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Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder

You Pay: $99.99
Product Highlights
  • X/Y Stereo Mic
  • Records WAV and MP3 up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Records to microSD/SDHC
  • 3.5mm I/O
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Uses 1 AA Battery
  • Threaded Tripod Mount Socket

The H1 Handy Recorder from Zoom is an easy-to-use, versatile stereo digital audio recorder that fits into the palm of your hand. Following in the footsteps of the popular H2 and H4n, the H1 brings pro-level recording to a more compact and affordable design. Perfect for musicians, journalists, podcasters, and more, the H1 records high-quality WAV and MP3 files to meet any professional need. The H1 has a stereo X/Y microphone configuration that captures perfect stereo images. A built-in speaker lets you listen to your recordings right away.

The H1 records your audio onto easily-found microSD or microSDHC flash memory cards, supporting capacities up to 32GB. A 2GB card is included so you can begin recording right away. The H1 records WAV audio at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz, and MP3 audio at rates up to 320kbps and VBR. The pocket-sized device runs on a single AA battery to provide up to 10 hours of continuous operation.

The simple, intuitive interface provides you with 1-button recording, while a backlit LCD display shows vital information. The rear of the recorder features controls for the low cut filter, automatic level control, and format selection. Physical controls are provided for input level and record/playback functions, so you don't have to navigate through complicated menus in order to find the features you want.

A 3.5mm mic/line input lets you connect an external microphone or music player, while a 3.5mm headphone/line output lets you connect your favorite headphones or small external speakers. A high-speed USB 2.0 port allows you to easily transfer data to your Mac or PC. A threaded tripod mount socket makes it easy to mount the H1 on a tripod or stand.

Recording Time
The H1 records on microSD cards and comes with a 2GB microSD card. Using a 32GB microSDHC card allows over 50 hours of recording time at 16-bit/44.1 kHz.
Compact Form Factor
This tiny recorder slips easily into your pocket or bag for the ultimate in portability
High-Quality Audio
The recorder can record WAV (BWF) files at up to 24-bit/96kHz or MP3 files up to 320kbps and VBR. Broadcast Wave Format allows you to add track markers to your recording
X/Y Stereo Mic Configuration
The X/Y stereo microphone configuration captures crisp, true stereo recordings for incredible accuracy and realism
Reference Speaker
A built-in speaker lets you listen to your recordings immediately
microSD/SDHC Card Recording
The H1 records to easily-found microSD and microSDHC memory cards with capacities up to 32GB. A 2GB card is included to get you started
Easy-to-Use
The simple interface provides 1-button recording and offers physical controls for playback functions, input and volume levels, low cut filter, and auto level control; eliminating the need for complicated menus. The backlit LCD screen makes it easy to see vital information
Automatic Gain and Low-Cut Filter
An advanced Auto Gain Control (AGC) and low-cut filter allow the H1 to record audio at the most appropriate level while minimizing unwanted noise without having to adjust settings
AA Battery
The H1 uses a single AA battery to give you up to 10 hours of continuous use
Input/Output Options
A standard 3.5mm mic/line input lets you connect external microphones and sound sources such as MP3 players. A 3.5mm headphone/line output let you connect headphones or small external speakers
High-Speed USB 2.0
A high-speed USB 2.0 port allows you to quickly transfer your audio files to your Mac or PC
Tripod Mounting
A standard threaded tripod socket lets you mount the H1 to a tripod or stand
Optional Accessory Kit
The APH-1 accessory package (sold separately) offers a windscreen, AC adapter, USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded case, and mic clip adapter to maximize the H1's capabilities
Type Hand-held stereo digital audio recorder
Recording/Reading Methods microSD/SDHC card (2GB included)
Recording Bit Rate WAV: 16 and 24-bit
MP3: 48-320kbps, VBR
Sampling Frequency WAV: 44.1, 48, and 96kHz
MP3: 44.1/48kHz
Number of Channels 2
Recording Time All times are for a 1GB memory card
Stereo Mode:
MP3: 17 hours 21 mins (128kbps), 6 hours 56 mins (320kbps)
WAV: 1 hour 34 mins (16-bit/44.1kHz), 1 hour 26 mins (16-bit/48kHz), 28 mins (24-bit/96kHz)
AD/DA Conversion 24-bit, 128x oversampling
Signal Processing 32-bit
Connectors 1 x 3.5mm mic/line input
1 x 3.5mm headphone/line output
1 x High-speed USB 2.0 port, mini-B type
Microphone Type Unidirectional condenser microphone
Gain 0 to +39dB (Min gain with digital attenuation is -28dB)
SPL 120dB max
Input Impedance 2k ohms (0 to -39dBm)
Output Impedance 10k ohms or more
Output Level -10dBm rated
20mW + 20mW phones output level into 32 ohms
Speaker 400mW @ 8 ohms
Display 127-segment custom LCD with backlight
Battery Type/Life 1 x AA or LR6 battery
Up to 10 hours MP3, 9.5 hours WAV
Dimensions (WxDxH) 1.7 x 5.4 x 1.2" (44 x 136 x 31mm)
Weight 2.1 oz (60g) (without batteries)
Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder
  • 2GB microSD Card
  • AA Battery
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    ZoomH1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder
     
