RE: [Harp-L] zoom h2/h4 with external mics?

I'm using the m-audio microtrack so twasn't me Garry! I think I remember
that post by someone though, I guess the archives would yield it
eventually. I like the microtrack, easy USB connectivity, etc. I guess
it's comparable to the H2 which a lot of folks like. It sounded to me
like the H4 was bigger than I wanted to carry around for capturing
shows, work stuff, etc. I figured I'd rather just use one of the
digitech units for mixing/recording or something when (if) I ever get

Go digital. Not having to worry about discs and all that is great. I've
got a pretty big memory card (4gig Hitachi Microdrive) so I can record
forever and ever, and just plug into the computer with USB and my stuff
is right there in an explorer window in MP3, WAV or whatever format I
recorded too. I did buy some better mics from -
flexible stalk mics. And an attenuator for those high volume situations
(which is basically all of them, haha).

Bill Hines
Hershey, PA

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Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2008 11:55 AM
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Subject: [Harp-L] zoom h2/h4 with external mics?

i had a bit of a scare yesterday when my minidisc appeared to be dead.  
  turns out the battery has just died, so it won't hold a charge, but  
i can still use it using the external battery pack.  but it got me  
thinking about maybe upgrading to a digital recorder.

the zoom h4 is probably out of my price range, but i'm considering the  
h2.  so i wondered if anyone had any experience using either of these  
with external mics?  i know they have built in mics, but i have good  
external mics that i'd like to be able to use.  i recall that bill  
hines had some problems early on using his h4 with external mics,  
though i believe that was a firmware issue that was later fixed.

if anybody has any experience with this, or with the h2/h4 in general,  
i'd be glad to hear about it.  any thoughts about tradeoffs between  
the two would be helpful, as well.  i just want to record, so the  
effects offered by the h4 are not of interest to me.


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I'm a blues man.  I am a prisoner of hope.
I'm going to die full of hope.
- Cornel West

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