Posts tagged ‘akustinen’

25/08/2016

Review: Farida M-2 & B-10E

Farida M-2NS – soundhole rosette

Kitarablogi.com had the pleasure to review two acoustic steel-string guitars from Chinese brand Farida Guitars:

The Farida M-2 is a parlour-sized guitar, while the Farida B-10E gives you this company’s take on a miked-up, slope-shouldered Gibson steel-string.

Farida B-10E – soundhole rosette

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Farida M-2NS – beauty shot 1 – new

These days a guitar is called a parlour (or parlor, if you’re so inclined), if its soundbox is smaller than a Martin OM- or 000-body. While parlour guitars have gained a growing followership over the last few years, it is still surprisingly difficult to find reasonably priced exponents of this species.

Farida Guitars’ M-2 (current price in Finland: 465 €) ticks all the right boxes to whet a parlour lover’s appetite – a slightly shorter scale length (62.8 cm/24.7″), a 12th fret neck joint, and a classical-type open headstock.

Farida M-2NS – back beauty

The M-2’s soundbox is made from a beautiful solid red cedar top, and laminated mahogany for the rims and the back.

The mahogany neck is glued into the body in traditional fashion.

Farida M-2NS – headstock

The three-on-a-strip tuners are of a decent quality.

Farida M-2NS – bridge

The Farida M2’s top nut and compensated bridge saddle are both made from a man-made bone substitute.

Farida M-2NS – fretboard

The fretwire used on this parlour has a narrow and medium-height profile.

There’s a very nice red hue to the M-2’s rosewood fretboard.

Farida M-2NS – body beauty 2

This very cleanly built acoustic instrument comes in a thin natural satin finish.

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Farida B-10E – beauty shot 1 – new

Farida’s B-10E (425 €) is the brand’s affordable version of Gibson’s famous slope shoulder (or round shoulder) dreadnought design (first released in the mid-1930s as the Advanced Jumbo). Like the name says, this guitar type differs from the more common Martin dreadnought by virtue of its rounded ”shoulders”.

The B-10E sports a solid spruce top finished in a gorgeously deep gloss sunburst.

Farida B-10E – back beauty

The mahogany soundbox has also received a gloss finish, while the mahogany neck goes for a modern satin finish.

Farida B-10E – headstock

Farida have come up with a good-looking headstock shape, at least in my opinion. The B-10E’s headstock face sports a beautiful rosewood veneer.

Farida B-10E – tuners

The machine heads are very decent Schaller-style models.

Farida B-10E – bridge

As with the parlour model, Farida’s slope shoulder dread also comes equipped with a self-lubricating Tusq-type nut and compensated bridge saddle.

Farida B-10E – Fishman Isys T

The B-10E features a Fishman Sonicore under-saddle transducer connected to an Isys T preamp.

In addition to the large volume control, the preamp also comes with a phase inverse switch (to combat feedback), a pre-EQ curve (called Contour), and a digital tuner.

Farida B-10E – output jack + battery

The output jack is found in the end pin, with the easy access battery compartment nearby.

Farida B-10E – fretboard

Despite this model’s rather affordable status, the fret job on the B-10 is actually surprisingly clean.

Farida B-10E – body beauty 2

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Farida M-2NS – body beauty 1

To some parlour snobs – yes, there are such people – the only ”correct” neck profile for a guitar of this type is a wide and massive V-neck (also called a boat neck). True, a boat neck is the authentic option, but many modern players do feel quite alienated by such a profile.

Luckily (and sensibly) the Farida Guitars M-2 comes with a very player-friendly, modern D-style neck profile.

Talking about comfortable: The M-2 is a very lightweight and compact little instrument, which fits effortlessly in your lap. This means that this parlour is a great choice for young players and many women, too. You don’t need to be a Folk music fan.

Farida’s M-2 delivers the sound you’d expect from a small-bodied steel-string guitar. There’s not a lot of deep bass, the mid-range has a certain boxy quality, and the whole is rounded off by a healthy dose of chiming top end.

