Zoom H4n Handy
Handheld 4-track digital recorder
Item #: 851H4N
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Original Price: $199.99
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Item #: 851H4N
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $199.99
For musicians, inspiration can strike at any time — at rehearsal, on stage, or while practicing scales at home. The Zoom H4n makes sure you're ready to capture those ideas while they're still fresh. The H4n is a digital recorder, four-track studio, computer audio interface, and high-powered effects mixer you can hold in your hand. With lots of useful features and an easy-to-use interface, the H4n is sure to be an indispensable tool for amateur and gigging musicians, as well as videographers. Plus, its compact size means you can keep it in a gig bag, so it's always ready to record wherever your musical brilliance reveals itself.
Connect mic cables and 1/4" instrument or line-level cables into the H4n's combination XLR/TRS inputs.
Two microphones sit atop the H4n, configured in an adjustable XY pattern to capture high-quality stereo recordings of a band rehearsal or performance. On the bottom are two combination XLR/TRS inputs, which can accept balanced mic cables as well as 1/4" cables from a guitar, a keyboard, drum machine, or mixer. Record up to four tracks at once using the built-in mics and inputs for laying down song ideas with bandmates, or use overdubbing to work out tunes by yourself. There's also a 1/8" input for an external mic — perfect for a lavalier mic if you're shooting video for a news gathering. Monitor your recordings by connecting your headphones to the 1/8" output, or use the built-in speaker to play them back for others.
Want to apply effects to your recordings? The H4n's built-in mixer offers a variety of options, including compression, reverb, and a low-cut filter. If you're a guitar or bass player, you'll love the amp modeling feature, which allows you to re-create lots of cool vintage tones based on classic amplifiers with your directly connected instrument. Add markers to your recordings, change playback speed or pitch, punch in and out to fix sloppy passages, and mix down to stereo or dual mono files in high-resolution WAV or space-saving MP3 files. Then, your files will be ready to share, either with the included SD card or through email or upload with your computer.
The H4n's USB port isn't just for sharing files on your computer. It also lets you use this recorder as an audio interface. Install the included Cubase LE software, and turn your computer into a multi-track recording studio. Take that two-track guitar-and-bass duet you recorded, and use it as the foundation of a fully realized song. The H4n provides the connections for your instruments and mics, while Cubase gives you the editing and mixing power of a full-fledged digital audio workstation. Apply the H4n's effects to your input signals to eliminate latency as you monitor your performance.
Check out the APH-4n accessory pack for ways to make your Zoom H4n even more useful.
This is a well-built audio recorder with a huge number of setup and recording options. It has a stereo pair of microphones and can handle 1/4", 3.5 mm, and XLR audio inputs at microphone or line level. It can record MP3 at various rates, along with .wav files. Even with its huge range of options, this recorder is very easy to set up, with an easy-to-use menu structure. I love the scroll wheel for menu navigation. This can be set up to work almost anywhere. Highly recommended
Pros: High build quality, uses SD card as recording medium, extremely flexible. Uses standard AA batteries or its own supplied AC adapter.
Cons: None found so far
This is the first digital recorder I've ever seen, let alone used, and it is great. The mic's are unbelievable in their pickup, the recording buttons are very easy to use and pause, the menu leading to copy, download and delete are easy to use and the 'how to' booklet is well written and easy to follow. The case for the unit was especially well received since I carried the device in my pack on hikes to record nature sounds. As a musician, I was excited to see that I can easily plug in my piano to accompany my voice recordings. This will be a lot of fun for years to come.
Overview: The Zoom H4n Handy Recorder is a portable 4-track digital audio recorder with two analog inputs, two built-in microphones, and a stereo mic input. The H4n can record in either WAV or MP3 onto SD memory cards. A 1.9" backlit LCD screen (128 x 64 dots) shows the input levels of all four tracks, and lets you maneuver through the menu with ease. The unit comes with a wind screen, music production software, a 2 GB SD memory card, AC adapter, and a USB cable. The entire kit stores safely in the supplied hard plastic carrying case.
Main Inputs: The H4n has two main inputs with combo connectors that can accept either XLR or 1/4" balanced or unbalanced phone cables (or TRS--Tip-Ring-Sleeve). The connectors use the industry standard "Pin 2 hot" protocol on the XLR, and "Tip hot" protocol on the TRS connectors. The inputs can handle both mic-level and line-level signals with ease, with internal switching contacts automatically detecting the signal type. If you are using high-quality condenser (powered) microphones, a simple menu option provides Phantom Power (+24 or +48 volts) to the main inputs.
Built-in Microphones: The H4n has two built-in microphones in an X/Y configuration. The mics can be rotated to change the angle from 90° to 120° for a wider stereo image. In addition, a stereo 3.5mm input lets you connect an external microphone or line-level source.
Outputs: The H4n features a 3.5mm unbalanced line output, located beneath the LCD display. It allows you to send a stereo signal to a camcorder or other device. A 3.5mm headphone jack with a dedicated volume control on the side lets you monitor your recordings in real time, or privately listen to playback. A Mini-B USB port (2.0 Full Speed compatible) provides a digital output of either a stereo mix or the individual input signals.
File Types: The Zoom H4n can record in two different basic file types:
Recording Modes: The H4n offers three recording modes:
Recording Media: The H4n records audio directly to SD and SDHC memory cards up to 32 GB. A 2 GB SD card is included. Using a 4 GB SDHC card, you can record approximately 6 hours 20 minutes of audio at 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV or 68 hours at 44.1kHz/128kbps MP3.
Auto-Record: The H4n can detect when the input level surpasses your pre-determined level, and can automatically start recording from the recording standby position. You can independently set a start level and a stop level. Likewise, you can set the recorder to stop recording automatcally once the input level goes below a pre-determined level.
Pre-Record: When Pre-Record is engaged, the H4n will continuously record in the background while you wait for an event to begin. When you hit the Record button, the recorder keeps the previous two seconds and adds it to the beginning of the file.
Mixer: In 4CH mode, you can use the mixer to adjust the playback level and pan settings of two stereo files.
Effects: The unit has two effects modules, including compression/limiting, low-cut filtering, modulation, reverb/delay, and amp models:
Musical Tools: The H4n offers some tools designed to help musicians:
Variable Pitch/Playback Speed: You can adjust the playback speed in a range from 50% to 150% of normal, in increments of 5%, without changing the pitch. In addition, you can raise and lower the pitch of the playback without effecting the playback speed.
AB Repeat: The AB Repeat function allows you to continuously and repeatedly play back a portion of the track. You can set marks at the beginning and ending of the desired portion.
Mounting Options: The H4n comes with a microphone stand adapter that allows you to mount the recorder to a standard microphone clip. It also comes with a 1/4" threaded tripod mount. With an optional hot shoe adapter (found in the APH-4N accessory pack), you can mount the recorder to the top of a DSLR or shoe-equipped camcorder.
Power Requirements: The H4n is powered by the supplied AD-14 AC adapter. When AC power is not available, you can run the recorder on 2 "AA" batteries, either alkaline or rechargeable Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH). Battery life with alkaline batteries is typically about 6 hours. You can switch the unit to Stamina mode when using batteries to extend the continuous recording time to 11 hours. In Stamina mode, the H4n can only record and playback in WAV 44.1kHz/16-bit and MP3 format.
USB/Cubase LE 4 Software: The H4n comes with the USB/Cubase LE 4 software on DVD-ROM. It is compatible with Windows Vista/XP and Mac OS X.