to add additional inputs for additional mics in the Zoom H5, make sure to check out the Audio Recorder XLR Capsule.
  • The Zoom H5 is great as a sound recorder on its own, but also consider using it alongside the Video Recording Kit to enhance your video's sound and overall quality. 
    • If you choose to do this, just make sure to clap while both the microphone and the camera are recording for easy audio syncing when editing the footage. 
  •  The Zoom H5 is great for recording Foley (fabricated sound effects for TV and film). But overall, experiment with sound recording and see what interesting things you can come up with!