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Has anyone tried Zoom H5 with linux?

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:55 am
by loxstep
I rely heavily on field recorders for some of my music. I had a Zoom h4 that lasted me years. But it was recently stolen.
I thought I might replace it with the upgraded model, the H5. I like that it has interchangeable mics. That way, I don't have to replace the device if the mics go.

https://www.zoom-na.com/products/field- ... y-recorder

Before I bought it, wanted to know if anyone here has tried one. I liked the H4 because getting it to run in linux was easy. Either you could have it work like a mass storage device, or you could use it as an audio interface. I've been researching whether the H5 is linux friendly, but I haven't found much. A few posts here or there, all from a few years ago.

Do you have an H5? Does it work as both mass storage and audio interface? Were you able to get multiple inputs?
Also, how does the quality of the condenser mics hold up (compared to the H4 or similar field recorders)

Thank you

Re: Has anyone tried Zoom H5 with linux?

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:53 am
by Musicteacher
If you don't get any answers here, write me a pm. I'll ask a student of mine, I think she as a H5 (it's a zoom definitely, not entirely sure it's a h5, though).

I recently plugged it into my laptop, worked right out of the box. So I think it is highly probable that all the zoom devices are class compliant and thus work fine with linux. But this is just a guess!

Re: Has anyone tried Zoom H5 with linux?

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:56 am
by Musicteacher
Correction: I have taken a look at thomann.de , the device of my student is not a h5.

But in the reviews it says that it works with linux:

https://www.thomann.de/de/zoom_h5_reviews.htm

(it's german, just search for linux, you will understand that paragraph even without german skills).

This, of course, does not answer your in-detail questions about multiple inputs and so on.

Re: Has anyone tried Zoom H5 with linux?

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:17 am
by loxstep
Musicteacher wrote:Correction: I have taken a look at thomann.de , the device of my student is not a h5.

But in the reviews it says that it works with linux:

https://www.thomann.de/de/zoom_h5_reviews.htm

(it's german, just search for linux, you will understand that paragraph even without german skills).

This, of course, does not answer your in-detail questions about multiple inputs and so on.


Thanks for the info. I think I'm leaning towards buying it. I'll report back here once I get a chance to test it's compatability with linux. But it's good to know that, generally, the h5 should work fine, (based on the review you linked to.) :)