[LAU] Looking for Portable Digital Recorder, on a budget

The Other sstubbs at shout.net
Fri Dec 28 09:16:22 EST 2007

thomas fisher wrote:
> On Tuesday 25 December 2007 11:04:21 The Other wrote:
>> There may have been a thread on this topic a month or so back, but I'm
>> not sure what to look for.
>> It's too noisy in my apartment for any audio recording.  I first
>> thought about portable DAT recorders, but my googling leads me to
>> believe that's old technology.
>> In American Musical Supply (AMS), I see the Zoom H2 digital recorder.
>> I'll probably go to my church sanctuary for the vocal recording.  The
>> church's mixer has RCA L/R outputs I can tie into.  Or I could use any
>> mics included with the digital recorder.  My computer has USB ports
>> and is running openSUSE 10.2 with ALSA mixer 1.0.14, and have the
>> Audigy2 ZS internal card.  I can take a any type of output from the
>> recorder (1/8" stereo plug, RCA L/R, XLR, and possibly digital out-- I
>> haven't tried that with the Audigy 2 ZS) and get it routed to the ALSA
>> mixer for use with Audacity or some other recording software.
>> I'd like to stay under 100USD.  The Zoom H2 is listed at 199USD.
>> Suggestions?
>> Stephen.
> --------------------------------
>  I have a Zoom H4 and love it. If I knew then what I know now I would have 
> done the H2, as I do not need the effects, and the H2 goes beyond simply 
> stereo. The on board mikes are pretty sensitive, so the levels will need to 
> be turned down. Overall very pleased.
> Tom

Thanks for all of the replies.  I hadn't considered a Minidisc
recorder, but after considering that a Minidisc has moving parts, my
old engineering background decided a mechanical failure would occur
sometime in the future and I'd have to research this problem again.

Next I saw this review of the Zoom H2 recorder:

That was an impressive review outlining a very intelligently designed

I went to the Zoom website to see if I could download the user's
manual.  http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/h2/
I could.  Any company that will provide the user manual online always
has my referral, and most often my purchase.

The H2 user manual states the supported Operating Systems are Windows
XP, Windows Vista, and MacOSX 10.2 or later.

As stated above, I'm running openSUSE 10.2 with a 2.6.x kernel.  Is
there any chance I'd be able to run the H2 through a USB port into my
kernel and have all the functionality mentioned in the user manual?

If someone is running another Linux distribution that works directly
with the H2, what distribution are you running?


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