How to Connect Two Mics to One Input | 2020

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<span class="s1">If you’ve ever recorded two people with separate mics for a Sit Down or Talking Head interview, it may come across as a challenging task at first.
In this article, you will find out it’s fairly easy to connect Two Microphones to One Input. Read on!

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Using Two Microphones in One Input! Tricky? Not now. 

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TESTIMONIALS USING THIS METHOD

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Superb video, really helpful. thumbed up!

HMVideos
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Thank you for an informative and entertaining presentation.

Steve Stockmal
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dude! this is great! i was just looking for a y splitter or similar, but this breakout thing is even better than what i expected! thanks!

Rischard
STEPS FOR CONNECTING TWO MICS TO ONE INPUT AND SPLITTING THE AUDIO AFTER

How many times have you recorded two microphones into your Zoom H1 audio recorder, brought the file it into Premiere Pro only to discover that the audio is combined into one stereo track? You then have to separate each mic used onto its separate channel! So time consuming hey. You probably used a standard Y-Splitter cable mainly (used for headphones) to record two microphones together. The Y-Splitter combines the audio from both mics onto one channel which is a nightmare because you wont have independent control of each audio level resulting in all kinds of issues! This is not the correct way to do this. See images below,

You’ll see below how the audio is combined on the Zoom H1. Note the audio levels.

Y-SPLITTER CABLE
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Y-Splitter Cable

This is that standard nightmare Y-Splitter Cable

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Audio with Y-Splitter Cable

Both microphones audio combined into one L + R output

So what is a better way to record 2 separate microphones? You need to use a specific splitter cable that can separate the audio into two different channels. That cable is a Breakout Cable.

STEREO BREAKOUT CABLE
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Hosa Stereo Breakout Cable

This is Stereo Breakout Cable will split the audio into two audio channels

You’ll again see below how the audio is being split on the Zoom H1, however this time the audio is being split into separate channels by the Hosa Stereo Breakout cable and not combined like using the standard Y-Splitter cable.  Note the audio levels.

NOTE In the video further down the article, you’ll see me using this. This Stereo Breakout cable can also be inserted into a camera. Click here to watch the video. 

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HOSA Stereo Breakout Cable

This is a splitter cable that can separate the stereo audio into two different channels

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Audio with Hosa Breakout Cable

Both microphones audio is split into separate L + R channels

NOTEOn the SD card of your audio recording device you’ll have a Stereo file that you need to separate into two Mono files. I use Premiere Pro so will show you inside that how to do this. 

To read about how to Connect a Zoom H1 to a Mixer click here OR click on the image below

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SPLITTING STEREO AUDIO INTO DUAL MONO IN PREMIERE PRO

Splitting the Stereo Audio file is fairly easy if you follow the steps below.

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Split Stereo file to Dual Mono

To split the audio in Premiere Pro > Right-Click or Control-Click the Stereo Audio file > Select Modify > Audio Channels

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How to Connect Two Mics to One Input | 2020 7Change Stereo file to Mono

In the next window > Select the preset Mono which will change the number of audio channels to two > Press OK to confirm

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How to Connect Two Mics to One Input | 2020 8Add converted Stereo file into the timeline

Once added into the timeline you can see how I can select Audio 1 or Audio 2 independently by clicking the file with the alt key. Note the audio for those channels in the Audio Track Mixer

WATCH VIDEO BELOW

EQUIPMENT NEEDED

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

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Hosa Stereo Breakout Cable

Zoom H1n Portable Digital Recorder

Audio-Technica Lavalier Mic

1/8 to 1/4 – Stereo Audio Jack Adapter

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