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How does the H6 compare as an audio interface? Recorders, Players & Tape Machines
Old 8th July 2016
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How does the H6 compare as an audio interface?


I am interested in getting the Zoom H6 because I do a lot of field recording for nature sounds and cut them up for my compositions. I am also in the market for an audio interface and I am wondering if the H6 is a suitable audio interface and how it compares to say... a Presonus box or the focusrite scarlet series, and like products.

Is it a "good enough" audio interface for rough bedroom demos? for those of you who have experience with it. And the H5?

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Old 9th July 2016
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The H6 is great

Dude The H6 is the bomb why would you need anything but... it's got the dopest preamps of any sub-$600 field recorder and the interchangeable capsules is hot ****. I'd say you'd be set. Get it with the shotgun capsule and XY and you'd have a blast.
Old 9th July 2016
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Old 9th July 2016
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While the H6 is a nice field recorder that will likely fit your intended use, I will mention that, for me, it obviously could not deliver the audio quality I wanted which turned out to be studio grade. The H6 was my first baby step into audio around a year ago.

The preamps are convenient, that is all I can concede. While doable, the gain and metering are very challenging to set, match and read.

The microphones do not compare favorably to any of the mics I ended up buying. The MDC mics I chose ranged from $200. - $650 and the LDCs from $2.5 to $4K. 8 channels of preamps ended up at $850. per channel. The interface requirement was the biggest surprise as it was the final obstacle to good audio recording and required a <$3K investment. No one would expect an H6 to compare favorably but I am mentioning my own journey as the sound I naively hoped to achieve with the H6 required a different level of equipment.

I do occasionally appreciate the convenience and portability of the H6 with one or two of my mics to capture occasional sounds not suited for a studio. Ie. I will likely capture my Maserati exhaust sound this week for a sale ad link.

I like the H6 for what it is with outboard mics but could not live with audio from the bundled "mics".
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