Zoom H4n Pro 4-Channel Handy Recorder

Zoom H4n Pro 4-Channel Handy Recorder

Zoom H4n Pro 4-Channel Handy Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • Adjustable Stereo X/Y Microphone
  • Can Record 4 Tracks Simultaneously
  • 2 x XLR / 1/4" Combination Input Jacks
  • 3.5mm Mic Input with 2.5V Plug-In Power
  • 28 & 48V Phantom Power
  • Record & Play WAV & MP3 Formats
  • AD/DA Conversion up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz
  • Built-In Metronome and Chromatic Tuner
  • 2-In/2-Out Interface via USB
  • Rubberized Body with Locking XLR Jacks
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  • 1Description

A portable recording device and a 2-channel USB interface in one palm-sized unit, the H4n Pro Handy Recorder from Zoom features a stereo X/Y microphone capable of handling 140 dB SPL, as well as two low-noise preamps with locking combination XLR / 1/4" inputs, multiple recording modes, on-board effects, a built-in metronome, a chromatic tuner, and more. As such, it's suitable not only for film-audio capture, podcasting, and field interviews, but for the creation and editing of multitracked audio in conjunction with DAWs.

The H4n Pro can record up to four simultaneous channels of audio at resolutions and sample rates higher than CD-quality, capturing sound sources in WAV and MP3 formats. It utilizes an SDHC card for storage and a USB connection for transferring material to your computer. A pair of standard AA batteries powers the device, and can provide up to 12 hours of continuous recording in Stamina mode (using NiMH 2450 mAh batteries). 

Built-In Stereo Mic in X/Y Configuration
The on-board X/Y stereo microphone is capable of handling sound pressure levels of 140 dB. It can also cover a wide berth whilst capturing any sound source in its center with precision. Both microphones are angle-adjustable: You can change the angle of capture from 90° (for a focused stereo image) or 120° (for a wider stereo image) simply by twisting each mic's capsule.
Back-Lit LDC Display
This device utilizes a back-lit LDC display that makes reading its panel on stage more convenient.
On-Board M/S Decoder
Perhaps you'd prefer to capture stereo audio by means of an M/S technique, rather than through the H4n Pro's X/Y-configured capsules. Should you wish to plug external microphones into the unit's preamp for this very purpose, the H4n Pro provides an on-board MS decoder, allowing you to adjust the width of the stereo image within the device itself. This is useful both for sound design and for broadcasting.
Revamped with the same low-noise preamps as the H5 and H6, the H4n Pro provides combination inputs for XLR or 1/4" connections, both balanced and unbalanced. As such, it can handle mic/line and instrument signals. 24 or 48V Phantom can be applied to both inputs. Additionally, a stereo 3.5mm jack for external devices—lavalier microphones, for example—is included. This jack supplies 2.5V power, if need be.
Portable Pocket Interface
Utilizing its mini-USB port, you can use the H4n Pro as a 2-in/2-out interface for computers, recording straight to your DAW via its preamps and monitoring through the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack.
Multiple Recording Modes
Record in stereo mode, four-channel mode (utilizing the on-board stereo mics in addition to the built-in preamps), or in multitrack mode, which makes use of built-in effects, overdub functions, and the ability to work with prerecorded material. Additionally, you can use the pre-record function—ensuring you always capture audio starting from two seconds before the moment you press record—or the auto-record function, which allows the H4n Pro to start recording whenever it senses audio, and to stop as soon as the signal drops below a pre-set threshold.
Onboard Effects
The H4n Pro offers a variety of effects, including compression, limiting, reverb, delay, echo, a low-cut filter, and more. You also get an on-board metronome and tuner, along with dozens of amp models and effects crafted for guitars and basses. Furthermore, you can loop playback, adjusting the pitch and speed of the audio independently; this makes the H4n Pro a tool suitable for transcriptions, whether you need to get the words of a particularly fast talker down on paper, or the notes of a particularly fast guitar solo under your fingers.
Cubase LE and WaveLab LE Included
The H4n Pro includes licenses for Steinberg's Cubase LE music production software, as well as WaveLab LE audio editing software. This is particularly useful for those who hope to create their own music utilizing the Pro's USB audio interface function.
Rubberized and Secure Construction
The H4n Pro sports a rubberized body and revamped locking XLR/TRS connection points to keep your mic cables secure.
Additional Features
  • Record up to 140 dB SPL with X/Y microphones.
  • Output/headphone jack with dedicated volume control.
  • Built-in reference speaker for fast playback.
  • Internal mix-down: Four-track to stereo and stereo to dual mono.
  • Up to 99 marks per recording.
  • Normalize (maximum gain) and Divide (file-splitting) functions.
  • Mounts to mic stand or tripod, or directly to DSLR with optional Hot Shoe adapter.
UPC: 884354016357
In the Box
Zoom H4n Pro 4-Channel Handy Recorder
  • Protective Case
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Download License for Steinberg Cubase LE & WaveLab LE Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zoom H4n Pro specs

