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ZoomH6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
 
4.7

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  • Easy to use (12)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Good price / value (6)
  • Portable (6)

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    Best Uses

    • Interviews (9)
    • Field recording (8)
    • Video (4)
    • Live music (3)
    • Weddings (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    New Standard for quality and versatility

    Zoom H6 review

    This versatile flash card recorder has been available for a few months and sets a major standard for economy and performance in a handheld unit. In brief, it allows...Read complete review

    Zoom H6 review

    This versatile flash card recorder has been available for a few months and sets a major standard for economy and performance in a handheld unit. In brief, it allows three different microphone capsules to be used with the recorder as well as room for six inputs via XLR/TRS connectors and line-in. It can also be used as an audio interface via USB.

    The three microphone capsules include an XY stereo unit, as well as a Mid-Side one that allows mono recording as well as varying the stereo spread, and a short shotgun (SGH-6) that must be purchased separately. They allow many choices for recording without an external microphone. The Mid-Side microphone is slightly noisier than the XY unit.

    Many different use situations can be imagined. My interest is in field recording so configuring the H6 to cope with wind and handling shocks required some innovation described here. The recorder with an attached microphone can be mounted in a Rode Blimp suspension body by using elastic hair ties around the front of the unit as well as through the strap attachment slots all connected to the thumbscrews on the suspension hoops. I find a crochet hook about size F/5 or 3.75 mm helps place and remove the elastics easily. This way the recorder can be carried with a shock mount. The blimp and wombat cover acts as a substantial wind screen. When used this way, the accessory H6 remote control (part of APH-6 package) allows control of the recorder from outside of the blimp setup. It comes with an extension cord as well allowing use from an extended distance. An earphone cord can also be routed out of the blimp for close monitoring of the recording. If you use the short shotgun mic (SGH-6), you would best use a boom pole to position the shotgun mic as you would for good recording technique.

    Using either of the XY or MS microphone modules allows recording at -12 dB as a back-up in case the levels are set too high. This option is not available for the six other XLR or TRS inputs. There is also a limiter/compressor option available with three separate settings. No automatic level control is available but the compressor can act as an ALC. There is an auto-record capability for which you can set the activation start threshold so the recorder could be left unattended to capture evanescent sounds. You can also set a stop level.

    There are some limitations in this versatile unit. If you want to use an existing microphone with a 3.5mm (1/8 inch) plug and require plug-in power this is available only when the XY microphone is mounted. This jack also functions as a line-in input. If you want phantom 12 or 48 volt power, this is only available on the four built-in XLR/TRS jacks. The accessory EXH-6 external input, attached where the XY or MS mics would go does not provide phantom power.

    Combined with a video camera, or DSLR, there are great extended sound recording capabilities. For musicians requiring more than six inputs use of an external mixer will be needed. It takes some time to navigate the controls but they become intuitive with use.

    With a wide range of usage and a reasonable price the Zoom H6 system can't be beat.

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    Still have noise compared to Tascam DR-6

    This is a well thought out device, it has a lot of usage, and iLife many reviews, it's good for general purposes.

    For DSLR filmmakers, you may find it...Read complete review

    This is a well thought out device, it has a lot of usage, and iLife many reviews, it's good for general purposes.

    For DSLR filmmakers, you may find it very hard to view the screen or adjust the dials when it is mounted on top of the camera, you CAN use additional supporters like a cage or a hotshoe mount, but it will add more stuff around the camera making it less portable.

    I have been using both extensively and tested both the Zoom H6 and the Tascam DR-60D and between all my filmmaker friends that had used both devices, the Zoom renders more noise even though it is better than the H4N.

    Don't get me wrong, it IS a good device but it has its application. I do love the fact I can use 4 XLRs but I hate the menu and option buttons they make it hard to change the settings.

    Also, the backup recording options ONLY applies to the front modules L/R input not the 4 XLRs.

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    5.0

    Product is great! Battery is whack

    By FishtailMedia

    from San Francisco, CA

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          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

          The product itself works like a charm, only if you put another battery that is not supplied in the pack. I trusted the battery and it wouldnt even turn on. Dont make the mistake of not taking 4 extra AA batteries!

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          5.0

          Great Purchase

          By B. Rad C.

          from Los Angeles, CA

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          Pros

          • Good sound quality

          Cons

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              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              Just purchased this baby a few weeks ago. Stress tested it at a live concert (XY and mid-side adapters) with uber loud music. It did better than anticipated, some EQ will help a lot in post. Sounds great under ideal conditions as well.

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              5.0

              Beware the wind!

