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Zoom RC4 Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
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  • from October 31, 2016Music Background:
    Intermediate guitar player

    Convenience and Functionality

    The remote zoom is great - makes using the recorder much easier (although I could probably use the exercise of getting up and down). Having the flashing red "record" light on the remote also makes it easy to tell when the recorder is in standby mode and when it is recording - steady red). Without the remote, I think the recorder would spend more time in its case.

    I generally just need the basic cord length, but having the extra few meters for those times when I am farther away is even better! I have needed it many times in the month or so I have had the remote.

  • from United States April 8, 2015Music Background:
    Degree in music (Syracuse School of Music)

    Listening by the Decade

    i purchased the recording device to do life long interviews. It has worked wonderfully well. Easy to use, great sound from the four microphones that I use.

  • from Louisiana October 3, 2014Music Background:
    Singer and Songwriter

    Easy on and off recording

    I can set my Hn4 far enough away to get a great recording session and turn it off or on without having to get up with no start and stop noise.

  • from iowa January 18, 2013Music Background:
    almost famous

    ZOOM RC4

    a must have for anyone with a Zoom H4n!!!

  • from St. Francisville, La USA July 20, 2011Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Zoom RC4 remote control for Zoom H4n

    I find that the RC4 remote is an essential accessory to the H4n. I've used it primarily on live gigs or rehearsals when I have had to position the H4n where I can't be right on it to start and stop recording. You can't control all the settings but if you get those set before the recording session starts, the RC4 makes it a lot easier to stop and start while you are somewhat out of position to the recorder. My only regret is that the RC4 is not wireless.

  • from Chicago, IL January 11, 2012Music Background:
    RF Development Engineer & Musician

    Just the right functions needed for a Remote.

    Excellent remote and functions great. I'd highly recommend it to eliminate handling noise. Two things that I would've added: 1) First, make it wireless...(I'm a bit biased) the chips are not too expensive and small enough to implement in the design (although might impact audio performance if there are any power supply issues) and 2) If it's not going to be wireless give the wires some strain relief at the controller...it looks like it could be easily damaged if one is not careful with handling it.

  • from Orange, TX October 14, 2013Music Background:
    Amateur guitar player, live show recordist

    I'd make a few changes

    This remote does what it does reasonably well; however, a few enhancements would make this a blockbuster. What would I change?

    First, I'd make it backlit. I shoot A/V in very poorly lit clubs, and it would be nice not to have to memorize the control layout of this unit in order to use it. This is especially true since the record button only puts the Zoom into record mode and cannot be used to pause/stop recording.

    Second, I'd put level meters on it. This unit only shows you green (for unclipped), orange (for warning) and red(clipping). You have no idea how quickly the sound source is approaching clipping. Oh, and red and orange may as well be the same thing for HD sound file recording - "approaching" clipping really IS clipping.

    Third, it's a PITA to adjust input levels if you are recording four channels (though in fairness to the RC-4, this is true of the Zoom H4N as well). And if you aren't right at the Zoom device itself, there's no way of telling if you've adjusted your level(s) all the way down to zero. This is a HUGE problem if you are recording a line-level signal which is already recorded at very low gain levels.

    Last, there is a significant lag between when you hit the Stop button and when the Zoom actually stops recording. This is exacerbated when you record with high capacity (16 GB & higher) SD cards. This is only an issue because the Zoom itself is limited to file sizes of 4 GB or less because it is constrained by the FAT32 file system.

    All in all, if your needs are limited, the RC-4 will accommodate you. If you have slightly more complex needs, you'll likely find yourself ignoring the remote and spending more time on the Zoom itself, which rather obviates the need for the remote in the first place.

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