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Zoom MSH-6 - Mid-Side Microphone Capsule for Zoom H5 and H6 Field Recorders

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Zoom MSH-6 - Mid-Side Microphone Capsule for Zoom H5 and H6 Field Recorders
Key Features
  • Mid Microphone Faces Forward
  • Side Bi-Directional Microphone
  • Enables Stereo Width Post Adjustment
  • Studio, Live, Rehearsal, TV Broadcast
The Zoom MSH-6 - Mid-Side Microphone Capsule for Zoom H5 and H6 Field Recorders is an interchangeable component in Zoom's H5 and H6 modular recorder system. The capsule features two microphone elements - one mid unidirectional element that faces forward and one bi-directional side element positioned perpendicularly to the first. This arrangement enables the "mid-side" recording technique whereby signals from the center and ambient sounds from the sides can be combined to make the stereo image more narrow or wide. It is suitable for everything from live concert recording, studio recording, rehearsals, and TV broadcasts.
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Zoom MSH-6 Overview

The Zoom MSH-6 - Mid-Side Microphone Capsule for Zoom H5 and H6 Field Recorders is an interchangeable component in Zoom's H5 and H6 modular recorder system. The capsule features two microphone elements - one mid unidirectional element that faces forward and one bi-directional side element positioned perpendicularly to the first. This arrangement enables the "mid-side" recording technique whereby signals from the center and ambient sounds from the sides can be combined to make the stereo image more narrow or wide. It is suitable for everything from live concert recording, studio recording, rehearsals, and TV broadcasts.

UPC: 884354013943

Zoom MSH-6 Specs

Microphone TypeUnidirectional 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 SPL Level120 dB SPL (unidirectional)
122 dB SPL (bi-directional)
DimensionsNot specified by the manufacturer
WeightNot specified by the manufacturer
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.43 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.25 x 3.85 x 3.45"

Zoom MSH-6 Reviews

Using stereo or RAW mode on F1 and H6

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-12

I am using MSH-6 on both H6 and F1. It works like it has 3 capsules inside. F1 will always do onboard mid-side processing with configurable 0 to 150 degree at 30-degree interval. This is similar to stereo mode in H6. However, F1 does not support RAW mode. H6 supports both stereo mode (onboard processing) and RAW mode. Either mode, it will record as 2-channel with support of backup channels. With stereo mode, you can configure the side mic level (side off, or from -24 to +6). If your sound source is on the left side of H6, you will hear it on the left channel. If it is on the right side, you will hear it on the right channel. So, you are mixing 3 ways (left/right/mid) into a 2-channel file. With RAW mode, H6 will record mid to left channel, and side to right channel. This means, if you have a sound source on the left side of H6, it will be mixed into the right channel. If your sound source is on the right side, it will also be mixed into the right channel. This is true mid-side processing, a mono-compatible stereo image. Both stereo and RAW mode works slightly differently. And I think this is great because Zoom put 2 types of microphones in a single package. You can record a wide image in RAW mode but losing the true left/right. Or you can record a true stereo image with left/right, without the ability of postprocessing.

Great for outdoor narrators

By Emilio
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-03

When narrating in outdoors, your voice will be clearly recorded but still those ambient details will still be present in your recording

Great for recording subject with some ambient

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-12

Similar size of XYH-6 but much lighter, at exactly 100 grams. Great for recording a close subject with some ambient. Or act as a handheld microphone. When connected to Zoom F1, the stereo image can be set to 0, 30, 60, 90, 120, or 150. I have a Rycote Mini Windjammer which is made for Sony ECM719 and DS710 microphones. The windjammer fit perfectly on the MSH-6 and is very secure. Also offers an extra protection while in storage. On the other hand, the Zoom WSU-1 Windscreen is quite loose. Even fully tightened, the spring cord can barely secure the windjammer on.

Excellent Quality Audio Recording

By Placido David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-08-02

Outstanding addition to my Handy H6 Recorder.

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Im looking for mics to record a concert in a cathedral. Which would work better for that kind of recording? This mic, or the XYH- 6 capsule?
Asked by: Daniel
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Asked by: Rajnesh
At this time, the SNR is not specified by the manufacturer.
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When using this in RAW (mid and side recorded separately, to balance later in post, rather than blending while recording) on the H5, can the H5 still record a second back-up track at reduced gain? From the little I've read on the tech of mid-side, I'm thinking it could work: capsule's stereo file 1 of 2 is mono-mid on left channel and mono-side on right channel, leaving capsule's stereo file 2 of 2 to record same at -12dB. Good guess, or wishful thinking?
Asked by: Roger L.
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Asked by: Rajnesh
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Asked by: Stefan
This mid side capsule works with the Zoom H5 and H6 portable recorders, and features two mic elements - one is a middle unidirectional mic that faces forward and one bi-directional side mic that is perpendicular to the first. This set-up enables the "mid-side" recording style, where signals from the center and ambient sounds from the sides can be combined to make the stereo image more narrow or wide.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2021-03-08
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