    4.3

    (based on 375 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (184)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (156)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (22)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (8)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (261)
    • Excellent sound (218)
    • Versatile (166)
    • Low distortion (116)
    • Compact (115)

    Cons

    • Poor quality construction (60)
    • Weak (20)
    • Not durable (8)
    • Difficult to use (6)
    • Battery life (5)

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (172)
    • Outdoor events / games (133)
    • Professional recording (95)
    • Home studio (91)
    • Performances (88)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (193), Novice (54), Professional musician (22), Tech savvy (16), Movie enthusiast (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A pretty great little recorder

    So you are probably like me, sorting products by price - low to high and you found the H1 right there at the top. Your next question will probably be if going cheap will...Read complete review

    So you are probably like me, sorting products by price - low to high and you found the H1 right there at the top. Your next question will probably be if going cheap will take you all the way to heavenly field recordings. Then you start imagining what the size will allow you to do. It fits nicely in your pocket and is light enough that you can actually keep it in your shirt pocket. At least these were some of the things I wondered about before getting mine.

    First of all, anyone who ever thought of getting one of those voice recorders - you should all get this one, because it gives you superior sound quality and is just as small. Having said that, depending on what you plan to record, you might want to compare the sound quality with other products. I use mine mostly for voice recordings, field recordings for music and to record rehearsals and concerts. As I just mentioned, voice recordings come out perfect and a conversation with several people in a big room, such as a conference room or even a lecture hall is no problem. For my field recordings, the H1 does indeed lack some detail, especially in the higher frequencies, slightly altering the sense of room space, transparency, depth and distance, both indoors and outdoors. But the noise level is very low, which allows you to do more detailed work on the recordings on the computer. Rehearsals at very high volume do sound a bit compressed and distorted and obviously you are going to lose dynamics and clarity, but it still does a pretty good job of separating highs, mids and lows, leaving you with a fairly accurate description of what was actually going on during the recording.

    What I really don't like is the clicking sound that seems to be impossible to avoid at the beginning and the end of each recording. This forces you to edit every single file by hand, regardless of how the actual recording came out.

    What I do like is the size versus sound quality and the price. It really leaves you no excuse to not bring it with you to record any sound that you might encounter during a day. This kind of flexibility, at least for me, almost always leads to more creativity. Although be careful with recording sounds close to a police officer, it does look a lot like a taser.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Decent compact unit. Forget superlatives

    declaration: B+H lured this review with a competition incentive.
    2nd declaration: this review will not sound like the generic zoom press release as many others ive read do!
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    declaration: B+H lured this review with a competition incentive.
    2nd declaration: this review will not sound like the generic zoom press release as many others ive read do!

    I'd had my eye on smaller solid state recorder for a little while when this came on the horizon, the other main contenders were Sony IC internal memory units. H1 won over on paper with the better mics and recording to card instead of internal memory.

    As many others have mentioned, the wind noise is very very sensitive. I wouldn't ever have the small windsock off unless it was really safe indoors. The mics already bulge out of the top of the unit so a windsock and certainly a windjammer add significant size to the unit. All this leads to more 'poking out of your pocket; rather than pocket sized recorder. This makes me think how the H2 is in many ways more suited to the 'pocket sized' tag as its pop filter mesh handles light breeze well and the whole unit is a rectangle.

    Also the "cheap plastic" feel which has been well covered is pretty accurate. But it feels like an AV remote, not a phone or something solid. The main impact of this apart from peoples 'quality perception' is that it makes handling noise really sensitive as the plastic case creaks into the mics.

    In the first few weeks of use ive had the flimsy card door dislodge and get lost, lost one recording which didn't save, juggled a few outdoor interviews trying to block the wind with my or the interviewees bodies and only drop it a couple of times (should attach a strap soon)

    The sony IC recorders still win out for the minimalists as they are significantly slimmer + small, have their own slide out USB plug and charge a single battery thru that plug. Poor metering though. Important considerations for a cycle touring sound ethnographer / field recordist - but this unit is very decent. Just don't believe the ipod style "this is the new very best thing, in the smallest package for the cheapest price" spiels! enjoy.

