Zoom H1 recorder tutorial

Here are two tutorials for recording with the mini Zoom recorder.
The first info is for the older Zoom H1
The second is for the newer Zoom H1n

ZOOM H1
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are recording

  1. EARHONES
    Try to always record with headphones on so you can monitor what you are recording
  2. LEVELS
    Watch your levels – if your recording is too “hot” the files will be clipped.
  3. HAND-NOISE
    Beware of hand noise! the device is very sensitive and will pick up your fingers on the recorder. This is another good reason to record with headphones on.
  4. AUTO LEVELS (bad…)
    Watch out for the switches on the back of the unit (Low Cut, Auto Levels) they are easy to accidentally flip and they will impact your recording.

Downloading your files

  1. With a USB cord
    • With the unit powered down, use a camera USB cord to plug the Zoom into your computer. (If you don’t have a cord please let John know!)
    • The Zoom will turn on automatically.
    • You see the words “CARD” and “AUDIO IO” flashing. Wait a moment and it will read “USB”
    • You will now see H1_SD loaded on your desktop. This is the card from the camera and it has your files on it.
    • Open the folder STEREO and FOLDER 1 and transfer the files to your computer.
    • When you are done You can delete the files from the card and free up space on the Zoom.
  2. Using the mini-SD card
    • Remove the mini-SD card
    • Insert the card into the SD card converter
    • Insert into an SD card reader and remove your files.

Zoom H1n

Most of the important items discussed above apply also to this newer model of the Zoom H1, especially these:

  • EARHONES
    Try to always record with headphones on so you can monitor what you are recording
  • LEVELS
    Watch your levels – if your recording is too “hot” the files will be clipped.
  • HAND-NOISE
    Beware of hand noise! the device is very sensitive and will pick up your fingers on the recorder. This is another good reason to record with headphones on.
  • AUTO LEVELS (bad…)
    Watch out for the switches on the back of the unit (Low Cut, Auto Levels) they are easy to accidentally flip and they will impact your recording.

Here’s a video that goes through all of the features of the Zoom H1n 

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