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Recording setup for 2 people in an office

We want to capture eight hours at a time of conversation in an office, for editing later. There are two people at separate desks. What equipment is needed, within the sweet spot between "sounds good enough" and "affordable"? The end result should be 2 separate audio files, editable in Audacity. Paint me a picture of the setup you'd use for this.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic on Oct 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Which portable recorder for an oral history project?

I'm a researcher with no film experience, and am beginning to think about an oral history project, which best case would become a short film. The theme is regional accents, so audio quality is important. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Sep 27, 2014 - 25 answers

How to eavesdrop on your pets using technology

Rabbits may vocalize in frequencies humans can't hear. How can I record my rabbits talking and play it back to myself? [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Nov 12, 2012 - 6 answers

What hardware do I need for recording and live mixing?

I need a USB interface to connect 2 mics, a midi keyboard, and an ipod to a computer, for both live mixing and recording. Hope? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on May 4, 2012 - 7 answers

Will a Portabooth work for instruments?

Will something like the Porta-Booth Pro work well for recording instruments or other large noise-making devices? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Apr 28, 2012 - 1 answer

Why does a tape recorder plugged into my computer's Mic input record so quietly?

Why does a tape recorder plugged into my computer's Mic input record so quietly? [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin on Feb 23, 2012 - 10 answers

Limited sound card?

How do I make my computer stop using the built-in microphone when recording sound? Is my sound card so poor that it can't record from anything but the built-in mike? [more inside]
posted by Termite on Jan 26, 2012 - 11 answers

Echo...

Sound engineers, please give me some great ideas for making my home studio acoustically stable on a budget. [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Sep 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me playback some sounds on a costume prop

Where do I find a portable and programmable sound board-like thing? [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Sep 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Windows XP USB soundcard?

I want to record LP's using a Windows XP external soundcard. [more inside]
posted by facetious on Aug 5, 2011 - 5 answers

How to record two people at once who are walking without a third person recording it?

I need to record two people at the same time. I can't follow them around with a boom mic and I don't want them to be attached at the hip with a splitter to one recorder plus 2 lapel mics. How do I record two people, walking around, talking to each other? Do I need two recorders? AND if I have two recorders, how much of a pain will it be to edit the material/will it sound weird? How is this normally done? It is for the radio. [more inside]
posted by cyberdad on Jun 15, 2011 - 6 answers

Audio-archeology, or listening to the roar of the t-rex

Has anyone ever attempted to find sound recordings out in the world that weren't made with human technology? [more inside]
posted by umbĂș on May 7, 2011 - 14 answers

What's the best quality podcast recording solution under these circumstances?

Starting a podcast (spoken word) and suddenly have the opportunity to interview the exact people I really shouldn't be "practicing" on. I'm a radiophile, want decent sound, but have no time to learn the technical side of sound recording before my interviews in a few days. Can I spend a little up front to make decent sound or do I just need to spend more? [more inside]
posted by lotusfeet on Mar 20, 2011 - 10 answers

It would be great if There Can Be Only One

Help me figure out how to get the video capabilities of a Flip Ultra in a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Mar 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Home Electronic Music Studio - DA signal paths and other questions.

Re-building my electronic music home studio with a new computer at the heart of it. Have lots of pieces but not sure of optimal setup/signal path. [more inside]
posted by erebora on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Trying to locate a Sound Effects recording

I'm searching for an old BBC-style Sound Effects recording. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by The Discredited Ape on Dec 1, 2010 - 4 answers

Sound mixer: How to record and play back different inputs?

I have a 14-channel mixer. During a live performance I want to play some channels to loudspeakers while simultaneously recording, but I want the recording to contain more channels that are not played through the loudspeakers. Details and diagrams within. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Oct 15, 2010 - 9 answers

How can I mic my doumbek so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments?

How can I mic my doumbek (hand drum) so that I can play in a band with other amplified instruments? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jul 29, 2010 - 11 answers

Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work?

Off-camera Movie sound: How does it work? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jun 22, 2010 - 10 answers

TwangFilter

I want to record/create/find the kind of groaning/sudden pinging/twanging noise you get when a large metal structure is under a lot of stress. Suggestions for how to achieve this? [more inside]
posted by Zarkonnen on Apr 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Recording and editing Skype calls.

I'm going to conduct an interview over Skype for a podcast. What (free) tools are at my disposal for recording and editing? Any advice gratefully appreciated.
posted by Frasermoo on Feb 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Buzz buzz buzz in the drum of the ear

I record university lectures for podcasting, but I'm finding I can't rely on plugging in to the lecture hall audio system to get a clean recording. Given I have a digital field recorder with XLR inputs, what sorts of equipment (mics, mixer, etc.) could I pick up for $500 total that could allow me to make a decent recording of a lecture? [more inside]
posted by dw on Feb 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Sound advice

I am looking for recommendations for a recording interface and self-powered monitors. [more inside]
posted by Zenabi on Oct 8, 2009 - 2 answers

Best gear for taking field recordings while traveling?

What compact gear setup is be best for taking general-purpose environmental audio field recordings while traveling? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Jun 22, 2009 - 7 answers

The voice of me.

