Topic: Zoom Q3
I recently purchased a Zoom Q3 handy video recorder and just did some messin around with it. The thing is as user friendly as it could possibly be and it records pretty well. I had the dishwasher going upstairs while I was recording and the humidifier was running in the next room and I thought I would give it a try.
You can hear in the video it adjusts the mic levels as the music changes volumes. I recorded with a flatpick with no amplification and a thumbpick with guitar and vocal amplified. Also without a pick with no amp on guitar or vocals. I had the Q3 about 6 ft away on a camera tripod and made no adjustments throughout. The amp was around 1/3 volume so the mics really cut the volume back.
The little unit does a really nice job of recording audio, it has two small condensor mics. My room has ceramic tiles on the floor so it has kind of an echo. I recorded in my living room and I thought the sound was better. It is supposed to get pretty nice the next couple days so I will try and get a recording outside.
This little unit retails for $ 250. and I am very happy with it so far. The software that comes with it is not very good and I used another program to edit the start and finish. I am using Roxio Creator and I think you could do the same with Windows Media.
I have a friend that plays in a band and he has been using his to record and his band is loud and the mics haven't allowed any clipping during recording. I apoligize for my struggling vocals my sore throat and cold don't wanna go away.