#1
Would there be any significant difference in recording quality between the following:

1. Zoom H4N

2. Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

I would be using them with a Rode condenser mic to record vocals and an acoustic guitar.
#3
The Zoom is better for stereo live/location recording. The interface is better for multitrack recording. Different tools for different jobs and for mating with a Rode mic I would choose the Scarlett.
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Guthrie on tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmohdG9lLqY
#4
You could also consider using a multitracker as your DAW for a 3rd option.

The H4Ns are really only any good as audio notebooks & getting a rough recording of practice sessions etc, I wouldn't want one for anything more than that.

Either way, read the stickies.
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#6
Quote by PSimonR
I'd go for the Scarlet. The pre is real quality. Unless you really need something you can carry in you pocket - but then with all the accessories you need to make it work...


Have you had any latency issues?
#8
Zoom R16 and R24. Both portable stand alone. Both daw interface and surface. Only time I have any latency issues is if I'm pushing the PC hard with about 20 plug ins, kontakt etc. The PC gives up before the zoom will.