I want to produce a continuous synth tone from a sample of my own voice. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Apr 21, 2009 - 3 answers

a great school for the recording arts

I am currently looking to further my education in the recording arts. Does anyone know of an affordable, yet accredited program?
posted by konono on Apr 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Adobe Audacity vs Logic Express

Switched to Mac, looking for Adobe Audacity replacement. Should I go for Logic Express? [more inside]
posted by treepour on Apr 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Best Sound Card for my PC?

What is the best audio card for my "old" PC? I'll be using it for home recording. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on Mar 19, 2009 - 6 answers

Sounds out of Place

I heard a term somewhere that referred to the modern phenomena of sounds being decoupled from what produces them, in the sense that it's no longer a one-to-one relationship between sound and thing. So whereas previously every time you heard a bark you knew it was a dog, now it could be a TV, a computer, or a robot dog. Likewise, a big professional sound system could sound like almost anything. I think the originator was an academic. I distinctly remembering seeing mention of this on wikipedia once. What was that term? Who coined it?
posted by phrontist on Dec 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Lado A / Lado B

Where can I find recordings of a voice saying "Side A" and "Side B" in Spanish, to reuse on a tape I'm making? [more inside]
posted by kowalski on Jun 6, 2008 - 9 answers

Good production mixers for a podcast?

I am looking to get a mixer for my podcast, 300 bucks or less. I would like to get the Alesis IMULTIMIX8USB but I'm not sure if the recording to ipod is worth the extra 100 bucks. Can someone recommend a good usb or firewire mixer? [more inside]
posted by clockworkjoe on Jan 1, 2008 - 5 answers

A simple PC audio recording set up

Using a no-frills but decent PC, what (cheapish) sound card and what software should I buy for my father so he can record his guitar playing and singing as well as do basic mixing and editing? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Nov 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Stupid Low Hum

Why is there a low hum when I record with Vista? [more inside]
posted by superbird on Nov 1, 2007 - 5 answers

Please recommend a Belden alternative for my XLR cables

I'm about to make a bunch of XLR cables. I have everything but the cable and I'm hoping for some brand advice. [more inside]
posted by Your Time Machine Sucks on Oct 22, 2007 - 10 answers

Rockin' the mic with R2D2

Bzzzzzz! Whirrrrr! Advice on field recording various sounds made by a robotic device, please. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Aug 8, 2007 - 4 answers

Removing video cross-feed from the audio mix

At a recent lecture, I taped from the soundboard & from some microphones. I meant to record these to separate channels, but I accidentally left it in low quality mode - mono, 22khz. It sounds like video got thrown into the mix. Can I salvage the audio? [more inside]
posted by Pronoiac on Jul 15, 2007 - 9 answers

How to record a voice mail message to my computer?

How do I record a voice mail message from a landline onto my computer? [more inside]
posted by annathea on Jul 4, 2007 - 10 answers

Looking to recreate the "perfect" sound

audiofilter: How do you get one sound sample (http://www.sendspace.com/file/x8yljn) to sound like another (http://www.sendspace.com/file/fh6v9l) without rerecording? [more inside]
posted by defmute on Apr 25, 2007 - 6 answers

Best way to record sound on a handheld device.

What is the best way to record sound with with a portable, hand-held device in regards to sound quality and ease of use? Suggestions for equipment and technique please. [more inside]
posted by lrobertjones on Nov 12, 2006 - 10 answers

Sound editing: Getting rid of regular clicks?

How do I get rid of these tiny clicks in the left channel of this audio file, every 10 seconds? [more inside]
posted by anonymoose on Sep 24, 2006 - 8 answers

Artifacts of India

What makes the older recordings of Indian music sound so distinctive? [more inside]
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Apr 24, 2006 - 5 answers

I'd like to buy some reasonably priced, accurate studio monitor speakers.

I'd like to buy some reasonably priced, accurate studio monitor speakers. [more inside]
posted by BorgLove on Oct 3, 2005 - 20 answers

recording spoken audio

My not-for-profit theatre company (run by me and grumblebee) wants to start producing audio dramas and releasing them as podcasts (and maybe on CDs). We have a limited budget (under $1000). What recording equipment should we buy for good quality sound? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline on Jul 13, 2005 - 24 answers

Recording audio from Flash movies

I was inspired by this great post to make some of my own songs, using Harry Partch's virtual instruments, and record them into ACID Pro 4.0. How do I make those Flash movies my audio source? [more inside]
posted by dhoyt on Dec 14, 2004 - 3 answers

CBC Max Ferguson Show - Dave Dunston Air Traffic Controller Talk?

His name is Dave Dunston. Or possibly Dunson. Or possibly some other variant that sounds similar; I've never seen it written. He is, or perhaps was, a British air traffic controller. Many years ago he gave a talk on air traffic control, and commercial aircraft in general, to a group of British bankers. Somehow it got recorded, and was broadcast on Max Ferguson's show on the CBC. It is definitely one of the funniest things I have ever heard. I managed to tape it, but the old cassette technology is dying a speedy death. I want another copy, preferably on a more dependable medium. Has anybody heard of this guy? Does anybody know how, or if, this air traffic control talk recording was released? Somehow it got into Max Ferguson's paws; I want it in mine.
posted by DrJohnEvans on May 11, 2004 - 8 answers

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