800-ZZOUNDS (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 153Q-NVZT
close [x]
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 8AM - 10PM (EST)
  • Sat 9AM - 6PM (EST)
  • Sun 1PM - 7PM (EST)
Email Print
 

Zoom H4 Handy Recorder

Includes AC adapter, windshield cover, USB cable. Uses SD (Secure Digital) cards only. (231) Read 41 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
Ships to: Can ship to United States
close [x]
zZounds.com 800-ZZOUNDS (800-996-8637)

Sorry, this product is no longer available on zZounds

We recommend this alternative:

Main

Zoom H4n Portable Digital Recorder

New From $199.99
In Stock
Free Ground Shipping
Questions? Call a gear expert now! (800-996-8637)
PAYMENT PLANS ON ORDERS $249+
PLAY AS YOU PAY
Have a purchase order? We invoice schools, government entities, and churches. Info

Visit product page to order

Mobile multitrack recording, in the palm of your hand!
Sometimes, your mini-cassette recorder just doesn't give you the quality you need when you're working out in the field. Excessive ambient noise, a low-fi internal microphone, or the dreaded "low-talker" can spoil an otherwise useable take. When you need professional results, the H4 Handy Recorder from Zoom is the perfect tool for your next mobile recording project.

Onboard stereo microphones
The H4 sports 2 studio-quality condenser microphones, configured for true stereo recording. When you hear music, speech, or sound effects during playback, you'll swear it's live. Recordings of this fidelity are sure to boost the quality of your finished product.

External connectivity
In some situations, onboard mics may not offer the control you need. Not to worry. This recorder includes 2 XLR-1/4 in. combo jacks with 48v phantom power to accept your favorite dynamic or condenser microphones. Use a cardioid mic to focus on a specific audio source, rejecting unwanted ambient noise for a clean recorded track. For those "low-talkers," a shotgun mic picks up faraway sources, just as if you pressed your H4 right up to their mouth. When everyone else has muddy, garbled audio, you'll have captured every word with crystal clarity.

Tripod stand adapter included
Sound-effects and sample gathering can be done quickly, but speeches, live music, and podcasting projects tend to go on for longer periods. As light as the H4 is, it will eventually take its toll on your arm if you're constantly holding it up. Zoom includes a tripod mounting-sled for these long sessions. Place it on a table when using the onboard mics, or tuck it away in a corner with a long XLR cable and you can capture your audio in comfort, no matter how long that speech drags on. Just supply your own tripod stand (not included) and then the included stand adapter and you're good to go.

Realtime audio monitoring
With many mobile devices, you press 'record' and hope for the best. Not with the H4. A 1/8 in. stereo miniplug connection lets you actively monitor the incoming signal with your favorite pair of headphones. Now you can adjust the input level and add compression, limiting, and mic modeling effects, all in real-time. You'll be sure your tracks sound their best at the time you record them, so editing goes smoother than ever before.

4-Track recording mode
Maybe you're saying 'mics are great, but I record live bands and want more control over the mix.' The H4's got you covered there, too. Switch to 4-track recording mode and use those combo inputs with a direct guitar, bass, or keyboard signal. You can also tap into a feed from the mixing board for larger projects. For example, you bring a group mix of instruments in on two tracks, vocals on the third, and a room mic in on the fourth for ambience. Later, you can adjust the instruments and vocals to sit where you need them in the mix, with enough of the room to know it's a live show. When other bands hear the results, they'll be begging you to record their gigs.

Onboard effects for songwriters
Songwriters will also appreciate the multitracking capabilities. Blend your voice with a guitar or keyboard for quick, easy scratch-demos of your latest ideas. This is also a great way to share your vision with the rest of the band. Plus, Zoom added a ton of their best guitar- and bass-modeling patches, taken straight from the G2 processor! Have an idea for a song with distorted guitars in the chorus? Your band won't have to guess what you're hearing in your head. Dial it up, lay it down, and play it back for them. You won't believe how much faster they catch on. The new tune will be tight and ready for your next gig.

Storage and power
So, how do you store all those great sounds? The Zoom H4 includes a 512 MB SD media card for archiving and transport of your projects. The onboard SD slot will handle up to 2 GB media cards, giving you access to 380 minutes of 16-bit CD-quality audio, or a whopping 34 hours of stereo .mp3 sound! If pristine quality is key for you, sample rates of up to 24-bit, 96 kHz are available. For larger files, the integrated USB interface can offload your tracks to an external storage device. Amazingly, all these capabilities run for up to four hours on just two AA batteries. You can also use the included AC adapter for longer sessions. Never run out of power in the middle of a gig again!

