Zoom H4n Handy Recorder No Longer Available

24-bit/96kHz Digital 4-track Recorder with 2 Built-in Microphones, XLR and hi-Z Inputs, 50 Onboard DSP Effects, Time-stamping, and Included 2GB SD Card
Item ID: H4N

We recommend these great replacements:

Zoom H4n Handy Recorder image 1
Zoom H4n Handy Recorder image 1

Sorry, the Zoom H4n Handy Recorder is no longer available. We've left this page up for reference only. Check out the great alternatives on this page or call toll-free (800) 222-4700 to speak with a Sweetwater Sales Engineer about similar products.

Most popular accessories & related items...

Zoom H4n Handy Recorder
Available Soon Notify me

Capture Every Note Anytime and Anywhere with the Zoom H4n Recorder!

A true multitrack studio-to-go, the Zoom H4n Handy Recorder gives you exactly the tools you need to record whatever (and wherever) you want. Choose the built-in XY stereo condenser microphone pair, plug in direct, or use both to capture everything from gigs to music ideas to speeches!

What Makes the H4n Your One-stop Recording Solution?

  • Top-notch XY stereo microphones
  • Flexible I/O for any situation
  • Pristine sound quality
  • Compact and easy to use
  • Loaded with tons of extras

Hover over features below for a detailed description

XY stereo microphones
Record mode indicator
Easy-to-read LCD screen
Track select keys
Input select keys
Easy-to-use Transport controls
Record key
XLR 1/4" input jacks
Remote control jack
Phones/Line output jack
USB port
Power switch
Jog dial
Menu key
Record level
SD card slot
External mic input
Tripod mount

Top-notch XY Stereo Microphones

Capture amazing stereo sound without extra add-ons

The H4n's custom-designed, onboard stereo condenser microphones allow you to record in a true XY pattern. The mics can be rotated to either a 90-degree or 120-degree stereo angle for use in any situation. Whether you're recording a speaker, an acoustic duo, a rock band, or an entire orchestra, the H4n's XY mics are ready to go. These great-sounding mics capture the performance in stunning detail and with a gorgeous stereo image. And if that isn't enough, Zoom loaded the H4n with multiple inputs for adding additional mics when you need them.

Zoom H4n Mics at a Glance:

  • Built-in XY stereo microphones
  • Record at either 90-degree or 120-degree stereo spreads
  • Combine both the external inputs and built-in microphones for true 4-track recording
  • Onboard phantom power lets you use any microphone
  • Onboard mid-side matrix decoder for additional miking possibilities
  • Low-cut filter reduces handling and wind noise

Flexible I/O for Any Situation

Multiple inputs for all your recording needs

Most handheld recorders today feature a built-in stereo pair of condenser microphones, but few provide the additional inputs or flexible I/O configuration you get with the Zoom H4n Handy Recorder. XLR combo jacks let you plug in a huge selection of gear, including guitars. But more importantly, the H4n lets you choose exactly the inputs you want, so you can mix and match external microphones, instruments, and line-level gear with the built-in microphones. You can even use both external inputs and both onboard mics at once! There's even an advanced multitrack recording mode, which lets you record studio-style overdubs — perfect for laying down new songs, without dragging the band into your studio.

Zoom H4n I/O at a Glance:

  • XLR combo jack inputs let you plug in XLR microphone cables
  • 1/4" line-level and instrument-level (hi-Z) sources
  • USB 2.0 port for high-speed file transfer and audio interface capability

Pristine Audio Quality

Studio-grade audio in a compact and convenient package

Flexible I/O is only one thing that's made the H4n Handy Recorder so popular. What's really impressive is its phenomenal sound quality with sampling up to 24-bit/96kHz. Maybe it's the microphones, or maybe it's the H4n's special digitally controlled preamplifier, but whatever the reason, Sweetwater customers simply rave about how good the H4n sounds. In fact, we've found that the quality and convenience of the H4n have made it a real mainstay in the independent film world. So, not only does the Zoom H4n put studio-style recording in the palm of your hand, but it also gives you production-quality audio you can depend on.

