Zoom H2n Stereo/Surround-Sound Portable Recorder, 5 Built-In Microphones, X/Y, Mid-Side, Surround Sound, Ambisonics Mode, Records to SD Card, For Recording Music, Audio for Video, and Interviews
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One thing about the Hold setting; It won’t allow you to do ANYTHING, which is the point, except for changing the gain settings.Using “Spatial Audio” mode, you can create a single four-channel, multi-track WAV file that includes Omni, Left/Right, and Forward/Backward tracks. Zoom support told me to download their latest ASIOs, which I did, and that it was likely a sampling rate issue, though I still can’t figure out how to see/change what my PC (Windows 10) or Zoom (Conf app) sampling rate settings are. Please note that on the back there’re just two micros one of them with a cardioid/polar pattern recording mid sound as you explain and the other with an 8 pattern recording sounds from the sides.
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The H2 has a three-way gain input switch, with settings for low (useful for loud sounds, such as a live rock band), medium, and high (useful for speech, such as one or two people podcasting in a quiet room. The selection of folders will change depending on if you are recording in stereo or the 4-channel setting. Even though performance tests of SanDisk Ultra 1TB and SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB SD cards conducted by the F3 would produce “OK” results, it was discovered that data would not be properly saved on these cards during audiorecording.
I wouldn’t add compression because you can then do this directly in your recording software, which is a better way to go about it. Out of all modes, at this point I like the 2 channel surround the best, as you can adjust the stereo imaging, and it's a bit less cumbersome than having multiple files and a slightly odd format in the end.
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One annoying detail: when you need to change the batteries or want to get to the SD card, you have to unscrew the stand since it blocks access. The H2n was connected into the Sound desk but despite being plugged directly into the desk and picking up my band, it unfortunately picked up the conversations that the guy at the sound desk would have with various people near the desk.
The H2's microphones, functionality, and use of standard USB and SD interfaces make it suitable both for recording high-quality sound and in many speech applications. Also, when I use the speed variation function on playback, the sound is distorted as though it is under water.