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Microphone Month 5

Zoom H4 Handy Recorder Review

The Zoom H4 is ideal for songwriters, musicians, Foley artists, public speakers, podcasters, and so many other applications.

I was sitting in our city’s largest mall looking to record the mall’s ambience for a small project I was working on. It was my third attempt. Each time before the recordings seemed quiet and inaccurate. This time it was different. As I walked into the mall entrance with my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones plugged into a Zoom H4 recorder I was astonished. I was capturing sounds from 360 degrees. I could close my eyes and picture people walking in front, behind, and from the left and right of me. Able to accurately hear footsteps from heels, sneakers, and sandals. It was amazing. The two electret condenser microphones were capturing the ultimate stereo image at 96kHz. I was able to record four hours of continuous audio on the SD media card until my two AA batteries finally ran out of gas.

Great, so the Zoom 4 records amazingly well. What else could this 6.7-ounce handheld machine do? It gives you the ability to plug your guitar straight in and record with the option to add amp effects, compression or other effects. As a guitar player it is essential for me to share my ideas with my other band members. The Zoom H4 provided just that. Unbelievable for a handheld recorder. The combo 1/4″/XLR jacks with phantom power add the benefit of plugging in instruments or microphones with ease.

Once I had the recordings I wanted, I went straight home to my PC. I installed Cubase LE which came with the Zoom H4. With the USB ability I was able to dump the tracks straight into my Cubase LE DAW and mix and master what I had recorded. Minutes later I had everything recorded on the Zoom H4 down to a CD.

The Zoom H4 is so versatile and easy to use. It’s ideal for songwriters, musicians, Foley artists, public speakers, podcasters, and so many other applications. If you’re looking for a handheld recorder, don’t be the last person on earth to discover this incredible device!

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