I've had a lot of questions about the best way to record and post to the TOTM forum. I'm creating this thread so we can share tips; I'm far from an expert, and I, too, could benefit from the ideas of others.
What I've done in the past is very basic.
For videos, I use the video function of my iPad or iPhone, record the tune and directly upload to YouTube from the app (after viewing the video, hitting the share icon, selecting YouTube, filling out the required dialogs, etc.)
For audio recordings I use my Zoom H2N recorder to create MP3s, which I upload to SoundCloud after copying the files to my desktop. In some cases I've edited the MP3s first using Audacity. I use the H2N on a boom mic stand, placing it fairly close to the instrument, directly in front.
However, I am running out of room on my free SoundCloud account. Since I am thinking about signing up for Dropbox Pro for all my cloud storage needs, I have been experimenting with putting the MP3 recordings into my 'public' folder and using the 'share' function to generate a URL that I can post on c.net. This results in a much more basic looking player for visitors, without the list of prior recordings that you get in SoundCloud, but for me it may prove more economical.
I'm sure there are other cloud-based hosts for MP3s. Has anybody used them?
Over at melodeon.net, there's a good FAQ with more talk about recording and posting. View it here.
Personally, I prefer audio only recordings to videos because I'd rather focus on getting good sound than on aiming the recorder just right (should it show my face? A closeup of the right hand or the left?) But I know others find the videos more helpful. YouTube does have one big advantage - plenty of storage space. And YouTube makes it easy to see a contributor's past offerings.
I have never tried other video sharing services such as Vimeo.
What are your favorite recording techniques? Do you have other hosts that work for sharing your recordings? What other issues do you have with recording for the TOTM?
Edited by Jim Besser, 28 August 2014 - 07:56 AM.