Hi ya, I am taking an intro to audio for video class and its my first time using the H4N other than to record a live practice using the internal mics and or myself and a guitar. For the above Ive always used stereo mode because its quick and well easy. In my current video project we can use or not use basically anything as far as mics are concerned...However we are required to use a field mixer. No biggie im just not sure what the best mode to use...4 CH. or MTR. I will most likely have 4 mics rolling at all times because we have some tight "car scene shots" and two Hd cameras rolling. Im thinking two wireless LAV, shotgun (well not in car) as well has 1 handheld placed where ever possible, and if possible the built in mics rolling at all times. Im pretty sure I understand the 4 ch mode, I would use 1/8"mini line level from the h4 to xlr into the mixer...yes? Or would I use the xlr 1,2 on the h4 into line xlr on the mixer, and run the handheld and shotgun from the mixer(mic)...If i did this in 4ch mode will the built in mics stay active? I guess I dont quite understand MTR mode other than it has effects, which seems would be great with an instrument but not all that useful with mics? Unfortunatly I do not have the field mixer at come to experiment with, our "rental" time is limited for some of the required gear and I wanna show up to our shoot knowing exactly what mode is best and how to use it to get the best audio possible. Also what exactly is the EXT. stereo input jack most commonly used for? Im having a hard time trying to think of a mic that uses an 1/8" connector other than a lav... which would be cool other than the built in mics do not work with this function? seems like a pretty heavy and large piece to hide..and if it shifted in a pocket wrong seems like the lil lav would yank right off the source. Any tips, advice, corrections would be much appreciated! All and all the H4N is the best, most versitile handheld recorder Ive yet to see. Thanks! -Zepp
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