    Number of Tracks Simultaneous Recording Tracks:
    2 (stereo mode), 4 (4-channel mode), 2 (MTR mode)
    Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 2 (stereo mode), 4 (4-channel mode), 4 (MTR mode)
    Recording Time 4 GB with SDHC: Approx. 380 minutes (WAV 44.1 kHz/16-bit stereo track)
    Approx. 68 hours (MP3 44.1 kHz/128 kbps stereo track)

    * Recording times are approximations
    Recording File Size Maximum: 2 GB
    Project Files 1000/card
    Locate Function Hours/Minutes/Seconds/Milliseconds
    Other Functions Punch-in/out, Bounce, A-B repeat
    Effects Modules: 2
    Stereo/4 Ch Mode: Lo Cut, Compressor/Limiter
    MTR Mode: Pre Amp module, EFX module
    Type 53
    Patches 60
    Tuners Chromatic, Guitar, Bass, Open A/D/E/G, DADGAD
    Metronome Sound Sources: 5
    Beat Variable: 1/4 to 8/4, 6/8, unaccentuated
    Tempo 40.0 to 250.0 BPM
    A/D and D/A Conversion 24-bit x 128 oversampling
    Recording Media SD card (16 MB to 2 GB), SDHC card (4 to 32 GB)
    Display 128 x 64 dots full-dot backlit LCD
    Data Type WAV Format (Record/Play)
    Quantization: 16/24-bit
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48, and 96 kHz
    MP3 Format (Recording)
    Bit Rate: 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 160, 192, 224, 256, 320kbps, VBR
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1 kHz
    MP3 Format (Playback)
    Bit Rate: 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 160, 192, 224, 256, 320kbps, VBR
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz
    General 1 & 2: XLR (balanced input) / 1/4" (6.3 mm) phone (unbalanced input) combo jack
    Input Impedance Balanced: 3 kOhms or more, pin-2 hot
    Unbalanced: 470 kOhms or more
    Input Gain Balanced: -16 to 43 dB
    Unbalanced: -30 to 32 dB
    Built-In Microphone Type: Unidirectional condenser microphone
    Sensitivity: -45 dB/1 Pa at 1 kHz
    Input gain: -16 to 51 dB
    Maximum SPL: 140 dB
    External Microphones Connection: 3.5mm Mini stereo phone jack
    Input impedance: 2 kOhms or more
    Input gain: - 16 to 51 dB
    Line / Phone Line output load impedance: 10 kOhms or more
    Rated output level: -10 dBu
    Phone: 20 + 20 mW (into 32-Ohms load)
    Speaker 400 mW 8 Ohms
    Phantom Power 48 & 24 V, Off
    USB USB 2.0 High-Speed mass-storage class operation, audio interface operation (USB functions can be operated by USB bus power)
    Power Requirements 5 VDC from AC adapter (ZOOM AD-14)
    Batteries 2 x IEC R6 (size AA)
    Continuous Recording Time Stereo mode: (With built-in mics at 44.1 kHz/16-bit without headphones connected): 6 hours with alkaline batteries, 8 hours with NiMH batteries.
    Stamina mode: (With built-in mics at 44.1 kHz/16-bit without headphones connected): 10 hours with alkaline batteries, 12 hours with NiMH batteries.
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 2.9 x 6.6 x 1.5" / 73 x 167.2 x 37 mm
    Weight 10 oz / 294 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.6 x 5.6 x 2.9"

