Berto Aussems wrote in from the Netherlends to tell us about his hack which replaces the microphones in the Zoom H2 recorder with 4 line inputs, perfect for 4 channel field recording. The Zoom H2 has gotten a lot of glowing reviews in its standard form, but converting it for line input gives you the flexibility to use external mics and direct input sources for a higher quality recording.
The Zoom H2 is a popular portable soundrecorder. It records HQ audio on the 4 build-in microphones on 4 tracks. This hack makes it possible to switch over to 4 self made line inputs on the back of the device. With a few electronic parts for about 10 USD people can make a 4 channel fieldrecorder.
This 3 minute instruction video shows the way you can make yourself a 4 track field recorder. I don’t say its easy….but it can be done in an evening. Now I can record 4 channels from my computer audio interface when the softsynth is running.
This is a pretty affordable modification and the device itself is just short of $200. It might be just the solution for a decent 4 track recorder on a budget, whether you’re recording your garage band, environmental sounds, or interviews.