Once you’ve recorded a lot of sounds, your next task is to effectively “log” your tape. Here’s a sample recording log and a few tips.
- A log is not a transcript, but you should write down as much as possible. My general rule is that I listen to the entire recording and type as I’m listening. I try not to start and go back.
- Be sure to make ample comments in your log using bold or all caps–things like “GREAT STUFF” or “VIVID DETAIL HERE….”
- Be sure to clearly indicate times in your log…you want to be able to go right back into your recording and select the content you want for your story.
- There will be an urge to only listen to part of your tape–except in rare cases, try to listen to everything you’ve recorded.
- As your listening and logging, think about possible scenes in your story and where content might go in your story (for example, such and such comment might work great for an introduction, etc.)
- When you’re done with your log, print out and begin trying to structure your story. Go back and listen to tape as needed to see if it sounds as you remember and will work well.
- Log sounds as well as voices. For example, “1:00–crowd noise…” 1:15–you hear nice “how are you doing” in crowd noise.” That sort of thing.
- One way to log tape is to use itunes, as it allows you to see the time of your recording. Another is to try the free program Express Scribe