Listen to mp3 samples of H2 (3 music samples recorded with H2 here) from wingfieldaudio
5 musical instrument samples, and an internal microphone voice sample from wingfieldaudio
compare H2 internal mic and mic inputs w/external mics with more expensive brands from wingfieldaudio
librivox h2 samples3 different poem readers @librivox reading same poem on H2 here
mp3 device comparison samples
of recording techniques and cleanup for said samples
samples from audio_tipitaka readersfrank k does his first recording with his new H2 vism.chap12 10min English audio
frank k does his second test
, a 30 second sutta excerpt comparing noise cleaned to uncleaned version, standalone vs. usbmic mode.
In frank's third test, the zoom h2 goes head to head against the palm pre smartphone in a one minute deathmatch.
distorted sampleThis poem has some distortion/echo :
think it's a combination of the echo in the room (maybe hardwood floors
and bare walls instead of carpet and foam covered walls of a recording
studio), and possibly the stereo->mono conversion didn't happen until
the mp3 was written, which can cause a slight unwanted echo.
Tips on recording with H2 This thread "tips and wrinkles for H2" has tips for how to get recordings from the H2. This is a good comment from Carl:
"... you can record anything anywhere. It doesn't pick up background
noises that it oughtn't to, the fidelity is great and it's very simple
I use it directly with my PC feeding into audacity or
somewhere else in the house and then transfer to the PC. Either way
makes no difference, although there are cheaper things on the market if
you have no intention of recording away from your PC."
esther's comment useful: "I find it the easiest piece of equipment I've had. I just keep it real
simple. I make sure it's recording in our specs except it's in stereo.
I have the mic gain at medium. recording level at 126. Everything
else is just turned off. It is on an old mic stand off to my side about
10 inches from my mouth. The air blows past the front of the mic. Oh and
I only record using the front mics. (No external mics for me.)
I record in my bedroom away from the noisy computer fan which means I need to print off anything I read or have the paper book.
I upload it to my computer as a wav file and open in audacity for editing.
I rarely need to amplify or noise clean it.
My experience (frank k) with H2 so far is very similar. I'm very happy with it, I use it as a standalone, hold about 6 in. away, I have gain set on low (esther is on medium). I do noise cleanup in audacity, but it's pretty good just as it is after normalization.
How much is it?It's
hard to beat the price/performance of the H2 which you can get for
about 147$ Zoom-H2-Portable-Stereo-Recorder. The H2 is very easy for amateurs to use, very forgiving. The mic can move around, you can be indoors, outdoors, and get great results.
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