For simple, portable, one-on-one interview recording I’m using an Olympus DS-30 (on the highest quality setting) coupled with a stereo cardioid condenser mic from Giant Squid Audio Lab.
I used this gear for my interview with Mike Shehan in Episode #32 of ODM.
The double-headed mic allows me to record one voice on each channel, effectively giving me two-track recording capabilities in a device about the size of a 1st Gen iPod Shuffle.
The combination works great and the small size enables me to carry it all the time, just in case an opportunity presents itself.
I discovered that my audio sounds much better if I eliminate channel bleeding (natch). Right now, I’m doing this manually in Garageband. (Click the image to enlarge.)
Notice how I drop out my audio track when the interviewee speaks and vice versa. It sounds a lot better when I do this, but the process is all done manually – this short interview took me an hour to complete in post production.
Is there an automated solution for this? Any advice is appreciated.