Here are five tips for using Samsung’s H1 Zoom audio recorder for the first time:
#1 Get comfortable with what’s in the kit
Your kit includes: windscreen, adjustable tripod, AC adapter, USB cable, and a mic clip adapter.
#2 Review the quick-start manual
For any new piece of equipment you use, spend a few quality minutes with the manual. It is included in the MCCS kits, and can be downloaded here. A few key sections:
- Part names and functions, p. 7-8
- Screens and basic operations, p. 7
- Adjusting recording levels, p. 3
#3 Review the controls and display
Be able to find:
- Mic and headphone inputs
- USB and memory card slots
- Volume and Input level controls
- Elapsed recording time / Remaining recording time
- Battery status
- Level indicator
A couple of cool features to check out:
- Disabling buttons: slide power switch upward to HOLD to disable the buttons and prevent mishaps while recording.
- Reduce windnoise by 1) using the wind screen and 2) sliding the LO CUT switch to on.
- Set the recording format by sliding the REC FORMAT switch to WAV or MP3. (Tip: wav is better quality, but mp3 takes up less space).
#4 Double check your settings
- Set the sampling frequency rate to 44 khz and the recording mode to WAV 16 bit. (p. 4)
- The LO CUT switch is generally set to OFF, unless you are recording where wind or breath noises are a problem.
- The Mic Gain switch increases mic sensitivity should be set to ON for recording spoken-word audio. Switch to OFF for loud musical performances or other similar sounds.
- Double check your battery status and be sure you have fresh batteries in reserve.
#5 Correctly set audio input levels
You’ll find this on p. 3 of the manual, and you should test it several times before going on your first interview:
- Plug in your headphones, press record.
- Method #1: Switch “AUTO LEVEL” to ON. Test the recording by asking your source a few simple questions so that you can get a read on his or her recording levels. Simple questions work well: What did you have for breakfast today? This gets the source talking, but you don’t have to listen to the answer too closely and can concentrate on setting levels correctly.
- Method #2: Switch “AUTO LEVEL” to OFF, and use the manual +/- buttons to adjust the levels.
- Once the levels are set, keep an eye on the level indicator to monitor.
- Basic audio editing tools & tutorials: cut, copy, paste, delete, using the Edit Toolbar, Editing audio, fading in and out, und, marking edit points with labels.
- Advanced audio editing tools & tutorials: noise reduction, limiter, full index of effects/generators/analyzers
- To export your audio as an MP3, follow the instructions in this tutorial.