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easiest way with Zoom H4N to record in mono via XLR input and stereo using built-ins Condenser Microphones
Old 5th September 2011
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easiest way with Zoom H4N to record in mono via XLR input and stereo using built-ins

Just got a Zoom H4n and will be using it to record audio interviews for podcasts, as well as for my own music production.

But for the NPR-like interviews, I want to be able to record the interviewee in mono, as is typical for broadcast, using my SM63 run into one of the XLR inputs on the H4n; and record room ambiance in stereo using the H4n's built-in stereo mics, at the same time.

Sounds feasible, right? It should be. Yet I'm confused on exactly how to do this. The manual doesn't seem to provide this specific setup, and/or seems to record either in stereo mode OR mono, versus stereo AND mono.

Does anyone have any recommendations on how to record in mono using one external mic and stereo at the same time using the built-in mics?


Goal: I'm looking for the best quality recording, with voice in mono and ambiance in stereo, via the easiest method. Let me know, for instance, which setting to record in, Stereo, 4CH or MTR, and then, if getting the voice mono then requires essentially converting the voice recording to true mono using Cubase (or the like) in editing/post-production.
Old 17th September 2011
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's easy, open your H4n operation manual & turn 2 page 53
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