If you’re recording a live concert, your band’s rehearsals, capturing audio for video and your audio signals are going up to the maximum levels on the meters, then the audio recorded into the Zoom H1 will most likely distort and clip.
In this article, I will show you how to best connect a Zoom H1 to a Mixer WITHOUT clipping the audio.
Your videos are great, straight to the point and clear to understand, this was exactly what I was looking for!
Thanks for the video!I need to record from a mixer to my Zoom H1n next month.This attenuation cable should do the trick!
I’ve been trying to figure this out for quite some time. Thank you for the easy to follow guide. straight to the point
If you’ve ever tried to connect a Zoom H1 to a Mixer and after checking the recorded audio it sounded like utter garbage, it might be because your audio has distorted or clipped in the process.
Audio Clipping occurs when the output signal of an audio device is pushed beyond it’s maximum decibel range resulting in the
audio being overdriven.
This can be seen on digital or analog meters of your audio device. Essentially the signal “cuts” or “clips” when the audio signal hits it’s maximum capacity. See Waveform images below.
ANSWER With an Attenuation cable
Attenuation, or Audio Attenuation, is essentially the lowering of volume of sound and is defined in a number in decibels, This reduction in the wave amplitude really helps if you’ve connected a Line Level output to a Mic input as seen on the image above. I’m constantly reading questions on forums from people confused about recording a music band, like this thread. The process is fairly straightforward after reading this article.
Below you will see what the waveform amplitude looks like when an Attenuation cable is connected.
To read about how to Connect a Zoom H4n to a Mixer click here OR click on the image below