              By Jonathan

              from Boston, MA

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                    Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                    I posted a glowing review of this recorder earlier but I would like to add an update. The built-in microphones are insanely sensitive to wind noise. You CANNOT use this thing outside without a very good wind screen on the built-in mics. I mean the slightest movement of air is death to the sound quality of the built-in microphone. The AGC will pump and the rumble makes the audio worthless.

                    Also, it absolutely cannot be hand-held while recording with the built-in mic. The handling noise transfers right to the mic. You need to have it on a tripod.

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                    5.0

                    Superb!

                    By n4cnk

                    from Georgia

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                    Pros

                    • 4 Xlrs Standard
                    • Easy
                    • Gain Knobs
                    • Phantom power
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                        This little guy is AMAZING! You can use it as an audio interface for your mac/pc, you can rum phantom power to condensers. The only slight problem is that it does not come with a power plug for the wall, but you can pick one up at a local store for under $ or $. It also does not include the microphone holder to allow you to put it on a microphone stand, but B&H has those as well. This was, for me, an upgrade from the Zoom H4N and it was worth every penny. I saw one reviewer lament the screen functionality, but I cannot see any problems with the menu/interface. It is intuitive and easy to use. You'll love this thing! It also doesn't seem to be quite as much of a power hog as the H4n (although this one has 4 AA batteries whereas the H4n has 2).

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                        5.0

                        Great Sound Recorder

                        By MatthewMPP

                        from Mesa, AZ.

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                              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                              I love this recorder. It is really well designed and is of the highest quality. I have 2 of them.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome and essential tool

                              By Joe

                              from Memphis, TN

                              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                              I work in video, mostly consisting of interviews, short film and documentary. The first audio device I bought apart from using shotgun or lavs into the camera was the Zoom H4n. It was a game changer for me, instantly making my work much more professional from an audio standpoint. Now I've graduated to the H6. This is the Cadillac of Zooms as far as I know, and I love the ease of use, options and the sturdiness of the structure. It's phenomenal. You'll never regret making the Zoom H6 a part of your video arsenal.

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                              5.0

                              AMAZING

                              By sound freak

                              from LA, CA

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                                    Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                    GREAT FUNCTIONALITY AND AMAZING SOUND, IT BEATS PRODUCTS 4 TIMES ITS PRICE. VERY UNHAPPY WITH ZOOM 4H BUT THEY SERIOUSLY IMPROVED ON THIS ONE.

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                                    5.0

                                    Everything I expected.

                                    By thethurm

                                    from Reidsville, NC

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                                          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                          For recording sermons,meetings, and auido for video.

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                                          5.0

                                          Hard to beat

                                          By Tad

                                          from Virginia

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                                          Pros

                                          • Easy Serup

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Live Field Recording

                                            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                            Recorded a group gospel sing in the Primitive Baptist style. Very demanding room with live walls. Amazing results from a small portable field recorder.

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                                            5.0

                                            I would buy this product again

                                            By Marilyn

                                            from Berkeley California

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                                                  Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                  Use this product when we're filming in the field and for preliminary interviews with small camera.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great Design and Easy to Use

                                                  By scottrowan.

                                                  from Los Angeles, CA

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Ideal Design For Dslr Use
                                                  • Physical Pots

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Field recording
                                                    • On-camera Mounting

                                                    Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                    As soon as I received the H6, I immediately put it to use shooting BTS material for a project my company was producing. I was shooting with the Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera (with a 35mm C-mount lens) while recording audio separately on the H6 with only the XY mic to test it out. This entire set-up was mounted on my Kamerar shoulder rig. The two features that make the H6 worth the price deference from the H5 or H4 are the physical pots with smooth operation (also on the H5) and the design of the body. With most of the inputs on the sides, there are no cables hanging in front of the camera screen when mounted on top of a DSLR or other, and the screen is located at the back, and angled, so you can more or less peek at the levels while recording... something you couldn't do with a mounted H5, as the screen is on the top (more ideal for hand-held operation). My only issues came from the hot shoe mount that connected my BMPCC to the H6. It had a sleight rock, that created camera noise with any movement of the rig. This is more of a mounting issue though... all-in-all... the H6 is great so far!

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Could be the new standard

                                                    By almphoto

                                                    from Knoxville, TN

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                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy to use
                                                    • Good sound quality

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Field recording
                                                      • Recording Voice Over

                                                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                      The H6 is great for recording in the field.

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                                                      4.0

                                                      Zoom H6

                                                      By Miko

                                                      from Phoenix, AZ

                                                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                      Pros : Absolutely a great upgrade from the H4N. So easy to operate and play back your clips in the field. Love the external dials to control audio levels, and the bright and colorful display screen. Great price too!

