Tips to achieve optimal focus group recording quality
The suggestions listed below will assist in achieving an optimal recording result.
- Set the recording device to record in an uncompressed file format such as the “.wav” (Windows) or “.aiff” (Mac).
- Environmental noise – such as that of air-conditioners, fans, radios, TVs, passing vehicle and people traffic, white noise and paper shuffling – can impact on the audibility of voice input. Where possible, switch off devices and equipment that are a potential source of background noise that could impact on the quality of the recording.
- Place mobile phones as far as possible from the recording device to exclude or minimise interference.
- Where microphones are utilised, position the microphones and arrange seating positions of participants to ensure that the most important input is captured clearly.
- For the purposes of accurate voice-name attribution, participants should return to the same seating arrangement after breaks.
- The facilitator should remind participants to increase voice projection in noisy environments and request each participant to introduce themselves at the beginning of the focus group session.