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This episode’s question comes from Mike Sale (thanks Mike!) and he asks:
“In your digital recorder show you talk about doing mix-minus with the Zoom H5. Can you please share how?”
You want to use hardware to record your podcast episodes. If you don’t run mix-minus, your guest will hear themselves and you’ll get an unuseable echo. Mix-minus eradicates an echo and gives you dependable, high-quality sound.
- Host-side Input: Microphone plugged into a Cloudlifter plugged into channel 1 of the Zoom digital recorder.
- Guest-side Input: A 3.5mm splitter cable plugged into the microphone output on the computer, going to a 3.5mm to ¼” cable, plugged into channel 2 of the digital recorder.
- Your sound is now being recorded on channel 1 and your guest is recorded on channel 2.
- Next, set up mix-minus so the guest can hear you.
- Click the menu button.
- Toggle to the input and output setting.
- Choose the monitor mixer that your guest’s channel is plugged into.
- Turn your guest’s channel (in this case, 2) down to 0 db or mute.
- Return your audio to the computer so the guest can hear you but not themselves.
- Plug a 3.5mm cable into the line out on the digital recorder.
- Plug it into the audio input jack on the computer. Note: your computer might not have one and in this case you’ll need a USB adaptor.
Monitoring the Guest:
The one downside to this method is that you can’t hear the guest on the headphone jack from the digital recorder. This is where the splitter is helpful. Plug your headphones into the 2nd output of the splitter you have plugged into your computer.
With this setup, you’ll have the following:
- Be able to record yourself on channel 1.
- Be able to record your guest on channel 2.
- The ability for the guest to hear you without hearing themselves.
- The ability to hear and monitor your guest.