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VJT: Hiding Lav Microphones

An Audio Booth That Fits In Your Pocket

ImageIn this era of increasingly portable documentary production, the recording of narration has become more prominent. This has led to a proliferation of small studios for voice recording and to the construction of tiny sound booths in offices and homes.

But isn't there a simpler and cheaper way to make professional sounding voice recordings without giving up a much-needed closet or feeding the meter at an off-premise studio?

Faced with this problem personally, I wanted to find a way to record clean sound at my home office desk in the midst of noisy Manhattan. As any New Yorker knows, there is no way to escape the babel of city life.  With windows open, there's the continuous background of sirens, jackhammers and honking horns.

How to Record Telephone Conversations

ImageIn the course of one's daily work, basic skills are acquired. Once learned, it's easy to forget that this essential knowledge may not be widely known by others. Thus, a new generation struggles to reinvent the wheel.

One of those basics is recording telephone conversations. It's bread and butter stuff for journalists, whether the recording is needed for interviews,  documentary film, live news reports, or even podcasts. Almost anyone in the media business is faced with the task at one time or another.

Many of us remember that the task of phone recording was not always so easy to do. Even today, I wince when I see a struggling novice with a suction cup on a phone receiver or one of those little cheap plastic adapters from Radio Shack.