zen17 wrote:Thank you. Not looking for top grade audio at present- I think if I set out for that then I’ll spend so long studying/perfecting that I’ll never start.
Good attitude. But nothing to worry about either: achieving top grade audio (or whereabouts) isn't really that hard or expensive nowadays - so long you understand what matters.
It’s more just about knowing what basic kit I need to fill in any major gaps with what I have. It’ll be a mixture of instructional VO, some audio tracks- a large portion for ‘internal’ type situations rather than commercial work (at this stage). Hoping the H2 zoom will do for some voice over stuff directly? I’ve used it for live audio but not as a direct voice recorder straight to the Mac.
I've never used one but it might - as above, the gear impact is relatively limited (unless it's horrendous gear of course). Give it a try. A well treated room, careful positioning of the mic, suitable gain staging and a clear diction on your side will give good results with basically anything. Whereas a recording made using a top microphone, but in a bad room with bad diction, will sound like crap.
As said, the pop filter is useful.
As you say, getting started is the hardest. Was wondering if it might be an idea to get a rode mic for voice over but figured I have the H2 so use that to start with until I navigate how things are going to fall into place with the new landscape.
Yeah. Different gear will give you slightly different sounds and bring you to do (or not do at all) some post processing EQ but it's mostly a matter of "different", not "better".
The main issue you want to be careful about is noise... so and so long the Zoom preamps are passable, its gain controls reasonable and you record at average -18dbFS at 24 bit, it shouldn't be a problem to get something very usable out of it.
The only problem you might encounter could be the Zoom preamps being more noisy than expected and if it does not record at 24bit.. all of which is workable but requires more skill and attention. In that case the obvious step is to get an inexpensive 2-channel interface.