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Podcasting

How to record a podcast

Zoom H5 Mobile Recorders

Zoom H5 are typically used by journalists in the field. They are rather powerful and complex systems, but can be used easily at a basic level as described hereafter. They include rechargeable batteries and a USB cable which can be used to recharge the device and transfer files to a computer. A USB-C adapter is included for use with laptops. A manual is also available online and in the device box.

Use case 1: Field interviews

  • Record the interview with the Zoom H5, using the integrated XY stereo microphone (check that "L/R" is lit up).
  • Hold the device in your hand and direct it towards yourself or the person you are interviewing, depending on who is speaking.
  • When done, transfer the files to your computer for editing by using the USB File Transfer mode.

Use case 2: Set interviews

  • When reserving the Zoom H5, indicate you want to use 1-2 SM58 microphones at the confirmation stage.
    • These are external professional microphones that can be plugged into the bottom of the device.
    • They will of course drain the batteries faster but provide excellent sound.
  • Give both participants their own microphone and record with the Zoom H5.
  • When done, transfer the files to your computer for editing by using the USB File Transfer mode.
  • Optional alternative: You can use the Zoom H5 as a sound interface with your computer by selecting the appropriate setting (check the manual for details). In that case, you can record directly to your computer.

Interesting options

The Zoom H5 allows you to record with various sound file types and quality settings (MP3 64-320kbps, WAV 44.1kHz/16B-48kHz/24B, multi file, stereo, etc.). It also allows you to edit sound files, use effects (low cut, compression), and much more. If you have the time, exploring the user guide can help you improve your recording experience immensely.