April 19, 2015 at 4:35PM


The lack of the safety track for phantom powered mics on the Zoom H6

I'm tryng to find out a solution to bring the safety track rec for the Zoom H6.
Safety track allow to rec a second file at minus tot. db to prevent audio clipping. This can save the work if actors screams.
If actors scream using a limiter is not good because it compress the sound creating unnatural effect, something similar to a kazoo or a megaphone effect. so a professional recording tool should give you the possibility to have the safety track rec option to take two files with different decibel level recording. This will save the dynamic range of the voice if actors scream. And sometimes they will scream if you work in film industry.
So I decided to make a test with a Y cable and the Zoom H6 to find a diy solution but I failed the experiment. Current firmware is v2.0.
You can find my test here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT2MlOBvDmk

Please guys if possible write to Zoom to ask them to implement the safety track in the zoom H6 channel 1-4 for phantom powered mics.



Does it make any difference if you link channel 1 and 2 together as a stereo channel ?
( and if they are linked, can you still control separate input levels for each channel )

April 19, 2015 at 5:06PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Unfortunately there is no difference.
If you link them into a stereo track you still have separate gain control for each channel.

April 19, 2015 at 5:25PM


the video test that I did is useless. I discovered the cable that I used for this test was broken/soldered strange and went in antiphase.
I will update you soon I'm going to make a new test with a new cable.

April 22, 2015 at 12:40PM, Edited April 22, 12:40PM


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