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This is a debate that has been going on forever. And people totally over-think this and read too many posts about specs, and phase, and mono compatibility, etc. This topic seems to be as hotly debated as religion and politics. The answer to your question is actually pretty easy: Use what sounds best to you and works best in your workflow. I often use a ...


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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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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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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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Recording ambiences needs high quality preamps and microfones. If you want to record sensitive things like wind, grass and trees, you need an good recorder if you want some sound level on the tracks and not only the hiss from bad microfones. Recording 5.1 ambience you need in minimum 4 channel for quad. Take 4 Neumann KM184 with windshields and stands. If ...


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If the mic uses phantom power, be sure to turn off the phantom on the H5 before connecting/ disconnecting. It's ok to have the H5 switched on otherwise.


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Yes it is just fine to connect and disconnect mics from your H5. If you are recording or monitoring the inputs you will likely hear a pop or click.


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"IN 1/2 MS MATRIX" This recording mode lets you record with mid-side (m/s) mic signals through inputs 1/2. The sub menu simply lets you adjust the relative levels of mid channel and side channel. Here is a short intro to m/s: Basically the mid signal represents the sounds that "sound" the same in both left and right side (L + R), and the side signal ...


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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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Contrary to what Utopia said, you need to press the record button only once on the zoom H1. If you saw the red light (and the counter running), it was recording. I have had a similar issue once with my H1, where after a series of recordings in recorder-unfriendly conditions (taped to the back of a car), one file became corrupt and the next one was missing. ...


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Maybe I'm wrong, but as far as I know, this 16/44.1 thing is some kind of hardware limitation. But for this price, it seems very good.


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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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I'm definitely going to be getting one of these. The best audio device you have is the one to hand.


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Happy New Year to all of you! On New Year's Eve I played around with my new Tascam iM2. For a better handling and windprotection I mounted the iPhone to a Rycote suspension plus windshield. Please follow the links below to see some fotos and find some audio examples on SoundCloud. I did some editing on the files but no eq or dynamic processing. For recording,...


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What do you want to record? I like using mid-side for super directional recordings, where you want to adjust the room/place you are recording. Try recording speak with mid-side, it's really cool.


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Mid side is a great technique when you want to capture a wider spread of instruments. For some, it is a pseudostereo image that sounds unnatural and to others its another useful technique to have up your sleave. It all depends on your taste and which sounds best to your ears. Reading posts online will only confuse and therefore it is best to test it out for ...


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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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I haven't heard of anything myself regarding the XLR/Phantom on the H4n. You should try and isolate the problem though in case it's not the XLR/Phantom. Try your mics with a different recorder/interface. Swap out your XLR cables. Try a dynamic mic in your H4n to see if it works. Try as many possible combinations, with only swapping one out at a time, and ...


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Something similar happened to mine. After looking through the a Internet, it seems like the problem might be that the contrast setting can get accidentally set to the lowest setting, which is foolishly designed to be too low. The possible solution is to use the manual and carefully guide yourself through the menus to reset the contrast, but you have to do ...


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If you need quiet sounds like subtle atmos you need to get a better recorder that has better converters. Good converters with low noise cost. The zooms are really only good for loud stuff, originally being marketed to musicians for band rehearsals etc. I actually bought a HN4 but took it straight back for this very reason and bought a sound devices ...


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Out of the three, the H2n is the newer model, so has a few extra features than the others (in-built M/S and 4 chan recording). It might have quieter preamps than the rest, too - perhaps somebody who's compared them directly could confirm that. What it doesn't have, however, is XLR inputs and the ability to provide phantom power to an external mic, which is ...


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After numerous deep dives into configuration of my Zoom recording device, trials with Audacity to eliminate the recording software as an issue as well as various tests with different volume levels and other settings I found the issue. It turns out that the laptop had the recording frequency set to 48kHz, while I used the 44.1kHz frequency on the Zoom. This ...


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Tom, buy a little camera tripod for a few quid, screw it into the threaded socket in the bottom of the H1 and use it as a handle. This avoids handling the casing when recording. To help prevent wind interference when out and about, I just use some really cheap furry material and lay it over the whole recorder, because wind affects the casing as well as the ...


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It turns on that the main problem is that I had to turn on the mics to get anything to work. In this case, the buttons labelled L and R, which control the default 2 XY mics mounted at the top. If I had thought about it, I would have realised that was the case, but it seems to not have registered with me. Though even turned on, the mics generate almost no ...


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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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Nice find! Yeah - I'd use it if it was 96 24, personally. It's what I run my Zoom H2n at. and hopefully they put some XLR inputs on it (somewhat joking..) if they worked out phantom power from the phone :)


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I own a Tascam DR-100 and in conjunction with a good shotgun microphone (although not the best on the market) the Tascam is extremely good quality and will give you professional recordings of the sound you want to capture. I have used the R44 and it is a very, very good portable recorder, and I don't have anything negative to say about it besides one thing....


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