If you are one of us wanting maximum quality out of your work, adding a ZOOM F6 or a Sound-devices MicPre3 II to your gear-kit will help you manage recordings in 32-Bit Float and give you the superb possibilities for editing in post!
But myself is not a sound engineer and what I’ve learned so far about recording is through internet, feedback and hints from fellow recorders out there and fail and try again till it works! So with the Zoom F6 as well! This machine is of course not made explicit for bird-recorders, and is far beyond the advancement we normally trod into. But nonetheless it is a great recorder when you have set it up for your use, then you turn it on (On/Off-button: stupidly placed low behind the headphone 3.5 mm input) and push Record and stop when you leave the scene. That’s more or less it! But from you wrap it out of the box till you can present it for your birds there are some work to be done, this I will guide you through! A tip for free: Keep a set of AA’s in the battery compartment to make sure date/time-info is not deleted when changing batteries. You can run AA, Sony-type NP-F’s and Powerbank into USB-C simultaneously.
NB! One special issue compared with all other recorders I have had my hands on is that the KNOBS are NOT level in, they are always on full throttle and you have to reduce the input signal by turning it to the left!! And to be worse is that have to choose if the level should be adjusted during recording session or not, I have chosen NOT by setting INPUT>TRACK KNOB> REFERENCE LEVEL and as long as the recording’s going on (RED LIGHT) it will have the same level in what so ever you set the knob to! This makes actually sense since you do the final job adjusting on your computer at home!