I'm looking to start a podcast that will have 3 hosts that will sit in the same room. I'm trying to figure out a cost effective way to have good quality audio as I'm not sure if the project will actually gain traction. My initial thought was to buy 3 USB microphones ($20-30 range a piece) and run a custom setting through the midi program into garageband. However, this option limits portability and I can't use audio recording equipment for much else aside from this podcast (I also shoot video projects as a hobby) My second thought is to grab an audio recorder (zoom h4n, tascam d40) and buy some xlr mics to plug into the unit. My problem here is that I don't think I can get 3 microphones to work this way. Can a recorder support 2 simultaneous xlr mics? What does the exported files look like? Do they get their own channels? Can someone lend a helping hand, I'm running in circles here. P.S. I will be doing the editing in garageband regardless of which method.