Zoom H5 4-Track Portable Recorder for Audio for Video, Music, and Podcasting, Stereo Microphones, 2 XLR/TRS Inputs, USB Audio Interface, Battery Powered

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Zoom H5 4-Track Portable Recorder for Audio for Video, Music, and Podcasting, Stereo Microphones, 2 XLR/TRS Inputs, USB Audio Interface, Battery Powered

Zoom H5 4-Track Portable Recorder for Audio for Video, Music, and Podcasting, Stereo Microphones, 2 XLR/TRS Inputs, USB Audio Interface, Battery Powered

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With a swappable stereo microphone capsule, versatile 2-channel inputs, and up to 4-track recording, the H5 is both user-friendly and easily expandable. This can be done from the menu of H5 too, and I find it to be a really handy feature for microphones like NTG-3B. Once connected, the user can choose to use the H1n as a card reader for file transfer or USB microphone for direct recording or live podcasting. Verify that all important contents are accessible at another location (your computer, external hard drive, etc.

I’ve been using it for months now, and it has been the source of audio in my videos, before being replaced with a Zoom F6, so today’s review will focus on H5, and comparisons between H5, the Rode NTG-2, Rode NTG-3B, and Zoom H2n as general solutions and as far as the sonic performance goes, both from the standpoint of an audiophile, and a content creator. This kind of microphone is most sensitive to signal coming from directly in front, and less sensitive to signal coming from behind or from the sides - in technical terms, they are said to utilise a cardioid polar pattern.

This allows users to select the microphone capsule that best suits the situation - making trade-offs a thing of the past.

Setting the H2n in MS mode with only the central mic on, in hopes to avoid and remove echo does not work well, and it still records echo, plus, it needs much higher proximity to the source, so you need to be about 15 – 20 cm away from it for a decent sound. The pick up is better than my NTG2 shotgun mic and that NTG is also improved when plugged into the H5. Recording directly to 16MB to 2GB SD card or 4GB to 32GB SDHC card, the H5 records up to 24-bit/96kHz in BWF-compliant WAV format, or 48 to 320kbps in MP3 format. It scratches rather easily, and the velvet touch surface is actually quite resistant to usage, and does not peel away, like it happens in most Acer Laptops.

Track buttons and LED indicators for ‘L’, ‘R’, 1 and 2 channels are positioned above the main transport section which includes stop, play/pause, back, forward, and record. If you press only once, you will see a blinking light, and you will be in “record pause” – in record pause, you aren’t yet recording.

The Zoom H5 is a digital audio recording device that saves audio onto a Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card – the same kind of card used with most digital cameras. Popular setups and uses of the Zoom H5 include folks who want to record interviews on-the-go, with studio quality audio, anywhere in the world.The H5 supports recordings in WAV format (BWF compatible) with up to 24 bit/96kHz as well as in MP3 format with up to 320kbps and records them directly onto SD or SDHC cards. Zoom H2n has been a huge setp up from using the mic inside my camera, and Zoom H5 offered the next setp, making my experience even better, and improving everything to the point where I am not content. The remarkable depth and clarity of sound achieved by the stereo mic design brings additional realism and depth to HD video. They do not, however rely solely on it, and post production plays a much larger role in the final sound, better cables being used just for the sake of keeping the distortions at a minimum rather than as a way to tune the sound.

A wired remote controller that allows the user to start/stop recording and playback, fast-forward and rewind, adjust output volume and audio recording level, and switch between input channels. Recording features including tone generator for calibration, auto-record, pre-record, self-time record, overdubbing, and one-touch record button make recording quicker and less challenging; whilst playback controls include consistent pitch speed control for easier transcribing, voice emphasize filter, and stereo bouncing functionality. These are guarded by useful protective bars, which can help prevent accidental toggling during a recording session. Using it as a stereo or multitrack USB audio interface is equally interesting: In this way, the H5 can be used in conjunction with a suitable DAW for post-production or for creating sound and music productions.

Files larger than 2 GB may not be recognized correctly by media player software or other audio software on a computer. Each input has its own gain control knob, and the XYH-5 capsule also provides an additional mic/line input through a ⅛" mini phone jack. stereo mini-jack input, the H5 can accommodate condenser microphones, +4 dB balanced line-level sources, or signals from unbalanced instruments with active electronics. The XYH-5 X/Y microphone capsule included with the H5 provides two matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at a 90-degree angle.

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