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Old 07-19-2013, 09:00 PM
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Default Hand Held Video Recorder w/aux input

Does anyone know of a handheld video recorder (like the Zoom) that has an aux input so that I can record myself playing along to an Mp3? The Zoom itself is a great unit for the money but for the life of me I can't see why they would choose not to include the aux input.

I have a Zoom H2 audio only recorder and it has one. I use it with external mics and my ipod run into a small mixing board, then send that signal to the recorder. I was hoping to upgrade this setup to include video without breaking the bank.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:24 PM
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Jeff, I have a Q3HD right next to me, & it has a 3.2mm (1/8") jack input.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:40 PM
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Jeff, I have a Q3HD right next to me, & it has a 3.2mm (1/8") jack input.
I know, unfortunately, that model has been discontinued. The new one has no aux.

I should check eBay
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:29 PM
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Break the bank, Jeff! Everybody's doing it!

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Old 07-19-2013, 10:45 PM
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Break the bank, Jeff! Everybody's doing it!

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I love it!

My bank is going to need a few months to recover after I accept delivery of my new Guru kit next month though. Not to mention the new hardware and obligatory new cymbals.

I just put in a bid on a mint condition Q3HD on ebay.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:23 PM
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I know, unfortunately, that model has been discontinued. The new one has no aux.
Really? I had no idea the one I have has been replaced. Is it no longer called the Q3HD? Anyhow, it seems to make little sense to bring out a new (& supposedly better) model yet reduce features. Strange logic. What does the latest generation bring to the party?

Edit: I just checked the latest Q3HD adverts, & they all look the same as mine, & it has a line in jack. Are we talking about the same function Jeff?
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:34 PM
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Really? I had no idea the one I have has been replaced. Is it no longer called the Q3HD? Anyhow, it seems to make little sense to bring out a new (& supposedly better) model yet reduce features. Strange logic. What does the latest generation bring to the party?

Edit: I just checked the latest Q3HD adverts, & they all look the same as mine, & it has a line in jack. Are we talking about the same function Jeff?
Yes, it's discontinued.
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/Q3HD

The newer model is $100.00 cheaper and is called the Q2HD (just so we can all get a little more confused). This newer model does not have the aux
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On mine if you use the inline jack, the mics are cut off. I was trying to record my drums through the mics and have the music input but no can do.

this page from Zoom, shows the 2 and the 3.??

http://www.samsontech.com/zoom/produ...deo-recorders/
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On mine if you use the inline jack, the mics are cut off. I was trying to record my drums through the mics and have the music input but no can do.

this page from Zoom, shows the 2 and the 3.??

http://www.samsontech.com/zoom/produ...deo-recorders/
Yes, if you use an aux jack that happens. Typically you would send external mics and your MP3 player signals through a mixer. The mixer outputs go through a Y dual mono-stereo cable into the Zoom. The mixer also has headphone outputs, of course.

The Samson site shows the 3 but no one sells it anymore except some guys on ebay.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:23 AM
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Some auxillary inputs are microphone level and some are line level. Make sure you get the one that you need. If you're going to plug a microphone directly into it, it has to be an aux microphone level input. If you're connecting a mixer or other high level device, it has to be a line level input. Some of the better hand held audio recorders have a selectable gain that is switchable in the menu. I'm not very familiar with the combo video/audio recorders that might be out there, unless we're talking pro equipment such as ENG (electronic news gathering) or field production.

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