Devices: Audio Recorder, Zoom H2n

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Length of check-out:  2 nights

What you should know: This recorder is recommended when recording musical performances, group vocals, etc.  If you are recording a class lecture or interview, the Olympus audio recorder may work better.

Where to buy: B&H

Complete users manual: Zoom H2n 

Using the Zoom H2n

You will get:

  • Zoom H2n Audio Recorder
  • USB Connector
  • Case
  • 2 AA Batteries

Getting Started

1.) Identify your recording situation and adjust to the correct mic setting:

  • Solo vocal or musical instrument: Use the "XY" setting with the recorder facing the sound source.
  • Group vocals with room ambiance: Use the "MS" setting and place the recorder so that the back is directly facing the sound source.
  • Band rehearsals: Use the "2ch" and place the recorder in the middle of the circle of sound sources.
  • NEVER use the "4ch" setting.
  • If recording outside, you may want to use the windscreen (foam microphone cover) to reduce wind noise.

2.) Turn the wheel on the top of the recorder until the arrow points to the correct mic setting.

3.) Once the recorder and sound source(s) have been arranged, turn on the Zoom by sliding the POWER switch on the right side to the "ON" position.

4.) Adjust the mic sensitivity by turning the MIC GAIN wheel to the appropriate sensitivity level. The input levels on the screen (shown by the horizontal bars) should average around the middle of the scale while recording is in progress. 

5.) Once you are satisfied with the mic sensitivity, press the Record button again to begin recording. The REC indicator will appear on the screen. 

6.) Press the Record button again to stop recording. 


Extracting Audio Files from the Zoom Recorder with a SD Memory Card Reader

1.) If you are in the Freedman Center, first open the D-User Storage folder and create a new folder with your Case ID (Ex: xyz12).

2.) Turn off the Zoom Recorder.

3.) Open the plastic cover on the bottom of the recorder by first pushing it up and then flipping it open. 

4.) Push the card in until it pops out. 

5.) Pull out the card and insert it into a card reader connected to your computer with its USB cable. If using a Freedman Center card reader, the SD slot will be in the upper right-hand corner. 

6.) Go to My Computer, you should see a new location marked as Removable Disk (please note: actual letter of drive may differ computer-to-computer). Once you have located the correct Removable Disk, double click to open.

 

7.) Once the drive is open, you can navigate to the folder or drive (hard drive, flash drive) you wish to copy over and save.


Extracting Audio Files from the Zoom Recorder using USB Cable

1.) If you are in the Freedman Center, first open the D-User Storage folder and create a new folder with your Case ID (Ex: xyz12).

2.) Plug USB Cable into the Zoom Recorder and an available USB port on your computer.

3.) Select SD CARD READER by once again pushing the Play button on the side.

4.) Zoom Recorder screen should now display that the device is connecting.

5.) Go to My Computer, you should see a new location marked as Removable Disk (please note: actual letter of drive may differ computer-to-computer). Once you have located the correct Removable Disk, double click to open.

 

6.) Once the drive is open, you can navigate to the folder or drive (hard drive, flash drive) you wish to copy over and save.


Deleting Files from Zoom Recorder

You may wish to perform this process before returning Zoom Recorder. Re-formating the device is the best way to ensure all your audio files have been deleted off of the device's memory.

1.) Locate the Removable Disk drive that is the Zoom Recorder (note: letter of drive may differ computer-to-computer). Next, right-click on the Removable Disk and select Format.

2.) Click Start.

3.) A warning box will pop up on screen regarding the formatting process.

Remember: Formatting the device will erase ALL media files. Be absolutely sure you want to proceed.

4.) Click Ok once formatting is complete.