The M-2 is a fabulous choice for fingerstyle players, because the tight bass response of a parlour leaves ample room for the full character of the mid-range to shine through:

But a small body doesn’t necessarily mean a puny sound – this Farida is a nice little barker when played with a plectrum. Thanks to its sinewy bass register this guitar is also easy to record:

The rhythm guitar parts on this demo song feature both test guitars. The Farida M-2 is in the left channel and the B-10E can be heard coming from the right:

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Farida B-10E – body beauty 1

Farida’s B-10E offers a lot of value and enjoyment for a very moderate price.

Here the neck profile is a slightly more rounded, oval C.

This Farida gives you the punch you’d associate with a well-made dreadnought guitar, suitably seasoned with the warmth this model’s Gibson-type scale length brings into the mix.

In contrast to the parlour, the much larger body of the B-10E equates a hefty boost in the bass and treble registers.

Played fingerstyle you’ll get a stronger bass content and more top end sparkle:

This larger-than-life persona, so typical of dreadnoughts, is also present when you switch over to a plectrum:

Fishman’s Isys T system is a very workable addition for live use. A piezo-only pickup system is always a bit of a compromise, in terms of sound fidelity, but the Isys T does a good job. In these clips the first phrase has been recorded with Contour off and the second phrase with Contour on:

The rhythm guitar parts on this demo song feature both test guitars. The Farida M-2 is in the left channel and the B-10E can be heard coming from the right:

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Farida M-2NS – beauty shot 2

Based on this review, Farida seem to offer a lot of guitar at very fair prices. Both the Farida M-2 and the B10E are beautiful steel-string guitars that offer easy playability and inspiring sounds.

Farida B-10E – beauty shot 2

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Farida Guitars M-2 + B-10E

M-2 – 465 €

B-10E – 425 €

Finnish distribution: Vantaan Musiikki

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Pros (both models):

+ value-for-money

+ finish

+ fretwork

+ acoustic sound

+ easy to use pickup system (B-10E only)

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29/06/2016

Testipenkissä: Farida M-2 & B-10E

Farida M-2NS – soundhole rosette

Tällä kertaa Kitarablogi pääsi testaamaan kahta kiinalaisen Farida Guitarsin valmistamaa teräskielistä kitaraa:

Farida M-2 on pienikoppainen parlour-kitara, kun taas Farida B-10E edustaa firman näkemystä mikitetystä Gibson-tyylisestä dreadnought-mallista.

Farida B-10E – soundhole rosette

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Farida M-2NS – beauty shot 1 – new

Parlour-kitaraksi (tai parloriksi) kutsutaan nykyään yleensä kaikkia sellaisia teräskielisiä akustisia, joiden koppakoko on pienempi kuin Martin Guitarsin OM- tai 000-kitaroissa. Vaikka parlour-mallien suosio on kasvanut selvästi viime vuosina, on edelleen suhteellisen hankalaa löytää edullisia tai keskihintaisia lajinsa edustajia.

Farida Guitars M-2 (465 €) tarjoaa kaikki parlourille tyypilliset ominaisuudet, kuten lyhyen mensuurin (62,8 cm/24,7 tuumaa), kaulaliitoksen 12. nauhan kohdalla, sekä avoimen viritinlavan.

Farida M-2NS – back beauty

M-2:n kokopuinen kansi on kaunista punaseetriä, kun taas kitaran sivut ja pohja veistetään mahongista.

Kaula on liitetty runkoon liimaamalla.

Farida M-2NS – headstock

Parlour-mallin avoimet virittimet toimivat moitteettomasti.

Farida M-2NS – bridge

Sekä Faridan satula että M-2:n kompensoitu tallaluu ovat Tusq-tyylisestä keinotekoisesta luusta.

Farida M-2NS – fretboard

Faridan käyttämä nauhamateriaali on suhteellisen kapea ja keskikorkea.

M-2:n ruusupuuotelaudalla on kaunis punertava sävy.

Farida M-2NS – body beauty 2

Kokonaan mattaviimeistelty parlour-malli on erittäin siististi rakennettu akustinen soitin.

