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Combine two mono mics into one stereo signal, such that each mic gets its own channel (left and right)

You need a 2 mono to 1 stereo 3.5 adapter. (As it seems the input of the Zoom H1 is a 3.5 mm female jack). This is not a Y combiner. That is a cable with 2 female mono 3.5 mm jack to 1 male stereo 3....
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What determines the quality of a sound recorded with device into which a mic is plugged in?

There are several variables here. First of all, the preamps can have a lot of impact. Bad preamps may result in more noise, distorted sound, etc. The phantom power can also affect the sound; not ...
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What determines the quality of a sound recorded with device into which a mic is plugged in?

Obviously the preamps and the A/D converters. Some say, devices differ in terms of phantom power, but I don't know about that. Also be aware that of the mentioned recorders only the H4n has XLR inputs....
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cheap hand held sound meter vs smartphone app

The key difference is calibration: a hand held sound meter, even a cheap one, has been calibrated in the factory. Your app and phone (microphone, internal preamp, dac) aren't. If you find a way to ...
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Recording instruments on Zoom H6

The reason for the distortion is the high output level from your digital piano - you need to turn it down so it is as loud as possible without distorting, so it doesn't overload your input stage on ...
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Can I Record 4ch in a zoom H4n with my setup?

The main issue with this is going to be the gain setting for the external mic. The H4N is expecting stereo input, but you are using dual mono with two different mics which are likely to have different ...
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Tascam DR-44WL vs DR-100 MKIII vs USB Microphone Sound Quality

To answer your Tascam-related question : the DR-100 MKIII has much better preamp than the DR-44WL. It means that the noise floor is likely to be much lower, though for your purpose (simple voice-over) ...
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Tascam DR-44WL vs DR-100 MKIII vs USB Microphone Sound Quality

WiFi is pulsed radiation. Without actually looking at the rest of the specs: If you don't actually need the connectivity, this is something that I would be wary about sharing a comparatively small ...
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Audio recording at wrong speed

You can use ffmpeg or audacity to do this. Both are free. In Audacity, use Effect > Change Tempo... or Effect > Sliding Time Scale / Pitch Shift
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Which inexpensive device can record 8 channels (tracks) simultaneously?

Depending on what features you require and the gear you have, the Zoom R16 might work. 8 inputs with preamps, records to an SD-card, 16-channel playback and runs on batteries if needed. I don't know ...
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Which inexpensive device can record 8 channels (tracks) simultaneously?

I think you're asking too much here. The Zoom F8 is probably one of the cheapest 8 ch. portable solution available. EDIT: Tascam made a "portastudio" too - the Tascam DP24 SD. It has 12 mono tracks ...
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What is the difference between headphone jack and line out on Zoom H5 Audio Recorder?

The H5 has an option to have the DB cut down from the line out out to the Camera, you can find this in the manual or on the Zoom YouTube channel for the H5
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What is the difference between headphone jack and line out on Zoom H5 Audio Recorder?

It's not a good idea, because the levels on both the line output and the headphone output are much too high for the camera mic input. If you were to turn the volume down on the headphone output, you'...
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How to connect lavalier microphone with 3.5 jacks into XLR/TRS (using a converter)?

If you are able to wire an adapter yourself, you can do it this way (it will not be a balanced connection though). Shield to XLR male Pin 1 (Ground) White wire goes to XLR male Pin 2 (Signal) Bridge ...
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Who is the king of the portable field recorders?

The King is the Sony M-10. It is cheap, has good sound, is quiet, batteries last forever, and you will actually use it because it is so small. It is what most people should buy instead of all the ...
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Will an external microphone make a tremendous difference in my work?

Effects are spliced into your recordings. They are supposed to be clearly audible and thus come with considerable gain. If they come with a non-trivial noise floor, this noise floor will be spliced ...
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Zoom H2/H2n comparison, does the H2n have less preamp noise than the H2?

Rather late to the party... I have no personal experience but, since I was just researching this subject, I'd like to share this rather nice and in-depth article I stumbled across: http://...
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How's the Zoom H1 working out for you?

Very old post but for those having issues with wind noise I found a solution. I bought a rycote windjammer but found The mic was still picking up wind noise through the casing. Solution? I wrapped the ...
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Using a journalist recorder for field recordings

If i understood your question right you want to record nature sounds? For this use i would recommend the Zoom H2n. It is a very sensitiv mobile recorder. Have a look at it.
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Sony PCM-D100 Mic In

First off I think it's a big decision to buy a field recording rig. It's very good that you ask about these things, because it can prevent you from buying the wrong gear for the purpose. But you never ...
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Lightweight stand for portable recorder

Based on your later remarks: A standard light stand holds a much larger weight than you need, but still doesn't like irregular ground or wind: it can sway far enough to fall over. Weights (sandbags) ...
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Lightweight stand for portable recorder

A GorillaPod comes to mind. Imagine a mic holder instead of the compact camera in their product shot. Is that bumpy enough for what you had in mind? :) You ought to have a couple of different sizes ...
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Lightweight stand for portable recorder

gorillapod type stands also work quite well, thou don't cheap out on these, there are quite bad quality ones out there.
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Lightweight stand for portable recorder

I own two of the Manfrotto's, great flexible, light and small stands. It will attach to the D100 via the camera screw (it has an adapter). I would get the rycote adapters because of the wind ...
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best settings to record indoor interview using Zoom H5 recorder and 2 external mics

-Should I use the automatic recording level feature? No never, it's destructive and not undoable. If it's an interview so the subject will probably keep his or her voice on the same level. Two options:...
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