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Skipping during the recording process

When trying to record, during playback in stereo mode the recording skips and jumps music that was heard during the recording process. How can I fix this? This is the first time I have had a problem with recording.

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  • loghomesbc Oct 19, 2008

    I have done some live recording of a low volume band and had skipping type glitches on several tracks..sounds good other than that.
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  • dkfirman Feb 26, 2009

    When I record, it skips during playback both from the recorder itself and after I have uploaded it on to my computer.

  • sgold675 Apr 28, 2009

    I recorded a live concert, which was definitely not low volume, and there were GIANT skips in the recording. It skipped the loud parts and and gave me most of the intermission conversation. I have recorded many similar concerts before and NEVER had this problem.

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"trying to record during playback"?... You can't record while playbacking in stereo mode, only in multitrack mode.

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  • bostatomica May 22, 2008

    Check out a reccording mode H4 has, wehere you choose mp3 128, 192, etc, etc,. There's one option I haven't tried, but the manual says it will record only when the mics (or plugs) get any signal, otherwise not. Perhaps it is this reccording mode that is not working properly.

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