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Farida B-10E – beauty shot 1 – new

Farida B-10E (425 €) on firman varsin edullinen näkemys Gibson-tyylisestä slope shoulder (tai round shoulder) dreadnought-mallista. Ero Martin-tyyliseen dreadnoughtiin löytyy – nimen mukaisesti – Gibson-tyylisen kitaran kaikukopan pyöreistä hartioista, joilla on jopa pieni vaikutus soundiin.

B-10E:n kokopuinen kuusikansi on viimeistelty kiiltävällä sunburst-värityksellä.

Farida B-10E – back beauty

Myös mahongista tehty kaikukoppa on kiiltäväksi lakattu, kun taas mahonkikaulassa on mattaviimeistely.

Farida B-10E – headstock

Ainakin omasta mielestäni Faridan ruusupuuviilulla koristeltu viritinlapa näyttää kauniilta.

Farida B-10E – tuners

B-10E:hen on asennettu varsin laadukkaita Schaller-tyylisiä virittimiä.

Farida B-10E – bridge

Myös Faridan dreadnought-mallissa yläsatula ja kompensoitu tallaluu ovat kovasta, itsevoitelevasta muoviseoksesta.

Farida B-10E – Fishman Isys T

B-10E-malliin on asennettu laadukas Fishman Sonicore-piezomikrofoni, sekä Isys T -etuvahvistin.

Etuvahvistimesta löytyy volume-säätimen lisäksi vaihekääntäjä (feedback-ulinaa vastaan), Contour-niminen esi-EQ, sekä digitaalinen viritysmittari.

Farida B-10E – output jack + battery

Mikkijärjestelmän lähtöjakki on yhdistetty kitaran hihnatappiin, ja helppokäyttöinen paristolokero löytyy sen vierestä.

Farida B-10E – fretboard

B-10:n nauhatyö vaikuttaa (omassa hintaluokassa) varsin laadukkaalta.

Farida B-10E – body beauty 2

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Farida M-2NS – body beauty 1

Monille parlour-snobeille – ja heitä on olemassa – ainoa oikea kaulaprofiili tälle kitaratyypille on melko leveä ja suhteellisen massiivinen V-poikkileikkaus. Totta, tällainen ”veneprofiili” on eittämättä autenttinen, mutta monelle nykypäivän soittajalle kuitenkin vieras ja hankala.

Farida Guitarsin M-2 on onneksi tehty nykysoittajia varten, ja sillä on erittäin mukavantuntuinen, suhteellisen matala D-kaula.

Mukavuudesta puhuen: M-2 on erittäin kevyt ja kompakti kitara, jota on todella helppo pitää sylissä. Pienen kokonsa ansiosta tällainen parlour-kitara on oiva valinta – Folk-musiikin ystäville lisäksi – myös nuorille ja naisille.

Farida M-2 -kitaran soundi on parlour-kokoiselle teräskieliselle hyvin tyypillinen. Bassorekisteri on hyvin tiukka ja kevyt, keskirekisteriä leimaa tietynlainen laatikkomaisuus, ja avoin diskantti on hyvässä tasapainossa sen kanssa.

M-2:ssa on ihanteellinen soundi sormisoittoon, koska parlour-kokoisessa kitarassa vivahteikas keskialue ei jää bassorekisterin jalkoihin:

Pieni koppa ei tarkoita pientä soundia, ja pikku-Farida toimii myös plektrasoitossa todella hyvin. M-2-mallia on myös helppo äänittää:

Demobiisissä soitetaan komppiosuudet molemmilla testikitaroilla. Farida M-2 kuluu vasemmalta, ja B-10E oikealta kanavalta:

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Farida B-10E – body beauty 1

Farida B-10E tarjoaa sekin mielestäni todella paljon soittamisen iloa hyvin kohtuulliseen hintaan.

Dreadnought-mallin kaula on hieman pyöreämpi tapaus, ja kutsuisin tätä kaulaprofiilia ovaaliksi C:ksi.

Tässä Faridassa riittää dreadnoughtille ominaista potkua, Gibson-mensuurin tuoman lämmön kanssa höystettynä.

B-10E:n koppakoko tuo mukanaan lisää voimaa sekä basso- että diskanttialueille.

