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Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Zoom H4 - firmware update!

My Zoom H4 recorder is still perfect for location recording, collecting high-quality sound effects and generally accompanying me with my camera in case something makes a great noise (like our funky dishwasher!)

It's a bit plasticky, and fiddly to use, but I still love it, because it takes AA batteries, SD cards and a standard mini-USB plug. Add to that the stereo microphones and the ability to use it as a soundcard without having to install drivers and it's more useful than it is annoying!

Anyway, I'm sure I've already waxed lyrical about it in a previous blog post - this one is to let anyone who comes across this entry (it's remarkable how often my blog turns up in Google.. and quite cool, too!) that there's a major new version of the firmware.. I found out about it at the fine 2090.org forum - a site devoted to Zoom products and home made music, and the spiritual birthplace of The Home Made Hit Show podcast, which is a very entertaining listen. I must submit a song there sometime.. when I finally get round to finishing one!

Anyway, version 2.20 is now available - you can download it from www.zoom.co.jp/english/download/software/h4.php.

Installation is very straightforward; it's important to ensure the H4 is powered, so a mains adaptor is recommended. Then simply copy the SYSTEM.BIN to the root of the SD card, insert it, and switch the H4 on with the wobbler thing pressed to 'INPUT' (so, sort-of southwards!)

It was all done in 30 seconds, and seems to work very well, with a few new features, including a nice bold font, a 'time remaining' and 'battery remaining' element, and support for large SDHC cards. Quite, quite brilliant. There's also an ASIO (low latency audio) driver available for Windows on the same page.

Posted by james at August 27, 2008 9:56 PM


 
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