Field Recording On A Budget – Introduction

I haven’t done that much high quality field recording. Once or twice I’ve used borrowed or college equipment but I did not own any decent recording equipment until recently.

I’ve mainly used my iPhone to record interesting things that I happen upon because it’s the recorder I always have on me. Last year I “upgraded” to an Olympus LS-P4 in the hope that it would increase the quality of recordings that I captured but it didn’t really work out.

The Olympus is a much better recorder than the iPhone (it’s stereo for a start) and it’s small but I still didn’t always carry it with me and while I bought a small windjammer for it, it was not good enough to record outside in anything but the slightest of breezes.

Now that I have re-started my music and sound art practice I need a better portable recording set up to capture sounds for work both inside and outside and so I’ve spent time researching the available options and the types of equipment that people often use.

The first thing I’ve learnt is that people tend to spend a lot of money – thousands of pounds – on recorders and mics. I just don’t have that kind of money, I only have a budget of a few hundred pounds.

And I’ve also learnt that there is a lot of different equipment and options to choose from.

So for my few hundred pounds I would initially like two things:

  1. An improvement in my “always in my pocket” recorder – my iPhone – a better, stereo microphone that is small enough to carry around with wind protection.
  2. A higher quality recording setup – a recorder and mics capable of making half decent field recordings with good wind protection and a good core platform to expand with further mics in the future.

This is quite a tall order for the budget I have but I have a plan.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting a series of posts detailing my journey to build a budget field recording set up…

7th August 2020

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