Sormisoitossa bassonuotit ovat muhkeammat ja diskanteissa löytyy enemmän helinää:

Myös plektrasoitossa dreadnoughtin ”laajakulmasoundi” nousee mukavasti esiin:

Fishmanin Isys T -mikkijärjestelmä kuulostaa perusterveeltä, ja se toimii live-olosuhteissa moitteettomasti. Piezosoundi on aina kompromissi, mutta Isys T:n kanssa tullaan hyvin toimeen. Demopätkissä ensimmäinen fraasi on ilman Contour-EQ:ta, kun taas toisessa esi-EQ on laitettu päälle:

Demobiisissä soitetaan komppiosuudet molemmilla testikitaroilla. Farida M-2 kuluu vasemmalta, ja B-10E oikealta kanavalta:

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Farida M-2NS – beauty shot 2

Tämän testin perusteella täytyy todeta, että Faridan soittimissa on erittäin hyvä hinta-laatu-suhde. Sekä M-2 että B-10E ovat kauniita kitaroita, joita on mukavia soittaa, ja joilla on erittäin terveitä soundeja.

Farida B-10E – beauty shot 2

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Farida Guitars M-2 + B-10E

M-2 – 465 €

B-10E – 425 €

Lisätiedot: Vantaan Musiikki

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Plussat (molemmat mallit):

+ hinta-laatu-suhde

+ viimeistely

+ nauhatyö

+ akustinen soundi

+ helppokäyttöinen mikkijärjestelmä (vain B-10E)

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28/06/2016

Farida Guitars B-10E – The Kitarablogi video

Farida B-10E – body beauty 2

Lisätiedot: Vantaan Musiikki

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27/06/2016

Tulossa keskiviikkona: Farida Guitars M-2NS & B-10E

Farida M-2NS – beauty shot 1 – new

Farida B-10E – beauty shot 1 – new

Lisätiedot: Vantaan Musiikki

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15/06/2016

Now on Soundcloud: Farida Guitars M-2NS & B-10E

Farida M-2NS + B-10E
• solid tops (M-2NS: cedar; B-10E: spruce)
• mahogany backs and sides
• set mahogany necks
• rosewood fretboards
• rosewood bridges with compensated bridge saddles
• Farida B-10E equipped with Fishman Isys pickup and preamp

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Demo Track
• left rhythm guitar: M-2NS parlour
• right rhythm guitar: B-10E round shoulder dreadnought
• all tracks recorded with a pair of Shure SM57 microphones

Lisätiedot: Vantaan Musiikki

31/05/2016

Tulossa kesäkuussa *** Coming in June *** Farida Guitars

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Lisätiedot: Vantaan Musiikki

02/11/2015

The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2015

HGGS – Estrel Hotel Berlin

The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2015 pidettiin Berliinissä 31.10. ja 01.11.2015.

The Holy Grail Guitar Show 2015 was held on the 31st of October and the 1st of November 2015 in Berlin (Germany).

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Suomi oli – jälleen kerran – todella hyvin edustettu:

Finland was – once again – very well represented:

HGGS 2015 – AJL

Ari-Jukka Luomuranta (AJL-Guitars) ja hänen erikoismallinsa, Model Gypsy Fire, jolla on iso soikea ääniaukko ja tummanpunainen viimeistely.

Gypsy Jazz specialist Ari-Jukka Luomuranta (AJL-Guitars) with his special large-holed Favino-type Model Gypsy Fire in burgundy red.

HGGS 2015 – AJL 2

AJL-Guitarsista saa nyt myös firman ainutlaatuista Quiet & Portable -matkakitaraa.

To our knowledge, AJL-Guitars’ Quiet & Portable travel Gypsy guitar is a world first.

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HGGS 2015 – Amfisound 1

Amfisoundin Sampo Leppävuori (vas) ja Tomi Korkalainen (oik).

Sampo Leppävuori (l) and Tomi Korkalainen (r) from Amfisound Guitars.

HGGS 2015 – Amfisound 3

Amfisoundin uudistettut Halti-mallit saa nyt uudenlaisella Set-Lock-kaulaliitoksella, joka helpottaa huomattavasti pääsyn ylimmille nauhoille.

