Zoom H6 for studio-quality live performance recordings
Zoom has a new low-cost "handy" recording device out called the H6. It includes four XLR/1/4" low-noise inputs, a high quality XY stereo mic, and a Mid-Side mic. An optional plug-in adds two more XLR/1/4" jacks for a total of six synchronized inputs, which can feed signals from mixers, DIs, amps, and microphones.
Up 'till now I've been recording rehearsals and gigs with a 2-channel stereo field recorder and a stereo mic mounted in front of the band. It provided decent recordings but there was no control over individual instrument sound levels/processing or audience noise. The H6 totally transforms possibilities for studio-quality live performance recordings. I used it for the first time at a jazz winery gig on Friday. In the sample gig recording just below, the 3 direct inputs include a feed from the guitar's amp (post effects; sorry, his noise gate was a bit off in this example), a WAV loop with rhythm guitar (also projected to the audience through the PA), and a REDDI feeding the dry bass signal from my fretless Rob Allen Deep 4. I mixed and mastered the files in the Presonus Studio One DAW. I then inserted the processed WAV file into Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum and synchronized it with video feeds from two cameras and random environmental takes I shot during a break.
Sample Gig Recording
I'm very excited about the possibilities for quality field recordings with the H6. Here is more info, including video demos:
Zoom H6 fact sheets, videos
Independent sound tests/videos on the H6
Video review of Zoom H6, Juiced Link RM33, and Tascam DR-60D
Discussion thread on Gearslutz.com
Review of Dual-XLR Adapter for Zoom H6
Today I received the backorder of my H6 dual-XLR adapter. It's a solid, somewhat heavy chunk of metal, and the dials have slightly more resistance than the four dials on the main body of the H6. When I connected the adapter to the top of the H6, it fits fairly tight. There is a minute amount of wiggle, which surprised me as I figured this would be a rock solid connection. Not a big deal. Edit: holding the H6 in one hand and the Dual-XLR Adapter in the other, they seem to weigh about the same. I don't have a scale for precise weight measurement.
For a recording test, I plugged my bass DI into the L channel of the adapter and played through the major scale modes. Then I did the same for the R channel. I again repeated this through Channel 1 on the H6 main body to compare sonic quality of the adapter to the main H6. I transferred the recorded files to my PC and listened carefully to each one with good headphones. Sonic quality seemed to be the same for the dual adapter's channels, and as compared to Channel 1.
I did notice when I set the dial input volume for each channel, that the dual adapter's channels recorded a hotter signal than the H6 main Channel 1. Specifically, I had to notch the Channel 1 dial up by 1.5 to 2 increments to equal the input volume of the adapter channels. The input signal from my bass DI was identical for all three takes. Phantom power was turned off on Channel 1 and there is no phantom power available for the LR channels of the adapter, so I don't know what would account for the delta.
Overall, the dual XLR adapter will be very useful for me. For recording gigs, the last thing I want is to place the H6 with its standard XY stereo mic attachment on a mic stand in front of the band - especially with 3-4 mic cables plugged into the H6. It would look like an octopus in front of the band and be extremely distracting to the audience. With the adapter, I do what I've always done: put a (pretty-much-invisible-to-the-audience) AT825 stereo mic on a mic stand in front of the band for an acoustic recording while taking direct instrument feeds into the H6.
Hi, did you notice some latency when monitoring?
When recording with multiple inputs/mics, how many stereo files will result? Can I get at least two separate stereo files, for different instruments?
Could I possibly use the built in mics for room recording, as well as a direct line in? (at the same time)
I need a portable recorder to multitrack at my practice space, so I can bring those files (separate files, but recorded simultaneously) into Logic to mix at home. So far, it seems like a laptop with an analogue/digital interface is my best bet. Could the H6 work for me
You can designate any pair of input lines as a stereo file. The built in mic pair is one stereo file. The other four inputs could be two more stereo files.
Obviously, all inputs are recording simultaneously unless one or more are not in use for a recording.
|All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:17 AM.|
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.12
Copyright ©2000 - 2013, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.