Connect a Zoom H1 to a Mixer

How many times have you tried to record the direct feed out of an external audio mixer / soundboard into your Zoom H1 with distorted and clipped results?! By rubbish I mean the audio is totally unusable because it is totally clipped and is painful to hear!

So what’s the solution?

You need to lower the level of the audio signal coming out of the external audio mixer / soundboard going into your Zoom H1. This isn’t as simple as lowering the volume fader on the mixer / soundboard and expecting everything to sound AMAZING after.  I wish things were that easy, haha!   You need specific cables to lower the signal.
I show how to connect the cables in my video below.

All the equipment you need is listed below OR in the EQUIPMENT I USE section on the right.

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1.  Insert the RCA cable to the Tape Outs of the mixer.
2. Connect the other ends to Stereo Jack to 2 Phono RCA Adapter Cable
3. Connect the Attenuator cable to the 3.5mm Stereo Jack of the RCA Adapter Cable
4. Insert the Attenuator cable into the Zoom H1’s Mic input.
5. Play something through your mixer. You should see the input levels moving on the H1.

6. Adjust the Input level of the H1. Try keep the level on the H1’s meters below -6bB to allow enough headroom.
7. Once the levels look good and are not clipping, hit record!

Equipment Needed


πŸ”΄ Attenuator Cable
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πŸ”΄ Stereo Jack to 2 Phono RCA Adapter Cable
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πŸ”΄ Dual 2-Male to 2-Male RCA Audio Cable
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πŸ”΄ Zoom H1
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πŸ”΄ Zoom H4n (to record this video)
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πŸ”΄Rode NTG2 ShotGun Microphone (to record my Audio)
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πŸ”΄ Sony Alpha A6500 (to record this video)
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πŸ”΄ Canon EOS 5D Mark III (to record this video)
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πŸ”΄ Sony 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Lens (to record my Presenting shots)
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πŸ”΄ Canon EF 100 mm f2.8L Macro IS USM Lens (to record the H1 shots)
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This setup will hopefully ensure your recordings are clean and undistorted.

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Thank you for reading.




Written by ravkan