You have been asked to, or already have been recording for Kadamba Kanana Swami during his travels. Here are some guidelines to help you record and organize the recordings in such a way that we all can work together nicely. When the recordings are perfectly recorded and sent swiftly then we can process them easily. Afterwards our transcribers can listen to each recording and extract some nice quotes from them. In this way we can continue posting wonderful quotes on KKSBlog almost daily to inspire our visitors!
Since 2016 we have been using a Zoom H2 recorder to record to MP3. The recorder has been setup to record in the highest quality (320Kbps) and the date & timezone has been configured. If necessary the date/time settings can be adjusted in the “settings menu”.
Click to read the Zoom-H2n_operationManual_English
Please note that the recording capacity is limited!
The recorder uses rechargeable batteries (AA, NiMh). Make sure the batteries are fresh and charged before starting a recording!
Good quality recordings do not happen magically. We need to put some effort to get the best recordings. The position of the recorder is crucial. The more close you can place it . We strongly suggest using an external microphone (like this one). However this is not included with the recorder!
Place the recorder as close to the public speaker as possible, and preferably at the same height as well. Use a small table next to the seat if available. In most temples or venues there is a sound system available. If so you can opt to place the recorder close to the sound speakers, but be sure to watch the recording volume! A third option would be to connect the recorder directly to the sound system (using a long headphone jack cable). But this might not be possible at all locations.
What to record?
When possible please follow the recording structure below. During the recordings you can pause the recorder to only record what is needed:
- Verse title
- Word for word Sanskrit
- 1x Chanting of verse by speaker
- Word for word translation
- Main part
For morning lectures, bhajans like Jaya Radha-madhava are to be recorded separately from the class. If the structure above is used then our editing time will be vastly reduced.
For other public programs record the whole thing from start to finish, especially when there is kirtan at the start and at the end.
If there is an opportunity and you have experience with editing audio files then we encourage you to edit the files before sending them. This will help us immensely! If you are eager to learn how to edit audio files then we can train you. Contact us about that!
Editing audio files is quite easy. It generally consists of cutting out certain unwanted parts (see structure above), removing noise and amplifying soft parts. You will need audio editing software to process the recordings. We recommend OcenAudio editor for this.
You can find some great tutorials on Youtube
The Zoom recorder (and many others) use their own internal filenaming system. For example recordings might be called like this:
These file names are not very useful. We strongly advice you to rename these files the following way :
In this way we know what, when and where the recording was made!
Read these tutorial for more tips and tricks: (TUTORIAL WILL BE ADDED SOON!!)
* Renaming the files using the recorder is quite cumbersome. We suggest that you transfer the files to a computer and do the renaming there.
We recommend sending recordings immediately and in smaller batches, for example every week. In this way we can process them gradually and you will not have problems with slow internet/wifi when sending smaller batches of files. We recommend using Wetransfer.com to send us your material!Upload recordings*
* Select the WeTransfer Free option when asked…