The Zoom H1 uses SDHC memory cards to store digital files. They’re very small and can break very easily. It preferred to leave the SDHC card inside the H1 recorder and use the USB cable to transfer and clear files to a computer.
Using the USB/AC adapter plug the H1 recorder into a power outlet and turn it on (push button the lower right hand side down). Set your Input Settings located on the back of the recorder.
Make sure the following settings are in place:
- Lo Cut: On/Off
- Auto Level: Off
- Rec Format: WAV
A Lo Cut filter is designed to remove low frequencies in the recording. It should only be used if it can adequately reduce unwanted sounds or background noise. The Automatic Level switch is designed to automatically set the input level using the loudest source. This function will often set your input level way to high resulting in unwanted background noise, room echo and distortion.
Make sure your recording format is set to WAV. WAV files can better perceive and capture frequency information into a digital format then MP3s. They also have the advantage of being recognized more frequently by digital sound playback devices and editing software then any other digital audio format.
Use the playback reverse and fast-forward buttons to adjust the sampling rate and bit rate to 44.1 khz and 16 bit. Hit the record button once to save the settings.
The Sample Rate is the number of samples of a sound that are taken per second to represent sound digitally. The more samples taken per second, the better the reproduction of the sound.
The Bit Depth describes the range of numbers used to represent each amplitude measurement of a sampled sound wave. The more bits that are available, the more accurate the resulting output from the data being processed.
The display will now show you the settings and how much time is remaining in the recording. Although the highest quality sample rate is 96 khz and bit rate is 24 bit, the change of to settings will vastly diminish your recording time and increase the size of your digital file. During an interview, always use the USB/AC adapter for a power supply. The cord is small so bring an extension cord if possible. Insert a fresh 1.5 v AA battery as a backup in case of power failure during an interview.