Tip: Cheap Audio Sweetening
Since I seem to keep recommending inexpensive lav mics (most notably the Audio Technica ATR-3350), I thought I'd do a little piece on what we can do to make these mics sound better. Some of these things are obvious, while others you may not have thought of.
If you have any other ideas, please comment below.
Zoom H1 Handy Recorder
FiiO E5 Headphone Amplifier
That will save a step of syncing up the external audio with the camera and the H4N then will become not only a stereo mic input but a mixer for 2 other mics as well.
Not shure if worth mentioning, but to all those with Canon dSLRs (at least some models) you can always go through the Magic Lantern route, to turn off AGC and manually monitor/adjust volume levels.
Of course it's always better to have both internal and external audio recording, but not always possible.
I recently got a Tascam DR-07MkII and an Audio-Technica AT897 condenser mic... can't vouch for them just yet because I didn't test enough, but seems like a good solution for some situations.
Getting a lav soon.
If you're not able to do that and choose not to install Magic Lantern on your DSLR, just being able to adjust the levels in the H1 will give you a better sound output.
By the way, is it just me or is there no discernible difference in quality between the methods shown in the video?
I noticed that the EQ'd audio sounded more muffled, but aside from that I didn't notice any real changes.