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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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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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Regarding technical differences between mid-side and XY stereo recordings: with mid-side, if you have access to the unencoded tracks (one track is your "mid" signal, the other track is your "side" signal), then you can vary the levels between the tracks to get a wider or narrower stereo spread, going all the way down to mono if you use only the mid track. (...


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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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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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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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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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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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The level you need to set on the H4n would depend greatly on the signal level coming in from the computer and may even be affected by the type/length of cables in between. As with any other recording device you will need to experiment a bit to get the levels right. First turn the levels down to a point where they are not clipping. Record the loudest thing ...


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Be sure that MENU -> IINPUT -> 1/2 LINK is set to "OFF"


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No, it can only use the internal mics and XLR simultaneously in 4 channel mode (the caveat being it limits you to 48/24 instead of 96/24). What you are attempting is 6 channel recording and it is not capable of this - on a logic board and firmware level.


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pretty sure the 1/8th jack is in parallel with the on board mics as far as tracking goes.


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The Zoom H4n is able to record its external mics on other formats. On the Stereo mode, you can record at all the available recording formats. On the 4-channel mode, you only have 4 options which are 44.1/16, 44.1/24, 48/16 and 48/24. If you need to record higher than 44.1, do note that you need to be off the Stamina mode as this mode only allows record and ...


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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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As a purely practical matter, in my experience recording with Zoom M/S and X/Y, if there is a lot of crowd noise to the sides and in back of the mic, X/Y will have less of it in the recording. One thing that is important to consider when getting theoretical about mic patterns is the off-axis response. Two patterns that have a certain relationship in their ...


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I'll weigh in fromm a purely non-technical perspective. I have been recording location choral / orchestral concerts for years and love the sound of MS. Clients do as well. It just gives this beautiful spacial ambience I find difficult to capture with XY. The comments about being able to control the stereo image are dead on. That is another nice feature of ...


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Without meaning to denigrate your question, there is no point in asking is "X" better than "Y" when it comes to mic technique (among other things); the source decides what technique you should use. Breaking it down to a list of pros and cons doesn't account for the salient and hard to define characteristic that a specific mic technique will lend a recording. ...


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Very old post but for those having issues with wind noise I found a solution. I bought a rycote windjammer but found The mic was still picking up wind noise through the casing. Solution? I wrapped the body of the h1 in a cheap Cotten wool Santa beard. Even on a very windy day I don't pick up any wind noise at all. I can even use the mouth of the beard to ...


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Old thread, but anyway...I've been using the H4 and now H1, because of its portability, for interviews, ambient sound and simple video sequences. As a former radio producer i've also worked with more high-level (and definitely high-priced) gear. I've find the zoom series (I've also tried the H2) good when it comes to sound quality. And especially the H1 is a ...


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