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mcguirk



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Zoom H4 new
      #346364 - 30/08/06 01:35 PM
Anybody else been looking at this :

http://www.soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=8507

My first thought was "that is one HUGLY machine". However, my next thought (after recently buying a used Edirol R-1) was d'oh.

  • 2 XLR/Jack combo inputs with phantom power
  • 4 track recording mode
  • Can be used as a USB audio interface with a DAW
  • Price : £250



EDIT : Hm.. there's no mention of storage media format.

Edited by ant_chapman (30/08/06 01:43 PM)


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ryan mead



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Re: Zoom H4 new [Re: mcguirk]
      #346423 - 30/08/06 03:07 PM
just another reason to slap myself for being one of the first to buy an m-audio microtrack!


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Pandemonium



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Re: Zoom H4 new [Re: ryan mead]
      #346575 - 30/08/06 09:30 PM
The features are great. And the cost. But my question is, does anybody has experience with zoom small multitrack recorders?...are they good quality? do they have bugs and stuff, or do they work as expected?.

This one looks like a great tool for songwriters like me.

Pandemonium


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Re: Zoom H4 new [Re: mcguirk]
      #346697 - 31/08/06 07:46 AM
Quote ant_chapman:

Hm.. there's no mention of storage media format.



Its got an SD card slot according to this month's Guitarist

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Smithee



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Re: Zoom H4 [Re: mcguirk]
      #346708 - 31/08/06 08:21 AM
The Zoom H4 does indeed look like a great device. There's more information here and it does indeed use SD cards (128MB is included). The only dissapointment I can see is the battery life. Four hours on 2 AA batteries just 'aint that long .

Apart from that it looks excellent. It seems to better on the MicroTrack 24/96 in every way and equal the R-1 and R-09. plus it has balanced Mic/line inputs on XLRs - something the other devices lack.

I'm just hoping that when someone reviews it, it sounds as good as its spec suggests. If so, I shall feel my credit card elevating again .

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Re: Zoom H4 new [Re: Pandemonium]
      #346796 - 31/08/06 11:13 AM
I have used the small 4 track one and an 8 track one (maybe it was 16) and a friend uses the big 16 track one.
I haven't heard any terrible reports, although the quality of the preamps in the big 16 track one aren't great.
I did an A/B with a Presonus MP20 and it's own preamps (using a GT55).
The difference was HUUUUUUGE!

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Edited by BigAl (31/08/06 11:14 AM)


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caveman82



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Re: Zoom H4 new [Re: BigAl]
      #347010 - 31/08/06 04:27 PM
from the specs described it does look like a great unit for recording rehearsals without having to take a multitrack, or laptop.

i'm sure you can get better results with a multitrack, but the edirol h4 looks a lot lighter and easier to carry to a rehearsal studio! (particulary relevant if you don't have a car)

i'm sure there are lots of other great options for recording rehearsals etc, but the h4 does look like a very tempting option....


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Sarge



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Re: Zoom H4 new [Re: caveman82]
      #347072 - 31/08/06 07:40 PM
Interesting I was looking for a replacement for my minidisc for sample gathering and interviews.
Getting on getting 4 hours use on only two AA batteries. Depends on what sort of use rather than just leaving it on for that length of time. A set of rechargables should keep you going.

Internal mics are never good?


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Re: Zoom H4 new [Re: Sarge]
      #347113 - 31/08/06 09:42 PM
The mics on the H4 don't look very internal. A couple of external capsules in a 90° Rode NT4 stle arrangement so they should be good for stereo recording (hopefully the capsules ae matched).

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Hewesy



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Re: Zoom H4 new [Re: mcguirk]
      #347195 - 01/09/06 07:36 AM
I'm interested as well, it does look a good bit of kit (though keep plenty of rechargable AA's on hand!).

Have any of the pro's seen this? John Willet? Any thoughts?

Hewesy


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Re: Zoom H4 new [Re: Hewesy]
      #347442 - 01/09/06 04:04 PM
Hasn't Sony been making something like this, except decidedly more up-market? (As in a thousand or two more $.)


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Re: Zoom H4 new [Re: Jeraldo]
      #347658 - 02/09/06 08:19 AM
Quote Jeraldo:

Hasn't Sony been making something like this, except decidedly more up-market? (As in a thousand or two more $.)



Yes, you're thinking of the Sony PCM-D1 which is going for $1999. The idea was to make a no-compromises recorder of this type and the reviews I've read are quire favourable. Though some say handling noise is a problem with the unit.

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