Submitted August 5, 2015 by Tin H in St Lucie, FL
"More than I expected"
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For some time now I have pondered what to do for a portable recording system. Laptop or a device like this. Keeping things simple, or just in the realm of what is needed without extras. I went with this. I am very happy I did.
The unit is solid, the pots feel nice, buttons firm, display is easy to see, menu simple to use.
I use Linux for my production so I can not comment on the ease of Windoze and I-stuff and thankfully Zoom designed this for low level hardware access. Plug and play, direct connect right into the heart of the unit. Within 5 minutes I was up and running, not reading the manual. I had Jack access with full control from my pc to everything that is adjustable in it. The same ease of connection I get with my Emu 0202 and 0404. No extra software layers to deal with like much of the hardware made today, unfortunately. Thank you Zoom for being open with your hardware!!!
Using the unit as a DAC is simple, and sounds quite nice. Not as refined a sound as the Emu's, but it is hard pressed to find a DAC that will contend with the 0202 in that particular aspect under 1k, and I think that is a conservative guess. I have been in the high end audio world for 20+ years, besides being a musician, so I have ears for both sides of that coin.
The stock mics are clear, better than I expected. I bought the dual xlr adapter so I can pipe in 6 total off board mics. The adapter and stock mics are in aluminum chassis, very solid! That I was not expecting for the price.
I can not comment on the quality of the compression or limiting factors within it, that is something I do not intend to utilize outside of my daw.
Pick up a set of batteries with a charger, a big class 10 sd card and you are set to go for a mind boggling amount of recording hours.
I can't comment on the support part, I have not needed it, and honestly unless it is thrown on the ground I don't think I would. I don't want to take away from the ratings because of that so I 5 stared it.
Overall this is much more than I expected and I think will be a valuable tool for anyone when used in the right way, for the right purposes.
Roots are in classical strings, all 4 of them. Been playing for 25+ years. Main is Basses, of all kinds.
Classical, ambient, shoegaze feeling is my favorite. I am open to all kinds of intelligently created music, no matter the "styl
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