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ZOOM H4N, EDIROL, MICROTRACK II

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  1. mgasilva

    mgasilva New Member

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    I've searched this forum for an answer but haven't seen a direct comparison between the three recorders above.

    I've been using an EDIROL R-09HR but most people here seem to like the zoom or the microtrack II; has anyone seen/done a direct comparison among the three for purposes of musical recording?

    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    I use an Edirol 09 and so does Chris. And yes - there are discussions about these recordings scattered about the forum, but I don't believe anyone has ever done a 'side by side' comparison. That would be very interesting indeed!
     
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    I don't use any of the above gizmos, since I play a digital piano but I think your best bet is to look for comparison reviews on the Internet. I've recently read one but I cannot find the link anymore (could be o'reilly digitalmedia). There were also audio samples. Oh, I found it:

    http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/audio/p ... omparison/
     
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    I'm definitely a newbie at recording, but I have recently done some comparing between the Zooms and the Mictrotrack II (not familiar with the Edirol). I ended up buying the Microtrack II because of its 48V of phantom power and its clearer recorded sound. The O'Reilly Media comparison (the one alf put up), along with the advice of some of the folks at PS, helped me decide on the Microtrack II. :wink:
     
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    Nope, I use the older R1 model. The R9 is a bit more modern with better display, controls, etc. I don't think it matters much for the sound, the microphones are likely to be the same.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    I am curious about that Microtrack II. I may check into it if my Edirol ever quits working, which doesn't seem likely, though, because I've dropped it a dozen times and it still works!
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    It certainly sounds like a good gadget, especially when you plan on using external mics. Then again the Zoom H4 has the possibility to record a second track while listening to the first one - great for recording 4-hand. Then again the Edirol R-9 HR has a remote control, which would be bliss.... So the choice is still not easy.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Yeah - that playing four-hand pieces with a multiple-track recording devise would be great. Probably so much fun, I'd never stop fooling around with it. I’d also like to try external mics on my Edirol sometime just to see if it makes that much of a difference. Or I can wait until they make a recorder that has multi-track recording capability, a remote control, phantom power, all for under $100 bucks. (I know – fat chance)
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    And even if, chances are it would not be available in your favorite color.... :p
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    You mean pink? :lol:
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Dunno, but women seem to be peculiar to color. When my wife wants a gadget, and I ask her which model she wants, the answer is always "a blue one" :lol:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    I'm with your wife on this. I think color matters to women as much as size matters to men. :wink:

    Although – back to designing the perfect recorder – in addition to the aforementioned features, I’d like a larger screen than what you see on the current models. The screen on my 09 is too small; I can hardly see the words and things on it. And looking at the photos of those other models, there seems to be plenty of room on the front casing to make a larger screen. I hope someone from one of those companies is reading this and changes the design of their recorders.(and don't forget - price it under $100 too! :D ) (and make it blue! :lol: )
     
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    Maybe it's time to admit that you need reading glasses :p
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    That's two things you've blabbed about this week! :x Better watch it.... :twisted: :lol:
     
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    There is in fact a side-by-side comparison.

    Specification comparison:
    http://www.wingfieldaudio.com/compare-p ... rders.html
    http://www.wingfieldaudio.com/compare-b.html

    Audio sample comparison:
    http://www.wingfieldaudio.com/portable- ... mples.html
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    That is a good comparison list, but there is no sound comparison for piano with either the Edirol or the Zoom H4. That's what I really wanted to hear.
     
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    Ah I see what you mean, no _piano_ samples. I hadn't noticed that, sorry.

    Also where they do have musical samples they are not for the H4 but the H4n (the successor to the H4 which is said to be something of an improvement).

    P
     

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