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Is it possible to use the H4N to listen to a karaoke song while recording voice?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Martin Cirio, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Martin Cirio

    Martin Cirio Active Member

    Hello all, I recently bought the H4N and I'm more than happy with it. It's just great but I have a doubt. I would like to record some songs (karaoke versions) but I can't find a way to play the song in the H4N while using headphones so the mic doesn't pic up the song, and, at the same time, record my voice on a different track. My idea is to have only my voice recorded on a wav file and match it with the karaoke song afterwards on my computer.

    Is this possible with the H4N or I need something like this: Amazon.com: Presonus AudioBox 22VSL 24-Bit/96 kHz 2x2 USB 2.0 Audio Interface: Musical Instruments ?

    Any help will be greatly appreciated :)

    PS. This questions is silly, I know, I tried to google the answer but couldn't get it.

  2. Martin Cirio

    Martin Cirio Active Member

    Sorry, this may help. I'm planning to buy a rode NT2A. The H4N Should be able to get it to work.
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Record the backing track in MTR mode, then sing the vocal into a another track (either using "overwrite" or "always new") while listening on headphones to the backing. The technique is described starting on p055 of the H4N manual.

    The NT2-A works with the H4N. You will need 48V phantom power (PP) switched on. I haven't had the problem myself, but some people report low-level burbling sounds on the H4N when using PP and the mains power adaptor. If you get this problem, you may want to do your final takes using battery mode, but don't expect the H4N batteries to last very long with PP enabled.
  4. lbeasley

    lbeasley Active Member

    Boswell got it right. You'll want to use MTR mode to accomplish that. I have used Phantom Power (+48) on the H4N with the NT1-A. I did not experience any low level noises at all. In fact, I was a little impressed with how well it worked. I used the power adapter and not batteries. I have not tested with batteries yet. Like Boswell said, I would think batteries would drain fairly quick with the use of phantom power.

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