Zoom H4 Handy Recorder (No Longer Available)
4-track Portable Recorder with Built-in Effects, Phantom-powered Mic Inputs, and 24-bit Capability
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From Our Research Team:
A Compact 4-track Recorder with a Ton of Features!The Zoom H4 4-track recorder actually fits in the palm of your hand! It's perfect for just about any mobile recording application. The H4 is a multi-function device with a 4-track mode for easy-to-use multitrack work, a stereo mode (2-track) for handy field recording, and even a USB interface for computer recording. Built-in, high-quality X/Y pattern stereo microphones give you great sound reproduction and an accurate stereo picture, while features such as phantom-powered XLR inputs, onboard effects, and flexible recording options make the H4 a very powerful, very compact recorder.
Zoom H4 Handy Recorder at a Glance:
Built-in mics, XLR and hi-Z inputs, plus effects
The H4 features dual electret condenser mics built in plus two XLR/1/4" combination jacks with 48-volt phantom power. A hi-Z input handles guitars and basses. The H4 is loaded with recording effects (compressor, limiter, and mic modeler for stereo mode) and guitar effects drawn from the Zoom G2.
Records in 16- or 24-bit PCM and MP3 formats
The H4 is designed with a maximum of flexibility in recording formats. It handles 16-bit/44.1kHz PCM, 24-bit PCM, and MP3 from 48kbps-320kbps. A 128MB Secure Digital card is included. With an optional 2GB SD memory card, the H4 provides up to 380 minutes of recording in 16-bit mode (CD quality) and 34 hours in MP3 stereo mode.
It's a USB audio interface
The H4 also will function as a direct audio interface for your computer. Connect the supplied USB cable and record directly to your DAW. And the H4 comes bundled with Cubase LE from Steinberg so you can start to produce and edit music straight away. Thanks to the direct hardware monitoring function, there is no latency problem, you can hear what you're recording as you're playing it
Easy to use, long battery life
The H4 offers a backlit 128 x 64 LCD display for visual feedback of the recording process. Using just two AA batteries, the H4 can provide up to four hours of continuous recording. A windshield cover and a tripod mount adapter are included.
Zoom H4 Handy Recorder Features:
Field recording is in the palm of your hand with the Zoom H4!
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by SANDS fromProbably the best 300.00 I have ever spent. I have used it for lectures, band practice, writing, film sound scapes etc....This thing packs a great punch for the money. As an interface it works great t... read more [+]oo. The built in effects are easy to use and work well. Running two LDC is no problem either. The converters aren't as good as my Apogee, but they are very usable. When working on parts of songs, I load them as a stereo file on the SD card and use the four track mode with a click to practice against. There are so many uses for this thing, buy one! close [-]
April 23, 2009
Music Background: Writing/Recording
Just add external mics and you have world-class sound
by Bryan from GeorgiaI was not expecting much from the H4. I bought this mostly as a quick and easy two-track recorder for an outdoor film shoot. I then tried it with a pair of Earthworks QTC-1 mics and was floored by jus... read more [+]t how good the built in preamps and converters were. I get stunning results with nothing but the H4 and my QTC-1's. I am now able to setup and record a 2-track session in about 15 minutes.
November 23, 2008
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound, etc.
Also note this is mostly with live classical recitals. The onboard preamps and converters are good enough for that kind of environment!
My only gripe is the battery drain that happens when running phantom power, but it's no surprise when you are doing 48v phantom power with two 1.5v batteries. Too bad there isn't an add-on lithium battery. Regardless, I use the included AC adapter and I'm good to go.
Using 48/24, this recorder provides great, low-noise recordings. The built in mics are nothing to scoff at either. Definitely the best bang-for-the-buck recorder right now! close [-]
Great portable recorder for the price
by Matthew King from Springdale, ARAs a singer in a men's chorale, our director needed to record rehearsals so he can prepare for the following rehearsal. Little did we know that this little jewel of a recorder did so much. I set it ... read more [+]up on a mic stand and hit record and let it go. A 2GB card gives me 3+ hours of CD-quality recording time. Just for kicks we started using it to record performances so as not to require a "sound guy" to manage recording. The built-in condensers do an adequate job in a good room. Having the OPTION to record from the phantom-power-capable XLRs is a huge plus. I'd like to hear them with a pair of Neumann or Mojave condensers, but on a tight budget, you can't do much better than the H4.
November 3, 2008
Music Background: Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Hobbyist
Thanks to my sales agent, Jeffrey Green, for the recommendation. When your agent owns one, you know their recommendation is solid. close [-]
by Jon R. from Lansdale, PA USAWhen I bought my H4, I thought I'd just use it for field recording, but then I realized that not only could I use my AKG phantom powered mics with it's 2 mic inputs, but the H4 also punctions great as... read more [+] a usb audio interface. My projects sound like they were recorded in a pro sound studio and I didn't have to spend a lot of money. close [-]
September 22, 2008
Music Background: Digital Audio Production major, Hobbyist
by: Daniel Lawson
I was sitting in our city’s largest mall looking to record the mall’s ambience for a... read more »
Carter, Mattaponi, VA
Zoom H4 Handy Recorder
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