Zoom H2 Recorder
I recently bought a Zoom H2 recorder and I'm loving it. It's a handheld stereo audio recorder that records directly to a SD memory card. It has four built-in microphones as well as microphone and line-in inputs allowing it to be used as an independent field recorder or plugged into a mixing board or other device. And it runs off 2 AA batteries. In short, almost exactly what I want in a handheld recorder.
Even though I've only just started with the audio thing I'm really happy with the results. But better to let you listen.
MAD Film Gab - Episode 24 was recorded entirely on the H2 using the built-in microphones. The Fay Ann Lee interview was recorded using the H2 like a regular microphone with the included "lollipop" stick. The Question and Answer session was recorded by simply pointing the unit forward at Ms. Lee while she spoke. The Q&A audio did need cleaning up (I used Audacity). While the result is far from perfect, it's surprisingly good considering how it was recording.
The Cry of the Phoenix book launch was recorded with an audio-technica Pro 88W wireless lavaliere microphone connected to the H2. A number of people were recorded because they were standing beside Ms. O'Connor and picked up on her microphone. Normally this is problematic. In this case it allowed me to get content I would have otherwise missed. I wish I could have mic'ed everyone but I couldn't, so I took what I could get!
In 360 degree mode you can simply place the H2 in the middle of a conversation and let it go. I've played around with this but haven't produced anything. Fortunately, Derek and Paul at Inside Home Recording have! IHR Episode #50 was recorded with a Zoom H2 while they enjoyed a bite to eat.
If you want more information and opinion, check out these links:
- Portland Music Company Revew
- IHR Episode #49 (Enhanced) - Kontakt 3, Zoom H2, Giveaway ‘07, FireWire Woes (2007_11_16)
In spite of my enthusiasm, I have to admit the Zoom H2 isn't the be all, end all of portable recorders. However, at $220 there currently isn't another recorder out there that can give you this kind of quality.