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Is there any way to use a (.wav) file uploaded from the computer into an H4 4-track project? The manual describes importing files, which I've done. I can listen to the file in stereo mode, and see the file listed in the project when I import it to 4-track mode. But I can't get that file to be assigned to a track so that it can play back and be used. What is the point of importing a file if it can't be used? I guess an associated question would be, if you're recording in "Always New" mode and saving tracks, is there any way to select one of those saved tracks to playback and use again within the zoom, or do you have to dump them all into the comp to review and work with them?

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  • bobdvm Oct 28, 2008

    ok, I see how to select saved tracks - that was a spur of the moment question that I thought might have some bearing on getting .wav files into a usable form, but it doesn't. I guess there is some little bit of code on the file that assigns a track, and without it the zoom can't use it as a 4-track recording track?

  • bobdvm Oct 28, 2008

    No, I got it finally. The zoom 4 track works with .wav, so that isn't the problem. The trouble seemed to be that the imported file has to be mono. I haven't tried MP3 or bitrates other than 44.1 but I think those might not work. I also didn't try importing stereo after setting it to stereo link in 4track - that also might work. Anyway, once you have a mono wave 44.1 file, you just drag it into the project, on the computer. I found that the file turned up in track #4 - maybe this is the default. You won't see it right away: you need to select the 4th track, and then scroll to the track data field with the jog dial, and enter it, and then scroll within that with the jog dial and you will find your imported track. Select it with the jog dial, and you're golden.

  • bobdvm Oct 28, 2008

    ok, as a further note to this, you can import .wav stereo files into a project as long as you stereo-link the channels you upload into. It can be done after the fact I think. You won't see the files until you link the channels (I found the file in channels 1&2) and then enter the track data field and scroll and select as per above. It doesn't work with MP3 files - they have to be pre-converted to .wav before uploading to the zoom.


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Most of the time you have to convert the wav files to another format Such as MP3 or WMP. there are converters available for this purpose online.Google audio converters. Maybe you will find one that you can afford . Or even find freeware.

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