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.
- Mid Microphone Faces Forward
- Side Bi-Directional Microphone
- Enables Stereo Width Post Adjustment
- Studio, Live, Rehearsal, TV Broadcast
Zoom MSH-6 Overview
Zoom MSH-6 Specs
|Microphone Type||Unidirectional 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 Level||120 dB SPL (unidirectional)
122 dB SPL (bi-directional)
|Dimensions||Not specified by the manufacturer|
|Weight||Not specified by the manufacturer|
|Package Weight||0.43 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
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
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
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
Outstanding addition to my Handy H6 Recorder.
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