Zoom H4n handheld recorder
The Zoom H4n portable recorder makes it easy to capture 4-track studio-grade recordings - anywhere. This next-generation recorder from Zoom is loaded with all the features you need, as well as a bunch of extras, so you'll be ready for nearly any recording situation - the H4n has two onboard stereo condenser microphones, inputs for your own microphones, 50 built-in DSP effects, handy practice tools, and even a built-in speaker. You'll also love the unique Stamina Mode, which doubles your battery life, so you have nearly 11 hours of untethered recording time with your H4n.
Built-in stereo microphones capture a perfect stereo image
Zoom's H4n features two high-quality stereo condenser microphones, arranged in an X/Y pattern. Not only can you just "point and shoot" to capture audio, but because of the special pattern, you'll automatically capture with exceptionally natural depth and accurate imaging. Plus, you can rotate the microphones into two different positions - one that's perfect for up-close miking, and another that sounds amazing when you want to capture a wide sound field, such as a live band performance.
Two mic/line inputs let you integrate your gear
In addition to the H4n's two onboard stereo condenser microphones, you can bring your own gear into service via two onboard mic/hi-Z combination inputs. Plug in two of your favorite microphones - even condensers, as the H4n supplies phantom power - and double your recording possibilities. There's even a mid-side stereo decoder, so you can take advantage of the classic microphone setup. Or, you can always plug in a guitar or bass for fast direct recording.
Supports recording four tracks at a time
The Zoom H4n is the first portable handheld recorder to support simultaneous 4-track recording, giving you even more recording options. In its 4-track mode, for example, you can use the onboard microphones to get a room mix while you send in a close-miked stereo mix, or a stereo feed from the mixer - it's like having an audio interface with you, only you're not tethered to a computer and a bunch of extra gear.
Record, overdub, and mix your projects in multi-track studio mode
The H4n is a complete all-in-one music recording and production tool, thanks to its MTR (multi-track studio) mode. In MTR mode, you can record at CD quality 16-bit/44.1kHz resolution, recording two tracks simultaneously and playing back four tracks at once. In the mode, you can take advantage of the H4n's massive collection of DSP effects, including classic guitar amp models, so you can sketch out songs and dial in your tone. From there, you can adjust level and panning individually for each track using the built-in mixer - it's perfect for getting a great mix with the band, if inspiration strikes on a whim.
Built-in reference speaker for checking your recordings
With its built-in speaker, the Zoom H4n makes it easy for you to quickly play back audio - whether that's to check recording levels, or to listen back to a musical idea the moment after you recorded it. No more hunting for your headphones just to play a track.
Records to portable and high-capacity SD/SDHC media
The Zoom H4n can tackle your long recording session needs, thanks to its use of compact SD and high-density SDHC media cards. Just pop in a 32GB card, and you'll be ready to record for more than 15 hours at high quality 24-bit/96kHz! Or, record at MP3 format and capture audio for more than 550 hours on just one card - that's more than three weeks of continuous recording!
Auto-record and Pre-record features ensure sure you never miss a moment
In critical recording sessions, sometimes the audio starts before you have time to push record - meaning you miss out on the first word or two, or the first note or two. And that's enough to take an otherwise high-quality recording down a notch or two. But with the H4n, you won't have to worry about that. Not only does it feature a pre-record feature that capture for up to two seconds before you hit the record button, the H4n also features a special auto-record feature. With it, you can define a level threshold - whenever the H4n senses audio above the threshold, it will instantly start recording. That way, when the music starts, your recording starts too. Just sit back and listen.
Practice effectively with the built-in phrase trainer
The Zoom H4n is a great tool for recording any time, any place. But, it's also designed to help you practice more effectively. Its built-in phrase trainer can help you learn songs, as it allows you to slow down or speed up play back from 50% to 150%, while maintaining pitch - it's a great way to slow down a difficult solo until you've mastered it part by part. The H4n also features a center-cancel function, which lets you sing karaoke-style over the top of track. You can even change pitch without changing playback speed, so you can switch the "karaoke" track into a key that sounds better for your voice, then work on singing or playing along with it. The H4n's other handy tools include an onboard tuner and a built-in metronome.
Shine up your recordings with 50 onboard DSP effects
The H4n is packed with 50 studio-quality DSP effects, so you can shine up your recorded audio tracks or track with a more inspiring tone. Onboard effects include compression, chorus, reverb, and delay. Plus, there are models of classic guitar amplifiers onboard, so you can plug straight in and develop your sound - without firing up the amp.
Stamina mode doubles your battery life
The Zoom H4n's unique stamina mode extends your battery life up to nearly 11 hours in 16-bit/44.1kHz linear PCM format. It's perfect for intense recording sessions during all-day band practices, or for when you're out in the field, away from power.
USB connection for easy file transfer
Take the tracks you've recorded on your Zoom H4n and easily bring them into your computer for editing, polishing, and eventually publishing. All you need to do is connect a USB cable from the H4n to your computer - and you can instantly e-mail your tracks, play them back, transfer them to your iPod, or put them into a folder for archiving.
- Built-in X/Y stereo mics record at either 90 degrees or 120 degrees
- Four channel simultaneous recording using built-in and external mics
- Digitally controlled, high-quality mic preamp for improved audio quality
- Large 1.9-Inch LCD screen and improved user interface for easy operation
- 24-bit/96kHz Linear PCM recording for high-quality recording
- Supports MP3 recording for increased recording time
- Built-in reference speaker to check recordings
- Shock resistant rubberized body for improved chassis protection
- Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compatible time stamp and track marker
- Records on SD/SDHC media of up to 32GB for maximum recording time
- Auto-record and pre-record feature so you never miss a moment
- Variable speed playback capability for "phrase training"
- Stamina mode enables nearly 11 hours of continuous battery life
- Onboard mid-side matrix decoder for additional miking possibilities
- Built-in mounting joint for tripod and mic stand mounting
- USB 2.0 port for faster file transfer
- XLR inputs with phantom power allow recording with any mic
- Supports plug-in power type external mics
- Hi-Z Inputs for recording guitar and bass
- Studio effects onboard, including guitar and bass amp modeling
- USB audio interface capability
- Low-cut filter to reduce noise
- Normalizing and file splitting functions
- Mono mix function
- Onboard tuner and metronome
- Includes 1 GB SD card, wind screen, mic clip adapter, AC adapter, USB cable, protective case, and Cubase LE recording software
- Optional remote control (RC4) available