One week in with my new toy – the Zoom H4n

(Long time, no post!)

As some of you will know I am doing some research at QUT, and it has come to the time to do data collection.  I’m no Quant (I pretty much scraped through maths in high school) – so my study into how people use technology to manage their boundaries between work and life is qualitative.  Using interviews to collect data is the usual fair in qualitative studies.  As I need to do 30 interviews, and that could potentially mean 30 hours or more of vivid, deep stories from the research participants, I needed to get a hold of some kind of voice recorder.  Enter my new friend – the Zoom H4n.

WP_20140701_005I bought it from Amazon when I was in Seattle the other week for work.  I may have ordered a few more accessories for it (a couple of microphones, some XLR cables etc) as I am keen to dabble in a bit of podcasting with it as well.  It has already got a workout.  Earlier in the week it was used at work to record a new voice over for a piece of video we plan to use for an upcoming event.  I used it for as the voice recorder for my first few qualitative research interviews.  And yesterday we had a live all hands video conference, where the Zoom H4n and my microphone were put to good use capturing some high quality audio to lay over the PowerPoint presentation for consumption later.

I always thought that you could get away with recording audio on a mobile, or using the built in microphone on a laptop – it was always good enough.  But I have quickly come to realise this week that there is a big difference between “good enough” and “really easy to listen to” audio.  I love it so much I have started to build an online shrine to the Zoom H4n Voice Recorder.  If you have a few different needs for an audio recorder you should definitely check it out!

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