Mic for a Zoom PS-02

FAQ #2793 Updated October 23, 2008

Question:

Can you, please, recommend the best (for both performance and value) microphone to use with my Zoom PS-02. I plan to record voice and acoustic guitar either direct to this unit or through the unit to my PC.

Answer:

* Input Specs of the Zoom PS-02 (Used as both Line and Mic):1/4" monaural phone jack x1, Nominal
input level:-50dBm (Mic / High Gain), :40dBm (Mic / Low Gain), -16dBm

We suggest the Shure PG58-QTR. It retails for $105, but you will likely find it sold for much less.
The output level is satisfactory assuming you use the mic close to your mouth or guitar; the impedance is satisfactory; and the mic cable connector with match the Zoom.

Be certain to set the Zoom for "Mic/High Gain". If you find that you require more gain for the Zoom mic input, then invest in the Audio Buddy from M-Audio. It is a compact mic preamp used by many home recordists for interface between a professional mic and a computer recording system.

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