3 Replies Latest reply: Jan 17, 2013 12:49 PM by AppleMan1958
Canticleer Level 1 (35 points)



I just bought the Zoom H2n. I want to use it primary as a handheld recorder, what it is, but I also want to use it as a USB audio interface connecting to Garageband. The first tests are very promising. I have a question though.


When I connect the H2n to my Mac I try to set the input levels to 48 kHz and 24-bit. I do this in Audio/Midi configuration. It seems that the default setting for the H2n are 44,1 kHz and 16-bit and I cannot change that. Even if I change the record settings in the H2n itself to 48 kHz and 24-bit in Audio/Midi Configutation it still reads 44,1 kHz and 16-bit.


The internal mic of my MacBook Pro on the other hand can be set up to 96 kHz and 32-bit.


Am I doing something wrong?




  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)

    GarageBand always records in 44.1 kHz.


    For the option of 48 kHz or 96 kHz, you need Logic Pro.


    I just bought an H2n myself. I wonder if you have learned any tips or tricks for using it effectively with GarageBand? For example, are you using the 2CH or 4CH modes?



  • Canticleer Level 1 (35 points)

    Hi AppleMan,


    Sorry I haven't replied earlier. Congrats on buying the Zoom H2n.


    I mainly use the H2n for my guitar lessons. On one hand I record the sessions with my teacher, then I place the H2n in between us and I record in 2CH mode. My guitar on one channel, my teacher on the other. When I just record myself I choose the XY mode.


    The recorded sessions I then import in Garageband or Audacity (the latter deals best with the multitrack modes, both 2CH as 4CH). When I record (and film) my guitar homework, I use Final Cut Pro to merge video and audio.


    Since I record several times a week I tweaked down the wav-settings to 44,1kHz /16bit. I find it offers the best compromise in sound quality and disk space. Recording in WAV 48kHz / 24 bit filled up my HD far too fast.


    I don't know if you already noticed that creation date of the audio files doesn't transfer to the mac. Every single file has 1/1/70 as creation date. I use BatchTouch to add a creation date to the imported files.


    Regards and I hope you enjoy the Zoom H2n.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 (27,415 points)

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I hadn't noticed the creation date issue, because my Finder is showing the modified date. But sure enough, my creation date is Dec 31, 1969.