TPS 076: Random Thoughts on Recording Audio

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I try a new way of recording my podcast (mic to Fethead to H4n, no mixer) and have a totally off-the-cuff episode filled with other thoughts about recording audio. In other words… I go off “script.”

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About Ray Ortega

Full-time podcast producer and host of The Podcasters' Studio and Podcasters' Roundtable, I enjoy sharing my ten years of experience making podcasts to help others improve or start their own show.

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  1. This episode sounded great! The Zoom H4n will record four channels simultaneously, either to stereo or four individual tracks. Like you said, it will take 2 XLR or 1/4" inputs, but the two external mics can be turned off and you can use the stereo 1/8" input on the back in their place.

    • Thanks Gary! Can you use the 1/8" input AND the on-board mics on their own channel along with the two XLR channels? This would be true 4 channel otherwise you're just using three channels IMO because you can't separate out 4 different tracks with their own input.

      So in other words you have four channels of audio with four different mics.

      • You get 4 channels of recording. The 1/8" jack is stereo, and if it is in use it mutes the on board stereo mics.

        Like I said on Twitter, I have seen someone use two Rode Procasters through the XLR inputs, and an iPad through the stereo input for sound clips. I am considering the same exact setup for mobile recording. This would eliminate any need for a mixer, unless a skype conversation is involved.

      • I don't see why, with a stereo to dual mono splitter, you couldn't run two more mics into it.

  2. Loved the episode! Just thought I’d let you know that the EV RE-20 is a dynamic microphone just like the PR40 but it sounds really warm like a condenser mic. Radio stations love the RE-20 because it’s a dynamic mic with a great sound.

  3. Top episode Ray!

    Just wondering: Is phantom power unique to the Zoom H4N? I have a Roland R-05 and a CL-1 Cloud Lifter and would love to skip the mixer altogether if possible 🙂

    Do you happen to know if the R-05 produces phantom power? I haven't been able to find anything online :/

    cheers mate
    Josh
    Australia

    • Thanks Josh. Unfortunately phantom power is not a feature on the Roland. I have it too. It has \”plug-in\” power for small lav mics etc but it doesn\’t have phantom to power a Cloudlifter or typical condenser mic. As far as I know you can\’t hack it to use the plugin power for the CL.

  4. About two weeks ago, I decided to buy Zoom H4n Recorder. This super machine is more than worth the little extra effort/expenditure that an owner might have to exert, in order to effectuate a happy relationship with the H4n. I just sprung for a $60 case, for the protection of my machine. THAT’S how much I think of it.

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