Wedding Audio- ZoomH4N or Tascam DR-40

Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Gang,

I have some questions about wedding audio and what other people are doing. My gear is as follows.

- 1 Sony V1U Camera

- 1 Canon 5D Mark 2

- 1 Canon 60D

- 1 Rode Video Mic Pro

- 1 Sennheiser Wireless G3 Kit

That is my gear that I will be shooting all my weddings with, along with few tripods, sliders and glidecam.

I have been using the G3 Kit on the groom, then using the rode mic on one of the DSLR's. However, some weddings have other music playing etc so I have been looking at adding a Zoom H4N or <span id="btAsinTitle">Tascam DR-40.</span>

<span id="btAsinTitle">I'm thinking one recorder is all I need.Which one would be better for what gear I currently own? Am I forgetting anything? Do you think this will cover my needs forallmy weddings?</span>

<span>Any advice would be great.</span>



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Anonymous (not verified)

Either one is a decent choice. I own an H4n. Aside from the size and battery life (too short), it's a decent unit. Eventually, you'll probably want to add more/smaller units like the H2n or H1, especially if you're not tapping the xlr/quarter inch outputs from audio boards.

A pocket-sized recorder is easier to mount and hide in front of musicians (although you should always ask permission first).

For a typical church wedding, I might have 3 audio recorders going (podium, musician, groom)in addition to wireless mics).

As with most tools, you find more uses for them when they're a part of your kit.

Anonymous (not verified)

My preferred mic placement for church weddings is:

Wireless on officiant (who does 95% of the talking). I want to be able to monitor and adjust his levels.

Digital recorder (iRiver or H1 w/ lav) on groom to pick up vows.

Zoom H2 on podium/lectern to pick up the readings

Zoom H4 if there are live musicians.

All cameras have 1 channel dedicated to shotgun/built-in mic.

Since I started doing things this way, I have had great audio, fewer post production headaches, and I sleep better at night.

Harlin Brookes's picture
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To me wireless is better unless you wanna spend days just editing audio. I use two wireless and a tascam portable. Sometimes I only use the wireless split between the onboard mic..depends on venue.




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I basically use one wireless on the groom or officiant and I have the tascam setup as a backup somewhere near the alter for any surprises. I use my on cam mic for ambient sound, or a second wireless for safety.I used to put a small recorder in the grooms pocket with a lav. But the wireless is easier in editing. As I mentioned earlier sometimes less is more, Also keep an ear out for phaseing if you dont get all the mics lined up exact in editing it will sound like a swooshing sound. I usually get the camera sound in order and then sync to that nudging one frame at a time with headphones for the least amount of phase. Good Luck, sounds like you know the drill..





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Anonymous (not verified)

For the reception, I run 3 mics. One is a dynamic handheld mic like the Sure Beta 58 with an XLR plug-in transmitter. This is attached to the DJ's PA via a Bogen Magic Arm and clamp. Placing it midway between woofer and tweeter usually yields the best sound while picking up some ambient (clapping, cheering etc.). This is fed directly to my camera and monitored continuously. 90% of the time, I can use this track mixed with the on-camera mic for excellent quality. My backup is the H4 or H2 unit plugged into the DJ's board (assuming they're cool with it). This gives me a stereo feed, and a backup in case I'm not rolling during an impromptu speech, toast, or announcement.

Rex's picture
Last seen: 3 years 8 months ago
Joined: 02/02/2010 - 9:32pm

Whenever I use the H4n from a sound board feed it's distorted really bad. How do you guys run a H4n from a board? The only thing I have found to work so far is a DI box in between the board and the H4n.

Anonymous (not verified)

Look into in-line (barrel) attenuators. Variable one's are best and will knock a signal down by 20 to 40dB. They're cheap and should be a part of your audio gear.