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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

There are a variety of reasons to have an external recorder depending on the size of your production. A big advantage is the number of audio inputs and the ability to record each of those inputs as ...
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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

Yes, its way better. Being able to monitor the levels, and headphones, makes a huge difference. However, its not even just the quality of the mic or recording device its the location. Having an ...
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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

Can't speak for the Nikon, but the Canon 5D and 7D both have terrible on-board audio, with no way to easily monitor the audio levels. The Zoom will have a better mic pre-amp, and will let you monitor ...
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Lavalier vs. cardioid mic for low-budget amateur DSLR video recording?

It depends no how far away you are shooting from and how centered your subject will be. You definitely DO NOT want a lavalier mic for your situation. They do offer very nice noise reduction while ...
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Decreasing levels of other channels when voice channel comes in

"Ducking" is the canonical term for what you want, usually done with a compressor in the main program chain with the sidechain taken from your mic channel. Audition 2018 has a auto ducking feature ...
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Syncing audio and video from different sources

This is a rather common problem. The issue is NOT sample-rate. And the issue is NOT frame-rate, either. Most modern editing software (or file-manipulation software) is capable of easily resolving ...
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Remove echo when recording in say, a hallway

The attachment you are looking for is called a lav mic, though sometimes it can be a hand-held shotgun mic, too. Sound intensity decreases as the square of distance and echoes decay exponentially. ...
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Can i do audio monitoring with wireless headphones with a field recorder?

I see no reason why not. You'd just have to make sure you find a transmitter that's battery powered, and small enough so you can bundle it with the micro-recorder. The question is; is it necessary. ...
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Record two audio sources as separate tracks?

You need to map all streams, so ffmpeg -video_size 1920x1080 -framerate 60 -f x11grab -i :0.0 -f pulse -i default -f openal -i "Monitor of Headset H390 Analog Stereo" -map 0 -map 1 -map 2 -c:v ...
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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

Apart from the other benefits mentioned - mic placement, quality of the pre-amps, ability to properly monitor levels, another advantage is that many of the good quality digital recorders (like the ...
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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

I wouldn't recommend the h4n anymore. It is still a huge step up from the on-board audio, but it generally isn't the best value anymore. The H5n or H6n are both better options available now and ...
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What's the benefit of using an external audio recorder compared to an internal one?

Getting the audio recording separated from the video recording is one of the best things you can do to improve your sound. What makes good camera placement doesn't always make for good audio placement....
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what are the elements of a lavaliere mic system?

Most wireless lavalier microphones for video recording use are sold as single receiver + transmitter packages. I believe you can get receivers that take more than one input, but they are designed for ...
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how to detect empty wav files

If the files have no content then it's enough to key on size. A totally "empty" WAV file will have just a header and will almost certainly be less than 200 bytes. So it's probably enough to delete any ...
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What is the best way to combine two audio sources into a single audio output?

I misspoke in my original question, I've fixed the sentence so hopefully it should be clearer. I'm just wanting to listen to the PC out, while simultaneously listing to the Mic out as I record it. ...
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Best way to dub the voice in a very low budget or no budget film

It sounds like you are using your laptop's microphone, and that your main problem is the lack of a quality mic. If you own an iPhone, especially iPhone 5 or later, I would recommend you use the voice ...
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Garage Band alternative for windows

One that comes to mind is Presonus Studio One vr3 It is about $50 and is a full featured digital audio workstation. There is also sonar, protools and ableton live but I believe they are all quite a ...
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Convert .3GP to MP3?

You can use ffmpeg, a free command-line tool. Basic command is ffmpeg -i file.3gp file.mp3
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How is the audio for a TV broadcasted football match recorded?

The primary method of getting that "zoomed in" sound is using parabolic microphones. They are manually operated and usually carried by the operator listening just to the output of that microphone. The ...
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How do youtube professionals record audio for their video?

If you are referring to tutorials or commentary then yes, you would record the original performance (perhaps with computer sound), while thinking of your audience. When I record tutorials for software,...
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Voice Over Record doesn't record, displays "Finishing" then stops

I think I've figured it out. I've been setting my in point to the start of the clip and my end point to the end of the clip. By moving the start in point after the first bit of footage, it records ...
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What is the maximum length of Portable Recorder to Camera cable that is safe to use?

Without more detail this is not directly answerable. The short answer is, the shorter the better, but the long answer depends on many factors. The amount of electromagnetic noise in a room will ...
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What is the maximum length of Portable Recorder to Camera cable that is safe to use?

You may want to consider looking into another alternative as well: double-system sound. The (old school) idea being that since you have a separate recorder, you don't need a connection between the ...
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Can I split audio before it gets to my sound recorder?

Technically if you want to be sure that you are getting the highest possible audio quality you need a pre-amp that you can use to split the signal. But the effect is going to be very small. When you ...
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Headphone for recording voice for YouTube

The quality of the headphones will only affect how the audio sounds to you, so you don't necessarily need to spend your money on that to improve the audio for a youtube video. I would suggest ...
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How to set-up mic for voice-over audio and minimize residual mouth noises

There is some good advice here : https://training.npr.org/2017/01/31/the-ear-training-guide-for-audio-producers/#recording How to avoid mouth noise: Changing mic placement can often help, especially ...
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What adapter do I need to merge two microphones as L and R channels?

This is a tricky question, and much depends on the specifics of your camera and the microphones you're using. Without those details, it's impossible to make specific recommendations. In broad strokes, ...
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How do I avoid noise when speaker is further away?

All analogue electronics generates some level of noise, and digital recordings also introduce a small amount of dither noise in order to accurately record signals. When you record sound from a ...
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SW to chunk up individual songs from larger recording of an audio stream

Most audio editing software comes with a "search silence" option and, in the case of Logic Pro X, you can create regions automatically with the "strip silence" function which will search for all ...

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