Zoom vs. Tascam 2-Track self contained SD recorders

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Jim C, Jan 11, 2014.


  1. Jim C

    Jim C Supporting Member

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    Ned to eb able to record rehearsals with quality and ease of use.
    Using 2 PZM's with mic press, compressors, and CD burner is just OK as thee is no optimal flat surface place to set miss.
    No need for overdubs.

    What do you recommend for good quality 2-track live recorders that are really easy to use?
    Do I need more than a box with X-Y mixing on a stand?
  2. 4Mal

    4Mal

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    Zoom h4 did it for me... I used a heavey duty Bogen photog tripod. USB pr memory card reader to laptop for burning or dropbox/soundcloud.
  3. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    I use a Zoom H4n, it works great for what you're looking to do. It does more than 2 tracks though. If you want to spend less money the H2n is supposed to be very good as well.

    I'll mount it on a mic stand, put it on a chair, and I have put it on a bench seat at a restaurant. It's always worked great.

    I do wish they had a wireless remote though...
  4. RustyAxe

    RustyAxe Supporting Member

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    Zoom H2n ... simple, works great in many environments, great features. It's my personal favorite. I had the H2 before, too.
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  6. Jim C

    Jim C Supporting Member

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    Thanks,
    I've just read the entire Zoom catalog and briefly checked pricing on Ebay.
    H1 is under $100
    Looks like the H2N has more features (mid side microphones correctly called Miedesiden miking technique) and much cheaper than the original H2
    Then there are the video units with x/y miking only.
    The specs stand up but wonder if the video box has audio that is as good; you can turn the video off to save storage and increase battery life?

    Any Zoom video advice?
  7. jasmangan

    jasmangan

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    No video advice but +1 to the h4. I
  8. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    My Zoom H2 worked great for me. I liked recording in 4 channel (front & back stereo) mode. That way, I didn't miss anything. I got some great recordings.

    This was done with my H2 in 2 channel mode.
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  9. ghostfather

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    I got a ZOOM H1 and I can't be happier. I use it to record band rehearsals and to record solo acoustic guitar stuff - great in both applications. Dead easy to use.

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