Zoom H6

$620.00

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Here at Zoom we’ve been building innovative products for the past thirty years. But with the revolutionary H6 six-track recorder, the bar is raised further still.

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Here at Zoom we’ve been building innovative products for the past thirty years. But with the revolutionary H6 six-track recorder, the bar is raised further still. Four interchangeable input capsules – X/Y, MS, Shotgun, and Dual XLR/TRS Combo – make the H6 the ultimate chameleon of the audio world, and its advanced preamps make it the best-sounding one too. Whatever your application – live recording, professional film/video work, live broadcast or electronic news gathering – the H6 can handle it with ease.

Capture the performance on a whole new level.

Do more than just record the show: Document the experience. UseGet the sound that completes the scene.

Whether you slide it onto your camera strap or attach it directly to your DSLR with our Hot Shoe mount, the H6 is the essential audio recorder for location videography. Its supplied MSH-6 mic capsule and onboard MS decoding, plus the ability to record up to 6 tracks simultaneously, gives you plenty of options in post-production.

Deliver the full story, down to the last detail.

Extend your range with the optional SGH-6 Shotgun mic. Get every word of that headline-making interview. Capture breaking news with maximum impact, then mix and prepare the audio for broadcast while still in the field. With the H6, you can do onsite reporting that really resonates. the X/Y capsule to capture the overall sound in stereo, then use the other four inputs for a Make every chord, every note, every riff really sing.

Plug in the optional EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS capsule and your H6 becomes a personal 6-track studio with six discrete line- or mic-level inputs, each with its own volume control and pad. Record and overdub up to 99 takes in high-resolution audio, then mix down to a stereo MP3 for posting to your favorite website. With the H6, the road from great idea to perfect track just got a lot shorter.direct feed from the mixing board, or for external spot mics to pick up specific instruments and the room sound. With the H6, you can relive that great performance night after night.

Inputs

The H6 offers four main inputs (1-4), plus two additional inputs (L, R) that 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 for connecting an external mic- or line-level signal via a stereo ⅛” Mic/Line In mini phone jack. 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 that can accept either XLR or ¼” balanced or unbalanced phone cables. They can handle both mic- and line-level signals, which means that you can connect either external microphones or line-level devices like mixers, portable music players, electronic keyboards, or electric guitars or basses with active electronics (passive electric guitars or basses can also be connected with the use of a mixer or effects device). Internal switching contacts automatically detect the circuit of choice.

Each of the six inputs (that is, 1-4 as well L, R) have a dedicated gain control knob as well as a -20dB pad, allowing you to prevent distortion even when high-level signals are introduced. In fact, with the use of the Pad switch, the H6 can input a signal 30dB louder and 14dB softer than any other Handy Recorder model. In addition, all capsules utilize higher voltage preamps (5 volts instead of the more commonly used 3 volts) for distortion free recording, even at high volumes. A built-in instrumentation amp allows signals to be transmitted with minimal noise even when long cables are used.

If you’re using high-quality condenser (powered) microphones with the H6, no problem—a simple menu option allows the unit to provide Phantom Power (either +12, +24, or +48 volts) to any or all of the main inputs (inputs 1-4). Inexpensive condenser microphones requiring Plug-In Power (2.5 volts) can be connected to the X/Y capsule’s stereo 1/8” Line In jack.

Outputs

The H6 Line Out is an unbalanced stereo 1/8” phone jack, located on the bottom of the H6, beneath the LCD display. It carries the analog stereo output signal, as determined by the H6’s internal mixer.

The H6 USB port, located on the side panel to the right of the LCD display, provides a digital output of either a stereo mix or the six individual input signals, depending upon the setting of the “Audio Interface” function in the USB menu.

In addition, the H6 provides a headphone output with a dedicated volume control, located on the side panel to the left of the LCD display. Connect your headphones to its stereo 1/8” mini phone jack for private monitoring of the stereo output signal.

The H6 even has a 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 whatsoever. This speaker is automatically disconnected when connection is made to either the Line Out or Headphone output.

Pre-Record

The interview started a split-second before you were ready. The conductor lifted his baton just as you were checking a cable. The talent went back on-air a moment too soon.

No problem… as long as you’re using the H6. Its Pre-Record function automatically keeps the H6 silently but continuously recording in the background, all the time. Then, when you hit the RECORD button, it keeps the previous two seconds and appends it to the beginning of the file. It’s as if the H6 had started recording two seconds before you actually got to hit the button.

Backup-Record

Backup-Record—the ultimate safety net. When turned on during the recording of WAV files, the H6 automatically records a duplicate set of L/R tracks, but with 12dB less input gain. Even if the original L/R track is distorted, chances are the Backup version is fine.

You can listen to either set of tracks simply by going to the Backup File option in the PROJECT menu. When turned OFF, you’ll hear the original L/R tracks; when turned ON, you’ll hear the lower-level Backup tracks instead. Pick the one you prefer and use it as your L/R master. Bacon saved.

