Zoom H6 and Audacity - Basic Question

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ncarterette
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Zoom H6 and Audacity - Basic Question

Post by ncarterette » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:28 am

i am trying to use my Zoom H6 as an audio interface to record directly into audacity. i am connecting the computer and zoom with USB, going to the menu and selecting Audio Interface, and either Stereo Mix or Multi track after that, I have tried both.

on audacity, I can change the microphone input to "H6" so i guess it recognizes it. however pushing record no sound is captured. mic input level is set all the way up.. can't think where else there would be a problem.

the zoom works fine on its own, but i want to do some recording where i don't have to transfer files.

what am i doing wrong ?

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Re: Zoom H6 and Audacity - Basic Question

Post by kozikowski » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:43 am

Did the Zoom instructions have anything to say about this? My Zoom "Natural" USB connection sets itself up for transferring files, not live production.

You don't need Audacity, either. Apple (upper left) > System Preferences > Sound > Input. That should show you a Zoom connection and a bouncing sound meter if everything is working OK.

The other place to go look is Go > Utilities > Audio MIDI setup. That one's a little less handy because it doesn't have the meter, but that's what the Mac is thinking about.

After you get it into the Mac, then launch Audacity.

Koz

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Re: Zoom H6 and Audacity - Basic Question

Post by ncarterette » Fri Aug 25, 2017 3:14 pm

thanks fr the reply. the manual gave steps on how to set it up as audio interface, but no troubleshooting.

i figured it out and the solution was silly. when the zoom is operating on its own there are two red lights lit up on the device, above L/R. i didn't notice that when connecting to computer via USB and settnig up as audio interface, those lights went out, ie the mic was automatically muted. so i just pushed that button and it was unmuted. the manual didn't say that would happen!

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Re: Zoom H6 and Audacity - Basic Question

Post by ZoneIII » Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:30 pm

I'm glad you got it to work but I haven't and the X/Y mic is turned on with my Zoom 6. The funny thing is that I used to use the interface all the time but I haven't recorded that way in quite a while. Hmmmm!

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Re: Zoom H6 and Audacity - Basic Question

Post by kozikowski » Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:25 am

Both Windows and Macs have a device selector and volume meter. You should get that to work before you even open Audacity. Audacity gets its sound from the Operating System not the device.

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