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Old March 30th, 2009, 02:06 PM   #1
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Zoom H2 transfer speeds

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I'm probably the only idiot on the list that has been copying 24 bit/96KHz stereo WAV files via the supplied USB cable on the Zoom because I couldn't find my card reader. It was taking rather longer than real time. Then I found I needed a card reader for importing RAW images from my still camera and I bought a cheapo umpteen-in-1 card reader (9 from Tesco). The files from the H2 are taking about 1/40 of the time to import. I feel rather silly to admit this but it might save someone else a lot of hanging around.

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DON'T use the Zoom H2 as a card reader - it takes forever.
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Old April 5th, 2009, 01:09 PM   #2
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Yes - the USB socket on the Zoom H2 is only USB 1 spec - hence the enormous amount of time you were experiencing for transfer of those huge files!!!!

This fact is "hidden" away in the specs somewhere. I've only ever used a (USB 2) card reader for transfer for this reason.

I also wouldn't kid yourself that your getting the true advantage of 24 bit/96Khz quality from it worthy of the time in dealing with audio files as huge as those! Don't get me wrong, it's a great, very cost effective (and actually pretty good!) recorder/goes everywhere with me....but you know what I mean.
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Old April 16th, 2009, 03:23 PM   #3
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I also wouldn't kid yourself that your getting the true advantage of 24 bit/96Khz quality from it worthy of the time in dealing with audio files as huge as those! Don't get me wrong, it's a great, very cost effective (and actually pretty good!) recorder/goes everywhere with me....but you know what I mean.
Yup, I know... but the conditions under which these recordings are made are so variable and out of my control I have just been going for broke and taking stereo 24 bit/96Khz masters. I end up using whichever of the left or right channel sounds better (or a mixture of both) and making a much smaller mono version at a reduced sample/bit rate after editing.
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