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Re: Zoom H4 for laptop looping
Ha! Very cool.
Did you download the ASIO driver for it? I've not had any problems
getting a great sound as an interface via ASIO...
Per Boysen wrote:
> Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:06:16 -0600
>> Just thought I'd throw out a plug for the new Zoom H4. It works as a
>> great 2x2 audio interface for Mobius (it has some built-in effects I
>> haven't tried yet, but will work in audio-interface mode), and the
>> other features make it ideal for collecting found-sounds or putting
>> together rough song ideas on the fly. The built-in stereo condenser
>> mic has really impressed me so far. I expected it to pretty much
>> suck for the price, but I've been getting some excellent acoustic
>> guitar recordings with it.
>> Anyway, for the price, I'm really happy, so I thought I'd pass it along.
> Someone posted and asked about latency. I just picked one up this
> morning to check out, and may have some information to share.
> Regarding the option to use the H4 as an audio interface the software
> drivers are bad news. So bad actually that I would rather say that the
> H4 is not usable at all "as laptop sound card". I tested it for hours
> and although I used the largest available buffer I could not get a
> clean sound from it. Not on Mac with OS X and not in Windows XP with
> the dedicated software drivers. I'm glad I don't have to review it in
> a magazine because the marketing of it is partly misleading.
> But the H4 is great for other purposes - just forget about that audio
> interface dimension - like for example the stereo recording and the
> effects. Good guitar sounds in there (Some people might want to use
> it as a four track porta studio as well). H4 is also awesome as a USB2
> based SD card reader. And it rocks as a portable field recorder. I
> like it so much that I decided to buy one as a replacement for my old
> portable DAT recorder.
> And I did actually find a place for it in my laptop looping rig - as a
> mic pre amp, merge box and input reverb unit :-) I feed the H4 with
> one acoustic flute mic and one line level EWI synth clarinet. Then I
> put a simple stereo cable from the H4 into the PCMCIA sound card Echo
> Indigo i/o on my lappy. That's a minimal set-up that sounds decently
> ok. Two instantly connected instruments of which one is electric and
> can be used for heavily distorted sounds that would not be possible
> with a microphone.
> Greetings from Sweden
> Per Boysen
> www.boysen.se (Swedish)
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