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Our first stock of the exciting new Zoom H6 has arrived and are on sale now at £329.
First thoughts (14.8.13)
There is a lot to like on the Zoom H6. In no special order:
- claimed battery life of 20 hours! Make it 15 hours for real world experience and it's still excellent.
- you adjust the input level with real, rotating knobs, and see the effect on a 6-channel bar graph. Neat.
- there are four XLR sockets built in the body of the recorder; you choose which input/s you wish to use by pressing a button for that channel. Very neat.
- it comes with TWO built-in microphones - one X/Y like on the H4n, though with bigger diaphragm, and one M-S for adjusting the width of the stereo sound stage.
- it comes in an excellent, practical hard case with space for the recorder, two capsules and bits and bobs. Double neat.
- recordings using an external stereo microphone show that the claimed low noise floor from the mic preamps appears to be true - very clean. The built-in X/Y pair work well with a slightly fuller sound than the H4n's pair; these also adjust 90/120 degrees by rotating the capsule. Recorded level could be higher, but is manageable.
The M-S paid has not yet been tested.
- Using an external stereo hand mic results were predictably good: recorded level was much better; sound was clean.
Verdict: a great effort. Even easier to use than the H4n, better recorded sound, better versatility, and many details very well implemented.
I've just come across a brand new input device for Apple iOS devices, iPhone or iPad: it's the iRig pre.
You plug your professional microphone into the iRig and the iRig plugs into the (analogue) headphone socket which has an extra fourth terminal for inputs. The iRig has variable gain and even offers swtchable phantom power from a PP9 battery.
I spent about an hour testing it with Audio Technica's AT8010, PRO70 and AT4025 microphones and the results were very encouraging indeed. There was very little added noise or hiss, and the recordings reflected the different qualities of the microphones used. Maybe the files were not 100% as good as on a dedicated recorder, but they were jolly close.
And the really great thing is the iRig is less than £30!
Coming in the next few days - read more.
If you are conducting an oral history project, creating unique recordings, back-up is vital.
You simply MUST, MUST, MUST, MUST, MUST backup your archive.
I know of at least one project which had unique recordings stored on a laptop; their premises were burgled and all their equipment - including the laptop - was stolen.
Now no recordings.
All their work gone.
Don't let it happen to you.
As an extreme minimum, you should copy all your files on to an external hard drive, and keep it somewhere else - your mother's house, your aunt's, your boyfriend's.
DO IT NOW!
Call us to talk more about archiving and backup.
We had the nice little Tascam DR05 in stock a while ago, but supply seemed to be erratic and it slipped out of stock. But we have more now and are planning to keep it as a regular stock item (availability permitting).
It's a nice little recorder, well made and records well for those occasions when you don't need the ultimate quality and XLRs aren't necessary, perhaps when it's for audio note-taking or when a transcription is the primary outcome. The price is a not excessive £99.
With several new pro recorders over the past few months, it's getting hard to choose between them.
The Roland R26 has just had a very good review in pro audio magazine Audio Media which says, inter alia:
"Sound quality is equally excellent … with no hiss or extraneous noise."
"This machine is phenomenal. I've seen it online for £350, which is stonishing considering what it can do." [Our price is £349!!]
Call or email for a copy of the review.
Tascam DR40 now in stock at just £199.
Probably the best ever recorder at less than £200! Read my review.
Seahorse cases are strong; they aren't necessarily pretty but they are very strong. You can drive your car over them and the contents will be OK. And we'll be stocking them next month, as soon as the boat docks.
You may have aready heard of DPA microphones: they are hand-made in Denmark by Danish Professional Audio and they are very good. DPA lapel mics are used in every West End theatre and they can even be washed (though only 5 times, to remove sweat and make-up)!
They are relatively expensive but perform really well and should be a good long-term investment.
There are several new digital recorders with XLRs and phantom power coming along.
Hot on the heels of the iM2 iPhone microphone come two 'new' digital recorders also from Tascam.
We have only recently got into Tascam, mostly because they didn't seem to have much that seemed 'right' for the voice recording community - until now. The DR100 has been improved to Mark II, and is followed by the DR40, also with XLRs but with a price around £200. We should be testing one soon but the omens are good - not the greatest recorder ever in the world, but almost certainly the best recorder at £200 by far.
There's a new Olympus with XLRs too - the LS100 is coming along in a few weeks. Olympus are excited by it - will Inquit be? Pricing is likely around the £375 mark - so is it twice as good as a DR40? Read it here second.
Now you can use your iPhone as a high quality, portable digital recorder and never be unable to record wherever you are. The Tascam iM2 fits into the 30-pin digital connector and works with most audio recording apps from the App Store; there's also a very compatible app from Tascam themselves.