March 24, 2016 at 4:13PM
Recording Setup: Tascam Dr 05 with Nady SGM-12
I'm a filmmaking newbie and am hoping someone here with experience using my setup can help me out. I am currently using the tascam dr 05 with the Nady SGM 12 to record audio, because I genuinely don't have the cash to invest in anything better yet(still using the same video camera I bought to record family outings five years ago) so I figured it would be best to learn the basic techniques and then upgrade for better quality. Unfortunately im having a hard time getting the audio levels loud enough to work with. I have the tascam set at wav 24bit, sample 48k, mono, low cut at 40hz, tone volume at -12db, and level at -12db. When I tried recording a basic conversation with the Nady run through the tascam the audio came out so low that I had to set my computer's speakers to 100% and it was still so low that even with the headphones on, I could hear my (very quiet) surroundings more than my audio. I first set the microphone (with the foam windscreen on it) to cardiod and could hear nothing, to the point where I thought the mic batteries were dead. I took the windscreen off and switched the mic to super cardiod and that's how I got my low-but-at-least-there audio. The mic was placed about a foot away from the speaker. Is this crazy low audio because the mic should be closer? Or because my tascam settings are off? Or is this just the audio I can expect with my set up? I tried researching the best way to record with my tascam, but wasn't able to find much information and what I did find wasn't very helpful. Thanks in advance for your advice!