Smartphone Field Recording

Hey there, let's talk a little bit about field recording No, no, not the conventional one with a bunch of gear to do the job

I'm talking about using your own phone is the only device The most important problem to solve is the lack of a proper windshield For that, I've experimented with three different ones Starting on the left is the Rycote Overcover The one in the middle belongs to the Zoom H2n

and it's placed on top of the Rycote Overcover for extra protection And last, but not the least, is the Zoom H6 Windshield, and it's placed on top of both the previous ones Have a listen at these examples with both the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy at 7 As expected, the Rycote Overcover is not the best option for external recording On the bright side, however, both the Zoom H2n and H6 despite a little bursts of air that got through occasionally

Now that that's out of the way let's talk a little bit about the sound quality between both of them and compare them with the Zoom H2n as well For this test I have recorded three examples: the first one is water coming out of the sink; the second is an electric shaver and the third is my voice And all of them were recorded with close proximity, so let's have a listen What's interesting to notice is that the Samsung Galaxy S7 sounds a little bit better than all of them altogether, except in the voice recording part Both the sink and the electric shaver sound more balanced frequency wise, as opposed to the iPhone where both sounds sound a little bit thinner and more accentuated in the high frequencies

Now, in terms of voice recording, it's clear that the iPhone sounds warmer when compared to the S7 And what's also strange is that the Galaxy S7 sounds a little bit out of tune when compared to the iPhone Now what's really impressive is that both the quality of the Samsung Galaxy and the iPhone sound brighter and slightly fuller than that of the Zoom H2n, a dedicated portable recorder, especially in the vocal recording It sounds duller, which is a little bit intriguing because it should be the opposite In theory, at least

In addition to having a ready-to-go portable recorder, in our pockets all day long, the iPhone benefits from an app made by Rode that allows you to change the sample rate of the recording Unfortunately, this application is not available to Android Overall, however, using your smartphone as a basic field recorder is not a problem at all, especially if you're just getting started with sound design and don't have any gear But actually you do and you're probably watching this video on one right now But anyways, that's pretty much it for this video

Thank you for watching And as always, I wish you have a great day and happy recording

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