thanks for this, i knew i was doing something stupid...I record in MONO, unless im using two mics. I use 16bit 48K for my Rec settings.
thanks again for the info really helpfulYou should set it either to match the audio being recorded to your camera or to whatever sequence settings your editor is going to be set to if those are not the same settings. That way it won't have to rendered. I use 16 bit, 48K on both my camera and FCP so that's what I set my DR-100 to. Unless you are doing some serious high-end audio work with some serious equipment and know-how, you would not obtain any perceivable benefit from recording at a higher bit and sample rate and then down-converting it. Hope that helps.
im gonna be filming it outside, its for a short film, for some reason the thought of recording in mono was oblivious to me, i have a rode boompole with a rode ntg-1 and a rode blimp, as its for outside i should be pretty cool, i do music production anyway for some reason the thought of recording in mono eluded me, also iv never used a field recorder before so was just curious as to what people settings were, when i was recording in stereo the sound was really low on just the tascam, like worryingly low, but its sorted now, im gonna be filming in a couple of weeks so il put up the section of film im doing first and see what everyones thoughts are on sound, coz sound to me is really important, cant stand crappy sound!!You're getting good advice here. You don't say what kind of recording you're doing, but for the best quality sound remember that your vocal microphone needs to be close to and genereally pointing to the actor's mouth, roughly 18 to 24 inches away.
As someone suggested, having a microphone mounted on your camera may good for backup. However, you will probably hate the echo-y sound from that feed. Make sure someone is monitoring the live sound feed and you should be fine if you're recording to a good device.
To capture room noise for your sound editor you might consider recording it separately. The best way is to keep your cast and crew silently in place while you capture 3-4 minutes (that can be looped) of just the background sound of the room.
Also, before shooting make sure that refrigerators, air conditioners, humidifiers, fans, cell phones, etc. are turned off. It's difficult to remove background hum.
If possible, provide your boom operator with headphones, especially if he or she is also recording the sound.
Good luck with your projects.
ah this feature is one of the reasons i got it, i guess i should do alot of practice recordings with this puppy, anyone know of a strap or bag i can use for this thats cheap?The Tascam has a 'dual record' feature that simultaneously records a second track but at a lower level to help act as insurance against peaks. This mode takes up double the space on the memory card but it can be easier than having to do a reshoot for a blown out section of audio.
Quoting for truth. If you plan to do any audio post, the higher the resolution, the better. Just like with video.I record at Wav (or BWF) 24bit 96k, so the original recording is at the best quality. Because you can always export at a lower setting later.