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Robbie Carman: One of the most important things that you should focus on when recording the interview is audio. Chances are, you might only have one opportunity to get that perfect sound bite from the person that you're interviewing. So most of the time when I go out to record interviews, I want to have a backup plan. I have primary audio and then backup audio so I don't miss anything the person I'm interviewing is saying. And the first way that I like to mic people is by using a lav mic. And you can see this lav mic, right here on Jason. The thing about lav mics, is that they are able to record audio that sounds really good because of their close proximity to the person talking.
However, when placing a lab mic, you just want to be sure that you're not placing it in a position where you'll get microphone rub from clothing and other things of that nature. Also, you want to make sure that it's close enough to the person that's talking but not too far away. Having a lab mic down in somebody's belly button, probably not going to work out so well. In this setup, you can see that I also have a shotgun mic on a boom pole. This is going to allow us to get audio for the interview as well, and there are a couple of advantages of the shotgun on a boom pole. First, it allows you to avoid some of the issues that you get with a lav mike, like microphone rub, and also some of the proximity issues that sometimes happen with a lav mike.
Second, if you want the interview to look as natural as possible, you wont want to have the microphone attached to the subject, visible. So by using a boom, you can actually avoid that issue. So, with a lab and shotgun and a boom pole you can get some really great sounding audio for almost every interview situation.
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