Zoom H4n Audio Performance at a Glance:

  • Amazing sound quality lets you record in the field with studio-grade results
  • Digitally controlled, high-quality mic preamps give a clear sound with excellent dynamic range
  • 24-bit/96kHz Linear PCM recording for high-quality recording

Compact and Easy to Use

User-friendly interface and layout make recording simple

From the large LCD screen to the dedicated transport buttons to the large selection of inputs, the Zoom H4n is a powerhouse recorder. Not only can it stand alone as a mic or direct recorder, but it can also be used as a USB interface with your favorite DAW. The H4n has four different recording modes that make capturing audio a breeze.

Zoom H4n Recording Modes at a Glance:

  • Stereo mode — uses the built-in stereo mics, variable between 90- or 120-degree patterns, so you can get the right pickup for what you're recording.
  • 4CH mode — uses the onboard mics and the two external inputs. This is the perfect way to get a stereo drum recording, a direct bass recording, and a miked guitar amp recording for your full band sound.
  • MTR mode — records multiple tracks in multiple passes. You can overdub one or two tracks at a time.
  • Stamina mode — records up to 11 hours in 16-bit/44.1kHz PCM format, using just batteries.
Comparison Chart
  H4n H5 H6
Simultaneous Rec Tracks 4 4 6
Simultaneous Play Tracks 4 4 6
Maximum A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz 24-bit/96kHz 24-bit/96kHz
Modular Mic Capsule(s) Included XY XY XY and Mid-side
Audio Interface Yes Yes Yes
Inputs 2 XLR/TRS Combo 2 XLR/TRS Combo 4 XLR/TRS Combo
Outputs 1 x 1/8" 1 x 1/8" 1 x 1/8"
Headphone Outputs 1 x 1/8" 1 x 1/8" 1 x 1/8"
Built-in Speaker Yes Yes Yes
Supported Memory Formats SD, SDHC SD, SDHC SD, SDHC, SDXC
Included SD Card Size -- 2GB 2GB
Built-in Effects Yes Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes Yes
Batteries 2 AA 2 AA 4 AA
Included AC Adapter Yes No No
Maximum Battery Life 11 hours 15 hours 20 hours
Stand Mountable Yes Yes Yes
Height 6.15" 7.77" 6.01"
Width 2.76" 5.21" 3.06"
Depth 1.38" 1.66" 1.88"
Weight 0.62 lbs. 0.59 lbs. 0.62 lbs.

Loaded with Tons of Extras

In addition to straightforward recording options, the H4n Handy Recorder gives you great onboard practice tools, including a phrase trainer, a chromatic tuner, a karaoke-style center cancel function, and a flexible pitch-change option. The H4n also includes 50 amazing effects that you can play with, including guitar and bass amp models. An integrated reference speaker lets you check and preview recordings without having to hook up headphones or download files.

Zoom H4n Handy Recorder Features:

  • Large 1.9" LCD screen makes navigation and operation easy
  • Built-in reference speaker lets you check your recordings
  • Rugged shock-resistant rubberized body can easily withstand routine field use
  • Records on SD/SDHC media of up to 32GB (2GB card included) for maximum recording time
  • 50 studio effects onboard, including guitar and bass amp modeling
  • Onboard tuner and metronome provide even more handy training functions
  • Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compatible time stamp and track marker
  • Supports MP3 recording for increased recording time
  • Auto-record and pre-record features ensure that you'll never miss a moment
  • Variable speed playback capability for phrase training
  • Stamina mode enables nearly 11 hours of continuous battery life
  • Built-in mounting joint for tripod and mic stand mounting
  • Includes 2GB SD card, windscreen, mic clip adapter, AC adapter, USB cable, protective case, and Cubase LE recording software

For more information about the Zoom H4n Handy Recorder, give your Sweetwater Sales Engineer
a call! (800) 222-4700

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number ZH4N

Customer Reviews

Based on 109 reviews
See also: Portable Recorders, Zoom, Zoom Portable Recorders