Zoom H6 Audio Recording Essentials
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Zoom H6 Audio Recording Essentials

Beginning to Advanced, this course presents the essentials of the Zoom H6 recorder to get you recording your audio fast!
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Created by Mike Adams
Last updated 5/2020
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What you'll learn
  • Recording and playback essentials of the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder.
  • You will gain confidence in the use of the Zoom H6 recorder and its capabilities.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course but experience with recording voice audio is helpful.

Zoom H6 Audio Recording Essentials explores many of the essential features and tools available within the Zoom H6 Recorder. As a podcast editor, producer, and host, I record all 3 of my shows using the Zoom H6 recorder. It's versatile, powerful, compact, and loaded with useful features. I liken it to a recording studio in the palm of your hand. This course will boost your confidence and increase your skills and knowledge in using the Zoom H6 recorder as part of your podcast or recording arsenal. There are no prerequisites for this course. This course consists of 26 lectures distributed across 2 sections:

  • Section One: Introduction to the Zoom H6

  • Section Two: Navigating the Zoom H6

In Section One, we spend our time getting familiar with the hardware side of the Zoom H6, the button layout, navigation techniques, and the detachable mic adapters. In Section Two, we turn our attention to the software side of the H6 as we navigate through the different display windows, turn features on and off, and learn the folder structure of the H6. It's in this section that we explore features of the H6 like phantom power, plugin power, SD card size types and limits, compression and limiters, updating the firmware, backup recordings, recording formats, the low-cut filter, recording in stereo, MS-RAW, using the H6 as a pass-thru mixer, and updating the firmware. NOTE: I am not affiliated with the fine folks at Zoom in any way. I have not been asked to endorse their product and I receive no compensation from them. I simply like this product which I've been using for over 4 years now and I wanted to dive deeper and teach a course on it. Thank you for your interest in this course and I hope to see you inside.

Who this course is for:
  • Podcast editors and producers seeking to gain a better understanding of the Zoom H6 audio recorder.
Course content
Expand all 26 lectures 01:14:09
+ Introduction to the Zoom H6
7 lectures 19:30

Welcome to Zoom H6 Audio Recording Essentials. This first lesson introduces the course with a welcome message and some of my thoughts on the Zoom H6 recorder.

Preview 03:01

Let's begin by talking about what comes with your Zoom H6. While perusing Amazon recently, I noticed there are many more H6 bundled packages available now than when I purchased mine. But it looks as though the same basic elements are included in most of the packages.

What's Included with the Zoom H6

In this lesson I introduce you to the XY Mic Adapter. This adapter contains two unidirectional mics in a crossing configuration and the pattern can be adjusted from 90 to 120 degrees to shorten or widen the stereo footprint. It also contains a line/mic input jack for line devices or a lapel mic.

The XY-H6 Stereo Microphone Adapter

The MS (Mid-Side) Mic Adapter also contains two mics. A middle mic that is excellent for interviews and podcasts and a side mic that can be employed to add varying levels of additional side stereo pattern. I used this mic adapter for recording all of the screen casts in this course to give you a sample of the audio quality.

The Mid-Side (MS) Microphone Adapter

The Dual Input XLR/TRS Mic Adapter supplies two additional XLR/TRS inputs to the Zoom H6, bringing the total number of inputs to six. Tracks five and six, provided through this adapter, are activated via the L and R track buttons on the front of the H6 unit. It's important to remember that phantom power cannot be supplied by the H6 to the mic inputs on this adapter.

The Dual Input Microphone Adapter

In this lesson, I introduce you to the shotgun mic adapters used with the Zoom H6. I use one of these (the SGH-6) in this course for all the video lectures. I use the MS adapter for all the screencasts.

The Shotgun Microphone Adapter
+ Navigating the Zoom H6
19 lectures 54:39

In section two, we'll be turning our attention away from the hardware of the Zoom H6 and spending the rest of our time together exploring the software of the H6. We'll be navigating menus, activating features, and talking about the many essentials of the Zoom H6.

