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hi

so i'm planning on some home recording except some concepts bothers me. i am using the H4N recorder and it has a built in stereo mic, a external mic input and a XLR input. what i can't figure out is will i need a amp for things like bass, electric drums when recording? i am assuming the XLR input will fit those bass, electric drums, correct me if i'm wrong.

i am also wondering what the quality will be like if i recording using the mic to the audio output from the amp.

thanks
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You could use an amp. Some have xlr line out. Or you could just hang a mic on it. It's very common in the live industry and quality would be fine with a good mic. you could also get a DI and skip the amp altogether.
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An XLR3M (male) connector is used for an output and an XLR3F (female) for an input. Thus a microphone will have a built-in XLR3M connector, and signal cables such as microphone cables will each have an XLR3F at one end and an XLR3M at the other. At the stage box end of a multicore cable, the inputs to the mixing desk will be XLR3F connectors, while the returns to the stage will be XLR3M connectors. Similarly, on a mixing desk, the microphone inputs will be XLR3F connectors, and any balanced outputs XLR3M connectors.

Neutrik also offers several models of combination jacks that accept both XLR and 0.25 in TS or TRS plugs

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You'll have no problem feeding line-level audio from your electric drums, bass, etc right into the H4. Be careful with your gain settings, as those line level devices have a whole hell of a lot more power to their outputs than the output from a microphone. As long as you keep that in mind, it should work well. The H4 actually has some decent mics in it and makes a mean stereo recording. I've never multitracked with it like I assume you're planning to, but as long as you keep things organized it'll be okay.
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what audio card do you have? for sound quality its all about the card!
    
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