Their updated Halti-models are now made with Amfisound’s Set-Lock neck joint, which makes it easy to reach the neck’s dusty end.

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HGGS 2015 – Jasesoi 3

A-P Paasosen Soitinpaja Jasesoi esitteli Holy Grail -messuilla uudet akustiset mallinsa, jossa kaulaliitos on 13. nauhan (!) kohdalla.

A-P Paasonen’s company Jasesoi introduced their new steel-string model with a neck joint at the 13th (!) fret.

HGGS 2015 – Jasesoi 1

Kuvankaunis!
What a beauty!

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HGGS 2015 – Liljeström

Anders Liljeströmin (vas) uusi, kevyesti vanhennettu malli kiinnosti sekä messuvieraat että muut soitinrakentajat.

Anders Liljeström’s (l) new aged-look guitar was met with a lot of interest, both from players as well as colleagues.

HGGS 2015 – Jasesoi 4

Tässä Anders on kokeilemassa uutta Jasesoi-mallia.

Anders even found time to check out Jasesoi’s new model.

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HGGS 2015 – Lottonen 2

Lottonen Guitarsin Juha Rinne (vas) ja Juha Lottonen (oik).

Juha Rinne (l) and Juha Lottonen (r) of Lottonen Guitars.

HGGS 2015 – Lottonen rosette

Parlour-kokoiset Lottoset löytyy nykyään jo monen soittajan arsenaalissa.

You should really try Lottonen’s parlour-sized acoustic guitars!

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HGGS 2015 – Ruokangas 2

Juha Ruokankaan Ruokangas Guitars on nykyään jo käsite myös muualla maailmassa. Tämän Mojo-mallin kannessa on Juhan tyttären maalaus.

Juha Ruokangas’ company, Ruokangas Guitars, is already well-established in the field of boutique guitars. This Mojo-model comes with a top that was hand-painted by Juha’s daughter.

HGGS 2015 – Ruokangas 3

Uudessa Unicorn Supersonic-kitarassa on erikoisviimeistelty loimukoivukansi.

The brand-new Unicorn Supersonic comes with Ruokangas’ special Bare Bones finish.

HGGS 2015 – Mika Tyyskä

Mr Fastfingerin luoja Mika Tyyskä saapuu Ruokangas-ständille.

Mika Tyyskä, Mr Fastfinger’s human alter ego, arrives at the Ruokangas stand.

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HGGS 2015 – Tyyster 1

Tyyster Guitarsin Matti Gran (vas) and Ville Tyyster (oik).

Matti Gran (l) and Ville Tyyster (r) from Tyyster Guitars.

HGGS 2015 – Tyyster 2

Tyysterin Pelti-malli on erinomainen Blues- ja Roots-kitara.

Blues- and Roots-players will surely enjoy the Tyyster Pelti with its metal thinline body.

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HGGS 2015 – Vice

HGGS 2015 – Tonfuchs 2

HGGS 2015 – Thorndal

HGGS 2015 – Thierry Andre

HGGS 2015 – Rozawood 3

HGGS 2015 – Ritter 2

HGGS 2015 – Nick Page 2

HGGS 2015 – Basslab

HGGS 2015 – Andy Manson 2

HGGS 2015 – BAchmann 2

HGGS 2015 – Alquier Ethiq 1

HGGS 2015 – Nicolas Dayet-David

HGGS 2015 – Marleaux

Lisää kuvia The Holy Grail Guitar Showsta löydät TÄÄLTÄ.

For more pictures from The Holy Grail Guitar Show click HERE.

02/02/2015

NAMM 2015 – Yamaha Acoustic LS16R + A6R

Maahantuoja: F-Musiikki

21/08/2014

Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Tube in action!

Seymour Duncan SA-1 + Tanglewood TW28-CSN

Ostin itselleni hiljattain Seymour Duncanin SA-1 Acoustic Tube -mikrofonin, koska etsin helppoa mikkiratkaisua akustisia keikkoja varten. Huomasin, että netistä löytyy melko vähän tietoa tästä magneettisesta mikrofonista, siksi tämä tietoisku:

SA-1 on humbuckermikki kahdella päällekkäisillä keloilla (ns. stack-rakenne), jolla on sisäänrakennettu volume-säädin.

