February 25, 2016 at 3:43PM

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Zoom H4n - Buy New or Used?

Hi y'all!

I am looking at purchasing an audio recorder and am interested in the Zoom H4n. I currently own a Rode NTG2 Shotgun Mic which I would use with the audio recorder.

I have been looking online and see that I might be able to pick up a used H4n for around $100 on ebay. If I bought the recorder new, I would have download codes for some audio editing software. Currently I do not have any audio programs to use on my computer. Buying new is a tempting offer except for the fact that it would cost me approximately $70 more. Maybe there are some awesome audio editing programs out there for around that much? Also, I don't know if there are any problems with buying a used audio recorder.

My questions are:

What would be some cons about buying used? And if I buy used, what are some good audio editing programs?

Zoom came out with the first version of the H4n in 2009. They updated (i think just software and bundled items) in 2015 to the H4nSP.

If I bought it brand new, should I get the older 2009 version that comes with an AC adapter and windshield and 1 audio program or go with the 'updated' version that only includes a case and the download codes for 2 audio programs?


Audacity (http://www.audacityteam.org/) is a fantastic audio editing package. It is free (as in freedom) software. It is also free (as in cost) to download. Thousands and thousands of podcasters and webcasters use Audacity in their daily production environments.

If you are looking to build a true Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), then Ardour (https://ardour.org/) is something to look at. If you cannot be bothered to build from source, Harrison sells MixBus for as little as $79 (http://harrisonconsoles.com/site/store-mixbus.html). But if you are just editing two tracks of audio, not many tracks with many stems, Audacity should do the job for you.

February 26, 2016 at 6:17AM


I don't see any donwside to buy used, just check that everthing works fine and that it didn't fall on the mic but I have one since 3/4 years and it has been through a lot and still works perfectly fine.
If you want to use a NTG2 with it, the preamps will not be powerfull enough and you will have a lot of hiss, there is an easy fix, it's to power the ntg2 with a battery and use behind the mic a FetHead preamp that is power with the phantom power of the h4n, check online, they work well together.
For the audio software you have a copy of cubase with the h4n wich is a very good professionnal tool.
For the packtage H4nSP or H4n regular, it honnestly doesn't change much, the h4n is also power with usb so you don't really need an AC power, just get the cheaper you can get.

February 29, 2016 at 6:46AM


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