The Zoom H2 digital audio recorder has a lot of things going for it. For under $200, you get a near-broadcast quality built in microphone, mic and line inputs, and a USB audio interface that you can plug into your computer. It’s a great little machine for podcasters on a budget (although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it for radio producers, as you will notice a bit of hiss in recordings with an external microphone.
But for those not satisfied with a stock Zoom H2, there’s hope. Hardware hacker Berto Aussems has sent two videos to Hackszine showing two fascinating modifications to the H2 hardware. First up is a modification that replaces the built in mics with 4 separate line inputs.
It should be noted that the modified H2 will be able to record from 4 different sources, but the audio will likely be mixed down to a single stereo track.
Aussems also submitted another modification that keeps the original microphones intact, but adjusts them to improve their directional sensitivity.