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    4.0

    Compact backup recorder

    By Allan the Videographer

    from Nashville, TN

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          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

          I used this as a backup recorder for a multi-camera setup, taking the headphones out of my mail camera, which was receiving a board feed, and monitoring out the H1's headphone jack. Putting the input level down to 15/100 resulted in a clear, distortion free recording. i've also been using it to capture ambient sound for use in editing. Only issue is it's very sensitive to handling noise, so I put it on a tiny tripod mount and get my hands away from it while recording.

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          5.0

          A good chose

          By Cap Fozz

          from Montréal, Ca

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                Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                Work pretty well and easy to transporte

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                5.0

                Good product, especially with lavalier

                By Eve

                from California

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                      Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                      I use this in conjuntion with lavaliers for interviews, although it also has its own mics on board. As an interview recording device, it give me good, clean sound and is extremely portable. Like it, like it, like it.

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                      5.0

                      Simple and effective

                      By Ollie

                      from Brooklyn, NY

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                            Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                            Records great audio, ability to adjust levels while recording, mic input

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                            5.0

                            Great Recorder

                            By Bira Brasil

                            from São Paulo, Brasil

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                            Pros

                            • Easy to work with
                            • Lightweight
                            • Small

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Recording On The Go

                              Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                              Great recorder, fulfills all of my needs!

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                              4.0

                              USB recognition problem

                              By Cliff Hanger

                              from Bend, OR

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                                    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                    Great little recorder for it's size. Great clarity. We wanted to transfer the audio files to PC. Purchased the extra kit with USB cord but PC will not recognize the recorder. Since there were no 'drivers software' we assumed it was 'plug & play'. Running Win7 pro/64 bit processor.

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                                    5.0

                                    Very good product for my audio needs

                                    By Tony

                                    from South Jersey

                                    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                    Have used this Zoom H1 several times and I'm satisfied with its performance of capturing clean audio. Low cost and light weight.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great quality sound

                                    By Nate

                                    from Wilson nc

                                    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                    I tested this item a few times before using this in a event. Sound quality is pretty good for two small condenser mics. Also line input is great with the option to adjust the volume on that input. Another great thing is that you could monitor sound with the headphone output. Its cheap but its something you must have if your into low budget filming/production

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                                    4.0

                                    Handy gear for great price

                                    By chsvid

                                    from Charleston, SC

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to use
                                    • Good audio

                                    Cons

                                    • Needs Minor Post Edit

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Close-up Audio Recording

                                    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                    The Zoom H1 is great for easy use and portability. It works much better than I had expected. I originally wanted to buy the Zoom H4N or Tascam DR-40 but we all know that filmmaking only works on a budget. So I decided to do some research and the Zoom H1 was definitely a great choice. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because it's not as great as the H4N. Of course, that's to be expected though. You get what you pay for.

                                    I also recommend that you don't bother connecting it to your DSLR. It'll only diminish the quality.

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                                    4.0

                                    Greatest portable audio recorder!

                                    By Gunnar Curry

                                    from Chicago

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                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to use
                                    • Great portability
                                    • Simple design

                                    Cons

                                    • Doesnt Come With Lav

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Hidden Lav Recording
                                    • Small Portable Audio Reco

                                    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                    - great for portable lav
                                    - quick and easy access and recording
                                    - fast set up
                                    - simple structure

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                                    5.0

                                    Great sound great price

                                    By Acbproductions

                                    from Grand Blanc,MI

                                    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                    Love this pocket recorder!!

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                                    4.0

                                    High Quality Audio at Reasonable Price

                                    By Ben

                                    from Philadelphia, PA

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                                    Pros

                                    • Ease of Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • price
                                    • Sound quality
                                    • Transportable

                                    Cons

                                    • Audio Separate From Video

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Interviews
                                    • Voiceovers

                                    Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                    I was split between this and the Rode Videomic (not the Videomic Go or Pro) - I understand some would argue that's comparing apples to oranges. Ultimately, the quality of the sound seemed much higher, according to various indoor and outdoor tests I found on Youtube. Even with buying a windscreen, a shockmount for the camera, batteries, and a 16 gb microSDHC memory card, it was still roughly $ cheaper than the Rode (which is priced at $, I believe). The only real downside? Because the Zoom H1 does not plug directly into your camera like the Rode models do, you have to sync up the audio and video in post. I do this simply by turning both devices on and clapping in front of the camera, to generate an easy visual/aural cue.

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                                    5.0

                                    H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder

                                    By Nico

                                    from trinidad and Tobago

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                                          Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                          Using this for getting clean audio from audio mixers

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                                          4.0

                                          Top-notch

                                          By Pine Stone Pictures L.T.D

                                          from New Zealand, Wellington

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                                                Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                I use this product in my short films, interviews, documentary films,
                                                and as a dictaphone.

