Zoom H2n Firmware Update 2.00 Installation

There is a firmware update for the Zoom H2n recorder. Recently purchased recorders may have the 1.20 update. To install the new update, follow these instructions.

  1. Download the H2n System Version 2.00 software. (here)
  2. The downloaded file will be named H2n_v2.00E.zip
  3. Double-click on that file to expand it.
  4. This should result in a folder named H2n_v2.00E.
  5. Within that folder, there should be a file named H2NMAIN.BIN
  6. Power off the H2n recorder.
  7. Remove the SD card from the H2n recorder.
  8. Most laptop computers and some desktop computers have SD card readers built-in. If you don’t have an SD card reader built-in, you’ll need an external SD card reader [view on Amazon] such as the Sabrent SuperSpeed 2-Slot USB 3.0 Flash Memory Card Reader or the IOGEAR 12-in-1 USB 2.0 Pocket Flash Memory Card Reader/Writer. When you plug in the SD card reader, and insert the card, the SD card will be available to your computer.
  9. Copy the H2NMAIN.BIN file to the SD card, not putting it in any particular folder, but just directly in the SD card.
  10. When removing the SD card, in Windows click on the eject icon for USB devices. For Apple Mac, use the eject feature. Otherwise files can be corrupted.
  11. Put the SD card in the H2n recorder (it should be off at this point).
  12. Turn on the H2n recorder while holding down (pressing in) the Play control button.
  13. When the H2n recorder turns on, you’ll see a message on screen indicating “VERSION UPDATE” showing your current version and the version of the update file with an option to press OK or CANCEL.
  14. Push the Play control button up to switch from CANCEL to OK, then push the Play button in to begin the update. The progress will be indicated on screen. When done, you’ll be prompted to turn the unit off.


The above instructions are surprisingly nowhere to be found on the Zoom website or anywhere else on the Internet, so we’ve written them up and provided them here.

Microsoft Windows Media Audio Cannot Open Due to Patent Restrictions

In the world of ever increasing patent wars, you may find that your personal audio files become casualties. Imagine having your computer crash. You purchase a new one, and find that hundreds or thousands of audio files are now unreadable because they were recorded using a patented Windows audio format. It sounds like the thing of science fiction, but it’s actually science fact. Take a look at the error message below.


The suggestion is to convert the file, but if it’s protected by patent laws, you won’t be able to open it and convert it.

What you thought was your own personal property is actually owned by Microsoft.

The way to avoid this problem is to record to generic relatively open standards such as WAV or MP3. Make sure that any audio recorder you’re using saves audio files into these more compatible formats.

WireTap Studio 1.2.2 Release Notes

WireTap Studio by Ambrosia Software is a utility for Apple Mac computers that allows them to record audio from various sources including programs and the web.

These are the release notes for the 1.2.2 version:

  • Fixed French localization of registration panel. (#7094)
  • Fixed preferences when running in French. (#6979)
  • Fixed missing images in splash screen when running in French. (#6980)
  • Default format on first launch is now AAC. (#6957)
  • Hotkeys now properly default to nothing. (#6951)
  • Tags are again properly added to MP3s. (#6954)
  • File format table column is now wide enough to display all file types. (#6956)
  • Now supports scheduled recordings up to 24 hours in duration. (#6945)
  • Self healer packages more reliably open with Installer.app. (#6974)
  • Prefers “Apple MPEG-4 AudioBooks” over “MPEG-4 Bookmarkable” on systems that support it (10.8+)
  • . (#6986)
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the kext to not be upgraded properly. (#6961)
  • Can now edit tags on files that have been imported into the library. (#7004)