The Zoom H2 is actually two devices in one:
- It's a portable, stand-alone audio recorder (the digital version of an old-school handheld tape recorder)
- It's a USB microphone and audio interface.
In other words, you can use it on its own to record audio, or you can use it to record directly into your computer (using an application like Garageband) or to provide live audio to your computer (for a Skype call, Google Voice and Video Chat, etc.) that sounds better than your computer's built-in microphone.
To get started quickly recording with the H2 by itself: see the "Ultra-quick instructions" above, click here to download Zoom's Basic Recording Video (less than two minutes long), or click here to download the one-page Zoom H2 Simple Recording Guide in PDF format.
To transfer recordings from the H2 to your computer: click here to download the H2 user manual in PDF format and read pages 71 and 72.
To connect the H2 to your computer as a USB microphone:
- With the H2 turned off, connect the USB cable between the H2 and your computer.
- Use the fast-forward/rewind buttons to select "Audio I/F" on the menu that appears and press the red button to confirm your selection.
- On the next menu, use the fast-forward/rewind buttons to select "Audio I/F" and press the red button to confirm your selection.
- After a few seconds, you should be able to select the Zoom H2 (instead of your computer's built-in audio) in the preferences of any computer application that accepts USB microphones.
- If the mic is recording too loud or too soft, you can adjust the mic sensitivity using the MIC GAIN switch on the side of the H2.
- For more detailed instructions, see pages 73-77 in the H2 user manual (click here to download).
For more information about the Zoom H2: click here to download the H2 user manual in PDF format, or click here to visit Zoom's product page for the H2, which includes videos showing how to set recording levels and how to choose a mic pattern.