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Zoom h4 Vista recording

Hello. I was wondering if I can get some help. Cause I'm trying to use zoom h4 to record directly in Audacity (I guess its possible), and with Windows Vista, but neither Windows, nor Audacity recognize the device. I installed the last drivers on the zoom h4, any help please? I'll really appreciate, Bye

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  • bostatomica Jun 28, 2008

    Problem solved. Audicity: Edit-Preferences-Audio I/O H4.

  • bostatomica Jun 28, 2008

    Problem solved. Audacity-Edit-Preferences-Audio I/O H4

  • JonJll Aug 08, 2008

    same prob with cubase le.

    any ideas?

  • bostatomica Nov 03, 2008

    Cubase LE will install and execute but not work in Vista. Zoom Corp. said there's no patch, no nothing. So you'll have to install other program... Audacity

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Don't know if this is the problem in your case ... but here's what I did:
Note: I have Win XP
Previous to attempting connection between laptop and H4 as an audio interface I updated the H4 firmware to ver2.4 and connected to the laptop successfully as a card reader. From the laptop, I could see files I knew were on the H4 card.
... but when I tried connecting in Audio I/O mode, my laptop didn't know what to make of the H4. There was a USB mass storage driver associated with the H4 - I could see this from the "Device Manager". I "uninstalled" the USB driver associated to that "unknown" USB device. I terminated the audio connection on the H4, then reconnected. !!! It was recognized as "USB Audio Device" in the "Sound, video and game controllers" section of the "Device Manager". Before, it was listed under "Universal Serial Bus controllers" as a generic USB device with a yellow warning highlight indicating there was something wrong.
Hope this helps!

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