How YOU Can Record the BEST Camera Audio on a BUDGET! Zoom H1N Audio Recorder

by birtanpublished on May 10, 2021

What is the most important part of video production is it is it the camera no if you said anything other than audio well you're probably I mean the camera is kind of important I guess but today what I want to show you is how you can increase your online video audio quality without spending too much money because who wants to save some money I definitely do and I'm gonna show you the best the absolute best budget audio device you're gonna find anywhere let's get to it what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad and if I can figure it out you can figured out now I've been wanting to

Make this video for so long I've been keeping this video back for months and months and it's finally the time to talk about it because this is without a doubt one of my favorite pieces of video gear ever made and it is the zoom h1 in this is probably the best single piece of kit that I have ever purchased for the channel and this has a lot of really nice features and you can pick one up for big amount of dollars now whatever that price is today be on the lookout don't necessarily go buy today unless you can find a really good deal because these go on sale all of the time no

Kidding this was on sale four days ago from the release of this video this was on sale for like under seventy-five bucks that is fantastic and that's about how much I paid for this which is such a great deal so there's lots of different ways to get audio into your camera right right now you could use like a very nice high-quality XLR microphone plugged into your camera you could use something like another kind of audio mixer like the mix pre three we've used here before or you could record off-camera with the zoom h1 and now this thing has a lot of really nice features to it now one of the big

Benefits and one of the things that I like most about the h1 in is not only does it have a lot of like physical buttons and dials but in a rarity for a small audio recorder like this it's got a physical gain dial and we'll see more about that in just a second how useful I can because nobody wants to go through the menus and change up gain or change up your audio recording levels you want to do that straight from the device itself and you can do that right from the front of the zoom but what I want to do so right now we are currently recording on the Lumix G H 5 with the

XLR plug-in adapter through the hot truth I've got an XLR microphone that I'm looking at right now so consider the audio that we're current according to be about a five to six hundred dollar setup this is a $75 setup and let's just compare the two against each other as we talk about the zoom h1 and what we're gonna do we have a very cheap this is the boil level air Mike from another of our cheapest audio videos so we're gonna record the audio right now with both of these and we're gonna switch back and forth is the videos

Going on just so you can see what I'm talking about and how powerful this little device is we're kind of rigged up here and one of the cool things another cool thing while we're setting this up is you can actually see when it's fully turned on so you can see your levels straight from the device itself which is super useful so you can dial it in now a rule of thumb something that I always do for audio is I want my Peaks to be at negative 12 so we can turn this up just a little bit audio test audio test audio test so now that added added a data so right about there

We should be pretty good so we can hit record and we have now started recording on the zoom h1 and with a dirt-cheap lavell ear mic so let me know which one you think sounds better is it the almost pro level audio XLR adapter or is it this very cheap device now again the thing that I like that you can just dial your audio in however you want it so audio test audio test audio test audio test audio test audio test so you can see you could use this just as a as I've used this before I've used this just plugged in just like this I'll sync the audio in post like we're doing right now

And it you can't even tell the difference I've used this with the rx100 mark 5 which is right here I've used it with action cameras I would probably use it with this fuji xt 30 the recording on over here because it's got a 2.5 millimeter audio jack but that doesn't help because I don't have any two point five millimeter stuff I have all three point five millimeter audio which is what this does so my big benefit of cameras are camera gear and all shapes and sizes is actually having physical buttons and controls so you can see here on the physical body itself it's got

Space for the micro SD card that we are currently recording this audio – it's got a settings and a hold button on here so you don't mess up any the buttons if you've got this in a pocket it is run off to triple-a batteries which I probably I do kind of wish I don't normally want like in turn power battery stuff but I do kind of wish this had an internal battery because I forget to charge triple A's all of the time on the front here you can see that you can when you've stopped recording you can listen to it back with this little speaker right here you play

Pause forward fast-forward pause and gives you some more options that you can choose there are some higher quality audio recording settings that you can do with the zoom h1 in and I'll leave like right over top of here right now I'll show you all I'll list all of the different features and functions that you can get out of this thing I'm not as concerned about that I'm not an audio engineer I'm just an online content creator I want to show you how I have used this in my online video production so you can see you can't set it to auto level that's where it will stop you from

Pinging too loud so as you talk about this you'll see that I'll try to keep the levels down a little bit but I don't like using auto levels I like trying to keep stuff as manual as possible again a huge fan of this manual gain dial but something that's really cool about this thing is you don't necessarily need to use it like this so here we'll pause this will unplug the lavell ear mic one of the really awesome things is something I've used this says you could use this as like an interview audio device so we're recording again so let's say you are out at a convention like I

