1. Test your equipment
Now that you have purchased your portable recording equipment, you need to set them up just how you plan to use them when you get to your travel destination. Doing this ensures that you have everything you need to record voiceovers. Also, you will easily identify problems that you may encounter while recording far away from home. Test the microphone and other sound equipment to make sure that the sound quality is great.
2. Check Internet access
When booking a hotel or accommodation, check to make sure that there is a working internet service. Call the hotel and ask questions concerning internet availability. If you are unable to place a call, read reviews about the hotel to see if there are complaints about the internet service. Where there is not at the hotel, you can check if there are libraries or internet cafes nearby that you can use for free or for just a small fee.
3. Carry your equipment on board with you
This is very important - carrying your equipment on board with you will save you from a lot of things that can go wrong. People lose their luggage on transit all the time, there could be a mix up somewhere and you may not be able to locate your luggage. Also, your bags can be handled poorly by airport officials, leading to damage to your recording gear. Make sure that your microphone, laptop, and headphones are well padded to prevent damage should your bags drop.
4. Be security conscious
When travelling for vacation, you need to take security very seriously. Many tourist destinations are packed with thieves who will take advantage of security lapses on your part. Ensure that your recording gear is locked in your travel box when you are not in your hotel room. You can lock your equipment in the hotel safe if there is one. When you are out in a nearby internet cafe or any other public space, never lose sight of your laptop and other valuables.
5. Request for a room away from noise
When booking a room, ensure that it is on the top floor. This ensures that you do not have to deal with noise coming from people walking in the space above you. Also, try to book a room that is not close to the elevator or the hotel pool. You need your recording space to be as quiet as possible. If you are unable to achieve this, you can record in the car. Drive to a quiet place, roll the windows up and record.
Article written by Dhmhtrhs
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