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Zoom H8 Handy Recorder

Record music, podcasts, and location sound with the Zoom H8, a handheld recorder with Zoom Capsule System compatibility for a wide range of mic options. Rate and review this product
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Zoom H8 Handy Recorder

With 12 simultaneous recording tracks, interchangeable capsules, and an App-driven touchscreen interface, the Zoom H8 is designed to meet all your audio recording needs.

There's An App For Your Workflow

Whether youre capturing audio on location, recording music, or producing a podcast, the H8 color touchscreen adapts to your projects needs with three App-driven interface options. All with the touch of your finger.


Get a closer look at what the Zoom H8 can do in this video:


The Podcast App

The PODCAST App makes high-production quality simple. With dedicated Sound Pads, use the touch screen to trigger sound effects, music beds and more. Choose from 13 high quality sounds or load your own via an SD card. The Podcast App accommodates up to 4 mics and two Sound Pad channels.

The Music App

The MUSIC App puts all the important controls at your fingertips: audio levels, faders, metering and more. With 10 inputs and 12 tracks, capturing a large group is easy. Mix, overdub, and enhance your recordings with EQ and compression. Connect to Zooms Guitar Lab via USB to access an endless assortment of amps and effects.

The Field App

The FIELD App is ideal for location sound, sound design, conferences, and more. It gives you instant access to large meters for every track, so you can make sure your recordings never clip. Adjust input type, lo-cut, compress, limiter, noise gate, and other key settings.

The Mic Capsule

The H8 comes with the Zoom XYH-6 microphone. This capsule provides two matched high-quality unidirectional mics, for capturing signal directly in front of the recorder. With the Zoom mic capsule system you can easily swap capsules to ensure youre always using the right mic for the job.

Inputs & Outputs

H8 offers 4 XLR inputs with dedicated pad switches and gain control. 2 additional XLR/TRS combo jacks with Hi-Z switches allow you to capture line level signals, microphones, or directly record electric guitars and basses.

Monitor tracks using the built-in 1/8" headphone output or connect directly to your camera using the dedicated stereo line output.

Multi-Channel Audio Interface

The H8 is a powerful USB audio interface. Connect via USB to your PC, Mac, iPad or tablet for up to 12 channels of simultaneous recording.

Recording Time & File Formats

Get more than 20 hours of recording time from just 4 AA batteries. Or record forever with the optional AD-17 power adapter.

The H8 records BWF-compliant WAV and MP3 files in any of the following formats:
- 44.1kHz / 16-bit
- 44.1kHz / 24-bit
- 48kHz / 16-bit
- 48kHz / 24-bit
- 96kHz / 16-bit
- 96kHz / 24-bit

State-of-the-Art Editing

The Zoom H8 comes with a free download license for Cubase LE and Steinbergs WaveLab Cast software. WaveLab Cast helps you to finalize your project with a wide range of comprehensive editing, mixing, and refinement tools.

Podcasting WaveLab Cast connects you directly with podcast directories, such as Spreaker or Podbean. You can upload episodes quickly, plus directly create and publish RSS feeds.

Audio for Video

Import your video file and WaveLab Cast will automatically extract the audio. You can use the editing tools to lower unwanted noise, change levels and remove loud sibilants. Metering options allow you to build new tracks, fade-in your music, use EQ and compression. Re-attach the audio to the video file using WaveLab Casts export functions.

Field Recording

WaveLab Cast supports up to 96 KHz audio quality and includes a high-end re-sampler. RestoreRig removes noise and unwanted sounds. You can assemble new files using the snap functions and crossfade options. Once you're done, export your sound files in any popular audio format.

