Zoom H4

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Post by tonyoci » Sun Jul 16, 2006 3:59 pm

Originally posted by rsowden in the PS04 forum.

We wondered what was next.

http://www.samsontech.com/products/prod ... &brandID=4

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Post by Dragondicer » Sun Jul 16, 2006 4:08 pm

Oh!!!Image

Now we can even fly to the moon with Zoom!!!
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VERY FUTURISTIC DESIGN!! 8) 8)Image
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Post by Riffmaster » Sun Jul 16, 2006 4:34 pm

Looks like an electric razor :D
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Post by Zoetrope » Sun Jul 16, 2006 6:10 pm

Sam Ash has them for $299.
More info from their site:
The H4 includes 2 combination XLR-1/4-inch input jacks with 48V or 24V phantom power and a high-impedance phone input for guitar, bass and synth recording. Four hours of continuous recording operation can be accomplished with 2 AA batteries. A back-lit 128 x 64 pixel LCD provides visual feedback of the recording.

Maximizing flexibility was an important design goal, and the H4 renders audio in several different recording formats: 16-bit PCM, 44.1 kHz sampling; 24-bit PCM, 48/96 kHz sampling (stereo) and MP3, 48kbps - 320k bps (stereo).

A 64MB Secure Digital (SD) card is included. With an optional 1GB SD memory card, the H4 provides 190 minutes of recording in 16-bit mode, and 34 hours in MP3 stereo mode.

Of course, the Zoom H4 is loaded with recording effects (compressor, limiter and mic modeling for stereo mode), in addition, guitar effects equivalent to the Zoom G2 are also provided. The Zoom H4 comes bundled with Cubase LE and includes USB audio and mass-storage interfaces. A windshield cover and tripod attachment are also included.

I WANT ONE! :shock:
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Post by Riffmaster » Sun Jul 16, 2006 7:05 pm

Wow that sounds awesome. Let me borrow it when you get it :lol:
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Post by Richie aoa » Mon Jul 17, 2006 2:27 am

Hang on, you mean they're using a memory card system that hasn't already become obsolete? How strange...

looks good, but I don't know that it has enough on it to make me shell out for it just yet.
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Post by Zoetrope » Mon Jul 17, 2006 6:39 am

My question is, no virtual tracks? What can you do with just 4 tracks? Record two stereo vocals and call it a day I guess. :wink:
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Post by ianmackay » Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:00 am

How can Sam Ash have them when Zoom itself only has a gif image of it?!

Things are looking mighty peculiar down in Zoomtown...

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Post by Tonto2 » Mon Jul 17, 2006 9:48 am

It indicates that there are "guitar effects" on this unit, but does it also have the Zoom drums and bass?

Just wondering...
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Post by storpotaten » Mon Jul 17, 2006 11:39 am

The Samson tech page said it came with Cubase. I think that might be the answer for several of the questions here? Though it doesn't make much sense to have both an SD card and no possibility to mix/bounce on the unit. I mean: Is it for working stand-alone or is it for recording on a PC?
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Post by DCMaguire » Mon Jul 17, 2006 1:13 pm

Cute . . . but in no way does this compete with the PS or MRS products.
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Post by Riffmaster » Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:48 pm

Let's hope it doesn't have the Zoom drums. I still prefer the Norelco though.
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Post by Unstablxxx » Mon Jul 17, 2006 8:56 pm

Riffmaster wrote:I still prefer the Norelco though.
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Post by ianmackay » Tue Jul 18, 2006 4:30 am

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Bits on the side too...

I dunno - it looks kind of fisher-price "my first home recorder" to me... what gap are they trying to fill in the market with it?

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Post by tonyoci » Tue Jul 18, 2006 10:36 am

There's a bunch of similar products, costing in the $600 range, that are used for field recording by podcasters and I assume other people who need to do field recording :D

However the guitar interface stuff is not consistent with that. I think the target is as an audio interface that can be unhooked and used elsewhere. I do think that's a VERY useful tool but not sure the price and features (no v-takes ???) match up yet.
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Post by mister mollusk » Tue Jul 18, 2006 11:14 am

Ehhh, I'll wait for the H8 :wink:

(although look at those inputs in relation to the whole case. That H4 has got to be tiny)
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Post by Zoetrope » Wed Jul 19, 2006 11:05 am

Well, my secret spy inside the Zoom fortress has revealed the following regarding target audience:
It serves many users – ENG is a big field which the unit is kind of geared towards, but for musicians this unit will be great.

1. 4 tracks of Hi Quality recording
2. Zoom G2 quality effects for guitar and vocals & other instruments
3. USB connectivity – it will act as a Hard Drive AND it will act as a USB interface (meaning that you can use this unit to record guitars and vocals into your computer).
4. High quality mics in an XY configuration

I’m sure others will find uses for it, but ENG, Podcasting and home recording will be the primary markets.
ENG is electronic news gathering. So, interviewing Tony regarding the HMHS for example. :wink:
As an interface this could actually be pretty cool. I need to hear the effects, but from what I've heard from people on this forum the G2 effects are very good.
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