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Zoom H1n 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard X/Y Microphone (Black)

Zoom H1n 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard X/Y Microphone (Black)
Key Features
  • Speech, Sound Effects & Music Recording
  • Onboard Stereo Mic, Built-In Speaker
  • 3.5mm Mic/Line Input with Plug-In Power
  • Simple Layout of Common Controls
An ideal fit for solo musicians and podcasters, as well as a terrific entry point into the world of audio for video and sound design, the black Zoom H1n portable recorder features an onboard stereo microphone that lets you easily record two tracks of high-resolution audio in the palm of your hand. Songwriters will appreciate unlimited overdubbing for building songs layer by layer, while filmmakers and podcast producers will enjoy the H1n's ability to capture clean, distortion-free speech.
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Zoom H1n Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2What's New on the H1n
  • 3Simple Layout of Common Controls
  • 4Onboard Stereo Microphone
  • 53.5mm Microphone/Line Input with Plug-In Power
  • 6Powered via AAA Batteries or AC Adapter
  • 7Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
  • 8Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
  • 9Special Recording Functions
  • 10Tone Generator for Calibrating Levels
  • 11Overdub Unlimited Layers
  • 12microSD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
  • 133.5mm Output for Hookup to a Camera or Headphones

An ideal fit for solo musicians and podcasters, as well as a terrific entry point into the world of audio for video and sound design, the black Zoom H1n portable recorder features an onboard stereo microphone that lets you easily record two tracks of high-resolution audio in the palm of your hand. Songwriters will appreciate unlimited overdubbing for building songs layer by layer, while filmmakers and podcast producers will enjoy the H1n's ability to capture clean, distortion-free speech.

Like other H-Series Handy recorders such as the H5 and H6, you can hold it in your hand, attach it to a mic stand or tripod, or mount it to a camera (shoe mount available separately). Springing from the foundation of the original H1, the H1n packs an array of workflow and performance upgrades into a rugged body that's more than ready to meet the varied demands of videographers, musical artists, podcasters, and more. From its plentiful battery life to its multiple audio-enhancing functions, the H1n is well equipped for tracking live performances, rehearsals, and demos, or for recording sound effects, interviews, and ambience. It can supply plug-in power for a condenser lavalier mic, or accept a direct line-level connection from a mixer or wireless receiver. No matter the source, selectable auto-recording and pre-recording ensure that you'll never miss the start of a take.

What's New on the H1n
  • Operability is simplified via one-touch buttons, a dedicated gain dial, and an improved display.
  • A built-in limiter protects against distortion caused by overloads.
  • Auto-record, pre-record, and self-timer functions enhance your workflow and prevent cutting off the start of recordings.
  • Unlimited overdubbing allows layering new performances on an existing recording.
  • Playback speed is adjustable for transcribing, studying, and learning pieces of music or quickly scanning through long takes.
  • An integrated tone generator makes it easy to calibrate your H1n and camera audio levels.
  • Two AAA batteries (alkaline, NiMH, or lithium) can power the H1n, whereas the H1 utilized one alkaline or NiMH AA battery.
  • Additional protection around the microphones inhibits extraneous noises caused by physical contact with the capsules.
Simple Layout of Common Controls
The H1n's front panel is arranged to ensure simple, straightforward access to its most commonly used controls—transport buttons for record, play/pause, stop, back, and forward operations, one-touch buttons for the low-cut filter, limiter, and auto-level functions, and a large gain knob (clearly labeled from 0 to 10). Of course, the selectable Auto Level mode makes setup even faster by automatically adjusting the input level according to the input signal.

For added safety, the power switch offers a hold position that disables all front-panel buttons to prevent accidental operation during recording. Day or night, view vital information such as audio levels, recording time, battery status, and more on the 1.25" monochrome backlit LCD.
Onboard Stereo Microphone
Record in true stereo without external microphones; the H1n is outfitted with an onboard stereo microphone that provides clear, phase-accurate capture. The capsules are arranged in a classic 90° X/Y configuration for a tight stereo image. With nothing more than the H1n, you're set to record speech, practice sessions, concerts, or ambient and environmental sounds—even intensely loud ones up to 120 dB!
3.5mm Microphone/Line Input with Plug-In Power
Thanks to a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input that supplies 2.5V plug-in power, the H1n can accommodate an external condenser microphone such as a clip-on lavalier for crisp, close-miked speech reproduction. Plugging in an external source to the 3.5mm jack overrides the onboard mic input, so no manual input selection is required. Since the 3.5mm input also supports line-level signal, you can route the output of a wireless microphone receiver into the H1n.
Powered via AAA Batteries or AC Adapter
Power the H1n via two AAA batteries, or plug it into a wall outlet with an AD-17 AC adapter (available separately). Alkaline batteries can keep the H1n recording the onboard X/Y mic at 16-bit / 44.1 kHz resolution for up to 10 hours. When using the H1n as an audio interface, USB bus powering is possible.
Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
The compact, durable, ergonomic body lends itself naturally to being handheld or stashed in a pocket. Should you need to mount it on a mic stand or tripod, a threaded hole on the back of the H1n obviates the need for stand adapters. Obtain a hot shoe adapter (available separately) to attach the H1n directly to a DSLR.
Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
The H1n's onboard effects allow you to add polish to your recordings. The limiter can prevent distortion by controlling input signals that have excessively high levels, while a low-cut filter helps eliminate wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low-frequency rumble. Also, you can adjust playback speed and choose from multiple tone-enhancing sound effects.
Special Recording Functions
The H1n offers selectable recording functions designed to prevent you from accidentally missing the start of a performance. By keeping the previous two seconds of audio whenever you press the record button, the pre-record option ensures that you'll never cut off the beginning of a great take. Auto-record can automatically start recording when a user-set sound level is detected, making it great for voice-activated recording. You can even set a timer to make the H1n automatically start recording after up to 10 seconds.
Tone Generator for Calibrating Levels
An internal tone generator makes it easy to calibrate your H1n and camera audio levels. When the H1n is connected to a DSLR camera or other external device, a test tone can be played to match their output levels.
Overdub Unlimited Layers
Not only can the H1n record two channels at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution, but it also supports unlimited overdubbing for layering new sounds over existing recordings. Since a new file is created and the original file is left unchanged, you can overdub without worrying about mistakes.
microSD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
Maximize portability by recording directly to a separately available microSD/microSDHC card (up to 32GB capacity). A 4GB card will yield approximately over six hours of 16-bit / 44.1 kHz stereo recording time using the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility.

Alternatively, use the H1n as a 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 16-bit / 48 kHz. The USB port also enables the H1n to be used as a card reader for fast file transfers.
3.5mm Output for Hookup to a Camera or Headphones
The 3.5mm line/headphone mini-jack output features a dedicated volume control, making it capable of feeding your camera/DSLR or a pair of headphones. For quick playback reference, a built-in monophonic speaker is presented on the bottom of the front panel.
UPC: 884354018191

Zoom H1n Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of Tracks
Maximum Sampling Rate
96 kHz / 24-Bit
Built-In Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration
Built-In Speaker
Yes, 500 mW Mono
1.25" / 3.17 cm Monochrome LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card Support
microSD, microSDHC (Up to 32 GB)
Internal Storage
Audio File Formats
Sample Rates
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
Bit Depth
24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
32-Bit (Internal DSP)
Bit Rates
48 to 320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FX
Auto Gain, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode