If you haven't got so much money and if you are producing without using so much Vocals, then it is a Perfect Mic and Recorder even for Vocals. Very Nice for the price! 5 Stars! Also buy the Accessory Pack, you'll need it!
I recently exchanged, at Guitar Center, a crap Tascam DR-40 Linear PCM Recorder for this Zoom device.
The Tascam had two issues, the main one being it was set for Auto Record and pausing after 5 seconds of recording. I could not stop it from being locked into Auto Record and every single time I tried to record something, it repeatedly paused after exactly 5 seconds. I read online that this is a bug or glitch that is common with it.
The other issue was this: to register the Tascam DR-40 you have to enter the serial number, which is supposed to be on the bottom panel. Nope. No numbers or text is imprinted on the bottom panel. I had to look at the box and guess which number was the serial number (it's 7 digits and starts with 0 or 00). No serial number on the device itself? Very incompetent.
I've had the Zoom one day and I used it to record my jamming on a new Kaossilator Pro Plus, MicroKorg, and MicroBrute, with wild sound fluctuations and changing levels. The Zoom handled it fine and dandy and recorded the entire hour long session.
I exported the WAV files from the SD card into my Sony Acid DAW and the recording seems absolutely perfect in every way.
Had one model or another for 15+ years. Field recording, sample grabber. Also handy for other uses that lend themselves to anything where portable & easy are key.
Best of all I carry it in my pocket without a thought.
Always be recording.
I use this to record sounds on my rambles around the city, walks and overseas trips. It’s great, though sometimes needs the dead cat over the microphones to keep wind noise out
Chosen because I valued its discreet simplicity over the more expensive H4n. It's also less technical looking and so less 'threatening' for recording 'in the field' Because it can record direct to computer via its USB connection I also felt it might be a more flexible alternative to a high end dedicated microphone. I'll report back on this with an updated review at a later date.