Doubles as a computer interface
The mobile recording features are impressive, but don't think your H4 will collect dust on a shelf back in the studio. Plug the included USB cable into a Mac or Windows computer, and you've got a powerful digital recording interface! You can record longer, more intricate projects, right on your hard drive. Take the tracks you recorded in the field, then add the subtle details that turn an average recording into a professional track. To handle the incoming audio, this recorder comes bundled with Cubase LE, a 48-track digital audio workstation. Edit, mix, and master your projects in this digital software environment for an unprecedented level of control. You'll have all the tools you need to do your best work.

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Zoom products.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-784-2200

Product Description

Introducing the H4 Handy Digital Recorder. The next big thing from Zoom. The H4 features 2 studio-quality electret condenser microphones configured in an X/Y pattern for true stereo recording. It also includes 2 combination XLR-1/4 in. input jacks with phantom power for use with any external microphones of your choice. And the H4 is loaded with onboard studio effects such as compression, limiting and mic modeling. An 1/8 in. headphone jack is also provided for monitoring. The H4 records on to Secure Digital (SD) media, a 512MB SD card is included with the unit. With a 2GB SD memory card, the H4 provides up to 380 minutes of recording in 16-bit mode (CD Quality), and 34 hours in MP3 stereo mode. And to move your recordings to a PC or Mac, the H4 includes a USB mass storage interface. The H4 provides 4 hours of continuous recording operation from 2 AA batteries. A back-lit, 128x64 pixel LCD provides the visual interface. An AC adapter, USB cable, windshield cover and tripod stand adapter (tripod stand adapter: the H4 comes with a handy mounting sled with Velcro straps to mount it to a camera/video type of tripod stand) are included in the package.

It's a Mobile Field Stereo Recorder
The H4 features 2 studio-quality electret condenser microphones configured in an X/Y pattern for true stereo recording. It also includes 2 combination XLR-1/4 in. input jacks with phantom power for use with any external microphones of your choice. And the H4 is loaded with onboard studio effects such as compression, limiting and mic modeling. An 1/8 in. headphone jack is also provided for monitoring. The H4 records on to Secure Digital (SD) media, a 512MB SD card is included with the unit. With a 2GB SD memory card, the H4 provides up to 380 minutes of recording in 16-bit mode (CD Quality), and 34 hours in MP3 stereo mode. And to move your recordings to a PC or Mac, the H4 includes a USB massstorage interface. The H4 provides four hours of continuous recording operation from 2 AA batteries. A back-lit, 128x64 pixel LCD provides the visual interface. An AC adapter, USB cable, windshield cover and camera/video style tripod adapter sled are also included.

It's Also a 4-Track Recorder!
Unlike other field recorders, the H4 also has a 4-track recording mode for easy-to-use mobile multi-track recording. The H4 will also render 4-track audio with CD quality, 16-bit/44.1 kHz resolution. Songwriters and musicians can use the combination XLR-1/4 in. high-impedance phone inputs for vocals, guitars, bass or keyboards. Also onboard are Zoom's most incredible guitar and bass amplifier modeling effects. These effects accurately reproduce the sounds of the most famous guitar amps ever made.

And By-The-Way, It's Also an Audio Interface
Recording directly to your computer has never been easier than with the Zoom H4. The H4 is the only portable digital recorder that also serves as your USB audio interface, allowing direct recording of instruments and vocals to your computer. And if you don't already have a DAW that's okay, because every H4 comes bundled with Cubase LE. The perfect 48-Track Digital Audio Workstation for easy editing, mixing and mastering of your recordings on either Windows or Mac. Together, these features make the Zoom H4 Handy Digital Recorder the most versatile portable recording device ever offered.

Mobile Field Recording
Fits in the palm of your hand

Ideal for infinite variety of mobile recording applications

Records 24-bit/96 kHz digital audio as well as MP3 format with bitrates up to 320kbps

2 studio quality X/Y pattern condenser microphones for true stereo recording

2 combination XLR-1/4 in. input jacks with phantom power

Onboard studio effects compression, limiting and mic modeling

1/8 in. headphone jack provided for monitoring

512MB Secure Digital (SD) card included

Using a 2GB SD memory card provides 380 minutes of recording with CD Quality sound

Up to 34 hours recording in MP3 stereo mode

USB mass-storage interface

4 hours of continuous recording operation from 2 AA batteries

Back-lit, 128x64 pixel LCD provides the visual interface

AC adapter, windshield cover, USB Cable and tripod adapter sled included

4-Track Recording
4-track audio in CD quality 16-bit PCM, 44.1 kHz sampling

Combination high-impedance phone inputs for vocals, guitars, bass or keyboards.

