To call the Zoom H6 a handheld recorder doesn't do it justice. Sure, you can easily hold it in your hand. But don't confuse this device with simple voice recorders. This is a portable 6-track studio with swappable mic modules and lots of advanced features. Whether you're recording your band's live performance, capturing some studio magic, or in need of high-quality audio for video production, the H6 has you covered.
Choose from two included mic modules
One of the secrets to the H6's impressive versatility is its modular microphone system. The H6 comes with two microphone “capsules” that connect to the recorder. Try the XY mic capsule to capture a tight stereo recording of your band working through some new material during a rehearsal. Or connect the MS capsule, which uses a mid-side mic configuration to capture directional and ambient sounds. This is valuable for video applications like location shoots for news programs. You can even adjust the width of the stereo image in post-production with the H6, which offers some cool possibilities for music production as well.
Balanced inputs for mics, instruments, or line-level signals from mixers
The included mics aren't the only way to capture audio with the H6 recorder. There are four combination inputs for XLR or 1/4" balanced cables, each with its own gain control knob and pad. That means you can record 4 separate tracks in addition to the stereo tracks captured by the mics, for 6-track simultaneous recording. For instance, if you wanted to record your band's rehearsal, you could plug in your vocalist's mic, an electric guitar and bass via an effects module or mixer, as well as a keyboard directly into the H6. Add the EXH-6 XLR/TRS capsule to add two additional inputs in place of a microphone capsule to connect stereo outputs from a mixing board. That's an impressive level of connectivity from such a compact recorder.
It's also a USB audio interface for your computer or iPad®
You don't have to use a computer to tweak the recordings you make with the Zoom H6 recorder. There are limiters, compressors, and a low-cut filter built right into the recorder. Plus, the full-color display is your portal to the internal mixer, so you can apply those effects individually to each track as well control pan and volume levels as you create a stereo mixdown. If you decide to connect this recorder to your computer or iPad, you'll be in for a treat. The H6 can also be used as an audio interface for your digital audio workstation (DAW). That means you can use the H6 to input audio signals directly to your DAW. You can even monitor those signals from the H6's headphone output prior to sending them to the computer, thus eliminating latency problems. Don't have DAW software on your PC or Mac®? Experiment with Cubase LE, included with the H6.
Optional accessories to make the H6 even more versatile
Want to expand the H6's capabilities even further? Check out the optional Zoom shotgun mic. There's also an accessory pack that includes a remote control, pro-quality windscreen, and an AC adapter.
From our Zoom H6 handheld 6-track digital recorder review:
In the course of half a day, I went from never having picked up the H6 to recording a song, editing and mixing, and mixing down to an MP3.
— David, Crutchfield A/V Writer