Pidän siitä, että Acoustic Tube -mikrofonilla on vain lyhyt johto, joka loppuu laadukkaan jakkiin. Jakkia voi kiinnittää esimerkiksi kitarahihnaan, ja sitten voi käyttää tavallista kitarajohtoa SA-1:stä DI-boksiin, mikseriin tai akustiseen vahvistimeen.

Parasta tässä mikrofonissa on kuitenkin sen soundi, joka on yllättävän luonnollinen, kun ottaa huomioon, että kyseessä on suhteellisen edullinen, pelkästään magneettisesti toimiva mikki.

Lisätietoja saa Musamaailmalta.

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I recently went out and bought myself a Seymour Duncan SA-1 Acoustic Tube pickup, because I needed an easy-to-use pickup solution for acoustic live gigs. Strangely, there’s not that much information on this pickup available on the Internet, which is why I decided to give you a short decription of the SA-1:

The SA-1 is a stacked humbucker pickup featuring a built-in volume control.

I like the fact that Duncan’s Acoustic Tube comes with only a short pickup lead that ends in a high-quality phone jack. You can tape the jack to your guitar strap and then run a normal guitar cable from the SA-1 to your DI Box, mixing console or acoustic amplifier.

The best thing about this soundhole pickup is its sound, though, which is very natural and offers plenty of sparkle – especially considering that the SA-1 is a relatively affordable, purely magnetic pickup.

Seymour Duncan products are distributed in Finland by Musamaailma.

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12/02/2014

Review: Zoom H6

Zoom H6 – perspective 1

Zoom have released their new handy recorder flagship:

The Zoom H6 is a six-track mobile recorder with exchangeable microphone modules.

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Zoom H6 – package and case

Zoom’s H6 (rrp in Finland: 398 €) comes in its own carrying case.

Zoom H6 – the set

The package includes the H6 itself, two mic modules – the XYH-6 offering XY-stereo and the MSH-6 with an MS-stereo capsule – a foam windscreen, a USB-cable, four AA-size batteries and a 2 GB SD-card.

Also included is Steinberg’s Cubase LE audio-sequencer software.

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At the moment the H6 is the only field recorder offering you different exchangeable mic and preamp modules.

In addition to the supplied XY- and MS-modules you can also buy Zoom’s shotgun module (SGH-6) or a module with an additional pair of XLR-/TRS-inputs (EXH-6).

Zoom H6 – accessory pack

For this review we were also supplied with Zoom’s accessory pack for the H6 (APH-6), which contains a furry windshield for outdoor recording, as well a USB-power supply and a remote control.

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Zoom H6 – XY-module

Except for its control panel the Zoom H6 is entirely covered in a non-slip rubbery coating, which also cuts down on handling noise during recording.

Zoom H6 – XY 90 deg

A typical Zoom-feature has been carried over into the recorder’s XY-module:

You can switch the stereo width of the XY-setup by turning the capsules. The options are the slightly narrower 90 degrees angle…

Zoom H6 – XY 120 deg

…and the wider pickup pattern of 120 degrees.

Zoom H6 – left side view

The combined XLR/TRS-connectors have been placed on both sides of the H6. The Zoom offers switchable phantom power for condenser mics.

On the left side you’ll find the access to the SD-card, as well as the headphones output and the volume control.

Zoom H6 – right side view

In addition to the recorder’s mini-USB-port the right side is home to the Menu-button and the device’s nifty navigation toggle.

Zoom H6 – back view

This recorder runs on four AA-size batteries, and will run for approximately 20 hours on a fresh set of alkalines.

You can place the Zoom on most camera tripods, thanks to its standardised thread. There’s also the HS-1 hot shoe adapter available, which makes it possible to mount the recorder straight onto a camera.

The small monitor speaker isn’t particularly Hi-Fi, but it’s good to have it for quick checks.

Zoom H6 – line + remote

The unit’s line level output, as well as the connector for the optional remote control, has been placed on the bottom rim of the Zoom.

