ZOOM H1 Digital Recorder - Help!
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    Default ZOOM H1 Digital Recorder - Help!

    Hi everyone! I'm recording my first set with the Zoom H1 recorder I just purchased below:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    This may be a silly question, but if I plug the recorder into my DJM900 mixer with cables, do you know if it picks up live noises in the background such as people talking, or can I get it to record the tracks from the mixer without any background noise?

    Thank you so much in advance.
    Techno Temptress

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    Based on what I have read, if you have the cable plugged into the input and you have selected that input as the recording source, it should record only from that source.

    At least I sure hope that's how it works, because I'm buying one very soon for the same purpose.

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    Be careful with clipping.

    I had to run the H1 through a small mixer to attenuate the signal because the Pioneer mixer output was too hot.

    And adjusting the levels on the H1 didn't do anything.

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    Thank you both so much for your response. It seems like it is recording from the mixer only, which is what I want. The problem now is that when I transfer the set to my iTunes, it sounds very boggy and the bass is rattly. Any idea why I can't get a clear sound? I'm staying out of the reds and playing at low volumes. Could it be just the quality of the recording device?

    Thank you in advance! I really appreciate the help.

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    Oh hi! I can help with this! I have a Tascam recorder with similar issues. The problem lies with the fact that while they sell the line input as such, it isn't TRUE line input, but a hybrid that can sort of work between line and mic levels. This means that line outputs on mixers, which run hot, just put out too much juice to be able to get a reasonable level.

    To fix this, I had to buy an attenuator, which I got from ebay. It's pretty much a box with resistors running through it, but it works great, just means more wires!

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAA25PH-St.../182553746659?

    Another way to solve it is to buy a better recorder, but they jump from sub-100 to around 200.

    I can get some pictures of how it's set up if it helps.
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    Thank you so much Happydan! I will definitely purchase this and see if it helps!

    Quote Originally Posted by happydan View Post
    Oh hi! I can help with this! I have a Tascam recorder with similar issues. The problem lies with the fact that while they sell the line input as such, it isn't TRUE line input, but a hybrid that can sort of work between line and mic levels. This means that line outputs on mixers, which run hot, just put out too much juice to be able to get a reasonable level.

    To fix this, I had to buy an attenuator, which I got from ebay. It's pretty much a box with resistors running through it, but it works great, just means more wires!

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAA25PH-St.../182553746659?

    Another way to solve it is to buy a better recorder, but they jump from sub-100 to around 200.

    I can get some pictures of how it's set up if it helps.

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    Default Would this work as an attenuator?

    Would the below device help me? I'm looking for something to use asap and the link from eBay wouldn't arrive until June...

    Thank you!!


    https://www.amazon.com/Volbox-Adjust...dio+attenuator


    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAA40PH-St...3D182201409183

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoTemptress View Post
    Would the below device help me? I'm looking for something to use asap and the link from eBay wouldn't arrive until June...

    Thank you!!


    https://www.amazon.com/Volbox-Adjust...dio+attenuator


    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAA40PH-St...3D182201409183
    I don't know. It doesn't have the specs.
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    this is what I used. I ran the mixer into this and then the output to the H1.

    You can listen to what you are recording live on the H1 by plugging in headphones while recording. You would have heard the boggy bass and started over.

    https://www.amazon.com/Behringer-302.../dp/B005EHILV4

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    Do you have pictures of how it is set up? Thanks!


    Quote Originally Posted by happydan View Post
    Oh hi! I can help with this! I have a Tascam recorder with similar issues. The problem lies with the fact that while they sell the line input as such, it isn't TRUE line input, but a hybrid that can sort of work between line and mic levels. This means that line outputs on mixers, which run hot, just put out too much juice to be able to get a reasonable level.

    To fix this, I had to buy an attenuator, which I got from ebay. It's pretty much a box with resistors running through it, but it works great, just means more wires!

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SAA25PH-St.../182553746659?

    Another way to solve it is to buy a better recorder, but they jump from sub-100 to around 200.

    I can get some pictures of how it's set up if it helps.

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