I am a 1 man camera crew! (due to budget constraints)
I want to record some musicians(percussion and-or string-guitar) in a small enclosed space( a music store actually).
I was thinking of simply boom mounting a RODE NT4 stereo mic going straight into my Zoom H6.
Opinions? Would a good cardioid mic be a better choice?
I'm a mixer so my field "mic" experience is far below guru here. But, you might be happy enough with the Zoom H6 ? I've done some wonderful recording with my H4n. They get the room and performance pretty sweet with the built ins. Put them in a spot and leave it. There is a little remote for them too. Surprising sound quality actually.
But, the NT4 might be what you need as it sounds good and can reach in. Also, I have an array of Audix M1280B Miniaturized condenser microphone / caps and carbon booms.
. They work great and are tiny! I don't know your Zoom but I'm guessing its similar to the H4n , The X/Y on mine works great but maybe you might prefer to place the mics differently. Especially for an acoustic.
Check those out too.
Amongst my gear collection is both an H4N and an NT4, and I have used them together. My memory is that I could detect very little difference in sound quality between the external NT4 and the built-in mics on the H4N. You get more positional flexibility with external mics, but, before buying any, I suggest you try your H6 on its own, using the remote control if for acoustic reasons you have to have to place it somewhere inaccessible.
The H4N is fitted with a camera tripod mount that enables you to improvise a boom using a tripod extension tube, but I don't know if the H6 has that.
If you have very low level sounds to record using a Zoom recorder, then external mics and an in-line booster pre-amp may be necessary, as the microphone inputs of the Zoom units and the built-in mics are not particularly low noise.
The zoom H6 can actually record 4 tracks (2 mic included and 2 external). An other faq is that the included mics are removable and you have some mic options you can buy from zoom.
I'm assuming you have the original X/Y. If you have 1 musician, it's good by itself. If you have a percusionnist, a guitar and a bass or a violin, you can use the zoom's x/y for the percussions and the other inputs for the guitar and bass..
Anyway you get the picture.. a good solution for small formation in live situation.