Recording With the Zoom H2

Courtesy of Nancy Cohen, January 2010

HOW TO RECORD USING ZOOM H2 FLASH RECORDER

To record files, you will need to purchase an SD card.

Not all SD Cards are created equal. These 2 GB cards have been certified by the manufacturer for use with the H2. Only purchase a card from this list:

2GB Panasonic: RP-SDV02G (U1A/E1A/G1A)
RP-SDM02G (U1A/E1A/G1A)
RP-SDQ02G (U1A/E1A/G1A)
RP-SDR02G (U1A/E1A/G1A)
RP-SDK02G (U1A/E1A/G1A)
SanDisk: SDSDB-2048-(A10/E10/P60)
SDSDH-2048-(901/902/903)
HAGIWARA SYS-COM: HPC-SD2GT4C
HPC-SD2GT
Toshiba: SD-M02GR4W
SD-F02GR4W
PQI: QSD15-2G
IO DATA: SD-2G
GREEN HOUSE: GH-SDC2GG
Transcend: TS2GSDC
TS2GSD150

• With the power off, insert the SD card into the slot.

Push the card in until it locks into place.

• To remove the card, give it a light push inwards–it will pop up slightly, then pull it out.

• If the SD card is inserted incorrectly, it will not go all the way into the slot. (See graphic above for how to correctly insert the card)

• Never insert or remove the SD card while power to the H2 is on. Otherwise audio data on the card can be lost.

• When you attempt to perform a function requiring the SD card

(such as recording) when no card is inserted, the indication “No Card” appears in the display.

TO FORMAT AN SD CARD

• If the indication “No Card” appears when you turn the H2 on,

No SD card was detected. Make sure that the SD card is inserted properly.

• If the indication “Format Card?” appears when you turn the H2 on, the inserted SD card has not been formatted. To format the card, use the [REW] and [FF] keys to move the cursor to “YES” and press the [REC] key.

You will not have to format the card again. You just do it once.

RECORDING WITH THE ZOOM H2 USING AN EXTERNAL MIC

• Connect the mic to the [EXT MIC IN] jack. The [EXT MIC IN] is Stereo. We use Mono mics, so audio will be recorded on the Left Channel only. This is normal.

• Insert an SD Card

• Turn the H2 On:

TO START RECORDING

• Press the REC key to set the H2 to RECORD READY/STANDBY.

• Press the REC key again. The PLAY/REC indicator on the front panel is now constantly lit in red, and the counter on the display indicates the progress of the recording.

ADJUSTING THE RECORD LEVEL

• First, change the [MIC GAIN] from Low to Medium or High.

I recommend Medium.

• Then use the FF key to Increase the Record Level or the REW key to Decrease it.  Audio Levels should peak at -12 dB. You can adjust level in STANDBY or while recording.

TO STOP RECORDING

• Press the REC button. The PLAY/REC indicator goes out. And the counter returns to the beginning of the file you just recorded.

TO CHECK THE RECORDING

• Press the PLAY/PAUSE key. During playback the PLAY/REC indicator is lit in green.

• Press the PLAY/PAUSE key again to stop playback.

TO CHECK DIFFERENT FILES

• Use the rewind and fast forward keys to move from one file to another.

YOU CAN ALSO RECORD USING THE INTERNAL MIC

• With the machine On, Using the [MIC PATTERN] keys select

FRONT 90:

• Point the front panel of the H2 towards the sound source. The 90 degree mic pattern will help in excluding unwanted sounds.

To record interviews you will need to get close. Within 6 inches of the sound source.

Please see the graphic below for an illustration of the FRONT 90 mic pattern.

With the internal mic, you are making a Stereo recording.

Audio Levels will appear on the Left and Right Channel meters.

If possible, mount the H2 on a microphone stand. If you hold the machine, the internal mic will record ‘handling noise’ from your fingers, which sounds awful.

TO TURN POWER OFF

• Turn the Volume Down

• Then turn the Power Off

DON’T FORGET!

Remove your SD card and put it in a safe place.

USE A MEMORY CARD READER

You can use a memory card reader to move files from SD card to a computer to listen to them OR to edit them.

USE A FLASH DRIVE

To move files from one computer to another.

(Example: From your home computer to the lab during class time)

USE A CD-R

You can also burn the files to a CD-R. Then transfer the files from a CD-R to the computers in the classroom.

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