Zoom H4n Pro Portable Handy Recorder

Zoom H4n Pro Portable Handy Recorder

Record shows, interviews and more with this battery-powered 4-track recorder's built-in XY stereo mics and XLR/TRS inputs, then transfer audio files via USB.

Zoom H4 Handy Recorder

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Includes AC adapter, windshield cover, USB cable. Uses SD (Secure Digital) cards only.
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 read more 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.
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For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (631) 542-5270
Email: info@zoom-na.com
Web: https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/contact/

Zoom H4 Handheld Field Recorder

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
(209 ratings)
Submitted May 7, 2007 by a customer from cod.edu
"Amazing sound, so easy to use and WOW it is so compact."
This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful.
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.

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.

Features
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 read more 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.

Musical Background:
Father of 3 musician, I'm their technical support.

Musical Style:
Classical
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