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Old 10-24-2012, 08:19 PM   #9
Fran Guidry
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I use an attenuator I got here:

but I don't know if you'll be able to get it by Saturday.

Can you use the headphone out of your mixer, or some other output that has a level control?

As you've noted, the 1/4" inputs are "instrument" level rather than true line level.

If you can solder you can build an attenuator out of a few resistors or an adjustable one using a couple of pots. I've also used a cheap(ly made) $15 headphone volume control from Radioshack, but it will need a bunch of adapters to get from the mixer out to the H4n 1/4" in.

The lack of real input attenuation is my nomination for the biggest flaw in all the Zoom recorders I've tried, and I've used a bunch of them.

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