British newspaper journalist Stuart Alexander interviews yachtswoman Debra Searle during Antigua Race Week. Photo credit: Tim Searle.
HHB’s FlashMic digital recording microphone is capturing news from major events around the world. Stuart Alexander, yachting correspondent for British newspaper The Independent, is using a FlashMic to cover the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race. Like many journalists, Alexander, who is primarily a print journalist, is increasingly required to produce audio clips for Web content, making the case for FlashMic all the more compelling.
“The quality of sound is excellent and the download is very fast,” reports Alexander from the New York pit stop. “The FlashMic is also both easy to use and authoritative in appearance, which makes the interviewer feel better and the interviewee more comfortable. A conventional recorder draws attention to the recording process, which can make the subject more cautious. What’s more, I rarely have to replace the batteries and there’s no more peering at the tape footage counter.”
This year’s Classical BRIT Awards took place in May at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Classic FM magazine journalist Sarah Kirkup used the FlashMic to capture interviews with the stars of the classical music world including Plácido Domingo and Lesley Garrett as they arrived at this prestigious event.
“The FlashMic was so easy to use,” comments Kirkup, who also picked up on the effect that the FlashMic’s physical presence had on potential interview subjects. “Everyone on the red carpet seemed happy to stop and speak into the FlashMic and I’m not sure that that would have been the case with a typical portable recorder set-up.
“The sound quality of the FlashMic is so good that, generally, I only had to listen to each interview once when transcribing. On a tape, I would usually have to rewind several times in order to catch the bits I missed. Even with Hayley Westenra, who I spoke to as a band of Scottish pipers arrived making a terrific racket, the sound quality was perfect and I could hear every word.”
Combining a high-quality Sennheiser omnidirectional microphone capsule with a built-in broadcast quality Flash recorder, FlashMic provides an easy-to-operate, all-in-one recording solution with simple drag-and-drop file transfer at up to 70 times faster than real time. Eight hours of continuous power comes from a pair of AA batteries and the included FlashMic Manager software supplements the FlashMic’s operation with more sophisticated pre-configuration and file naming protocols.