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The Zoom H6 can handle two audio formats:

Linear WAV-files offer you sample rates of 44.1, 48 or 96 kHz with 16 or 24 bits of resolution. When you choose WAV as your recording format the H6 works as a multitrack recorder, which makes it possible to do overdubs, and which allows you to mix the recorded tracks afterwards. You can do your mixdown internally, using the Zoom’s own Project Mixer, or by exporting the separate tracks to an audio-sequencer.

Another function that only works when you’ve chosen WAV as your recording format is called Backup Record. This nifty function records the input signal from the exchangeable module twice – one set of tracks uses your input gain settings and is routed to the L/R-track, as usual, while the second set is recorded with 12 dB of attenuation as the so-called Backup-track. The Backup-track is your safety in case your own settings were too hot.

The big advantage of using the H6 in MP3-mode is, of course, this mode’s greatly extended recording time, made possible by data reduction. The recorder lets you choose from many different recording quality settings between 48 and 320 kbps. When in MP3-mode you use the Zoom’s Monitor Mixer to mix all of the six inputs into one stereo file, which is the recorded. This means that, when recording using the MP3-format, the end result is always a single stereo file, instead of the separate tracks you get when running in WAV-mode.

Zoom H6 – MS-module

When you’re using the MS-module you can adjust the side-mic level, either before recording (WAV and MP3) or afterwards if you’ve recorded the module’s input signal using the Zoom’s MS-Raw-mode (WAV only).

More information on MS-stereo can be found HERE.

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Zoom H6 – level knobs

The Zoom H6 is very easy to use, because the signal routing is fixed:

The module’s output always goes to the L/R-track (stereo), while inputs one to four are routed to their corresponding mono tracks (1-4).

Zoom H6 – display

Beneath the Gain-controls there’s a row of track status buttons, as well as the recorder’s ”transport” buttons.

Zoom H6 – monitor mixer

The Zoom’s Monitor Mixer is where you adjust the signal levels and pan positions of all the signals for monitoring.

The Monitor Mixer window also shows you the status of each channel’s bass cut, compressor/limiter and phantom power.

Zoom H6 – menu view

This is what the Menu-view looks like.

Zoom H6 – project mixer

To mix down recorded tracks you use a different internal mixer, called the Project Mixer.

The Project Mixer allows you to adjust each track’s volume and pan position, as well as the playback pitch for each track (without changing the playback speed).

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Zoom H6 – top view

In my opinion Zoom’s H6 hits the bull’s eye:

The exchangeable mic modules give you an enormous amount of flexibility to tailor the recorder quickly to the recording situation you find yourself in. The H6 is easy to use, and the recorder’s sound quality is very, very good. Thanks to the built-in metronome and chromatic tuner it’s easy to make sure you play in time and in tune. I’ve also enjoyed the Zoom’s nice compressors and limiters, which work very musically.

To demonstrate the H6’s performance and sound I recorded a short song using the recorder’s overdub function. I used the X/Y-module (at 90 deg) to record the steel-string acoustic, and recorded two mandolin tracks and two vocals with my trusty Shure SM57.

First, I mixed the song using the Zoom’s internal mixer, after which I exported the stereo file to Garageband, where I cut off the count-in and added a little bit of reverb:

I also tried taking the other route by exporting all the separate files from the H6 into Garageband, where I remixed the song using the original tracks:

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I used a series of sine-wave sweeps to give you an idea of the effect the side-mic level has on the stereo-width of the recorded material. The lower the side-mic level is, the narrower your stereo image gets.

Side-mic +6dB:

Side-mic -2 dB:

Side-mic -9 dB:

Side-mic -22 dB:

Side-mic off:

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Zoom H6 – perspective 2

I think Zoom’s H6 is a great field recorder and portable multi-track studio. The H6 works great to capture your song ideas or to for quality recordings of your band rehearsals or live gigs. The Zoom makes pro-quality recording on the road possible.

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Zoom H6

Finnish distributor: Studiotec

Zoom H6 – 398 €

APH-6 – 48 €

EXH-6 – 58 €

SGH-6 – 118 €

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Pros:

+ exchangeable L/R-modules

+ rugged build

+ colour display

+ Overdub-, Pre Record- ja Backup Record -functions

+ quality compressor/limiter-section

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