In my offices, I need to record interviews and some meetings. I've not been happy with my portable recorders (Sony ICD-UX81F) mainly because the mic seems to pick up everything like people tapping the meeting table, but voices seem unclear specially those further away from the recorder itself. I don't know much about recording but I suspect it has something to do with the quality of the microphones (tiny) and the way the recorder encodes the sound into mp3 files may be. Sound levels from different people in the same small meeting room seems quite different in terms of volume - someone will be too quiet and some will be too loud, for example.
So my questions are
Would I get a better recording using a 'real' microphone?
What type of microphone do I need?
How do I get the recorded sound into my notebook? (instead of into a recorder and then into my notebook)
What software do I need? (I'm not thinking about mixing or editing or anything, may be cutting parts of it out to reduce the file size etc.)
What hardware do I need? (mic, some kind of microphone->usb thing?)
I'd prefer to use some kind of box set on a desk to using a microphone on a stand or something too elaborate if possible. Telling people we're recording them gets them nervous enough!
Any advice/experience would be much appreciated!
Edited by x838nwy - 1/16/14 at 3:47am