What am I doing wrong here?
Mac OS 10.14.6
I’m trying to record directly to Audacity from a Zoom H6 with the XY-6 mic capsule. It “works” insofar as I can record a track, but the track has terrible audio quality, which includes unexpected background noise that is not present in the environment. For the sake of comparison with a track recorded to the Zoom H6, I recorded both ways and posted the results here:
The first half of that track was recorded directly to Audacity, the second half was recorded directly to the Zoom H6 and then imported as a wav file.
Some relevant settings:
For recording directly to Audacity, the Zoom is set to “Audio Interface” mode. I’ve then selected “Stereo Mix” or “Multi Track”, both of which produce essentially the same result. The sound preferences on my Mac are set to use “H6” for sound input. The Mac’s system input level meter appeared reasonable.
I assume that the problem is my own user error, but after looking around I can’t figure out what I could be doing differently.