I decided to buy an external recorder, not just for the reliability, but also for new features.
After a lot of research, I settled on the Zoom H4n Portable Digital Recorder for the following reasons.
- The H4n has a better stereo separation so you can hear left and right better when recording with it.
- The H4n has XLR inputs and a built-in preamp.
- The H4n records in four channels.
Of these features, the most important to me was the four-channel recording. I use this to separate our voices from the sounds (music, voicemail, sound clips, etc.). This separation makes it much easier to edit things later, if I need to.
For example, if I mess up my timing on the outro, I can simply reposition the background music because it's separate from the vocal track. Or I can also run dynamic compression on my vocal track without it messing up my fades on the music.
I highly recommend the Zoom H4n Portable Digital Recorder and will be recording remotely with it at BlogWorld NYC this year.
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