Audio Gear Spotlight: Zoom H4n HD Audio Recorder

I just picked up a Zoom H4n yesterday and I am very impressed with this powerful little gadget. Up to 12 hours of continuous audio recording, 2 XLR / 1/4 inch line ins, and 2 high quality stereo mics offer the perfect solution for any recording situation. Our company often gets asked to record speakers, conferences, panels, and other audio presentations for transcription. Now we can provide high quality recording without needing a sound guy. All you do is set it up, plug it in, point at your source, and press record!

The Zoom H4n HD audio recorder and interface
Did I mention it comes with a nifty case?

High Quality – Low Price

As an audio guy, I know what its like to have GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). GAS is embarrassing, instead of buying necessary life related items, I am buying VSTs, hardware, and other audio components no normal human being might need. Fortunately for me, the price of the Zoom H4n is well within my budget. For the quality offered, I have never seen anything that comes close.

2 Setreo mic able to record a 90 degree or 120 degree stereo field.
2 high quality microphones for recording 90 or 120 degree stereo fields.

Professional and Consumer Applications

Yes, this gadget may come in handy for our transcription company for the purpose of recording audio in the live setting, but this little gizmo offers so much more! You can set it to function as an audio interface, capturing live audio and imputing it directly into your computer. Furthermore the 2 high resolution stereo microphones placed in a unique V cross formation allow you to record an accurate stereo field no matter what your position. The next time I go to a good concert I will be sure to have this baby with me  to soak up the good sounds and save them for later.


Tech Spotlight: Roland VR-5 – Mixer & Recorder for Live Streaming

Looking for something new to drool over? Check out the Roland VR-5, a powerhouse of audio and video technology. Connect your cameras, microphones, and  computer, and you have a single interface for professional quality live A/V streaming.

VR5 AV Mixer and Recorder for Live Streaming
VR-5 AV Mixer and Recorder for Live Streaming (Brochure Cover)

I am personally a fan of Roland Professional Audio and Video Technology and was very impressed to see the VR-5 in action at this years Government Video Expo. As usual, Roland has provided professional quality gear, in a small, durable package. What was once a room full of equipment, operators, and technicians, now is mobile, affordable, and sleek package that can be operated by a single individual with little expertise. A touch screen selects between 3 live video feeds and an additional media screen. I was happy to inquire about the unit with the representative at Roland and get my hands on this cool piece of video / audio gear. At a price tag of just over $5,000, this is quite an amazing piece of hardware.

Steps to conect and broacast audio and video
The VR-5 is Easy as 1234

So as we prepare for the new year, we at Word Wizards would like to put this cool new gadget on your radar. The technician is only as good as the tool, so if you think its time for an upgrade you might want to take a closer look. And don’t forget to send your friends at Word Wizards all of your footage for transcription, captioning, and logging next year!