Features:

- Customized applications for field recording, music and podcasting, with 3 distinct interfaces
- Interchangeable input capsules
- 12-track simultaneous recording
- Four mic inputs and two XLR/TRS combo connectors
- Gain control knobs and -20dB pads for each input
- Supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule provides secondary input via a stereo Mic/Line In mini phone jack
- Phantom power for four main XLR inputs:+12/+24/+48V
- Large color LCD touchscreen display
- Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 512 GB
- Up to 24-bit/96 kHz 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
- Load effects via Guitar Lab software
- 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

Add More Zoom Capsules to Expand Your Recorder

Zoom's Capsule System 2.0 allows up to 4 channels of audio to be added to the H8's capsule connection, creating new ways to expand your recording capabilities.
- XAH-8 Capsule: Combination XY / AB MicThe XAH-8 capsule delivers pristine stereo recordings. Easily rotate the capsules from a tight XY pattern to a wide AB pattern to enhance the stereo image of your recordings.
- VRH-8: Ambisonic MicThe VRH-8 is an Ambisonic mic capsule that utilizes four condenser microphones to deliver immersive 360 audio recordings. A built-in accelerometer helps ensure the capsule is always perfectly aligned, while the on-board Ambisonic decoder automatically handles the necessary conversions, saving you time in post-production.
- EXH-8 Expander CapsuleThe EXH-8 capsule provides 4 additional XLR inputs, giving you a total of 10. Each additional input has a dedicated gain knob and pad switch. You can even use your favorite condenser microphonesjust connect a power source to the EXH-8 capsule to supply phantom power.
- Optional BTA-1 Remote ControlYou can monitor level meters and hit REC, PLAY, and STOP in each H8 application mode. Just insert the optional BTA-1 remote control to your H8 and connect to your iOS device.
- Zoom H5/H6 Capsules are Compatible: Your Zoom H5/H6 capsules -- like the SSH-6 stereo shotgun mic, SGH-6 shotgun mic, EXH-6 input capsule, MSH-6 middle/side mic, XYH-5 and XYH-6 stereo microphones -- are all compatible with the Zoom H8, too.

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Number of input channels: 8 (XY mic capsule, 1-4, A, B)

Number of output channels: 2 (stereo headphone and stereo line)

MIC IN: ZOOM mic connector

INPUT 1-4: XLR jacks (2: HOT)

INPUT A/B: XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)

USB: USB Micro-B (audio interface, mass storage and Guitar Lab connection functions)
Note: Use a USB cable that supports data transfer. Operation using USB bus power is possible. When using a USB cable designed for recharging, audio interface, SD card reader and Guitar Lab connection functions cannot be used.

REMOTE: ZOOM BTA-1 or other dedicated wireless adapter

LINE OUT: 3.5 mm stereo mini

HEADPHONE OUT: 3.5 mm stereo mini

Phantom power: +24 V/+48 V (independent ON/OFF for INPUTS 1-4, A and B)

Recording media: Cards that support SD/SDHC/SDXC specifications

Formats:
- WAV: 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit, mono/stereo
- MP3: 128, 192, 320 kbps

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 12 (MIC IN, backup recording, 1-4, A, B, and LR)

Audio interface:
- Multitrack mode: 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit, 12-in/2-out
- Stereo mix mode: 44.1/48 kHz, 24-bit, 2-in/2-out

Tuner: Chromatic/Guitar/Bass/Open A/Open D/Open E/Open G/DADGAD

Built-in speaker: 400 mW 8 Ohm mono speaker

Display: 2.4" (320x240) full-color touchscreen LCD

Power:
- 4 AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH or lithium)
- AC adapter (ZOOM AD-17): DC 5 V/1A
- USB bus power

Estimated continuous operation time using alkaline batteries and XY mic, 44.1 kHz/24-bit (stereo x 1): approximately 15 hours
(Continuous battery operation times were determined using in-house testing methods. They will vary greatly according to use conditions.)

External dimensions (W x D x h)
- H8 recorder: 4.58" x 6.43" x 1.91" (116.4 x 163.3 x 48.6 mm)
- XYH-6 capsule: 3.1" x 2.37" x 1.78" (78.9 x 60.2 x 45.2 mm)

Weight:
- H8 recorder: 0.78 lbs (354 g)
- XYH-6 capsule: 0.29 lbs (130 g)
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZH8
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Phone: 631-542-5270
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