Everyone talks about how the Rode Mic is the standard for HDSLR audio, but there is one big problem for me; it is a stereo microphone. The reason this is a problem is because my wireless lav is stereo also and the Zoom H4n only offers one stereo output but two XLR outputs. After a lot of research I found the Azden SGM – 1X. Here are the results…
The Zoom H4n mic pics up sound very well and doesn’t need much EQ touching in post. My biggest problem is how low it is recorded and how much I have to bump it up. The mic needs to be pointed exactly at the target and sometimes you can’t be only a few feet away from your subject. Would work fine for voice overs.
The Azden did ok with the ‘flat’ setting but when put in the low cut setting it sounded great. I am very happy the purchase and I do recommend it. When listening closely I could hear my overhead fan but with some minor touching and music, it would disappear. Anyone who wants to keep the stereo port open on the Zoom, I would recommend the Azden SGM – 1X.
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