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You have to update your firmware first, if you haven't already done so: http://www.zoom.co.jp/downloads/h4n/software/ Then you just go to: Menu / Input / Turn OFF 1/2 Link (http://www.hv20.com/showthread.php?43895-Zoom-h4n) Once linking is turned off, all you need to do is to click on the buttons (1) or (2) under the MIC-button, and just adjust the Rec ...


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Very big difference. The mics are much better and it has a much quieter noise floor. It is more expensive then the H4n but if you use it a lot it, will pay for itself with its battery life and the remarkably few times you will need to change the batteries. H4n eats up batteries and D-50 last forever on a set. I upgraded to the D-50 in the spring and have ...


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Hi Willa, I would put it in stereo mode and select input 1 or 2 (this will de-select the external mics). In the "Input" menu, make sure stereo link is OFF. This will allow you to adjust the recording level for Input 1 and 2 independently (simply press 1 or 2 on the h4n and then adjust the input level for that channel). Plug in your microphones into the xlr ...


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Glad to hear I'm not the only one. This is an issue with some of the new Zoom H4n's. I had the same problem. I ran a line in of tone from my pro tools rig to confirm and as suspected, the right channel was about 3db hotter than the left. No matter what mode I was in. I took it back to where I bought it here in Canada (Long and McQuade) and they sent it out ...


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If you're looking for better sound quality, I'd suggest saving your money for decent external mics instead of purchasing an entirely new recorder. Sony PCM D50 ($484): Good built-in mics. No XLR input. Great for "on the run" recording but the lack of XLR input (and ridiculous size/cost of the XLR adapter) makes it a poor standalone recorder. IMO, not a ...


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Yep, D50 much better in that regard - though I'd hang on to that H4n for low pro recordings with ext mics. Here's the shootout I did a while back. Edit: people are suggesting the Sony XLR adapter is the main way to get XLR mics into the device. IMO the Deneke PS2 is a far better solution for 1/3d the price. listening test of PS2->PCMD50 vs a 744t here.


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Hi Aural Chef, I too was looking at the H4n (among other things) but ended up getting the H2n. I have to say that IMO the H2n is the handier of the two for field recording with the potential for surround recording (which for me is sometimes useful) or the MS, which can be recorded in Raw Mode for later decoding, which again for me is also useful. While ...


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While the Zoom recorders and all those of the same echelon are mot the same as a Sound Devices or FR2, I strongly believe somethig which either Jay or Tim mentioned, which is that the best recorder is the one you have on you (in the same vain that the best mic for the job is the one in your hand). I started out using an H4n and rven though I've since ...


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My advice would be to stick to the exact cards in the list. I have had a series of problems with write errors on my H4n with several different SD cards. In the beginning I bought a class 10 - 32gb Sandisk and had constant write errors. Then I used a class 10 - 16gb Sandisk and had the same problems. After that I tried a smaller 8gb class 10 card from ...


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There are several ways to do this. Simple answer: You can edit each channel separately. When the wave-form is selected, you can hit the up arrow key or down arrow key to change the selection to left only or right only. You can choose to Normalize each channel to 100% or adjust them by ear. Or you can play it totally safe and mix either channel separately ...


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Yes, microphones like the AT899 give you the option of using internal battery power OR phantom power (from the XLR). Yes, microphones like the Rode Lav require phantom power without the option. Yes, the more phantom power is sucked out of your Zoom H6, the faster it drains the available battery power. You are almost always better off running equipment ...


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My Zoom H4n has also developed a rattle, but it appears to be coming from the cover to one of the mics which is ever-so-slightly loose. My fix has been to wedge a small rolled-up piece of gaffer tape between the two mics (where they cross over) with just enough pressure to hold the cover in place. It appears to work quite well.


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It's a great machine for the money. I've used it on a wide range of projects from small commercials to documentary and films. With a good mic and a bit of knowledge it's perfectly capable. PRO's- For a portable device to be able to record 4 independent tracks is amazing. That's the 2 Xlr mic inputs plus either the built in mics/ the 3.5mm ext mic input.(I ...


