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Brian Car
XLR recorder with useable auto-levels?
on Sep 1, 2017 at 6:46:08 pm

I understand all the reasons to avoid using auto-levels as much as possible. But when recording nat-sound in unpredictable environments, it's usually the best option.

The auto-levels feature on the Zoom H4N is absolutely worthless. If the audio spikes, the Zoom will turn the levels down... but will never raise them back up again.

I am looking for an XLR audio recorder that will constantly adjust levels (like nearly all professional cameras are able to do). I find it kinda baffling that my phone can do this, but the Zoom H4N cannot. Does anyone have any recommendations? (Appreciate it!)


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Richard Crowley
Re: XLR recorder with useable auto-levels?
on Sep 2, 2017 at 2:56:10 am

Practically everything made by Sound Devices would meet your requirements. Of course, if you want professional features and performance, be prepared for a professional price tag on it.

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Recording audio without metering and monitoring is exactly like framing and focusing without looking at the viewfinder.


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Ty Ford
Re: XLR recorder with useable auto-levels?
on Sep 2, 2017 at 4:05:48 pm

Hello Brian and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

Sound Deices makes great gear. I own three pieces myself.

If you're recording wild nat sound, just leave enough headroom and you should be fine. The SD gear is that good.

Regards,

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