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After recommendations here and elsewhere, I think I'll go for the Zoom H4N or the Tascam DR40 to record lectures, conferences, and interviews.

In the frequent case where I won't be able to connect to the sound mixer and the loudspeaker is overhead, I'll have to connect a shotgun microphone and aI'm it right. I know it's not ideal, but the sound mixer is usually off-limit.

Which brand/model would you recommend that I connect to either of those recorders? Should I buy XLR microphones? Self-powered or phantom power-based?

Budget-wise, this is for personal use, so I'd rather something in the same ballpark, ie. around $/€200.

AudioTechnica has several models, but I read good things about the Sennheiser MKE 400 and the RODE NTGx series.

Thank you.