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Postby pckpat on Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:41 am

i'm thinking of getting one-right now it's between the zoom h-4 and the tascam gt-r1.the zoom is about $100 cheaper,but only does 16-bit while the tascam is 24.don't know how critical that is for me.the main points i like about the zoom are that it functions as a usb interface with your computer,and is bundled with cubase le.(altho i already have that as i own the zoom hd16-cd)they both have built-in guitar/bass models,and the slowdown with same pitch and muting of gtr.parts for learning parts.the tascam also has preset rhythms which would be good for jamming alone,or scratch demos.do any of you guys own or use either of these units?comments and opinions solicited :D
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Re: mini recorders

Postby TIM on Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:34 pm

I've been thinking about getting the same things,plus the Boss Micro recorder.I'm a total noob when it comes to recording.Be interested in some opions also.
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Re: mini recorders

Postby onedrum on Mon Jan 26, 2009 7:14 am

the yamaha units are fairly good
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Re: mini recorders

Postby joenajera on Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:46 pm

I've been using my Edirol R09 very steadily for about a year and half, but I mostly use it for live recordings. It's great, sounds great and all that, but I don't know what your application is.
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Re: mini recorders

Postby brycebites on Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:02 pm

If it's any help, I bought the Zoom H2 just after Christmas. It's amazing what it can do. In the right situation I reckon you could get a pretty good demo from it.

The following track was recorded using both pairs of mics and was situated in the following position:

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We rehearse in a village hall with hollow floor so the bass frequencies just disappear. Nothing to worry about though, a quick EQ tweak in Audacity and one ends up with Sunrise
http://www.brycebits.plus.com/hush/zoom_h2/rehearsal%20-%2020090108/sunrise.mp3


The only slight down side to the H2 is the lack of bass in the recording. It records it well enough but without some low end boost post-recording it sounds a bit light. However being a bassist I would say that. :wink:
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Re: mini recorders

Postby joenajera on Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:28 pm

brycebites wrote:Image


Have you tried moving the recorder up a touch, to be between the band and the PA speakers? With the rear caps on that recorder, you may find that you have more clarity on anything coming through the PA as well as a wider and cleaner stereo image of the band (because you're closer, so the organ will be further left and the guitar will be further right)... just a thought.

Of course, it's hard to know anything for sure from a 2d diagram, as well, so don't mind me. :) Single-point recording is one of my hobbies, that's all. :D

I hadn't seen the zoom with its 2 pairs of mics... interesting possibilities there.
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Re: mini recorders

Postby brycebites on Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:41 pm

Ah, well. That was actually the first time I had used it and guess who forgot to take along the mic stand adaptor? :roll: I ended up standing it on the mixing desk, hence the position. But with all things considered I am rather impressed with the recorder.

I have used it to record a couple of gigs, and so far the venues haven't lent themselves to it being placed in front of the band, so I've had it above/behind my amp. It's interesting how accurately it has reproduced the gigs from my point of view.

I have also used it with acoustic bass on one side, using for aguments sake the front pair of mics, and acoustic guitar/vocals using the rear mics. This really has some potential that I haven't had the time to explore.

As a note really, the 4 channel recording records two stereo files (if you hadn't already guessed). There are settings on the H2 for panning left/right/front/back so you can set it up exactly as you want it.
Once done, you can either take the two stereo files and process them, or the H2 can mix them down to one stereo file.
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Re: mini recorders

Postby Grog on Fri Nov 27, 2009 10:49 am

I've recently bought a Zoom H2 recorder and used it a local Blues Jam that I attend
on a Wednesday night, below is a link to a file recorded there a couple of weeks back. The Zoom was set up using the front mics with a 90 degree spread and placed on a table just in front of the stage, as a live recording I don't think its too bad.

I'm on bass throughout the session through my old 63 AC30 Super Twin.

http://www.fileden.com/files/2009/11/7/ ... -11-09.mp3
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