Zoom H1n Sound Recorder Review
At the time of writing this post, I have will admit that I have had the Zoom H1n only for a few short weeks. My main reason for purchasing it was that I felt that I needed to improve the quality of my sound recording as I start my new venture in recording sound.
I did a lot of research to see what other people recommended, from that research I then decided on the Zoom H1n Sound Recorder. I also felt that I did not want to spend too much money on a sound recorder at the beginning of my new sound and video venture.
Zoom H1n Sound Recorder Issues
When I first got my hands on the H1n recorder one issue I had was the size of the buttons, or more I found it a little difficult to read what each button was for. However, fast forward a few days, I found that once set up to my desired settings, I did not find this to be a problem. Even now when I want to change the settings, I can do it fairly efficiently without too much thought.
Another thing that I did struggle with, was the sound that the H1n could record! It was not until I played back my first few recordings, I did not know that there was so much unwanted sound on this planet! Like everything you do for the first time, it does take a little practice and experience to learn what to do. I learnt very fast that when hand holding the H1n, you really have to be careful how you hold it. The slightest movement of the hand on the H1n could easily be recorded as unwanted sound. Also when out and about it does pick up every single noise. When we as humans listen to sounds, we can isolate those sounds in our mind. But when you play back an H1n recorded sound, that bird song you wanted to record is also accompanied by distant sounds that we did not want included in our recording.
All these issues are easily overcome, by a bit of forethought and using a powerful sound editing tool, such as Audacity. I am now not too worried about what other sounds the H1n records as they can be scrubbed out during the editing of the sound clip.
Zoom H1n Sound Recorder Qualities
The issues mentioned above are really not a problem! The honest answer is, I really love my H1n Sound Recorder. When I go out and records sound, I am excited to get back and start editing my recordings and listen to exceptional quality sounds!
Just the other day I did a simple sound recording of my microwave cooker in action. When I played the sound back through my headphones, I was astonished at all the other sounds emitted from the microwave. It really seem as though you could hear every single cog within the machine making its own individual sound. I just loved the fact that the H1n allowed me to experience the individual sounds that made up the general sound we all hear when a microwave is switched on.
Zoom H1n Accessories
Just as a final note, I would like to say that when I purchased the Zoom H1n I did also purchase it as a bundle. This bundle included a dead cat microphone cover to reduce wind noise when recording outside. Also a small tripod, that is now nearly always permanently attached to the H1n. A foam noise reduction cover, when I use the H1n indoors, but not really sure that it is necessary. A hand grip, that I sometimes use when I do not need to use the tripod. A 32GB microSDHC (I did find it a little odd that this is the maximum size allowed).
If you are interested the Zoom H1n is available on Amazon: