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Zoom H4N help

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by sesroh, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. sesroh

    sesroh Active Member

    so I just got a Zoom H4N but so far every recording I make through the h4n into Cubase just sounds choppy and skips around. It sounds perfect through the headphones as I record but as I listen back it doesn't sound right. I don't understand what the problem is. I haven't done much recording before and I have never had this problem.
    It is connected to my HP PC through the USB. I'm also using Windows Vista.

    anyone who's familiar with the zoom h4n and has an idea why this is happening it would be very much appreciated.
  2. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    I can try to give you advise, although I am more of a Mac addict than a PC.

    How are you loading your recordings into Cubase?

    Have you tried to load recordings through a USB card reader instead of through the USB output on the device?

    Does the device have internal memory? If so it will show up as a drive on your computer.

    You must load the data from the H4N into cubase. Perhaps the files are a single track in folders, ideally you would have one folder with your takes in it. Depends how your file folders are created by the H4N.

    Try to import one track at a time from cubase.

    Documentation could be an annoyance with the device.

    Just make sure all of your tracks are locked in alignment at the beginning of the song.
  3. BRH

    BRH Active Member

    What jammster said
  4. sesroh

    sesroh Active Member

    I'm using the recorder as an audio interface though.

    so basically everything going into the H4N is saving directly onto my computer in the Cubase audio directory folder.

    All I'm doing is using the inputs and microphone on the H4N.
  5. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Buffer settings?
    Anti virus disabled, wireless disabled?

    If I remember a few different people said this is not a very good interface, you might be better off recording then moving your files.
  6. sesroh

    sesroh Active Member

    as I said, I haven't done too many recordings :roll:

    so I don't know anything about buffer settings.
  7. jg49

    jg49 Well-Known Member

    Buffer settings are in Cubase, check the manual I use Cubase but have not adjusted the buffers in ages. Increase your buffer size, try doubling it and see if that helps, sorry reread my first post I edited it, did not expect you to be online in real time.
  8. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    Why do you ask us? jg's advise may solve your concern.

    This is a specialized function, be sure to read the manual carefully. I know that I have seen reports that the device has poor documentation.

    You should call zoom tech support, they are the only people that may know how to address your concern.

  9. Ghengis Don

    Ghengis Don Member

    Device drivers??

    Not to feed off of this post topic for help but im at my wits end and its probobly something simple. But...when i plug my Zoom h4n into my computer and open Cubase Le5, Cubase does not recognize my device. I go to set up device driver and Zoom is not an option....its like its not even there. Can someone help me with this issue? Id greatly appreciate it! :)
  10. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I could be wrong but I think you are thinking the H4N is an interface or something more than it is. I Don't think the H4N is anything more than a really cool portable recorder. I have one and love it, but I only use it to record but, if I want to import a song I do it saving the files on the computer and then import the file(s) manually into the DAW.

    Is there something that I'm missing here or I think our friend here is confused what it will do?
  11. disc

    disc Active Member

    In *theory* the h4n should work an audio interface too, it is actually designed to do so.

    sesroh: make sure that the sampling rate you have set for recording on the zoom matches the sampling rate of your cubase project; switching the sample rate in cubase alone will not switch the sampling rate at which the zoom is set to. Note, as an Audio interface it can only work at 4.1khz and 48khz

    GD: Sorry if this is too obvious, but just in case:

    connect USB cable
    on the zoom go to: menu / usb / audio I/F / CONNECT

    hope this is of help
  12. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Wow, thanks for sharing this, disc! I'm going to try this and report back.
  13. disc

    disc Active Member

    You're welcome! I've been one-sidedly benefitting from the heaps of knowledge that everyone else on here shares so generously for a long time, so i'm only glad to FINALLY be able to share something myself for once; even if it's net worth is around 0.02 cents compared to what ive gained from others :redface:
  14. ForLily

    ForLily Active Member

    I also have a question regarding the zoom H4n - sorry to also feed! But it seems the zoom has suddenly stopped saving the files in the folders? Or at least when I press the folder button it says empty? Also it started deleting the files after recording - suddenly they were just gone! I really don't understand? I have been going through the menu again and again but I can't find anything that seems like it should be turned on/off - I also tried fac resetting the system and it helped in the way that the recently recorded files have remained. But still they're not in the folders? And I lost a lot of good recordings? Does anybody know what I am talking about and what I could do? (And best: could my lost files be hidden somewhere in the system?)
  15. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Could it be that the SSD is going faulty?
  16. ForLily

    ForLily Active Member

    I thought about the same thing... Does it do any damage to delete files on the zoom directly from the computer do you think? Because I have been doing that recently.
  17. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    It shouldn't but it could be adding to the problem. SSD are not as reliable. They have a time limit. My guess is the SSD is expiring.
  18. in2jazz

    in2jazz Active Member

    I have a Zoom H4n Recorder. I have had it just over a year and it has worked fine until recently. I am noticing a loud buzz in my recording that makes it almost inaudible. I have upgraded the firmware and swapped SD cards and still getting the same result. Any suggestion or do I need to send it in for repair?
  19. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    My H4N works great so I've never had to trouble shoot with it. Touch wood.

    Could be the card? Have you tried switching it?
  20. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    sample rate

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