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Zoom H6 Review

Six Inputs of Separation The H4n isn't the crown jewel of the Zoom recorder range anymore! The H6, with more inputs and interchangeable mics, has arrived to take its place. read more…

Zoom H2n Mini-Review

Mid/Side Story The replacement for the good old Zoom H2! With the H2n, Zoom aims to offer a major upgrade of the most famous pocket recorder. read more…

Line 6's Backtrack+Mic: The Test

Backtrack To Inspiration Unfortunately, we often realize too late that we should have recorded what we just played. How many times have you wished that you could go back in time and hit the record button right before inspiration hit you? Line6 has come up with something along these lines with its portable recorder, the Backtrack, a small device that lets you save a take after the fact. Is it magic? read more…

User reviews on Pocket Recorder/Multitrack products

Quiet, clean, accurate, great build quality. (Zoom - H5)

By Rick Dinsmore, 07/04/2018
A very high quality recorder at a very fair price. Pre-amps are high quality and have plenty of power. Built in compression is pretty good. Has onboard editing features but the learning curve was a little high.
Build quality is excellent, seems very durable. Sound is perfect, have used with Procaster, RE20 and NGT4+ with very nice results.

One small negative is that unit uses batteries pretty fast, especially if you use phantom power.
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Use an external USB battery (Tascam - DR-40)

By rlh100, 26/05/2018
The DR-40 is a standard recorder in the videography world. Especially for DSLR cameras and camcorders without XLR mic inputs.

It is simple and easy to use. With a 16 Gb memory card it will record days of audio. I am not sure about the noise floor as I am doing location recordings of shows which are never absolutely quiet. I record in 24-bit mode at a lower gain and then boost and compress in audacity which works for me. I can hear the audio purists gasp :-)

I have recorded both phantom powered mics and unbalanced line level mixer outputs and both work well. As to batteries, I work around that problem by using an external USB battery pack. You need to remember to connect it and set it as an external power source before you start recording.

I am very happy with my DR-40 and at less than $100US for a used unit, a very good value.
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Limited Use for Everything but Live Recording (Zoom - H6)

By Thomas Day, 19/04/2019
The controls are cumbersome, at best. Between the Menu switch and the arrow slide and switch, you can eventually get most functions to work if you are patient and memorize the weird defaults. Unfortunately, the mixer does not function as a tracking mixer, final mixdown only. As if anyone but a very poorly equipped hobbyist would ever mix down using the H6.

An obvious use for the H6 would be as a portable, free-standing recorder. My expectation was that I could add a sync/scratch track to a folder and add other instruments remotely to the recording for later extraction and adding to a session in Pro Tools or Logic, etc. Zoom engineers have decided that "overdubbing" is only for adding one track at a time. Oddly, Zoom has taken 50 years to not quite provide the function of a 1970s Teac 2340 reel-to-reel. Someone needed to learn something about multitrack recording before being allowed to play with product development.

The sound quality of the H6 preamps is fine. The preamp controls are clearly marked and easy to use. The XY, M-S, and extra non-phantom-capable extra pair of pres are decent. If what you want to do is record 6 tracks simultaneously and as a free-standing remote recording deck, the H6 will be fine.

I discovered that the engineers didn't think much about typical remote applications, though. Connecting the Zoom pres to a splitter that allows a preamp's phantom power to the Zoom will wreak the H6's phantom power. It's hard to imagine not being able to protect a current limited phantom supply circuit from something as common as linked phantom power, but Zoom failed that test. Be super careful with splitter use. If they aren't fully isolated, the H6 will probably self-destruct.

Obviously a work-around to the overdubbing flaw is to use the H6 as an interface and do the sync signal with a computer. As an interface, the H6 has a lot of better priced and featured competition. The whole point of the H6 should have been to be a free-standing, multitrack recording system.
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News Pocket Recorder/Multitrack

[Musikmesse] Zoom F8 field recorder

Published on 04/16/15
Zoom brought to Musikmesse the prototype of its upcoming F8 8-channel battery-powered field recorder.

Sound Devices 688 portable recorder

Published on 03/05/15

[NAMM][VIDEO] Tascam DR-680mkII

Published on 01/23/15

Feature Articles Pocket Recorder/Multitrack

My iPhone is a Sequencer

Published on 01/29/10
My iPhone is a Sequencer
In addition to recording music with your iPhone, you can also edit and produce your music with the little magic machine. A DAW in your pocket!

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