    Zoom H4n Pro reviews

    H4n Pro 4-Channel Handy Recorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 46.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Par for the Course I was excited to try this out when Zoom said they put in new pre-amps to create a cleaner signal, and was disappointed to find out it is more along the lines of a more sensitive recorder, rather than a cleaner one necessarily. The ratio of noise to volume of the same source at the same distance is slightly better, but not as great as I was hoping for. Other than that, it is still very dependable with some smaller details such as the locking XLR parts. Its still a new unit and I plan to analyze it further, but for now these are on the surface observations. Overall, still a solid recorder.
    Date published: 2016-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great tool I am a video producer. I get excellent sound with a R0DE NTG3 shotgun mic mounted on my Sony EX-1 camera. But I had to film a July 4 festival and knew it would be difficult to capture the video interview clips AND the sound of a fantastic Silicon Valley symphony. So I bough the H4n. I spent several hours testing and uploading files to computer and left for a week of various video projects. I used the recorder and found it to work well. Whenever I did not know exactly how to set the controls, it was smart enough to act correctly. For instance, when I plugged in the XLR for board sound, It was internally able to detect mic level or line level and I didn't have to go looking through menus. Second, there is a 2 GB maximum on file size, and when it reached 2GB, it just created a new file, and kept doing it's thing. I recorded levels on the low side so not to overload. I never use Automatic Gain control on anything. The sound is so quiet, I can boost the levels to normal in post with no noise. It works! But allow some time to go through the manual so you can relax with it.
    Date published: 2016-07-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenominal product Am a first time user of an audio recorder of any kind. Found the zoom extremely user friendly to use- delivering amazing quality of sound through just it's in built mics. Can't wait to seen what the machine is capable of doing when connected to good quality microphones.
    Date published: 2016-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like reuniting with an old friend. So after years of abuse, I retired my old H4n and tried the Tascam DR60D mkii. Like Joni said, you don't know what you got til it's gone. After a week with the overrated Tascam, I saw the H4n Pro had come out. Promptly sold the Tascam and ordered this. Maybe it's just what I'm used to, but I so much prefer the portable handlheld form factor, where I can hold this thing in my hand (or on a lightstand) and work the rocker levels. And with 0 to 100, you actually get way more variance for fine tuning over the deceptively limited digital stepping of the Tascam. Much improved LCD screen and rubber housing. Locking XLR inputs. Also fits perfect and snugly in a cheap smartphone case that I punched where I cut a hole in the bottom (see photo). Plug in my XLR handheld, hook it to my belt and can walk around an event all day. Works perfect. I'll never step out on my H4n again.
    Date published: 2016-09-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Winning Solution First you should realize the AC adapter is not included unless you buy the kit with the wind screen, card, and adapter, a better deal than just purchasing the AC adapter by itself, because the windscreen is also a necessary kit accessory in my view. Still a very good buy even adding that. You can adjust the mic sensitivity for a decent closed-mic type response if you are using the attached/internal mics. You can attach recorder via USB directly to your audio editor on your computer and record into the software via the recorder, the set-up is relatively intuitive. You also have the option of multiple channel audio capture. The pro model is the way to go, slightly better audio quality than the standard H4N Zoom for not much more cost. Two small issues are that if you are going with internal mic recording, you must truly aim the sort of aggressive-looking external cylindrical mics to the audio source for best results, and that means you need to have some sort of stand for it if you are doing, say, a lengthy oral history. It will not stand up on end with the AC adapter attached. And the other issue for me is that you cannot make a mono track exactly if using an XLR mic, you can, but it will have the second track empty or just doubled. Or at least I have not found a way to create a single track. That doubles your file size needlessly until you get it into an audio editor. Otherwise I would give this workhorse 5 stars. Seems durable enough, the menu process is very tactile using the little wheel for selection of function. Lots of features musicians will love that I do not need (or understand), my use is only voice for oral histories. Only these little small issues, overall this is the recorder to get.
    Date published: 2016-07-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Useful tool with a couple little caveats.... This is a solid recorder for use with DSLRs for video. It's easy to use and gives you what you need for basic audio. One warning **** DON'T USE FAST SD CARDS!!!! The Zoom can NOT handle cards with write speeds above 60mbps, it seems, so use your older, cheaper cards. No big deal, I guess, but kind of a weird quirk. The ZOOM will give you a card read error and not work at all if it doesn't like the card. Another thing that is annoying is that there is no way to solo individual channels when monitoring, so if you are in 4 channel mode, it's hard to monitor each source individually. Generally when I use it, I only use the stereo mode for the two XLR inputs (either a shotgun and a lav, or two lavs). I've never had much use for the built in ZOOM mics, but I guess they'd be nice if you have a podcast or something and you own no other mics. You definitely need a windscreen for the ZOOM built in mics if you're going to use them outside, any wind whatsoever is excruciating to listen to on these mics without a windscreen.
    Date published: 2016-10-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great audio solution Good sound, good connection options, you can't beat this as an owner operator. Really good sound and price is good. pays itself in the first/second gig. Only drawbackis it has a slow boot up time. So use small cards (4GB is ideal - anything bigger makes boot time endless)
    Date published: 2017-08-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have! This handy recorder has been an excellent addition to my arsenal. I have used external mics like wireless lavs and shotguns. I have also recorded VO using the Zoom's mic itself. The mike on the Zoom is excellent. It is great for on location shoots because of it's size. However, do not let it's size fool you, it is a mighty powerful tool. With or without an external Mic, I am extremely happy with my purchase. High quality audio recording and many options for whatecer you choose to work on.
    Date published: 2017-03-17
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