I was looking for some way to record live "Spare Change" concerts that I do up here in north-east Arizona, in support of the Wounded Warriors Foundation, something that would let me create CDs using Audacity software. Then I uploaded the results into Audacity on my laptop, tweaked the hell out of it where necessary (and when you're a 75 year old singer/songwriter, you do a lot of tweaking) and produced clear-as-a-bell CDs. After getting used to the ins and outs, I really like this H4N Pro. To be able to record in the field at this quality and ease, amazing. Phone Hours | Excellent recording a great features on the H4N Pro. Just an FYI. All rights reserved. The mics don't move; the 120º position is still coincident. Very poor quality. Zoom H4n Pro 4-Track Portable Recorder, Stereo Microphones, 2 XLR/ ¼“... Zoom H4n Pro 4-Track Portable Recorder, Stereo Microphones, 2 XLR/ ¼“ Combo Inputs, Guitar Inputs, Battery Powered, for Stereo/Multitrack Recording of Music, Audio for Video, and Podcasting. And has a multiple of other functions. This is a fine product, and Chris (the Sweetwater assistant in the keyboard room) was very polite and helpful. GREAT Product, easy to use and dead reliable. It has no digital audio inputs or outputs, except for the USB interface and SD memory card. No line-level input. In this graph, ref 0 DBFS was 71.2 mV input at the balanced LINE inputs, input gain was set to 50, output at 0 dBFS was set to 1 V RMS. If you analyze it on a program I'm sure that's where you can see the difference. I record each concert. Note how distortion really takes off at -1 dBFS, which is poor, as it cheats us out of about 1 dB of dynamic range. Most people, even many pros, never get their gain structures right and have more noise coming out of their mixers and consoles than any of these recorders have. Excellent customer service. 4 channels on the H4n lets you record both the subject, and the background with external microphones, each in glorious stereo for later mixing for your project. Unless you're looking for an advanced feature, there's no need to read the User's Manual. Hands down, the ZOOM H4NPro Recorder does everything I hoped it would. The only long-term level indication is that the CLIP indicators stay on. Another reason I got this was the support of XLR ports on it, so one day when I do get my boom mic I can plug it right in and capture audio not only from that mic but from the built in stereo mics on the unit itself. It currently goes for around $299 or 269€, although the prices might vary a bit by location. © 2011 KenRockwell.com. Measured digitally, directly from the recorded WAV file: 91.1 dB (14.8 effective bits, A-weighted) at 96/24 bits WAV. Take longer than that, and you'll have to reset the clock. Thank you for your request. The pros were major, and the cons were trivial. Numerous analog input types and connectors. If the levels go above 6db it lowers the levels but it never rebounds. I've been using the zoom recorders for some years now I have never had a problem. The H4N connects up without a problem; I select the Stereo input on the H4N and a folder in which to store my recording; and I sail away with the performance. if I could return it I would. Zoom h4n pro has about everything and then some ….still trying to get a few bugs worked out ...overall I am pleased. This can be useful for a bunch of different situations. "Monitor" mode feeds inputs to outputs even if not recording. The Auto Level control works great, starting each recording with the levels full up, ducking the levels as needed and never raising them. The lowest 48kbps MP3 sounds awful; it's for reporting from BF Egypt over dial-up data lines. Thanks! It shouldn't take off like that until after 0 dBFS (clipping). It really makes a difference and I do appreciate it. To use it, slide the switch inside the battery compartment, and then only when the Zoom H4n restarts or turns on again does the mode take effect. Originally designed for musicians, the Zoom H4n has become especially popular with DSLR video and filmmakers over other portable recorders because it has direct XLR mic input connectors with phantom power, and because it can record as many as four channels at once from both the built-in mics as well as from two external sources. Even surprised me more when I plugged it into my board. The exposed mics are a weak point. Line Input to Line output, record-play 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV: Zoom H4n Frequency Response, Line inputs. If you've found the time I spent researching, measuring and sharing this information, this free website's biggest source of support is when you use these links, especially this link to the H4n at B&H Photo-Video when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live.