One device that often gets overlooked in home recording is the humble headphone amplifier. So much so that it is often hard to find a decent one that is readily available, doesn’t take up too much space and doesn’t hit the hip pocket too heavily. This is where the Samson QH4 is going to make a lot of you smile. It can solve any number of your rehearsal and recording issues. Especially considering many of us are looking for quiet ways to practice and record these days.
FOUR ON THE FLOOR
When multiple musicians are able to monitor at their own volume and listen in on overdubbing and tracking it makes setting up for a group very easy. Silent monitoring through headphones is the ideal solution to keeping room noise to a minimum and the QH4 allows you to turn any output from your audio interface into four headphone ports, all with their own dedicated volume control. Now, finally, the deaf drummer can have it loud enough to hear something other than himself and the guitarist no longer needs to ask you to turn up the fold back, he can do it himself without you having to hear it.
TIME TO BE HEARD
As well as a tracking and rehearsal tool, the QH4 will also allow group listening in mixing sessions too. A Mute and Mono button offers extra control over the input signal, with a Master volume for main control, and each separate output having its own dedicated volume control. The pair of 6.5mm inputs can be run as a stereo set, or will operate in dual mono if you just use the left input. An auxiliary input on a 3.5mm input allows for backing tracks, or a click track to be fed into the monitor mix separate to your other devices too if needs be, which would come in handy for audio distribution in silent rehearsal situations. All in all, this is a very simple unit that takes care of a number of issues in one. It doesn’t need to be overly complicated, and achieves that with a neat, simple layout that makes it easy for everyone to see where their volume is coming from.
Hits and Misses
Handy way to increase headphone count for rehearsal or recording
Plenty of headroom in each output
Pots are a little rigid