Preview 01:36

Navigating the Zoom H6 can take a little bit of getting used to. In this lesson I show you how to scroll to different screens, drill down on menu items, and back out to the home/record screen.

Navigation Controls

When the H6 is powered on, it immediately takes you to the home/record screen. What is this screen and what do all the options mean? In this lesson, I walk you through the different sections of the home/record screen to give you a better idea of what you're looking at each time you power on the H6.

Preview 03:59

Before using the SD card in the Zoom H6, it has to be formatted by the H6. Formatting the SD card using the H6 will delete any data already on the card and create a file system unique to the H6 that the H6 uses to store files.

Formatting the SD Card

Let's take a few minutes to talk about the folder structure that the H6 uses to record and store recordings. It's good to become familiar with this folder structure to take some of the mystery out of it and be able to navigate it with confidence.

The H6 Folder Structure and Project Names

The Zoom H6 is capable of recording in either WAV or MP3 formats. If recording in WAV format, each recorded input will have its own audio track in the H6. If recording in MP3 format, all active inputs are combined into one MP3 file. There is a link in the Resources folder to the H6 online manual. On page 81, there is a useful chart showing the file type size relationships.

Recording Formats

The Zoom H6 can be provisioned for recording in stereo. In this lesson, I show you how.

Recording in Stereo

One of the great features of the LR Mic Adapters is their ability to simultaneously record a backup file of the currently recording project. Let's talk about it.

Backup Recordings and the L/R Mic Adapter

The zoom H6 can be configured as an audio interface as well as a stand-alone recorder. As an audio interface, the H6 acts as a mixer connected to your computer or iPad.

Using The Zoom H6 As An Audio Interface

The Zoom H6 can be optioned as an SD card reader to eliminate removing and inserting the HD card every time you need to read what's on it. Depending on the type of card, the H6 is compatible with SD cards up to 128GB. See the Resources folder of this lesson for a link to the SD card types and sizes compatible with the H6

Preview 01:29

The Low Cut Filter is a built-in feature of the Zoom H6 that can be helpful in reducing noise related to low end tones during a recording. The H6 offers several different frequency cutoff levels for filtering out low sounds in your recording. Let's take a look.

The Low Cut Filter

The Zoom H6 provides 3 compressors and 3 limiters. These compressors and limiters are applied during recording, not in post production and when applied, you will hear what the audio will sound like before recording.

Compressors and Limiters

Some microphones require phantom power to operate correctly. If your does, the Zoom H6 can provide it. Let's take a closer look at phantom power and how to option it correctly in the H6.

Phantom Power

When we talked about the XY Adapter in lecture 4, I mentioned the mic/line input jack on the side of the adapter. If you're using that jack to connect a lapel mic, you may need to provision plugin power in H6. Let's talk about it.

Plugin Power and the XY Adapter

Let's give a listen to how the different mic adapters sound when recording. I test each adapter that I have so you can hear for yourself how each one sounds. Note: I did no post production on the audio in this lesson other than level the audio in each video for consistency in volume. I start with a lapel mic plugged into the XY adapter, then I move to the MS mic adapter and test it with the side mic off and at full volume (+6db). I also talk briefly about MS-RAW. From there, I move back to the XY adapter and test it with a 90 degree stereo pattern and a 120 degree pattern. Next is the SGH-6 shotgun mic adapter and finally, the dual XLR/TRS mic adapter. I strongly suggest wearing headphones for this lesson to get the full impact of each module.

Let's Record!

Let's take a look at how to set the line out level on the H6.

Setting the Line Out Level

Let's talk about how to check the firmware version of your H6, make sure you have the latest version installed, and install the latest version if necessary.

Preview 02:15

As we close in on the end of this course, let's talk about setting the battery type in the Zoom H6.

Setting the Battery Type

Congratulations on finishing the course! I hope you enjoyed it and that it met your expectations. If you have a minute, please leave me a rating and review. That helps others who are thinking of taking the course, make an informed decision. It also helps me to know where things might need improvement or changed. I teach other courses here at Udemy as well on podcast editing using Audacity. Check it out if you're interested. Thanks again and congratulations!

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