                                                      Con: Clunky design.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Great advance in audio recording device

                                                      By mlr492

                                                      from Philadelphia, PA

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                                                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                      I purchased this unit after renting it several times. I love the ergonomics and the functionality of the unit. I like the attachable microphone elements, as well as the quality of the unit. I can report that it is a very easy unit to use with easy to modulate controls. I do wish it had a button per channel that allows you to monitor each channel individually instead of as a mixed bus. I can also confirm that there is an ever so slight preamp noise from this recorder, so you may want to consider adjusting your gain structure to minimize the amount of gain you apply in a channel. Overall I think this is one of the best affordable recorders you can buy on the market.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Great tool to have

                                                      By Edwin

                                                      from Miami

                                                      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                      I just purchased the H6 and I love it..
                                                      It's an essential piece of equipment to have with your DSLR package

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Great Mobile Recording Studio

                                                      By DHH

                                                      from Cleveland, OH

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                                                      Pros

                                                      • Flexible
                                                      • Mobile
                                                      • Options

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Mobile
                                                        • Multi Track Recording

                                                        Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                        I needed to pick-up and record 4 to 6 tracks while being mobile and not tied down to a power source. This met what I needed. The bright color meters are also helpful when viewing from a distance. I also appreciate having 2 microphones and a small SD card available to start off right out of the box. The unit comes with a printed instruction manual but there is also one online to review operation and options to evaluate before purchasing the unit. This is a great marketing tool when you have a limited budget.I am still learning more about the small unit since I've only had it a few weeks. One somewhat cumbersome thing to get used to is how to navigate through the menu system with the combined button - mouse switch.

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                                                        4.0

                                                        Couldn't be happier!

                                                        By Avidstu

                                                        from Ft. Myers, FL

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                                                        Pros

                                                        • Awesome Menu Options
                                                        • Good build
                                                        • Great Dials
                                                        • superb battery life

                                                        Cons

                                                        • Awkward shape
                                                        • Horrible Screen Glare

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                          This is a great recorder for amateur filmmakers out there that need to "mix" sound on the fly. Works extremely well with my Rode NTG-2 mic. I don't have to crank up the gain to 100% in order to get decent levels from my mic like you would normally do with the H4n. The only thing I find a bit annoying with the H6 would be the abundance of glare on the screen once taken outside. Thats the only reason I gave it 4 stars.

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                                                          4.0

                                                          Stupid naming of folders! Rest is best!

                                                          By Stein Nilsen

                                                          from Tromso, Norway

                                                          Pros

                                                          • Quality sound
                                                          • Sturdy

                                                          Cons

                                                          • filesystem

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                            I've used both H4 & H4n and looked forward to using the H6 in field for birdsounds and general nature recording. I use PIP Plug-in-Power from a parabolic Telinga and that works fine on the H6!
                                                            BUT there are two options for nameing the files, and I prefer using date as that shows me when I was out doing the work. Trouble comes when downloading the files to the computer, as the folders with the "dated" files are named with "Zoom0001, Zoom0002 etc.". This can create tons of Zoom0001 files on your computer makeing it impossible to find back the right one and even risking deleting files caused by the chaos..
                                                            In the H4n they solved this and I think they should have an update on software on the H6!
                                                            Also a bit difficult to use within a bag (I wear it in a Hip-bag)but adding the remote cable helps a lot! Then put it to HOLD to avoid any buttons to be pushed accidentally.
                                                            A nice machine making the results I want!
                                                            PS! A PLUS is that you can use any Remote 5V USB-battery as power supply.

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Upgrraded from the h4n and I'm loving it

                                                            By Joel the Comedian

                                                            from Chattanooga, TN

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                                                            Pros

                                                            • Ease of Use
                                                            • Portability
                                                            • price

                                                            Cons

                                                            • nobs

                                                            Best Uses

                                                            • Live Music
                                                            • Multi-mic Audio

                                                            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                            I've had a h4n for the last few years and I finally made the jump to upgrading and couldn't be happier. I film a lot of dialogue for videos as well as live music for bands. The fact there are 4 XLR ports, and an attachment to add 2 more, makes this one of the best pocket recorders I've used to date.

                                                            The one draw back is the nobs to control the XLRs can make it hard to get the exact levels you want, but it just takes an extra minute of tweeking, and I feel it is worth it for what all you get with this recorder.

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                                                            5.0

                                                            A MUST HAVE

                                                            By REJJ

                                                            from Indianapolis. IN

                                                            Pros

                                                            • Great Image
                                                            • Well built

                                                            Cons

                                                              Best Uses

                                                              • Film

                                                              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

                                                              I researched this product purchasing it and it stands up to all the positive remarks made about it. Awesome product, a must have.

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