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    newbie looking for some tips for first gear!


    Hi everyone!

    First and foremost, freesound.org has been my go to place for foley sfx for years, I am mostly working with motion graphics and i lack certain/ specific sounds fx when i am creating a piece of animation. So, I have finally decided to invest on a (expandable) beginner's bare essentials recording equipment.

    hence after spending about almost 2 full days looking at stuff, i have zeroed in on the Zoom h5

    the reasons: (a lot of which i understood from here: https://blog.freesound.org/?p=1180)
    1. It has acceptable self noise EIN (a-weighted)
    2. has XLR input (so i can use it as a audio interface) - am i right?
    3. I do not need to buy a mic right-away
    4. I can use it outside.
    5. It has 48V phantom Power (in case i buy a mic later that requires this)

    it is still a bit expensive than i thought of spending but has some great advantages over a stationary desktop setup, and is expandable later.

    now this is based on very limited info i collected being a night owl. my question is what do you guys think? or is there anything else out there you might want to recommend.

    and about DAW, is investing my time to learn davinci fairlight worth it?

    thanks in advance
    mano

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    Hello!

    I think you can't go wrong with a Zoom product. I have Zoom H6 and the sound quality is crisp and clear. Only thing is it's not necessarily the best option for recording everything. Since it records stereo it can pick up unwanted sounds too. I would suggest buying for example a shotgun mic later on. Like you said, it can be used with the Zoom. You can also record stereo and any mic simultaneously that are plugged in the recorder, so you have the ability to choose which track you want to use later on. At least such is the case with H6.

    About the DAW. In my experience buying a Zoom product, it often comes with a lighter version of Cubase. I haven't dabbled with Fairlight too much, only when editing with Da Vinci Resolve, but I personally prefer using Cubase. It can be a bit much at first, but so is the case often when switching from software to another. At the end of the day it's all about what works for you.

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    Sami_Hiltunen wrote:
    Hello!

    I think you can't go wrong with a Zoom product. I have Zoom H6 and the sound quality is crisp and clear. Only thing is it's not necessarily the best option for recording everything. Since it records stereo it can pick up unwanted sounds too. I would suggest buying for example a shotgun mic later on. Like you said, it can be used with the Zoom. You can also record stereo and any mic simultaneously that are plugged in the recorder, so you have the ability to choose which track you want to use later on. At least such is the case with H6.

    About the DAW. In my experience buying a Zoom product, it often comes with a lighter version of Cubase. I haven't dabbled with Fairlight too much, only when editing with Da Vinci Resolve, but I personally prefer using Cubase. It can be a bit much at first, but so is the case often when switching from software to another. At the end of the day it's all about what works for you.

    thanks for taking the time out. much appreciated. smile

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    Sami_Hiltunen wrote:
    Hello!

    I think you can't go wrong with a Zoom product. I have Zoom H6 and the sound quality is crisp and clear. Only thing is it's not necessarily the best option for recording everything. Since it records stereo it can pick up unwanted sounds too. I would suggest buying for example a shotgun mic later on. Like you said, it can be used with the Zoom. You can also record stereo and any mic simultaneously that are plugged in the recorder, so you have the ability to choose which track you want to use later on. At least such is the case with H6.

    About the DAW. In my experience buying a Zoom product, it often comes with a lighter version of Cubase. I haven't dabbled with Fairlight too much, only when editing with Da Vinci Resolve, but I personally prefer using Cubase. It can be a bit much at first, but so is the case often when switching from software to another. At the end of the day it's all about what works for you.

    Also can you recommend a beginners' shotgun mic - which is good (not crappy) and definitely definitely not looking for a ultra power user super expensive one.
    any thoughts on these:
    https://allegro.pl/oferta/audio-technica-atr6250x-pojemnosciowy-mikrofon-9999552253
    https://www.thomann.de/pl/the_tbone_em_9600.htm
    https://www.thomann.de/pl/the_tbone_em9900.htm

    Ny the way i found another one:
    Tascam DR40 any views on this one?

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    I have the tbone 9600 as a back up. It is a good example of "you get what you pay for", it has some self noise. The build quality is pretty decent and it comes with a XLR cable and a mount. Would I recommend it? Ehh, if you are on a budget and want to start recording as soon as possible. It can than work as a back up later if you look to upgrade later on. If you are not in such a hurry I would save for a little bit and get something a little more expensive as the quality really jumps up when you go to the 200$ price range.

    Also, when recording outside the small foam mics usually come with aren't sufficient enough to block wind. You would need a proper windscreen. For example:

    https://www.thomann.de/fi/rode_deadcat.htm

    The Zoom has it's own windscreen that you should really get if you plan on recording outside:

    https://www.thomann.de/fi/zoom_wsu_1.htm

    Also, don't forget a boom for the the shotgun. When recording you will always get noise from handling the mic. Same can be said for if you record with the portable recorder. You should always have a stand for when recording with them. Zoom's have the same type of attachment screw-holes on the back side as cameras so you can also use a tripod if you have one around.

    As for the Tascam, I don't personally have any experience with it so can't vouch for it.

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    thanks again for your time, this community is awesome grin

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