Zoom H6 Handy
Handheld 6-track digital recorder
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Item #: 851H6
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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.
Use the H6's XY mics and XLR/TRS inputs to record your band's live performance.
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.
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.
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.
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
If you want something professionally gratifying, you will be overly pleased with the Zoom H6! I went into SFX production mode the day after receiving it new out of the box! Found every sound above and beyond personal expectation! Simplified operation was expedient! (didn't have to read the operation manual!) Quality in the palm of your hand, and what's more, it's highly crisp phantom power sets you up for top quality SFX of the most silent sounds! And this is coming from someone who NEEDS a professional unit for professional sounding materials provided to their listeners all over the place! When it comes to professional digital recording, don't hesitate to jump on it! The ZOOM is no exception it is everything and more that you need! GO FOR IT! THIS IS IT! God bless you ZOOM!
Pros: Operation Simplification/Quality Digital Clarity Audio/ Handy for Pro. Production SFX
Cons: Wish the Volume meters were a little Hotter....but what do you expect for the palm of your hand? That's what the Phantom Power is for! Does not come with a clear screen protector so be prepared to protect that screen!
Overview: The Zoom H6 is a portable 6-track digital audio recorder with four main inputs and two additional inputs from a unique plug-in capsule. The H6 can record in either WAV or MP3 onto SD memory cards. A 2" full-color LCD screen (320 x 240 pixels) shows the input levels of all six tracks, and lets you maneuver through the menu with ease. The unit comes with two plug-in mic capsules, wind screen, music production software, batteries, a 2 GB SD memory card, and a USB cable. The entire kit stores safely in the supplied hard plastic carrying case.
Main Inputs: The H6 has four main inputs (numbered 1-4) with combo connectors that can accept either XLR or 1/4" balanced or unbalanced phone cables (or TRS--Tip-Ring-Sleeve). All of 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. Each of the main inputs has a dedicated gain control knob, and feature a -20dB pad to prevent distortion from high-level signals. If you are using high-quality condenser (powered) microphones, a simple menu option provides Phantom Power (+12, +24 or +48 volts) to any or all of the main inputs.
Input Capsules: The rear panel of the H6 contains a proprietary connector for one of the two supplied plug-in mic capsules, or other optional capsules. These capsules provide a two-channel input to the recorder (marked L and R) and have a single rotary level control. The supplied capsules include:
Outputs: The H6 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 left side lets you monitor your recordings in real time, or privately listen to playback. A Mini-B USB port (2.0 Full Speed compatible) on the right side provides a digital output of either a stereo mix or the six individual input signals.
File Types: The Zoom H6 can record in two different basic file types: WAV and MP3:
Recording Media: The H6 records audio directly to SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards up to 128 GB. A 2 GB microSD (with a full-size adapter) is included. You can record approximately 3 hours 8 minutes of audio at 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV or 34 hours 43 minutes at 128kbps MP3 with a 2 GB card.
Recording Features: Three special recording features of the H6 can help prevent bad quality or missed recordings:
Effects: The unit has built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression, and limiting. The low-cut filter reduces the effect of wind noise and vocal pops. The compressor/limiter can be used to raise low-level input signals and lower high-level input signals.
Playback Features: The H6 offers the following special playback features:
Power Requirements: The H6 is powered by 4 "AA" batteries, and can use either alkaline or rechargeable Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH). Battery life with alkaline batteries is more than 20 hours. The optional AD-17 AC adapter allows you to power the H6 from ordinary household current.
How easy is it to create and mix a multi-track recording with this versatile recorder? David Brown found out.