Built in guitar amp modeling equivalent to the Zoom G2

Audio Interface
Records directly to your computer as a USB audio interface

Bundled with Cubase LE, 48-Track Digital Audio Workstation software
Customer Reviews
4 out of 5 (231 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Amazing sound, so easy to use and WOW it is so compact."
Sound: The quality of sound that this thing records is amazing. The mics are very good. I have recorded live piano music so far and if you didn't know it was a recording, you would swear that you were listening to a live performance. Feature: I like the tripod holder. The screen is a little small and it would be great if you could have the backlight stay on and not turn off after a few seconds. Ease of Use: This is so simple to use it is rediculous. Its like using a point and shoot camera. If you can use a digital camera, you can use this thing. It has a lot of other fetures that i haven't used and may never need. Those may take more experisnce to use but for simple record... just point and shoot. Quality: I think the quality is great. Time will tell how well it holds up. I can't see any quality issues with this unit so far. Value: I don't know of any other product out there like this. It may seem rather expensive when you look at it and then look at the price. Try it out...hear the results and checkout other digital recording equipment out there. It would cost much more to set other equipment with the same capability and sound quality as the H4. All that and it fits in the palm of your hand! Manufacturer Support: I haven't had to use support yet... which speaks well of the the ease of use and the quality of the product. The Wow Factor: I think it looks cool. In one respect it looks simple with its few buttons and display screen. On the other hand, it looks a little futuristic with its design of the crossing microphones. Overall: For what I need it for... which is recording piano solos and concerts, band practices and ensembles and creating demo CDs, I don't think I will need anything else. Plus, I can hook up my ouw mics if should choose to go that route.
Style of Music: Classical
60 of 61 people (98.36%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

"Definitley worth checking out."
Sound: It's too soon for me to say, but my experience so far was really surprising. I didn't expect the sound to be so good. Feature: It would have made more sense, in my opinion, if the included mount attached to a mic stand, rather than camera tripod. In any case, it's not a huge deal. Ease of Use: I was up and running with this unit in no time. I didn't read the manual at all. Fairly easy to do, however, I agree with someone else here who mentioned that using the stick (front center) and the wheel (top right side) was a little confusing at first. Quality: Pulling it out of the box it immediately felt cheap. Let's be real. It's so inexpensive, they had to cut corners somewhere. That said, the built in mics were sounded surprisingly good and the quality of the recordings really blew me away. Value: I have to say, this was a somewhat trepidacious purchase for me, not because of cost, but because so few sites/reviews discuss ANY of the portable recorder's ability to record LOUD rock rehearsals. I was worried that this would be overloaded by the volume levels. It was not. It performed well. In fact, I had the input levels (on the side) at M and the input levels at about 80% and there was no distortion at all. (I used 2 well placed SM57s to record the full band. I can hear every instrument. I'm really quite amazed. The XLR/1/4" inputs are really handy and phantom power? Great! I haven't used that yet though, I'll be trying it out soon. This product does exactly what I hoped it would do, and does it really well. I might have paid an extra $100 though for a sturdier unit and a better interface. Be warned: the type is TINY. Manufacturer Support: I've had no experience with Zoom/Samson. The Wow Factor: $100 cheaper than its nearest competitor. Full 48v Phantom Power. Neutrik inputs. Very inexpensive SD media and USB? It doesn't get much better. This is a great deal. Overall: I wanted to get this review out to those, like me, who weren't sure about this product. I was really surprised by the quality of the recordings that I was able to achieve with very little effort. I haven't experimented with the compression, 4 tracking, or simulation, but this worked like a charm for recording a very LOUD rock band rehearsal. I just hope the thing holds up to lots of use.
Style of Music: Rock, Alternative, Country
61 of 62 people (98.39%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

Our extended 45-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee applies on this product Buy it, and if it isn't just right for you, return it!
What Our Customers Are Saying About zZounds "I just made the last payment on my PA system and now I'm purchasing stage lights. I could never have grown my stage production business without zZounds and their amazing payment plans. Thanks, zZounds!" - customer on July 11, 2014
BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 153Q-NVZT. Llame Gratis en Español: 800-460-7976
Lunes-Viernes de 9AM a 5PM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2014, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
 
close [x] Select a model from above to add to your cart.
close [x]
1 item added to your cart
View Cart Continue Shopping
close [x]
Please select a product:
add to cart
close [x]
Available on
orders $249+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
on most orders $29+

Just $1.99 on
smaller orders

Really heavy stuff might cost you a
little more

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

zZounds payment plans details »

2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. zZounds gets you your gear fast

At zZounds, you‘ll get your gear fast and, usually, with free delivery. Because we have warehouses in New Jersey and Nevada, nearly 75 percent of Americans reside within our two-day shipping zones. Combine this with the fact that many of our best-selling products qualify for free two-day delivery and you get expedited shipping without the additional cost.

zZounds.com shipping details »

4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $249+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
on most orders $29+

Just $1.99 on
smaller orders

Really heavy stuff might cost you a
little more

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]

A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!