Zoom H2n Handy Recorder Reviews
If I can't get this thing to work right, I'll begin using my M-Audio interface with Pro Tools SE to record. A shame.
This unit is a little harder to master than it should be. It has lots of options and I have yet to explore them all, but so far I haven't been able to make a decent recording of a rehearsal. We're experienced musicians and know how to balance between instruments and vocals, and among instruments. The "auto gain" settings are not working for us at all. You can't use the auto gain in conjunction with the mic gain. Right now, that's pretty much our only hope of getting use from it for recording full band rehearsals. It does make nice recordings of me playing and singing; I've been able to record new material and distribute it to band members. One big problem with the unit is the tripod is small and light. That makes it prone to be tipped over easily. Every time the unit is tipped over, it stops recording. This is inconvenient; we forgot to check to see if it was still recording and missed taping 3/4 of the rehearsal. The VU meters are IMPOSSIBLE to see from a distance, even a short distance. There's a light on top of the unit that tells when clipping occurs, but the light is small, and hard to see, especially when I'm concentrating on playing. If I could get someone who sort of knows what they're doing to babysit the unit so we could find the optimal setting, it would increase the usefulness considerably.
Handheld SD Recorder with Five Internal Mic Capsules, and the Ability to Record In 360-degree Surround and Mid-Side Formats