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Zoom H6 preamps?

Post by logancircle » Fri Jan 10, 2020 1:28 pm

Has anyone here ever recorded live drums and a band into the Zoom H6 using only its onboard preamps?

I've always liked (occasionally loved) the sound of my H4n and H6 built-in mics, and even hooking up other mics has never been an issue, but I've only used one shotgun during interviews. There is a bit of hiss. But on the [very discerning and often snippy!] field recording groups, the general consensus is that the H6 preamps are total shite, and don't expect much if you plug in a TLM103. Would you say the H6 pres are better than a Mackie Xenyx 802? Presonus Bluetube v2?
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Re: Zoom H6 preamps?

Post by kslight » Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:07 pm

I think when a field recordist says a preamp isn’t great they mean its not great in the context of having to work it to get those (insert ambient sound). With quiet sources they’ll want to turn it up which will bring the noise up, often a weak point for these preamps.

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