                                                Be careful choosing external (lapel) Microphone for this device.

                                                USE -

                                                Audio Technica ATR3350 Lavalier Microphone

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                                                4.0

                                                Great value

                                                By rapsak

                                                from Brno, Czech republic

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                                                Pros

                                                • Good Value
                                                • Lightweight
                                                • Quality sound

                                                Cons

                                                • Plastic made

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                  Good value for the money - I use it for recording sound when shooting with Canon 60D. Good wi-fi transmitter and receiver was too expensive so I bought this device which I concect with Azden EX-503 Lavalier Microphone and then I sync the sound in the editing software.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Small and powerful

                                                  By Kaden

                                                  from Western Wisconsin

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Battery Life
                                                  • Fits in Pocket
                                                  • Small

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Plastic

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Vocal Recorder

                                                  Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                  I have used this in interviews as a wireless lav, and syncing in post. Also great for some small, quick room tone.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great audio for the value

                                                  By CraigD

                                                  from Ladson, SC

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Good Audio For The Price
                                                  • Small and compact

                                                  Cons

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                                                      Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                      I'm really impressed with the audio quality of this portable recorder considering the price point. It is also small and compact, which means it is very convenient to carry or conceal, if needed.

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                                                      4.0

                                                      Nice Recorder

                                                      By mcameron

                                                      from Omaha, NE

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                                                            Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                            This unit is not as solid as its bigger brother, but the size and functionality are what I bought it for.

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Tiny powerhouse

                                                            By Christa

                                                            from Sacramento, CA

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                                                                  Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                                  This is the second Zoom H1 I've purchased, I also have it in white. The H1 is my audio swiss army knife for shooting weddings and promos. I use my H1's with:-Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lavs-A cheap hot shoe shock mount that's H1 compatible-With a 1/4" to 1/8" cable to plug into the DJs or MCs mixer for capturing perfect audio of their microphone-On a boom -With a Røde dead kitten-With 8" Hosa Mini Angled Male to Stereo Mini Angled Male Cable to plug into my Canon 6D's audio-in, it's the perfect size! (You can record the audio into the Zoom AND it provides the in-camera audio to the Canon. Great backup system.)-Skype on Macbook Pro (I plug in the Audio Technica lav [though not required] and hook up the Zoom to the Mac via USB mode, Skype will recognize it as an audio device)-Jam sessions with the band!This bad boy can record allllll day long. The battery lasts, the card lasts. I turn these on when I arrive to a venue and turn them off when I leave 10 hours later. They rock!If I had to come up with a con, I'd want increased performance in capturing audio from farther away... but hey, it's $[*]! It's super versatile, tiny, light, gives me great audio for my videos, it's a tiny powerhouse!

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                                                                  5.0

                                                                  Perfect to mic a subject

                                                                  By Sack

                                                                  from Baltimore, MD

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                                                                        Comments about Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder:

                                                                        Use this to mic subject rather than use a wireless system. Very easy to sync in post.

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                                                                        Accessory Packages

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                                                                        An accessory kit is a great way to get multiple accessories your system.

                                                                        Zoom -  APH-1 Accessory Package for H1
                                                                        • You Pay: $24.99
                                                                         

                                                                        Batteries & Power

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                                                                        Always keep spare batteries handy and you won't get caught without power.

                                                                        Varta -  High-Energy 1.5 V AA E91 Alkaline Battery - 4 Pk
                                                                        • You Pay: $1.23
                                                                         
                                                                        Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (2300mAh)
                                                                        • You Pay: $17.95
                                                                         

                                                                        Add interconnectivity options for your equipment.

                                                                        Hosa Technology -  Stereo Mini Angled Male to 3-Pin XLR Female Cable - 5'
                                                                        • You Pay: $6.69
                                                                         

                                                                        Wind Protection

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                                                                        Protect your audio from wind noise with a windscreen.

                                                                        Zoom -  WSU-1 Hairy Windscreen
                                                                        • You Pay: $39.99
                                                                         
                                                                        Auray -  WRW-H1 Custom Windbuster for Zoom H1
                                                                        • You Pay: $43.00
                                                                         

                                                                        Store and read data with the proper media.

                                                                        Kingston -  8GB microSDHC Memory Card Class 10 with SD Adapter
                                                                        • You Pay: $6.99
                                                                         

                                                                        Headphones

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                                                                        Headphones are essential for real-time monitoring and mixing.

                                                                        Senal -  SMH-1000 Professional Field and Studio Monitor Headphones
                                                                        • You Pay: $89.99
                                                                         
                                                                        Senal -  SMH-1200 - Enhanced Studio Monitor Headphones (Blue)
                                                                        • You Pay: $149.99
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