While this isn’t the very best handheld stereo recorder you can get I’ve seen a few professional models selling for 2 to 3 times as much. And even though its smaller in size (2.5 x 4.3 x 1.3 inches) the H2 Zoom has twice the number of onboard microphones as the others. Those are two reasons why they’re selling a lot of them.
It’s list price was a little over $300 when it came out and places have been selling it for well under $200 lately and sometimes even cheaper.
The best things about it are:
Best all-around bang for your buck
Unique 360 degree 4 mic capsule feature
Small in-your-hand size – small in-your-wallet price
The disappointments are:
Small display screen
Built-in limiter is a little slow to react
One of the most useful features for me with this Zoom Recorder is that it records both MP3 and WAV formats… and in several different resolutions. So, for those important events you can select the pro audio setting of 24-bit/96kHz. For a rehearsal you can use an mp3 setting so it’s nice to have the option and save some memory if you want to.
The Zoom Recorder will be of interest to:
1. Anyone that wants to record seminars & conferences
2. Media at electronic news gatherings
4. Fans at musical performances
5. Songwriting sessions
6. Band rehearsals
7. Theatrical rehearsals
The H2 Zoom’s front screen grill is very cool looking, reminding me of an old classic studio condenser microphone from the 40’s or 50’s. It enough of the important and useful features for most people, and even some cool, but not-so-important ones… unless you’re a musician like me, in which case you’ll also enjoy the handy guitar tuner and metronome that are built-in.
You can download audio from it as well. Sometimes in a little machine like this it can be difficult to do some of the editing tasks you eventually need to get done… no problem, just plug it into the USB port on your computer to work more comfortably with all the editing functions on your big screen.
What they call the W-XY mic patterns, 4 mics and signal processing allows Front 90 cardioid, Rear 120 cardioid and 360 polar patterns.
This is a smart and unique feature of the H2 Zoom… quadruple mic capsule, which actually gives you various types of surround recording, including a format that stores 360° information onto 4 tracks which you can extract later into 5.1 surround sound.
A good example of how you could use the Zoom Recorder to record a 3 piece band rehearsal would be to simply put the recorder in the middle facing the drums and behind it to either side would be the guitar amp and the bass amp, giving you a surround sound recording.
Source by Johnny Ferreira