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Zoom H2n or H4n as USB interface?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by DrVenkman, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. DrVenkman


    Jan 22, 2010
    Pacific NW
    I like the idea of having a simple recorder to capture rehearsals or performances, and a USB interface for more formal recording work. Will either of these devices work well in this dual role? Do you have other tecommendations?
  2. EricssonB


    Apr 5, 2011
    Oh, sure. Yeah why not.
  3. Ukiah Bass

    Ukiah Bass Supporting Member

    May 10, 2006
  4. I have a Zoom H2, and it will work as interface for stereo recording into a DAW, however, there is simply way too much latency in the unit to make it usable to sync with a click and do multi-tracks. Too much time will be wasted trying to nudge tracks into sync. I'd go for another interface with lower latency. Maybe the H2n is different... maybe not.
  5. DrVenkman


    Jan 22, 2010
    Pacific NW
    Huh. I always thought latency was a computer issue, didn't realize it could be an interface issue too. Does anyone have experience with the Hxn vs. just the Hx versions of these?
  6. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    I have a H4n and it works find as an audio interface.

    To avoid latency the H4n allows you to turn on monitoring in the hardware, so you can hear what you're playing with essentially no latency (headphones plugged directly into H4n. You always want to monitor from the hardware like this, regardless of interface, to avoid the annoying delay you get if you monitor via the round trip in/out of the computer.

    The method for adjusting precisely for latency in Reaper is covered here:
    Basically, you set this once and forget about it. Once you set it, anything you record will automatically be offset by the latency amount so everything aligns auto-magically.

    The H4n is perfectly acceptable for home recording projects. The pre-amps a bit noisy with the highest gain settings, but I only notice this with some microphones. For guitar or bass, they are fine.

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