I want to get a digital recorder to record jams, lessons, and some concerts and don't know if I should go with a Zoom or a Trascam. I like that the trascam has a slow down function but my main requirement is good sound. Can anyone tell me about the sound quality of each? Does anyone have samples of sound qualities. Thanks, Ken
I want to get a digital recorder to record jams, lessons, and some concerts and don't know if I should go with a Zoom or a Trascam. I like that the trascam has a slow down function but my main requirement is good sound. Can anyone tell me about the sound quality of each? Does anyone have samples of sound qualities.
I had the Zoom H1 (second generation) and now have a Tascam DR-05. I own a few Zoom products (R24 included) but disliked the H1 because it felt really cheap, had a poor display / interface and controls on the side that were nearly impossible to either see or operate. It sounded fine, but the other aspects were just so poorly thought out that I couldn't stand using it.
The Tascam looks, feels, and operates at a much higher level of quality.
As far as sound quality goes they are very similar, but the H1 has cardiod capsules and the DR-05 has omni capsules. If you don't know the difference it's probably not going to matter to you.
I chose the Tascam DR-07 MK II five years ago. Based on reviews I chose Tascam over Zoom because the buttons were described as being larger and you don't have to go deep into menus for most common functions. Rudy's comments confirm my memory of differences between Tascam and Zoom. I've been happy with it. I don't use it a lot, but it 's been really handy at banjo camps, practices and gigs -- the reason I bought it.
DR-07 mics can be switched between X-Y and A-B positions. I haven't been able to hear much difference but it's nice to have. DR-05 mics have one position.
I thought the DR-05 and 07 were discontinued but I see there are now "X" versions. Bump up to the DR-40X and you can use external mics and record more tracks.
Ken and Rudy, Thank you for your time and feedback. I purchased the DR-05X last night. When I was at Bean Blossom this past month I heard a jam with a Brian Leaver doing some great backup and I was kicking myself for not being able to record it to study it. That won't happen again! I got it with a hard case and a 128 GB san disk for $130. Thanks for your help. Ken
I too acquired a Zoom digital recorder when they first became available. The unit I purchased was an H4 and it has worked pretty well. However, as a result of this discussion I took a look at the Tascam recorders and decided to get a DR-40X. I needed a new toy. The recording quality of the DR-40X is comparable to the H4, but I much prefer the user interface of the DR-40X.