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

thomas fisher studio1 at commspeed.net
Sat Dec 29 01:06:21 EST 2007

On Friday 28 December 2007 07:16:22 The Other wrote:
> 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:
> http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2007/09/13/review-zoom-h2-surround-recorder
> That was an impressive review outlining a very intelligently designed
> recorder.
> 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?
> Thanks,
> Stephen.
Hi   Stephen
  I am the guy who posted about being a very contented H4 user. I have used it 
with Debian Sarge { several earlier 2.6 kernels }, Ubuntu Feisty , 
UbuntuStudio 2.6.20 rt, Ubuntu Gutsy 2.6.22 rt.   I believe the H2 will not 
have any problem with a relatively current kernel in that the device 
recognition is in the USB module. 
 If you do go with the Zoom:
  --> even though battery performance is better than stated by the mfg., to 
supply yourself with some NiMh and a good quality charger.  
  --> Set the internal Mic sensitivity at about 97. And in the computer run it 
through Audacity ->Effect --> Amplify function.
 --> The mikes are like all high quality mikes and are subject to all spurious 
knocks, wind and etc. So proper mike placement and handling will yield very 
nice results.

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