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Using external preamps with Zoom H6

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by marcberez, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. marcberez

    marcberez Supporting member Supporting Member

    Jun 23, 2012
    Tampa, FL
    Is it possible to bypass the preamps on my Zoom H6? Would using an external preamp make a difference to the recording quality? Also, if it is possible and would make a difference, what external preamps would you recommend ? The mics I am using to record my band's rehearsals are the following:

    Sennheiser 441 (used on snare drum)
    Oktava MK 012's (matched pair used for overheads on drums)
    Heil PR 40 (used on bass drum)
    Shure KSM 137 (used on guitar cab)

    Electric bass is recorded direct out from Genz Benz 6.2 Shuttle

    Thanks for you help!
  2. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
    Dude: you expect to get a better answer on TB to this technical question than you got on Gearslutz? :)

    What I'm really curious about is are YOU experiencing issues with noisy recording? I've used many mics with the H6 and when doing proper level setting and recording with a 24-bit depth, the noise floor level is pretty dang dong good. I've experienced no issues with noisy preamps on the H6. Have you, and if so, what was the circumstance?
  3. marcberez

    marcberez Supporting member Supporting Member

    Jun 23, 2012
    Tampa, FL
    No, I don't expect a better answer. I am looking for different opinions and experiences of people who may be using the Zoom H6 with external gear. I am researching and learning the best possible way to obtain quality recordings with the Zoom. I am sure that there is a finite quality to this piece of gear, but how will I know where that point is if I don't ask questions?

    Any help/ experiences are much appreciated.