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Currently I only use an NTG-2 with a H4n that was within my budget, so far I haven't had any problems really only like I'm sure you've heard before the preamps aren't too good when recording quiet sounds, I almost always need to have some noise-reduction during editing but I'm so used to it doesn't bother me anymore. If you can afford the Sony D-50 you can ...


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The problem with H4N + Rode NTG2 is that the zoom's preamps are too quiet, and you'll probably want a mic preamp (e.g. MixPre) to get a hotter signal. Some people here have supported the NTG2 + PCM-D50 combo -- link If you can find a D50 for cheap it might be worth it. It's got great preamps and and very solid internal mics. Something like the Denecke PS-...


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I had a D-50 and it was stolen from me... literally! so I bought a H4N so if they steal from me again it will be a smaller pain... for me these 2 are 2 different things - H4N for effects - D-50 for ambiances - the end.


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You can't do what you want to do with an h4n. Hook it up to your computer and run it as a soundcard and use some multi-tracking software.


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Borrowed from a comment I made to another answer asking a similar question: There's known line-level issues with the H4n, so unfortunately it's not quite that simple (thanks to Samson's/Zoom's fault here). It's a Hi-Z (unbalanced, high-impedance) which still feeds thru the preamp instead of being a direct, true professional line level. Leads to distortion ...


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The cable included in the pack you link to is an attenuated cable - that means it is designed to reduce the Zoom's output from headphone/line level to the mic level input that your camera is expecting. Because the cable is doing the reduction, you will probably need to leave the gain on the camera at its normal setting for a directly plugged in microphone ...


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There usually is a "native" setting called Unity. At that position, the signal is neither attenuated nor amplified artificially. Basically you need to see what is the Unity for your particular device, and try to keep it at that level. With 24bit recordings, softer sounds can always be successfully amplified/normalized in post. Of course, you don't want to ...


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No. The 1/8" jack has a single gain adjustment. No left and right adjustment.


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The recorder supports 3 different recording modes: Stereo: either the build-in mics OR external inputs) 4CH: a stereo file for the build in mics AND another stereo file for the external inputs) MTR: Custom mono/stereo setup for all 4 channels. MTR Mode is probably the one you want to go for. In MTR mode, you can send any input to any track. For example ...


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Yes, the H4n has the option for 4 channel recording, which uses both external inputs and the onboard mics. This will generate two separate .wav files, one for external and one for onboard, although in the H4n browser it displays it as one recording. Hope that helps!


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I had this exact issue for ages on MacOS, audio was high-pitched & had intermittent silence. The fix was to make sure that the Audio Rate setting on the H4N was set the same as the driver's setting in "Audio Midi Setup". The problem was that the driver was trying to read 48,000 samples a second from the device, but it was only recording at 44,100 ...


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So this is a little confusing, but I'll take a stab at it... What program are you playing the files in? If your audio files were recorded with more than 2 channels, there is a chance that the audio you recorded is not on tracks 1 and/or 2, in which case some programs won't play it back (I have experienced this issue with Quicktime). Load it into an editor ...


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The internal mics are pretty noisy, but they shouldn't be that noisy that you can't use the sound recorded. Is there perhaps a ventilation system in the rooms? Also, what is your recording level? Perhaps you're recording too loud or maybe listening too loud. Was there an attached image? I didn't see any


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I'm sorry, I don't know how to ask a question to a question, but to the people recommending the D-50 as having superior in-built mics, I"m quite cautious about phase issues, and the zoom h4n does have co-incidence pairs as compared to a slightly spaced pair. Does this give the h4n much of an advantage? cheers.


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The D-50 batteries lasts forever. Maybe this is obvious but hand holding the D-50 while recording the battery door and other parts rattle enough to ruin recordings. I wish it was a one piece unit with no parts at all. Thats my only complaint about it.


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Hi, Don't own one, but just browsing the manual here. The M/S Matrix option isn't on is it? And you're definitely in stereo record mode?


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If you're handy with electrical repairs, you should be able to get to the PC board. Now the tricky part is to remove the old part, the headphone jack (you can call the company and they will give you a replacement jack). There are 6 soldering points. To remove the old one, you have to use a wick or vacuum to remove the solder from the 6 contact points. Once ...


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