The firmware for the Zoom H4 Handy Recorder has been updated to version 2.0.
Changes in v2.0
- Support for SDHC cards over 4GB
- Adopted a larger display font to be easier to read
- Indicates the battery capacity and recordable time at the top of the screen
- Added a File Dividing function to create separate files for each song from a long-hours of live recording
- Added a Low-Cut filter to reduce wind noise and breath popping
- Added an MP3 post-encoding funciton which can convert recorded WAV files into MP3s
- Added a Mono Mix function for the purpose of Electronic News Gathering
- Added an Auto Recording function enables you to start recording automatically when the input signal exceeds a certain level
- Added a Normalize function lets you increase the audio level of the recorded file at a maximum
Brad Linder says the software update does not solve the electric pulsing noise problem when you’re running on battery power, so the best solution is still to build your own battery pack.
Visit Zoom’s H4 download page for more information, links to download the lastest firmware and a supplemental manual.
Sony has announced the PCM-D50 Digital Recorder, a powerful, compact version of Sony’s flagship PCM-D1 Digital Field Recorder.
Sony PCM-D50 features
- 24 bit / 96 kHz recording in standard .WAV file format
- 4 GB Built-in Memory – records up to 6 hours @ 44.1 – 16 bit
- Two-Position Electret Condenser Microphones x-Y and Wide-Stereo Polar Patterns
- LCD Digital Peak Metering
- Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo Slot
- MP3 Playback
- Digital Pitch Control
- SPDIF Digital Input and Output
- PC/MAC Compatible – File Transfer via High Speed USB
- 5 second pre-recording buffer
The Sony PCM-D50 Digital Recorder will cost $599.00 and should be available in November. It will officially be launched this week. More information here.
Marantz Professional has introduced the PMD620, a new digital audio recorder designed with podcasters in mind.
The PMD620 is a prosumer-level device, featuring a pocket-size form factor, an easy-to-use interface, and built-in stereo mics and speaker.
- Two high-quality omnidirectional condenser mics
- 1/8″ input for connecting external microphones
- +5v phantom power for electret condensers
- 16- or 24-bit resolution audio recording [mono or stereo] direct to SD flash memory
- WAV or MP3 file format
- OLED display
The PMD620 uses 2 x AA Alkaline or NiMH batteries for up to 5 hours of operation. It will cost $399 USD and should be released in November 2007.
Looks like serious competition for the M-Audio MicroTrack II and Zoom H4/H2 models.
If you’re into field recording you probably already know Zoom’s next model, the H2 Handy Recorder, was supposed to be available already.
But… it’s not shipping yet. Apparently there has been a slight delay because of a last minute improvement to the microphone design. So I am patiently awaiting the arrival of H4′s kid brother.
When comparing the H4 with the H2 it’s actually not so obvious one is better than the other. The H4 has phantom powered XLR inputs and 4 track recording, but the H2 has 4 mics (allowing 5.1 recording) and costs considerable less (plus it looks much better to me).
Here are some of H2′s features:
- W-XY mic patterns with 4 mic capsules and signal processing allows Front 90° cardioid, Rear 120° cardioid and 360° polar patterns
- Built-in USB 2.0 interface for data storage and audio interface
- Records in WAV 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit, MP3 to 320kbps and Variable Bit Rate (VBR) data formats
- Time Stamp and Track Marker functions in Broadcast WAV Format (BWF)
- 512MB SD memory card included
- Accommodates up to 4GB SD memory cards
- Auto Gain Control (AGC) for pristine recordings
- Auto Start function means you’re always ready to record
- Low-cut filter eliminates wind noise
- On-board chromatic Guitar/Bass tuner
It’s going to retail for $199 which seems very reasonable for this handsome looking recorder. Unfortunately we’ll probably see a price of over 200 euros in Europe, but that’s not going to stop me from getting one.
Link via CDM