When it’s time to pull out the big guns, reach for the Tascam DR40. It may not be as user friendly as the Zoom H1 but it packs a punch with a pair of XLR and 1/4″ Neutrik Combo jacks and a useful pair of X/Y patterned condenser mics at the top. Because let’s face it: when you’re dealing with multiple audio sources, you’re not going to be able to manage with a single 3.5mm jack! Careful though: those three AA batteries won’t last long if you’re supplying phantom power to your trusty Rode NTG1. And don’t get me started on the twenty or so clicks it takes to dig down to the “format media” options in the menu system- which is so impenetrable it could have been created by Sony!