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Blake Porter
Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 17, 2010 at 11:54:08 pm

I just got hit with this one: Can I capture an audio interview off the phone?
My first thoughts are: Use a shotgun mic, aimed right at phone speaker and use FCP to record?
I also have Senn. G2 lavs
You audio guys are probably cringing at my idea?

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Brian Reynolds
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 18, 2010 at 12:13:20 am

Various options, use a telephone hybrid interface (But chances are that you dont have one) or how about use a mobile phone with an earpiece, cut the earpiece off bare the cable back, clip onto the 2 wires... it should be about line level and a low impedance that should go into a mixer. I've done it before... (charge the client for a new earpiece!)
Note this is not the "perfect" way but should get you out of trouble

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Joel Servetz
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 18, 2010 at 12:55:01 am

If you have the time and budget to buy one, the hybrid interface mentioned by Brian is certainly the best way to go, and there are several available at different price points from Markertek.com and other vendors. If you can find one, Marantz made the PMD series of cassette recorders that had a built-in telephone recording interface that worked perfectly (I still have one).

Joel Servetz
RGB Media Services, LLC
Sarasota, Fl
videobyjoel@aol.com


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Blake Porter
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 18, 2010 at 1:01:11 am

Don't have the hybrid interface... This guy want's me to just figure something out. He's calling tomorrow afternoon.
It might be shotgun and speaker phone...



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Mark Barroso
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 18, 2010 at 1:22:59 am

If this is for broadcast or a film, the shotgun method is going to suck. You will be recording the sound of everything in the room that your in, and the person talking on the phone will be at a different level than the person standing next to you. Get a cheap phone interface from Radio Shack and record that to a separate track and/or device and they can adjust the levels in post, and put a lav on the person next to you. It won't be the best sound either, but at least it will be clean.

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Blake Porter
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 18, 2010 at 1:54:09 am

Thanks for the good advice!
This is for an internet TV show http://www.growingdeer.tv
And we are guerilla style at best sometimes
I'm going speaker phone, surrounded in acoustic foam, with my Sony ECM672 pointed right in.
The tests are reasonably clear. The biggest problem is the breathing noise from guy talking on phone. Mostly from the nose I think...
Wonder how to tone that down?



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Jordan Wolf
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 18, 2010 at 6:33:14 am

"The biggest problem is the breathing noise from guy talking on phone. Mostly from the nose I think...
Wonder how to tone that down?"

Well, if you can correct it at the source, that is always best. Are you able to talk to the guest speaker before you record the interview or does it have to happen live? If you can get him to hold the phone down towards his chin more, that might help.

If you want to deal with it in post, try a generous cut around 180Hz-300Hz. Adjust to taste.



Wolf
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Blake Porter
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 18, 2010 at 6:39:24 am

Yes, I can coach him all through the interview.
So, you think low huh? Sorta like a lav placement but not as far away?
Sounds like a plan!



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Alan Lloyd
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 18, 2010 at 5:34:21 pm

Can you not rent a hybrid for the day from a local vendor?


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Bob Kessler
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 19, 2010 at 6:30:12 am

For future reference:

JK Audio PS009 - $25

Rolls PI9 - $40

JK Audio QUICKTAP - $55

You can, of course, spend LOTS more; but these will do on a pinch.



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Blake Porter
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 19, 2010 at 6:32:50 am

OK, thanks Bob,
I got it done today. It came out fairly clear. Not as good as it could have been I'm sure.



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Blake Porter
Re: Recording an interview from a phone?
on Jan 21, 2010 at 4:44:21 am

Well it's done. If anyone is interested in hearing the results, it will start playing at the link
I placed a hand held phone (speaker on) inside a large box and filled box with acoustic foam.
Recorded with z1u and Sony ECM 672 shotgun
http://www.growingdeer.tv/

Thanks for input on various devices that would probably have made this better!



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