Gear / Technical Help => Ask The Tapers => Topic started by: Elguapo511 on October 24, 2019, 06:20:58 PM

Title: 6 channel options - Zoom H6
Post by: Elguapo511 on October 24, 2019, 06:20:58 PM
It seems that H6 with the extra XLR capsule attachment is an okay option if I want 6 xlr inputs.

I want to Record loud concerts in small clubs, and get a sBD feed.  The zoom h6 would allow me 4 mics on stage and a stereo from the sbd.

The zoom doesn't look solid, but it has the right features.  And the price is right.

anything particularly wrong with the zoom h6.  Or is there a better option.  would the MixPre 6 be the ultimate solution, or is that the ocean.

Title: Re: 6 channel options - Zoom H6
Post by: voltronic on October 24, 2019, 06:51:40 PM
I've used an H6.  It's a decent unit, but I strongly dislike the trim pots which are too easy to move.

If you're going for a solid 6-channel recorder, I think the best value right now is the Zoom F6.  I love mine so far.  It is double the price of the H6, but it is in a different league in performance and features.  A SD MixpPre-6 II is very similar in features, but $200 more and only 4 balanced inputs.

The only thing to watch out for in your application is that the balanced inputs are XLR only; not XLR/TRS combo jacks.
Title: Re: 6 channel options - Zoom H6
Post by: jefflester on October 24, 2019, 07:32:27 PM
Tascam DR-680MKII going for $400 new now. CH 5/6 are not XLR, but they are balanced TRS 1/4" and can do phantom if needed. Not all that friendly for adjusting individual levels on the the fly, though.
Title: Re: 6 channel options - Zoom H6
Post by: obaaron on October 24, 2019, 09:17:24 PM
I would second the dr680I/II can get them on the cheap
Title: Re: 6 channel options - Zoom H6
Post by: Gutbucket on October 28, 2019, 11:59:38 AM
DR680_Mk2 is very hard to beat for value right now.  Does everything you want.  Love mine, although it's now a second rig recorder.

Level adjustment does work a bit differently than other recorders so I understand Jeff's comment, however I find the 680 makes it easier for me to rapidly adjust levels the way I want them than any other multi-channel recorder I've used extensively.  It allows me to rapidly adjust the level of individual channels, of pairs, or of large multi-channel groups, quickly and easily without going into menus, and does not have a problem with accidental mis-adjustment.  I wish level adjustment and channel ganging on my other multi-channel recorders worked the same way.

The new Zoom F6 has been much anticipated and is just now getting into the hands of users. Voltronic is one of the first here to use it.