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It can be done, but not directly. The H4N will allow you to record four channels at once, which are saved as two stereo files. If you have audio software, you can then divide those stereo files into individual mono files. It's a little cumbersome, but it can be done.
will this be good for recoridng audio at wedding's consideirng that wedding are a noisy envirement to record speech or for private couple interviews Jun 16, 2014
If you use it as an interview microphone, close to the sound source, it should be ok. If you expect to leave it in the middle of the church and be able to hear the priest words, it is not going to work. For that I would suggest use a lavalier mic on the speaker (easier if wireless) and record on the zoom H4N through it's XLR inputs. Good luck
Is it good for recording piano? Apr 8, 2014
I have used this to record a baby grand and an upright. The built-in mics are great at about a 5' distance. Additionally, you can plug in some other nice condenser mics and record with those as well for a total of FOUR tracks of piano! It's one of the best small, portable recorders, I've owned and I've been a recording engineer and sound for film engineer for 30 years. It's very sturdy and incredibly well-built. SOUND IS MAGNIFICENT.
End of battery - save file or lose file? Anyone know, with this recording once the batteries run dry does this save the file or do you lose the file when it powers down? Jun 14, 2010
I've only gotten to that point once and the file was saved. And, especially for an extended "field recording", I can confirm using 32GB HCSD cards successfully. Hope this not only answers your question but provides further encouragement for your pursuits!
For 2-3 person interviews (indoors; enclosed), are lapel mics recommended for use with this? Oct 8, 2014
The microphone in this device is very sensitive. In fact it's too sensitive that you hear all background noise very clearly so it's almost impossible to use outside. Inside I still find a slight hiss and still hear background sounds even in the quietest of rooms. So.. For multiple person interviews the best bet is to use multiple lapel pins connected to one of its interface. In a pinch u can try to use it indoors but be prepared to do some cleanup of noise after u record
Would this work to capture audio from interviews using lavaliere mics (audio-technica ATR3350) that will be then synced to video? Jan 4, 2014
Yes, that should be do-able.
Is this Zoom too much money if all I want to record is real-life conversations (me and others)? How would this be better than, say, a Sony ICD-PX312 (currently No.1 digital voice recorder on Amazon) or Olympus VN-702PC (No. 2, 3 or 4) Feb 12, 2013
Hello, I use it for my radio program, and I do believe it would be rather costly for just conversaitons. This is a great recorder very clear.
Mine did, the wind screen fits over both microphones, and there is a hard plastic case that protects the device nicely. I am pleased with mine.