I use an zoomH5 for recording and want to use a external mic. I use the H5 as an audiointerface (settings: multifile, comp/limiter vocal) for voiceover and interviews via zoom.
I selected in my soundsettings and in audacity H5 as mic-input. The ZoomH5 capsules LR work fine and audacity is recording, but not when I try to use a external dynamic mic on one of the XLR-entries (1,2). On the ZoomH5 I can see that the Zoom H5 is getting signal from my external mic,but audacity is not getting a signal.
I don’t understand why.
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You don’t need Audacity to sort your microphones. You can go into Apple > System Preferences > Sound > Input. Select your device and watch the bouncing sound meter. Gently scratch each microphone and watch the response.
You can also Desktop > Go (top menu bar) > Utilities > Audio MIDI Setup. That one is less handy because it doesn’t have a sound meter, but it does give more detailed info.
H5. I have an older H4 and I should try that and see what happens. I know Zoom Promotion and Publicity wants to smash as many features and tools as possible in there to give the ad writers something to do, but they always advertise a “four track microphone interface,” and that hasn’t been your experience. It’s not that unusual for multi-channel devices to arrive at the computer in groups of stereo. Actually multi-track is most unusual and difficult to use. The complaint is usually that someone can record 1 and 2 or 3 and 4, but not all four at once.
Consult your instructions.
They use a lot of slippery words in the ads, but I still think you haven’t sorted the variations.
I think the H5’s multifile mode is the problem, and you’ll solve it by choosing stereo when you connect the H5 to the mac in interface mode. I have an H5 and use it with an external condenser, most of the time recording to the SD card, but it will record into Audacity in interface mode, and does work over Zoom etc. I recommend taking these steps first, i.e. before you connect the H5 to the mac:
Plug mic into input 1, headphones in the side and turn on H5
Menu > REC > REC MODE > Stereo File
Menu > In/Out > In1/2 Mono Mix > On. Otherwise, you’ll record only into the left channel.
Set sample rate to 48kHz (for some reason, the H5 struggles with various applications unless you do this, and annoyingly you can’t change sample rate once in interface mode) - Menu > REC > REC Format > 48kHz 16 or 24 bit
From now on the H5 should remember these settings whenever you’re in Stereo mode, whether or not you’re using as an interface. It won’t affect your multifile settings.
Now, to connect to the mac and record into Audacity:
Turn off H5
Connect H5 to Mac
Turn on H5
Select Audio Interface mode > Stereo > PC/Mac bus powered (or battery if you prefer)
If the 1 button is unlit, press it. Both 1 and 2 should now be lit red
Adjust gain knob 1 until you see decent levels as you speak - prob quite high for a dynamic mic
Do you hear yourself in headphones? If not, and adjusting headphone volume buttons doesn’t make any difference, then: Menu > In/Out > Direct Monitor > On
On Mac, System Prefs > Sound > highlight H5 for both input and output
Launch Audacity. From left to right: Core Audio > H5 > 1 Mono or 2 Stereo, as you prefer > H5