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Using a Zoom H1 With 2 Lavalier Mics

The Zoom H1 is still a great little recorder. It's very affordable, portable, and still offers you a few different options for how you record.

If you do a lot of interviews with your H1 you've probably tried a few different recording methods.

You can sit the H1 on a table and talk around it, but this can cause your recordings to sound a bit ‘roomy'.

You can hold the recorder or attach the mic handle, and move it back and forward between yourself and your guest. With these methods you're going to get a bit of handling noise in your recordings, your volume levels are going to be quite inconsistent, and you're also going to get a sore arm if you talk for any length of time.

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I'm a big fan of lavalier mics for podcast interviews – specifically the ART3350.

With the Zoom H1, it's possible to use two lav mics by plugging them in via a splitter.

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  1. Mike on 8th March 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Hello, thank you for the great article.
    I’ll be moving around while interviewing someone, perhaps during a hike or a walk down the street. I’m wondering if you could make any recommendations for a wireless setup that might help me accomplish this?
    Also, do you have an opinion on the Zoom H1 vs. the Sony ICD-UX533?
    Thank you in advance!

  2. Amisha Ghadiali on 28th June 2017 at 11:40 pm

    I am ordering the Zoom H1 and the two AT-3350 lav mics. Just wanted to check on what conclusion you came to. Is it worth investing in a zoom 5?
    this set up seems a bit simpler for somebody new to all this.

    • Matthew McLean on 29th June 2017 at 11:18 am

      Hi Amisha, this is a great portable/beginner setup. Reasons you might want an H5 instead… if you plan on working with XLR mics, recording through a mixer, recording Skype etc. Depends on what you think you’ll need it for!

      • Amisha on 7th June 2018 at 1:00 pm

        Hi Matthew,

        I have been using a set up which has been working well. Zoom H1 and two ATR-3350 lav mics. It worked great for maybe 14 episodes. Then I took them to India and Bali – and now at around 30 mins in – interference happens. I have wind sounds (when indoors) or other static interference. The annoying thing is it isn’t in the sound check, so I don’t know it’s happened until I come to edit the interviews. Could it be a battery thing, or would you recommend at this stage I upgrade to better lav mics like rode or sennheiser. I wonder if the mics got damaged being in hot countries and if they needed silica gel to be kept with them.

        Any advice? It’s effected 6 upcoming episodes for The Future Is Beautiful. Some which I may have to redo. I have an interview tomorrow, which I want to record smoothly.

  3. paul on 27th July 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Is there a limit to how many mics you could attach in this way?

    You said you were using a 5 way splitter? I’m presuming you’re not splitting the two mics on to left and right channels.

    • Matthew McLean on 31st July 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Hi Paul, if you’re using a 2 way stereo splitter like this one then it’s almost as good as recording separate channels

      The 5-way splitter just records everything into one mono or joint-stereo (identical on both sides) track though. You can plug as many mics into a splitter as it can take, but the audio quality and signal strength may begin to suffer.

  4. Ivan on 16th November 2017 at 8:23 am

    Hi. If i were to only use one lav mic with the h1 zoom, will I still be able to do an interview via using the mic on the h1 for my self or guest, and the lav mic for the person being interviewed? Or will that just not work, and would need to have two separate lav mics? Thanks so much.

    • Ivan on 16th November 2017 at 8:26 am

      I just watched the video… damn damn… so it deems the mic on the h1 useless when external mics are plugged in. That’s too bad.

  5. Dj on 28th December 2017 at 1:36 am

    If using the splitter will the audio from each lav mic be on separate channels (right speaker and left speaker) or will the audio from each lav be heard on both speakers at the same time?

    • haley on 5th November 2018 at 6:45 pm

      I want to know this answer too! It’s a stereo recorder, so two separate channels should be possible, but I suspect maybe it is not. Anyone?

  6. Max Huber on 25th January 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Can you do this with the H2N

  7. Petri on 11th April 2018 at 11:32 am

    Can you please share a link to the 5-channel splitter you were using in the test? I am also interested in using (say) 3 mics in similar way. Have you tested that?

  8. Rebecca on 2nd November 2019 at 1:22 pm

    The sound sample recording had a lot of background noise. Was that an AC or a fan or was it an artifact of the sound set up?

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Matthew is an audio drama writer and producer who enjoys talking about podcasts. He makes the tea at The Podcast Host, and is a loyal servant of adopted house rabbits.

August 4th 2016