I'm planning to record my first acoustic demo and I was thinking about new Zoom H1n or Tascam DR05. Which one from here can You recommend?
I need very natural sound.


  • LesterLester Posts: 1,658Member, Moderator
    Your 3rd link has the Zoom recorders. I have had the older version of the Zoom H2N for the last 6 or 7 years, use it every week and continue to be really impressed with it.

    Look at the reviews: the H1N has 4 reviews while the H2N has 68. I would recommend stretching to get the H2N; you won't regret it.

    Sorry but I have no personal experience of either of the two models you are interested in.
  • Mark PMark P Posts: 2,314Member
    No experience of the Zoom H1n, but I do use the Zoom H4n for recording acoustic guitar. I've seen pretty well 100% positive reviews on the Zoom range of the Hn models on the Acoustic Soundboard forum. The Zoom is by far the best portable recorder I have tried - better sound and build quality and also most user friendly.

    The H4n is the model in the range that has multitrack facility and also allows external mics to be plugged in. Though I have found that for recording an acoustic guitar on it's own the internal mics do a very good job. They are very sensitive though, so if there's much background noise they'll pick that up too - including your breathing.

    Some sound samples from the Zoom H4n below all done with the built in mics in case it helps. These are recorded on the Zoom and I then transfer the files to a DAW using USB to create the mp3 files. No EQ adjustment or artificial reverb applied to the sound in these. I just make an additional copy track in the DAW and pan the two tracks a bit left and right to give a wider sound.

    A recent improv recording exploring the natural minor scale while in Csus2 tuning. Vintage V2000MGG all mahogany guitar. If you listen on headphones with the volume quite high you'll hear the fan noise of the nearby computer - my fault!

    One with more strummy bits in it - Phrygian mode improv for a more Spanish sound, also in Csus2. Notice how the Zoom picks up the bass and resonance rather well. Same V2000MGG guitar. Better location for the recording and no fan noise!

    If you stand the ghastly croaky voice this is vocal and guitar recorded at the same time on the built in mics. A very poor attempt to emulate what Eric Bibb does with this song! Tanglewood TW133 all mahogany guitar.
  • Screaming DaveScreaming Dave Posts: 779Member
    I have a Tascam DR22-WL which works just fine for just straight real-time stereo recordings - no overdubs, though
  • nicholaspaulnicholaspaul Posts: 939Member
    I’d have thought a smart phone with an add-on mic would be more cost effective.
  • waylonwaylon Posts: 44Member
    Thanks :) I'll check on H2N :)
  • ESBlondeESBlonde Posts: 912Member
    I have a tascam DR5. I don't do serious recordings with it, but put it in the middle of the room during rehearsals or on the front lip of the stage at gigs and the recordings are clear enough to make listening comfortable. I haven't done anything fancy like link external lines or mics to it, I use it as a simple hand held device for quick and dirty recording and it does that well.
    Like all such digital devices there is a short learning curve and you might have to refer to the manual to get the best of it. Mine is lugged about plenty in it's original box and has been quite satisfactory for my use.
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