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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.
>> --Josh
> 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
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