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With the addition of a few pieces of gear, we’re now able to record up to 4 simultaneous TRS/XLR tracks in the middle of nowhere in studio quality. With this setup we can record a four person podcast without needing to plug into electric.

Hardware

iPad

This is the heart of the system, running PreSonus Capture to track up to four concurrent audio sources.

ZOOM U-44 Handy Audio Interface

The audio interface provides two combo TRS/XLR inputs. Most important, it runs on a pair of AA batteries. The first port can handle direct electric guitar or bass inputs. Both can be supplied with phantom power.

ZOOM EXH6 Dual XLR/TRS Input Capsule for U-44

This input capsule adds two combo TRS/XLR inputs to the U-44. These two are good for dynamic mics and inputs such as from a keyboard. They cannot handle a guitar and they don’t provide phantom power. For the purpose of having four mic inputs, this is a handy accessory.

ZOOM ZHA-4 Handy Headphone Amplifier

This is a battery powered headphone amplifier. It allows me to plug in four headphones,

ZOOM H4n Pro Field Recorder

This is an alternate recording device. It provides two combo TRS/XLR inputs and a built-in XY mic. It can serve as an audio interface with the two separate inputs being used for add on-mics and the XY mics allowing for stereo area recording.

TASCAM TH-02 Studio Grade Headphones

These are closed-back studio monitoring headphones.

Behringer Ultravoice XM8500 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphones

I have four of these in my on-site kit.

Software

PreSonus Capture

The ZOOM H4n Pro is also a part of the kit. It provides a separate recording device with two combo TRS/XLR inputs and a built-in XY mic. It can serve as an audio interface with the two separate inputs with the XY mics allowing for stereo area recording.