Review: Zoom H2n audio recorder

Review: Zoom H2n audio recorder

As a journalist, I often rely on interview recordings to check the quotes that I have written, just in case I got them wrong.

Until recently, I have been using a voice recorder app on my Android smartphone. That app does not record my interviews clearly, especially in a noisy environment, such as a coffee shop.

A dedicated audio recorder, such as the Zoom H2n, would do the job better.

For those who are unaware, Zoom is a Japanese company that is known for its professional audio equipment used by artists and musicians.

The H2n is one of Zoom's best recorders to date. With five microphones and four recording modes, the H2n's uses go beyond recording one-on-one interviews.

In the mid-side recording mode, the H2n uses its unidirectional mic to capture sound directly in front of you, and a bi-directional side mic to record sound from your left and right.

I used this mode most often, as I found it extremely useful for recording interviews with the main newsmaker along with two or three people in a room.

Moreover, you can also increase or decrease the side mic's recording level to control the width of the stereo image. This could be useful to people who are recording band performances.

The X/Y stereo mode is more for capturing stereo recordings in a studio. Without the unidirectional mic in operation, my voice recordings sounded a little distant.

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