can i record with a zoom 4n simultaneously with the 3.5 mm jack and the built in mics and the xlr jacks at the same time?

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    Give it a try and find out, then let us know.
    – g.a.harry
    Feb 7, 2013 at 16:36

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pretty sure the 1/8th jack is in parallel with the on board mics as far as tracking goes.


No, it can only use the internal mics and XLR simultaneously in 4 channel mode (the caveat being it limits you to 48/24 instead of 96/24). What you are attempting is 6 channel recording and it is not capable of this - on a logic board and firmware level.


Definitely not! If you insert a plug into the 3,5mm jack the internal mics are bypassed. But you absolutly CAN record 4 channels at a time, even using 4 external mics. No phantom power on the mini-jack-input obviuosly, but the Rode NT4 doesn't need any, for example. Or you use external phantom-power supply boxes.

Interesting detail on the Zoom H4n's mini-jack input: The pre-amps on this input have a much lower selfnoise than the more professional-looking XLR-inputs. Seems kind of counter-intuitive at first, but it seems they thought that most people would use the onboard mics most of the time... then it starts to make sense.

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