ceremony audio...

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Joined: Apr 30 2004

this may have been touched before, but i was wondering anyone here uses a minidisc or some other sort of digital audio recorder for the ceremony. if so, how does it work? do you still get to moniter the sound throughout the ceremony? where do you place it? any recommendations?

Joined: Nov 6 2001

Hi SC if you look in the audio section there are heaps of info on this very topic.

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Joined: Mar 31 1999

For a civil ceremony at the Hurlingham Club, there was a large flower arrangement at one end of the table between the Registrar and the B&G. I hid the minidisc recorder in the vase, resting on the Oasis, and clipped the mic to a stem.

You can monitor the sound from your MD if you don't mind being attached to it by an earphone cable but if it goes wrong during the ceremony there is nothing you can do so you might just as well set it recording and keep your fingers crossed.

Alternatively, you could clip the mic to the groom's lapel and slip the recorder in his pocket (remembering, of course, that the pockets of hired wedding suits are usually sewn up) but frankly, giving anything electronic to a nervous individual on his big day is just asking for something to go wrong.

At the edit, simply sync the MD with your other audio tracks (you ARE using a backup camera aren't you?).

Using extra kit such as MD recorders is nice but it all has to be derigged. If the wedding is at one location (like the Hurlingham) there is plenty of time to do this, but if you are doing a church or a register office as a solo then you want to be away as quickly as possible after the B&G have left (because you want to overtake their car and get the shot of them arriving at the reception as well as the shot of them driving away from the wedding ceremony).

For other sorts of events (such as concerts and conferences), a minidisc recorder is ideal for recording a sound track from static mics via a mixer. Having said that, I'm splashing out on a Zoom 1608 hard disk recorder which will allow me to record all the mics separately. The Zoom has eight XLR/jack combo inputs with phantom powering, runs off 12v, and fulfills most of my requirements for a fully flexible on-site recorder. Oh, and it has a USB plug-in to allow the individual tracks (up to 120 hours recording) to be downloaded to computer.

Ray Liffen