I have gotten into “Mojo” (akak "Mobile Journalism) using my iPhone and interviewing people out in the field.
I have a decent tripod, external shotgun microphone that mounts on my iPhone rig, lights, and so on.
I record audio from my shotgun mic into a Zoom H6.
From the tiny bit I know about recording Internet radio streams online - as per my other trhead - and then editing things in Audacity, clipping is supposed to be “evil”.
However, when I am interviewing people outside (or technically inside), I would like to know…
1.) Is it that big of a deal if I set the gain on my H6 so that occassionally things clip?
2.) Is it a big deal in post-production if I “amp things up” - not sure what the proper audio term is - so that there is occassional clipping?
Why would I want to allow clipping?
Well, if I record with a Gain=7 on my H6, it seems that the audio in my tests stays between -18dB and -12dB, but when I bring it into Audacity, the amplitude - not sure of the proper audi term - is pretty low.
If I record at Gain=8, things sound better, but there may occassiob=nally be clipping.
Likewise, if I record at Gain=7 and then I amp things up in Audacity - but purposely amp things up so that slight clipping occurs - then things sound much better than if I just use the suggested “Amplification” suggested by Audacity.
Hope that makes sense?
The first real-life interview I had a few weeks ago suffered because the audio was too low, and when I tried to amp it up, I got too much distortion.
That being said, i am tempted to turn up the Gain=8 so that I get a stronger singal to start with, and it seems to me that unless a person goes from whispering to shouting, an occassional clip isn’t a problem.
And when I tested out my new tripod and rig tonight at home, the few times I had clippinb (visually) in Audacity, there was no way you could hear that clipping, which is sorta what I am hinting at above - that is, maybe clipping is over-rated??
Thoughts so I can get better field recordings??