"where is the attenuator"2.0 starson by hhjgfku
Pros: has a bigger display..longer battery time ..easier to adjust the record levels..nice remote control...does SEEM solidly built..better jog dial than h4
Cons: there is no attenuator for either the on-board mics or the mic inputs..used this machine for first time and turned the levels all the way down to 1 and the mic leds were in the red..could not record without distorting the pre-amp...terrible
Summary: when you use the remote control it eliminates the ability to use the hold function..I dont like that.... without attenuators you will not be able to record any loud events without horrible distortion..I solved this problem by adding a 20db attenuatior circuit inside of a xlr jack that plugs into the inputs..but there is no way to attenuate the on-board mics...also ..when I used the ac power supply and plugged in a external mic..there was a hum that makes it unuseable ..do these engineers test these units out before they release them? or is because they are made in china??? whoever designed this recorder without microphone attenuators is an idiot and should be fired...the h4 and the h2 both had attenuators ..why did they eliminate them?? absolute stupidity!!!there is a software update that will allow you to decrease the volume below 1 (0.1 etc) but if you are recording loud events I still would want a attenuator in front of the preamp..when this machine clips it sounds terrible. when I say loud I mean gimmie earplugs!!.and the hum produced when using the external power supply is not good(the external supply is the cheapest looking thing I have seen and I have owned all of the zoom recorders and many others) my portable aiwa minidisc never let me down.. nor my denon dat either..I wish I could say that about these sd card recorders...all 3 of the zoom recorders distorted when I used external condenser mics and placed them in front of a loud sound source.....h4 and h4n were the worst..h2 was a little better
Updated on Oct 24, 2009
Updated on Nov 28, 2009ok..here is the info: ..You can buy a in-line attenuator for between 30-50.00$$ or more ...shure makes a switchable one ..but they are ridulously bulky....or you can build a 20db attenuator inside of a right-angle switchcraft xlr jack that plugs into the machine...all you need are three resistors wired in series-parallel...inside the xlr you put a 150 ohn 2% 1/4 watt resistor across pins 2 and 3...then connect a 680 ohm resistor on pins 2 and 3 ..on the other end of those resistors connect the red and white mic cable wires(red is hot..pin #2.white is -pin #3)..then connect the shield to pin # 1..shrink wrap everything...on the other end connect a xlr as usual...this will work with or without the phantom power...make sure nothing is crossed.. do a continuity check before you plug it in.....you can go to uneeda audio-build your own attenuator for more detailed schematics..as for the software update you get that from zoom(www.zoom.co.jp.english) click on h4n then updates .ver.1.60
Updated on Nov 28, 2009here is some more..when you adjust the levels on this machine you have to watch the mic input led's.(one for the built-in mics/and 2 for the external inputs....if these led's are flashing or flickering then you are taking a chance ...if they flicker a lot or stay on for very long then you ARE red-lining the inputs..and that WILL sound like hell...adjust the levels so the led's flicker barely or not at all.. dont just look at the levels..then if it still sounds distorted it will be the fault of the mics...(I use a audio-technica at-4041 condenser mic that has a max spl of 145 db. 20-20k flat...with the attenuator you have 165 db which is considered beyond the measureable limit...the at mic is the best sounding I have used.....if you want something more consealable then I use a audio technica at853a mic..found these on ebay for 50 $$.135db max spl w/phantom power 30-20k...sound great also..just not as much spl (especially on the low-end) hope this helps..I had to learn the hard way....
Updated on Nov 28, 2009if anyone is interested I can set you up with a attenuated mic cord..e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org..thanks C .Kingpinninski
Updated on Dec 17, 2009here is some more nice features of this h4n device...I bought a new computer with a 64-bit os and windows 7...the computer wont recognize it now...and you cant install the downloadable driver....and the cubase le4 is a complete nightmare to install and use...all things considered this machine has been a huge headache!!!