Simple Budget Recorder for
Zoom's H2 has been a popular recorders since it
came out. No surprise there - it's a good all rounder at a reasonable
price. But what if all you need is a basic mini-recorder for meetings
and other non-critical recordings? A sort of inexpensive sound notebook
for less than £100? Well, that's exactly what the Zoom H1 is for. A
pretty good alternative for when OK is good enough. Whilst more
expensive recorders have better internal
microphones and microphone preamplifiers for a more accurate response,
the ones in the H1 are reasonably acceptable for general purpose note
when you're on a tight budget.
And the H1 is ideal for recordings made for transcription
purposes (see our our own TransPedal-2015
and TransPedal-Classic to help you do this on a PC or Mac).
You can buy the H1 on its own or with its optional
APH-1 Accessory Pack (see picture) which adds a UK power supply,
USB lead, mic stand adaptor, desktop mini-tripod, foam windgag and soft
case to your H1 setup.
The H1 Handy Recorder puts all its functions at your
fingertips. No menus. Its backlit display features recording levels,
file format, time elapsed, remaining battery life and recording time.
Its intuitive transport puts all the controls on the side panel, with no
menus on the screen. A large record button gives you complete control.
Playback and pause, marker, forward and rewind buttons are all
accessible by your thumb. Volume for playback and monitoring can be
adjusted using your index finger.
On the back, you’ll find a single AA battery
compartment, a tripod mount, low cut filter, auto level setting and
recording format selectable switches.
On the right panel you can also adjust recording levels on the fly. A
stereo mini-jack line in provided on this side as well as its USB port
plus on/off and hold switch.
On the left side, you can replace your microSD card by
folding down the rubberized door. There’s also a stereo mini-jack
line/headphone output with adjustable volume control for monitoring
playback. A built-in mini speaker is on the bottom.