Go to conventions all the time you can very easily set this up hit record be like hey what's going on with your zoom h1 and audio device is there anything fancy in the future of the zoom h1 audio device that you would like to use know something cool then you yeah hey when you consider the new zoom device that you are using how would you necessarily use that for online video production well I'm glad you asked every day dad in our company the Zoom company we really like producing a budget I don't actually work for zoom by the way we like producing

Blah blah blah so yeah you could use this without will stop recording so you could use this as and then you don't necessarily have to plug it into anything which is very very very useful like I cannot overstate like how impressive all the features on this thing are and it's not necessarily about digging into all of those specs and things that we showed earlier it's just the usability so there are three things three main ways you can use the zoom h1 and we already saw plug it into a lavalier mic treat it just like a regular audio device recorder nothing

Fancy nothing special just record sync and post could use it without being anything plugged into it because it's got these stereo microphones on top as we already saw Audio blah blah blah blah but it's not on right now Audio glad that died that that's exactly what it sounds like when I record are you bad bad bad bad bad bad you can use it like that or and this is the one that makes this thing so useful is this has both a 3.5 millimeter audio in and a 3.5 millimeter audio out but what does that mean like who cares right what is so

What that means is you don't have to record audio to this device to get the use out of it what you can do and I have done this for my podcast is you can plug your microphone into here and then you can plug this into your camera so what does that help so let's say you're using a camera with a terrible preamp Nikon or Canon I love the cameras but they have some pretty bad primps so you're trying to get around those bad preamps you can then use this as a preamp for your camera it's got a quarter into tripod mount on the bottom you can mount this to the top of your camera you could

Mount this to another device you could mount this on a cage you could mount this next to your camera use this is the preamp and not have to worry you don't have to worry about does the XT 30 actually have good preamps does the GH 5 have good preamps you'd have to worry about that you can use legitimate sounding audio devices to record internal to your Cameron you know what let's hop outside real quick so I can show you how all of this works together I'll show you the three main ways that I would use this and prove to you that it will save your camera will let you take

A crappy camera and get really good audio recorded through it and with it so see you one two three okay now we are outdoors to do the really quick just so I can show you how it all comes together audio testing we are currently recording this audio on the zoom h1 and as you can see there is no other audio device out here I do have a 3.5 millimeter audio cable plugged into the a 6400 for future expediency sake but for right now this is the audio and what I really like about having audio recorded off camera or using a lavalier system is look I'm not I'm not trapped to the camera like

One of the things I hate about shotgun microphones is you're like hey everybody let's talk about microphones blah blah blah blah blah and then you're just like stuck at a certain distance away from the camera we're here I don't even have to be in the frame check this out not even not even looking at the I'm not even around the camera and you can still hear me so I really like that a device like the zoom h1 end just lets you get really good audio without having to be at the camera like that's super important to me and again you can dial

In your audio straight from here so I'm like okay well maybe I'm a little too hot right now look I can see the levels I'm changing it as we go it's so this is the off-camera audio recording with a lav all your mic and then I don't know why I just did this is now like we saw indoors if you're doing some kind of an interview so every day dad what do you think about blah blah blah well every day dad thank you so much for the opportunity to be on this wonderful channel and to share my experiences with your wonderful audience you you guys are the heroes well thank you very much

Every day dad I'm a big fan of my audience as well so thanks to everybody that watches you can easily use this as an interview microphone and what's great there is a little wind muff that you can get to put around it to take out the plosives like the puhs and the buzz those will affect microphones from time to time if you like talking right into the microphone if you're talking off microphone it should be a little bit better but here's the one that I'm really excited to show you and I'm gonna have to set this up for a second so hold on just hold on see there you go now we

Are one of the benefits of having a nice long level ear cord so yeah there you go now one of the benefits of the a 6400 don't necessarily take this specifically for the ACS to 400 I do think the internal preamps are pretty good but if you have a camera that has terrible internal preamps this this solves it for you like you now can use the zoom recorder as a preamp now does this make it a little more fiddly to set up yes absolutely I personally prefer systems that just work without having to mess around with them too much but if you're a pinch or you do a studio setup where

You're just looking at the camera and talking and you want the best audio because audio is the most imply key it is so much more important than everything else like it's not even close so if you have that kind of setup and you're just like my camera could use some more audio but I don't want to spend that much money the zoom h1 all day long the zoom h1 in is the best absolutely the best budget audio device you could buy anywhere like you should I almost titled this video you should go buy this I try to save that for different kind of videos since this is a

Budget video production video but you should absolutely go buy one of these like it's incredibly powerful and budget doesn't necessarily mean the cheapest that's why we stopped calling this reviewing the cheapest because budget is what gives you good value for your money not necessarily what's just cheap and may not may or may not work so what do you guys want what are some other pieces of budget video production gear you'd like to see me check out or recommend on the channel leave a comment below I'd love talking about them audios kind of like my favorite so I was very I've been

Wanting to show this video for months so I'm very excited that it finally gets to go out today thanks for watching

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