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Zoom H5 Handheld Digital Recorder

Zoom H5 Handheld Digital Recorder

Record onto 4 tracks -- anywhere -- with the Zoom H5's X/Y stereo microphone pair and dual XLR inputs. This recorder also works with any Zoom input capsule!

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Submitted June 8, 2015 by Joe G in Chicago, IL
"Good value for a 96k recorder"
I purchased the Zoom H5 primarily for sound effects recording and film production. If you don't need the multi-channel capabilities of its more popular sibling the H6, the Zoom H5 is a solid portable recorder and comes at a great price. It's comfortable to hold; I can access many of the vital controls with my thumb while holding the H5 in the palm of my hand. The H5 does actually have multichannel capabilities as well- you can record 4 tracks simultaneously, though the sample rate caps out at 48kHz when doing this. Still, that's fine for indie film shoots where you might have a couple of radio mics as well as your boom. The H5 uses the same interchangeable-mic setup as the H6, so if you don't want to use the provided X-Y module, you can swap out for the M/S module or an extra set of XLR ins (these are sold separately). This is a fantastic feature that really makes the H5 (and 6) a flexible tool that's useful across a number of applications. The H5 uses standard SD cards to store data; I prefer this to the proprietary cards used by the last portable field recorder I used. Sound quality is good; the X-Y mics are shockmounted so that handling noise is minimized. I also purchased the accessory kit which includes a fuzzy "dead cat" windscreen that works very well. My one quibble is that the placement of the gain knob on the X-Y module makes it a challenge to get the windscreen on firmly while still being able to adjust the gain.That's a minor issue, though. Overall I'm very happy with this unit.
Musical Background:
I've been a guitar player for 40 years, and a sound engineer/designer for 25.
Musical Style:
Rock, Jazz, Blues, experimental, Sound design for theatre, film and advertising.
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Submitted January 7, 2015 by Roland R in Baltimore, MD
"Zoom H5 Handheld Digital Recorder"
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Used the H5 with the XYH6 X-Y capsule set to 120 degree separation to record a holiday symphony concert. The recorder was 5 rows into the audience on a tripod. The recorder was set to 24bit 48K. Excellent sound stage width, great clarity to the recording and good bass. Everyone, including the conductor was very pleased with results.
Musical Background:
48 years, play with local symphony and freelance live and studio
Musical Style:
Classical, Jazz, various commercial styles
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Submitted February 27, 2019 by Christopher Rowe in Omaha, NE
"I Love my Zoom H5"
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This is the best entry-level to the professional audio recorder. I used this model on two movies for remote recording and dialogue. Its great as a podcasting recorder, or anything really. It truly is a recording studio in your hand. The only thing advice I can give is to stock up on batteries as it goes through them pretty quickly if you are recording audio for film. I also recommend using the best quality batteries. This is my go to!
Musical Background:
Professional Audio Production
Musical Style:
Spoken word, Dialogue.
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Submitted April 20, 2017 by Brian Staples
"Zoom H5"
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The packaging of this product is great comes with a hard shell case that will protect the unit only . The build of this unit is extremely sturdy it feels solid . The sound quality is awesome , we do blogs and podcasts from live shows in the settings add compressor and it does a wonderful job of filtering out unwanted noises (ie band playing in the background while subject that is talking, picked up great) . On quieter locations run to individual mics 2 with phantom power and the onboard LR mics does a good job also . Recently picked up the XLR capsule have not had a chance to use yet but the reviews show it is not phantom powered so keep that in mind if you are looking for more than 2 phantom powered inputs . The manufacturer support is 3 stars have not had to use so I have no rating for it.
Musical Background:
Studio owner , blogger, producer
Musical Style:
mainly hip hop r&b .. but also a little Rock
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Submitted September 2, 2015 by Julian Robson in Winston-Salem, NC
"Just got started with my H5"
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I'm using my H5 to record live street performance as well as my solo guitar and voice. I love the clarity of sound I'm getting. It wasn't as intuitive to get started as I might have hoped but watching Golden Spiral's demo of it cleared that up.
Musical Background:
Guitar, Voice, Songwriting - Founder of Salem Revival Project
Musical Style:
Indie folk-jazz
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