PRO AUDIO
Taylor

Taylor
November 13, 2012

Zoom Q2HD Review

Coming off its predecessor the Zoom Q3HD, Samson Technologies (the company that owns Zoom) has released another portable audio/video recorder with the Zoom Q2HD. Zoom has kept much of the same functionality from the Q3HD intact but has also added some new and useful features that a lot of Q3HD users felt were missing. For an overview of the features on the Q3HD that are also available on the Q2HD, check our our review of the Zoom Q3HD. So what’s new on the Q3HD?

Mid-Side Recording

Zoom introduced the mid side recording feature on their portable digital audio recorder the Zoom H2n. Be sure to check out our review of the Zoom H2n if you want to know more. For those of you not familiar with mid side recording this is a recording technique that is especially useful for film and broadcast media where recording ambient noise …

PRO AUDIO
Taylor

Taylor
November 25, 2011

Holiday Buying Guide: Handheld Digital Recorders Bundles

Portable digital recorders are quickly becoming the go to method for many musicians who want to record their jam sessions, rehearsals, or live performances. They provide outstanding quality and little hassle when quickly capturing musical inspiration. In addition they have become immensely popular among independent filmmakers, journalists, or even students who want to record lectures. The possibilities are endless and for that reason there are many recorders on the market today with varying degrees of functionality and price. For the audiophile in your life who wants one of these bad boys this holiday season, we are here to make it easy to pick just the right portable recorder.

BEST VALUETascam DR-05

The Tascam DR-05 is great recorder for anyone who wants to get started recording audio on the go. It has XY condenser microphones, records to stereo MP3, and records up to 32 GB of audio. The 1/8” external microphone jack makes the DR-05 even …

PRO AUDIO
Taylor

Taylor
August 19, 2011

Zoom H2N: The Future of Portable Recorders

Samson, the company that makes Zoom recorders, sent me a prototype of their new portable digital recorder the H2n. I originally wrote a blog detailing my initial impressions of the recorder before I was able to get my hands on it. Now that I have had the chance to play around with it, I must say that I am quite impressed with their new recorder.

Thoughts Post Demo

I wrote a blog on the H2n before I got my hands on it and I had some things that I thought were lacking. For instance I did not like how there was no XLR, 1/4 inch combination input like on the H4n. My doubts were quickly erased when I used the on board mics and played around with the menu functions. The mics are great and implementing an external input would have made the recorder larger and less portable.

In addition …

PRO AUDIO
Taylor

Taylor
July 12, 2011

Zoom H2n Portable Digital Recorder Announced

Zoom, the industry leader in portable digital recorders, has just unveiled their latest foray into the portable recording market, the Zoom H2n Handy Recorder. It features their latest microphone technology with five mic capsules on-board. Five mic capsules?!? There are definitely some noticeable improvements to the microphone technology on this bad boy.

WHAT’S NEW

  • Five built-in mic capsules provide Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel recording modes
  • Records in WAV up to 24-bit/96kHz and MP3 up to 320kbps
  • Newly designed user interface
  • Additional functions include Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, Auto Gain, Pre-Rec, Auto-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, Variable Speed Playback, Key Control, A-B Repeat, File Dividing, Normalize, MP3 Post-Encode, Marker and Surround Mixer
  • Data recovery function protects against unexpected recording errors
  • Over 20 hours of operation using two standard AA batteries
  • Operates on battery, AC or USB bus power
  • 1.8-inch backlit LCD display with 128 x 64 resolution
  • Analog-type Mic
PRO AUDIO
Taylor

Taylor
January 7, 2011

Zoom Q3HD Review

Do you remember when handheld recorders were great for capturing your buddy doing ridiculous things at the club but you couldn’t hear anything? Did you ever go to a concert and try to record the show with your your phone and then pine over the abysmal audio quality. Well the Zoom Q3HD is for those of you who want to film those same antics and provide you with unrivaled audio quality.

When I go to concerts I love to record the bands I am watching so I can show my friends how great the show was. While the video usually looks good, the sound is almost always awful and my friends are left wondering why I thought this band was so great. With the Zoom Q3HD I can rest assured that my audio will sound just as good as my video looks and I can keep the comments from the …