I'm in the process of planning indoor "roundtable" type web videos with anywhere from 2-6 participants, whose voices I need to record in one way or another.
I've already got a Zoom H5 with its X/Y mic, a Røde VideoMic, and a Samson C03U omnidirectional-capable USB mic. They're plenty enough for me to get started, but they need to be outside the visible frame and thus slightly too far from the speakers' mouths for optimal sound quality (and the table is actually rectangular rather than round, so speaker distances vary).
Going forward, if my budget permits it some day, I'm envisioning putting a lav mic on each participant and recording a separate audio track from everyone onto a Mac (in addition to using the gear I already have, for redundancy), which I will then synchronize with the video in Final Cut Pro X.
I googled hardware that could record up to six lav mics at a time, and discovered the very reasonably priced but very badly documented UMC1820 audio interface from Behringer.
- Using the UMC1820, I'm entirely reliant on the recording software for all functionality, apart from gain, pad and direct monitoring (all of which have physical controls on the front panel), right?
- How does the UMC1820 present itself to the Mac? As a single input device with multiple channels (i.e. a single row in Sys. Prefs -> Sound -> Input Devices) or as multiple input devices? The H5 in USB I/F mode did the former, so I'm assuming that's the case here, too, but what do I know...
- Is there a more streamlined Mac alternative for simply recording the lav mics into separate WAV files (while also monitoring the levels) than a full-fledged DAW like REAPER? My workflow is as follows:
- record the tracks as separate WAV files
- bring all WAV files (from the UMC1820 and the H5) to FCPX as separate audio tracks, sync them up with in-camera reference audio
- edit the video
- do the final mix either in FCPX or REAPER if necessary (using Vordio), depending on how much the recordings need work in post
- Whatever the answer to #3 is, is recording each mic to its own WAV file simultaneously trivially easy?
- 48kHz is the video realm standard, and I'll be recording 24bit/48kHz WAV on my Zoom H5. The UMC1820 is 24bit/96kHz. I'd imagine converting it to 48kHz won't be a problem, but what is the process for this, especially given the suggested workflow in question 3?
If I'm missing or neglecting to consider something obvious here, do tell. Feel free to suggest alternatives to the UMC1820 if you must, but they should be very near its price/features ratio to be considered. Other tips regarding my situation are also welcome.