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zoom h4n attenuator(lack of one)

by hhjgfku / November 28, 2009 7:33 AM PST

If you own one of these zoom recorders and have tried to record loud events such as music/band rehersals/etc...you may have encountered a problem with the files sounding distorted...I recorded something that was not loud enough to need earplugs and had the levels on 1!the peak led's were lit most of the time and I had no way to lower the levels below 1!! and it was wasted with distortion...that was with external mics...the on board mics are worse...I do have a solution to this problem..first there is a software upgrade that will allow you to turn the levels below 1..(0.9-0.1 etc) but to be safe you need to use a in-line attenuator -20db... you can install a series-parallel resistor circuit in a right- angle male xlr jack(I recommend using switchcraft jacks because you can change the angle of the jack) 1 150 ohm and 2 680 ohm 2% 1/4 watt resistors are all you need..this will work with or without phantom power which will allow you to connect any type of external mic...but when you adjust the levels on this machine you have to make sure that the mic led's are not flickering or staying lit...if they are then you WILL clip the input on these recorders...as far as the on board mics go I would not even want to chance using them..I will have to record something I dont give a sh*t about..to try them out..maybe some american idol B.S.???

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