I've tried to use a Zoom H5 recorder as audio interface to a PC with a cheap lavaliere microphone, and failed. The lav was attached to the standard XY microphone block. Audacity mic indicator wasn't completely dead and displayed some variable marginal noise at -50 dB or so.
Narrowing the problem down.
Lav works well, when I record to Zoom H5 directly.
Audacity on a Windows PC records OK with Zoom's XY mics, but the sound is weak: I need to put the input level on Zoom H5 to 10, and to keep the device no further than about 10 cm from my mouth.
Of course, I've checked the device is selected, both in OS and Audacity.
I'm fairly new to sound recording. What am I missing here?