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I recently purchased the Zoom H2n for an online community radio project, and so far, it has served us very well indeed!!
The Zoom H2n has five microphone capsules hidden underneath the basket. Having this amount of microphones allows you to choose from four different modes of recording, these being, Stereo XY, 2 Channel Surround, 4 Channel Surround and MS (Mid Side) Stereo.
Stereo XY records at a 90 degree angle, facing forward, allowing a naturally deep and accurate recording to be captured.
2 Channel Surround mixes signals from both the Stereo XY mic and the MS Stereo mic. Which may be found useful when recording things such as soundscapes, studio sessions, etc.
4 Channel Surround does exactly the same as 2 Channel Surround, but allows you to adjust the audio balance between both the XY and MS mics.
MS (Mid Side) Stereo records forward, to the left and to the right. Capturing sound from directly ahead and to the sides.
The H2n can record at up to 24bit/96kHz in WAV or MP3 format from either the internal microphone or an external microphone source. Because the sound quality of the H2n is so high, it is recommended that you purchase a large SD card to use with it. For example, a 4GB SD card would fill up in no time, whereas, a 16GB SD card would allow a lot more to be recorded/stored on it.
There is a small LCD screen on the Zoom H2n, giving you access to play back recordings, delete recordings, speed up recordings and even use a built in tuner. You can plug in headphones to the H2n to listen to the recording in real time and make sure everything sounds perfect to you!
To prevent clipping during the recording, the H2n has an onscreen VU meter and also has a built in compression and limiting preset. There is also an auto gain control and lo cut filter to reduce the sound of wind, vocal pops and other noises.
This is very handy piece of kit for someone who regularly records things like, interviews, YouTube videos etc. With a high quality, crisp, clear sound, you can't go wrong for the price!
If you look into purchasing the H2n, I would also recommend looking at buying the H2n Accessory pack. This pack comes with everything you need for the best H2n experience. A tripod, handle, remote and PC cable.