Geek Brain Dump Useful Product Reviews: H1 Zoom Voice Recorder

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Are you looking for a good voice recorder on a budget or to become more mobile out in public with your audio recording?

Okay, we are not Hollywood or independent film makers, or are we? If you watch videos online made by home users, you will notice the sound quality immediately. If it is bad, you normally click off that video. Especially if the speaker can’t be understood or worse, there is whistling from the external microphone.

The H1 Zoom solves all of those issues upon opening the packaging and using it. I’ll have to admit, I’m not sure if it is because it has the H1 X/Y Tech or what, but you will notice the CLARITY of sound when you play back your recording. The recording can be your own voice or music and it will sound good if not great.

I really do not want to go into the actual tech specs as I will include some samples for you to listen to down.

This basic setup is GREAT for anyone, YouTubers, teachers, meetings, homework sessions, brainstorms, music rehearsals voicer-overs, voice-acting, beginners, pros and so much more.

Where this setup reaches a more higher level is when you combine the H1 Zoom with a Giant Squid’s Omnidirectional Mic.

Giant Squid’s Omnidirectional Mic is a lavalier (“lava-leer”) microphone. If I am not mistaken, Eli uses the PRO 70
Cardioid Condenser Lavalier/Instrument Microphone which delivers a much more richer and stable sound recording. Of course that price is up there in the $200 price range.

The Giant Squid’s Omnidirectional Mic adds more stableness to the sound input. Less ambient room/air hiss and less, if any, post editing can resolve that.

Sound Recording Sample Tests

Note: Upon my recording without the Giant Squid Mic, my H1 Zoom recorded in mono (LEFT CHANNEL only).  Not sure why, but easily resolved on post editing.

1. H1 Zoom


2.H1 Zoom with Windsock


3. H1 Zoom with Giant Squid’s Omnidirectional Mic

As a budget microphone, this is a great buy for anyone for the price, but more for the level of quality and on the go, no hassle recording.

Cons:

* If you put the product directly on your desk and your CPU makes a lot of noise, cooling or fan, it will pick that noise up. It even will pick up slight vibrations. All resolved by putting it on top of a folder or thick piece of cardboard.

* This device will eat double AA batteries, but if you remove the battery while not in use, and carry a backup, you’ll be okay.

Pros:

* Light, records at 128kbps in MP3 and WAV formats.

* Uses MicroSD for easy transfer of files.

* Fits in pocket and easily with camera gear.

* Can be fitted on a tripod for positioning.

* You can use Earphones connected to listen to the recording live input.

H1 Zoom
http://www.zoom.co.jp/products/h1

Giant Squid’s Omnidirectional Mic
http://www.giantsquidaudiolab.com/gs/gs-mono.html

Author

Warren Galloway

Warren Galloway is a currently a freelance multimedia web designer. Is that even a title any more? Digital Media Specialist - You Want it Digitally, I can do it. "Eli for President, we should be happy, but also very afraid."

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5 Comments

  1. TheDiabeticGeek November 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Great review! I am actually looking at buying a handheld voice recorder, this review has helped me make my decision on whether or not to buy the H1zoom!

    • Warren Galloway November 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      Thanks. I recommend it more if you are on the go and such and on a budget. It works rather well. Suits my needs greatly.

  2. dominic1995 November 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I was wondering why my youtube videos were a little hard to hear. I may need to invest in one. could it plug into a smartphone

    • Warren Galloway November 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      I used to use my iPod Touch 4th Gen, until my friend and I were were rapping up to the end of a GREAT podcast and my alarm to go check the mailbox went off and deleted the entire thing. Talk about ticked. We rushed and re-did the podcast again, but only 30 minutes, minutes the voices my friend did. It was fun, but not as fun as the first time.

  3. dominic1995 November 11, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I found the answer

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