Zoom H6 Handy Recorder

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Zoom’s H6 portable recorder is amongst the most versatile recorders of the audio world, with sophisticated individual control over all input sources and all of the features required from a portable audio device.

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The Zoom H6 Handy Recorder from Zoom is a portable handheld recorder. In addition, a USB audio interface that features an interchangeable microphone system. The recorder ships with both XY and mid-side microphone modules.

The H6 offers four main inputs (1-4), plus two additional inputs (L, R). These are derived from whichever capsule (X/Y, MS, Shotgun, or Dual XLR/TRS Combo) is plugged into the unit. The supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input. Use this to connect an external mic- or line-level signal via a stereo 1/8″ Mic/Line. When a connection is made to that jack, signal from the X/Y microphones is muted.

All four main H6 inputs (inputs 1-4) are combo connectors. These accept either XLR or 1/4″ balanced or unbalanced phone cables. They can handle both mic and line-level signals. Therefore, connect either external microphones or line-level devices. For example: mixers, portable music players, electronic keyboards, or electric guitars. Internal switching contacts automatically detect the circuit of choice.

Industry Standard Connections on on Zoom H6:

On the H6, all connectors use the industry standard. This is Pin 2 hot on XLR connectors and tip hot on TRS connectors.

The Zoom H6 has audio effects. These add polish to your recordings. In addition, compensate for any problems or limitations in the acoustics of the recording environment.

A low-cut filter removes signal below a certain user-designated frequency (called a cutoff frequency). This is useful for eliminating pops, wind noise and low frequency rumble.

Compress and limit audio using the Zoom H6 recorder. These reduce the level of louder sounds (that is, the sounds below a threshold point).

The H6 can record audio in two different basic file types: WAV and MP3. WAV files are uncompressed; that is, they contain all the recorded data without any “bits” being removed. Thus, they provide full fidelity without compromise. The H6 can record up to six mono WAV files (or up to three stereo 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

All WAV files recorded by the H6 are automatically time-stamped. This makes them compatible with the Broadcast Wave Format (BWF). In other words, they are “BWF-compliant.” This is especially important when recording audio for video. Because audio is precisely synchronised with the onscreen action in post-production.

All MP3 recordings are compressed. This means that unnecessary data is removed prior to storage. The result, much smaller files. For example, to upload and download. Some MP3 files exhibit a slight loss of audio fidelity.

Feature summary of the Zoom H6 Recorder:

    Large full-color angled LCD display that allows visibility whether mounted on a camera or strapped over shoulder
    XYH-6 X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input for connecting an external mic or line level signal via stereo 1/8″ mini jack
    Built-in speaker, located on the underside of the unit, for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections
    Interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
    Six-track simultaneous recording
    Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
    Physical gain control knobs and -20dB pads for each input
    Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
    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
    Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
    Independent monitor and playback mixes
    Graphical VU meters
    Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording
    Overdubbing, up to 99 takes
    Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting
    Onboard MS decoding
    Normalize, Divide and Trim editing
    Chromatic tuner and metronome
    Loop Playback with user-defined start and stop points
    Variable playback speed, from 50% to 150%
    Variable pitch per track without affecting playback speed
    Camera strap mounts
    Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteriesOver 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries