I can at least say from experience that the Zoom H2 can really make quite decent recordings.
However, as I am also finding out, it is NOT particularly rugged.
A couple of things have broken on mine already . . . it's cheap because it's largely plastic.
But, with only minor trimming, EQ and a touch of reverb, my Thursday evening set at BEMF3 in Boise this past Spring was recorded on entirely on my H2 . . . and that's what's posted on the BEMF page with the MP3 links: <http://www.boisemusicians.com/BEMF-3/
Look for me about half way down the page and find MP3 links for Thursday parts 1, 2, and 3.
The Thursday recordings do not in any way compare to the great soundboard recordings made on my Saturday set by Aaron Davis - but they are not that bad (if you wish to compare).
My dynamics are all over the map too.
For me it is just easier to set the thing up on a mic stand and record in "quad" (yes it has 4 mic capsules in it).
Although I have to worry about footpedal clicks and the creaking and groaning of my chair (or stool) I don't have to worry about cables or line level compatibility.
It's simple and it works without a lot of fussing over.
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On Oct 14, 2008, at 4:29 PM, Byron Howell wrote:
A request for advice from all the gear junkies on this list. I am
packing up for a while; the drums, P.A system, loopers, midi
controlllers etc.... going into storage to enable a bit of foot loose
and fancy free traveling.
I will be taking with my macbook, (cant function without that),
however i dont want to lug any extra gear such as microphones,
interfaces etc.....The performer is going on hold for a while and i am
restricting myself to whatever sound creations i can do in the
software environment. One backpack must contain everything for
I am looking for a portable recorder to record samples of
environments, conversations, backgroud noises etc..of the various
places i visit. I would have to be as small as possible, able to
record quality audio and be able to tranfer the data to my mac.
Price is always a matter of concern, but since i am funneling my
entire music creation down to one recording device, it does deserve
some hard saving so i am willing to spend.
Any suggestions would be of great help.