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Hello everyone,

First post here :).

I am jamming with some friends once a week and we are recording the session using the Zoom H1 recorder.
The studio owner has the option to record in different channels, but we are only playing for fun so we want to save the extra $$ on having the studio to record us.

To the question:
Using the Zoom H1 positioned in the center of the room we get a good result but I was wondering what can I use to get my guitar output in a clearer way.
The current result we have is not always balanced, sometimes the keyboard is more dominant and sometimes it's the drums/bass etc.

Would placing a second Zoom device closer to the amp do the job?


DonnyThompson Sun, 08/27/2017 - 01:46

Yes, you could do that, you would have to "slate" the zoom mics, making noise of some kind into each zoom simultaneously so that you can sync both audio tracks up when you import them into a DAW. This could be something as simple as your drummer clicking off the song - and then you would visually line up the click in both Zoom's outputted audio files on the DAW timeline.
You might need to move the file of one zoom in small increments forward or backwards on the time line to match the phasing. You won't know until you listen.
Or, you can tell the guys who are overbearing in volume to turn down, and adjust the mic/zoom in room placement to where it's picking all the instruments up more evenly.
There was a time in audio recording when it was common to use one mic, ( or one stereo pair) to record full ensembles. You just need to find the best placement, and that takes some experimentation.