Auto-Record

The Auto-Record function allows the H6 to automatically start recording when a certain level of sound is detected. When turned ON and the RECORD button is pressed, the H6 doesn’t immediately start recording; instead, it goes into a standby mode; as soon as an incoming signal exceeds the Start Level you’ve set, recording begins.

There’s an equivalent Auto-Record Stop function, too. When turned ON, as soon as incoming signal drops below the Stop Level you’ve set, recording ends.

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Portable Recorder

  •  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
  • Gain controls (real knobs!) and -20dB pads for each input
  • Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
  • Large full-color LCD display, angled so it’s easy to read in all environments
  • 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 mean that you’ll never miss that perfect take
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
  • Independent monitor and playback mixes
  • Virtual 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
  • A/B loop playback
  • Variable playback speed, from 50% to 150%
  • Variable pitch per track without affecting playback speed
  • USB port for data exchange to and from computer
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
  • Camera strap mounts
  • Mountable directly to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
  • Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries

Accessories

Here's what comes included with the H6.

  • Operation manual
  • XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule
  • MSH-6 MS mic capsule
  • SD card (2GB)
  • AA size (LR6) battery x 4
  • Cubase LE Software
  • Windscreen
  • USB Cable
  • Case

Optional H6 accessories

  • SGH-6 Shotgun mic capsule
  • EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule
  • HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
  • APH-6 Accessory Pack includes RCH-6 wired Remote Controller, AD-17 USB-type AC adapter and Hairy Windscreen
  • Carrying bag
RECORDING MEDIA
SD card:16MB to 2GB
SDHC card:4GB to 32GB
SDXC card:64GB to 128GB
INPUTS
Capsules
XYH-6 X/Y mic
Mic type:Unidirectional
Sensitivity:-41 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Input gain:-∞ to 46.5 dB
Max sound pressure input:136 dB SPL
XYH-6 MIC/LINE IN
Connector:1/8" stereo mini jack
Input level:- ∞ to 46.5 dB
Input impedance:2 k Ω
Plug-in power:2.5V supported
MSH-6 MS mic
Mic types:Unidirectional and bi-directional
Sensitivity:-37 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (unidirectional)

-39 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (bi-directional)

Input gain:-∞ to 42.5 dB
Max sound pressure input:120 dB SPL (unidirectional)

122 dB SPL (bi-directional)

Shotgun mic (SGH-6)
Mic Type:Unidirectional (mic unit x3)
Polar Pattern:Super-cardioid
Sensitivity:–39 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (each mic unit)
Input Gain:–∞ to 50 dB
Maximum Sound Pressure Input:122 dB SPL
INPUTS 1 to 4
MicConnectors:XLR / TRS combo jacks

(XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)

MicInput gain: (PAD OFF)-∞ to 55.5 dB
MicInput gain: (PAD ON)-∞ to 35.5 dB
MicInput impedance:1.8kΩ or more
MicMax input level:+22 dBu (PAD ON)
MicPhantom power:+12V /+24V /+48V

(Phantom power can be turned on/off independently for Inputs 1 - 4)

MicEquivalent Input Noise (EIN):-120 dBu or less
OUTPUTS
LINE OUT
Jack type:1/8" stereo mini jack
Rated Output Level:-10 dBu when output load impedance is 10k Ω or more
PHONE OUT
Jack type:1/8" stereo mini jack
Output Level:20 W +20 W into 32 Ω load
Built-in speaker400mw 8 Ω mono speaker
RECORDING FORMATS
WAV
Sampling frequency:44.1/48/96 kHz
Bit rate:16/24

(Mono/Stereo, BWF-compliant)

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks:8 (L/R + INPUT 1 to 4 + L/R backup)

(Backup recording: -12dB lower than set L/R input gain)

MP3
Sampling frequency:44.1kHz
Bit Rate:48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 2

RECORDING TIME (WITH 2GB CARD)
03:08:00 (44.1 kHz / 16-bit WAV)
34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)
DISPLAY
2.0-inch full color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
USB
Mass Storage Class operation
Class:USB2.0 High Speed
Audio Interface operation: Multi-track mode
Class:USB2.0 High Speed
Inputs / Outputs:6 / 2
Sampling frequency:44.1/48kHz/96kHz
Bit rate:16/24 bit

USB bus powered operation possible

Audio Interface operation: Stereo mode
Class:USB2.0 Full Speed
Inputs / Outputs:2 / 2
Sampling frequency:44.1/48kHz
Bit rate:16 bit

USB bus powered operation possible

(iPad operation supported in stereo mode only)

POWER REQUIREMENTS
AA size (LR6) battery x 4

Alkaline or NiMH type

AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional)

USB bus power

BATTERY LIFE
Battery life (with alkaline battery, continuous recording)Over 20 hours
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
H6:77.8mm (W) x 152.8mm (D) x 47.8mm (H), 280g
XYH-6:78.9mm (W) x 60.2mm (D) x 45.2mm (H), 130g
MSH-6:58.0mm (W) x 67.6mm (D) x 42.1mm (H), 85g

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