Zoom H6 Portable Digital Recorder

This flexible field recorder gives you 4 XLR-1/4" inputs and stereo X/Y microphones, plus a 6x2 USB interface. Attach more mics with Zoom's modular system!

The Zoom H6 is the ultimate portable recorder. With its advanced preamps and interchangeable capsules, the H6 delivers unmatched versatility and award-winning quality.

We took the Zoom H6 and Zoom Q8 camera to the streets to make this video:

Creative Versatility

From podcasting to music to filmmaking and more, the H6 is your go-to recorder.

Podcast Anywhere

From the studio to remote locations, podcasts are produced everywhere. With inputs for every guest, the battery-powered H6 is a complete portable podcasting solution.

Get a closer look at the H6 with this video from Zoom:

Unlimited Studio Time

The H6 is your personal music studio 24/7. With up to six inputs (when you add the optional EXH-6 capsule), plus the ability to overdub and more, the H6 provides the road from a great idea to the perfect track.

Sound for Every Scene

Featuring interchangeable mic capsules, four combo inputs and six tracks of quality recording, the H6 is ready to record on any set and in any scene the director throws at you.

From Sampling to Sound Design

Whether you're a musician creating your own unique masterpiece, or a sound designer looking for that perfect sound effect, the H6 will become your most trusted companion.


The H6 offers four XLR/TRS combo jacks with dedicated pad switches and gain control for distortion-free recording.


The H6 features two 1/8" outputs, a stereo line out as well as a headphone out with dedicated read more volume control.

Multi-Channel Audio Interface

The H6's USB port enables it to serve as a stereo or multi-channel audio interface for your computer or iPad.

Recording Time and File Formats

Record continuously for over 20 hours with just four AA batteries or extend your recording time indefinitely with the optional AD-17 adapter.

The H6 records individual WAV files in any of the following formats:
- 44.1 kHz / 16-bit
- 44.1 kHz / 24-bit
- 48 kHz / 16-bit
- 48 kHz / 24-bit
- 96 kHz / 16-bit
- 96 kHz / 24-bit


- Interchangeable input capsules
- Up to 6 tracks simultaneous recording with optional EXH-6 capsule
- Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
- Gain control knobs and -20dB pads for each input
- Included XYH-6 X/Y capsule provides secondary input via a stereo 1/8" Mic/Line In mini phone jack
- Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
- Large full-color, angled LCD display
- Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128GB
- Up to 24-bit /96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
- Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you'll never miss that perfect take
- Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression, and limiting
- Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
- Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
- Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries (not included)


- H6 Handy Recorder
- H6 X/Y Mic Capsule
- Quick Guide


- MSH-6 Mid-Side mic capsule
- SGH-6 Shotgun mic capsule
- SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun mic capsule
- EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule
- HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
- APH-6 Accessory Pack
- PCH-6 Protective Case
- WSU-1 Universal Windscreen
- ECM-3 Extension Cable (3 meters)
- ECM-6 Extension Cable (6 meters)
- TPS-3 Tabletop Tripod
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Recording media:
- SD card: 16MB to 2GB
- SDHC card: 4GB to 32GB
- SDXC card: 64GB to 128GB

Inputs: L/R

Supplied XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule:
- Mic type: Unidirectional (cardioid) pair
- Sensitivity: -41 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa-
- Input gain: -? to 46.5 dB
- Max sound pressure input: 136 dB SPL

LINE IN connector on XYH-6 capsule:
- 1/8 in. stereo mini jack
- Input level: - ? to 46.5 dB
- Input impedance: 2 k OHM
- Plug-in power: 2.5V supported

INPUTS 1 to 4:
- Connectors: XLR / TRS combo jacks
- (XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)
- Input gain: (PAD OFF) -? to 55.5 dB
- Input gain: (PAD ON) -? to 35.5 dB
- Input impedance:- 6.8 k OHM
- Max input level:- +22 dBu (PAD ON)
- Phantom power:- +12V /+24V /+48V
- (Phantom power can be turned on/off independently for Inputs 1 - 4)
- Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): -120 dBu or less

- LINE OUT Jack type: 1/8 in. stereo mini jack
- Rated Output Level: -10 dBu when output load impedance is 10 kOHM or more

- Jack type: 1/8 in. stereo mini jack
- Output Level: 20 W +20 W into 32 OHM load

Built-in speaker: 400mw 8 ohm mono speaker

Recording formats:
- Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz
- Bit rate: 16/24
- Mono/Stereo, BWF-compliant
- Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 8 (L/R + INPUT 1 to 4 + L/R backup)
- Backup recording: -12dB lower than set L/R input gain

- Sampling frequency:44.1kHz
- Bit Rate: 48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps
- Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 2

Recording time (with 2GB card):
- 03:08:00 (44.1 kHz / 16-bit WAV)
- 34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)

Display: 2.0-inch full color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)

- [Mass Storage Class operation]
- Class: USB2.0 High Speed

Audio Interface operation: Multi-track mode
- Class: USB2.0 High Speed
- Inputs / Outputs: 6 / 2
- Sampling frequency: 44.1/48kHz/96kHz
- Bit rate: - 16/24 bit
- USB bus powered operation possible

Audio Interface operation: Stereo mode
- Class: USB2.0 Full Speed
- Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2
- Sampling frequency: 44.1/48kHz
- Bit rate: - 16 bit
- USB bus powered operation possible
- (iPad operation supported in stereo mode only)

Power Requirements: AA size (LR6) battery x 4
Alkaline or NiMH type
, AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional)
USB bus power

Battery life (with alkaline battery, continuous recording): Over 20 hours

Dimensions (W x D x H) and Weight:
- H6 recorder: 77.8 x 152.8 x 47.8 mm, 280g
- XYH-6 mic capsule: 78.9 x 60.2 x 45.2 mm, 130g
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
All-Black Edition
Shipping Weight: 1.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZH6AB

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/

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (15 ratings)
Submitted January 31, 2014 by J N in Philly, PA
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I just purchased this device from zzounds .com. I've been an amateur recording engineer for 20 years. Of all the portable, compact devices I've used, I've never used one as awesome as this, for the size and price. My first quasi pro recorder was a Fostex multitrack tape recorder. I paid exactly $400.00 for it, 20 years ago. It pales in comparison to the Zoom H6. Out of the box, it was up and running - zero learning curve. At this time, I am a film student. I've worked on sets where the Zoom H4N was used. I was amazed by the quality and versatility of that device. When deciding to make my purchase, I compared the H4N with the H6. It was a no brainer. I chose the H6! The spacial sound stage and stereo depth is mind blowing. I ran it as I simply walked around, drove my car, ate dinner at a restaurant, etc. While listening back, I am totally blown away by the clarity and precision of the audio quality. I am 100% confident I made the right choice. I'm giving it 5 stars for the Manufacturer Support, even though I haven't had a need for support. And this is because their support has been evident by their quest for quality, out of the box. BUY IT!!!
Musical Background:
34 years. Variety of instruments, professional and personal.
Musical Style:
Rock, World, Classical, Metal, etc.
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