Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device

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To: Philipp ??berbacher <hollunder@...>
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Date: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 6:08 pm

Philipp ??berbacher wrote on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 03:26:21PM +0200:

You can't use the Zoom H4n then.

I really like mine but it has some weaknesses that will matter more to
you, specially:
- long boot time
- deep and plain menu system, takes a while to start anything. Crappy
UI hardware doesn't help because it gets in the way of muscle memory
which usually helps with bad UIs
- the maximum gain with the built in microphones is very low. You'll
only get decent levels for things that are normal volume to you
standing there. Everything that sound quiet to you will not be able
to level out. No way to go after birds with it without using
external microphones
- automatic gain is overly dumb. Any loud impulse will set the gain
lower, permanently. E.g. you record something and bump into the
thing. Now your gain has been permanently lowered and won't go back
up

Of course I have no idea whether the alternatives are any better but
I'm sure the boot times and menu issue are better in e.g. the
Tascams. The Tascams have their own problems, reviews on Amazon are
enlightning and they have no top end unit with all their features (top
unit is one refresh cycle behind).

For me the Zoom is very good. It works and I even use it as a USB
soundcard in Linux and FreeBSD. Good sound quality, reliable, lots of
options, correct input impedance for passive guitar/bass.

Martin
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Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Martin Cracauer, (Mon Jul 29, 6:08 pm)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Barney Holmes, (Mon Jul 29, 5:51 pm)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Barney Holmes, (Mon Jul 29, 8:27 pm)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Fons Adriaensen, (Mon Jul 29, 7:28 pm)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Ricardus Vincente, (Tue Jul 30, 3:22 pm)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Emiliano Grilli, (Sat Jul 27, 10:48 pm)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, michael noble, (Sat Jul 27, 1:38 am)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Moshe Werner, (Sat Jul 27, 10:33 pm)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Kevin Cosgrove, (Fri Jul 26, 4:53 pm)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Johannes Kroll, (Fri Jul 26, 3:55 pm)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Julien Claassen, (Fri Jul 26, 3:05 pm)
Re: [LAU] Looking for advice on a field recording device, Brendan Jones, (Fri Jul 26, 3:38 pm)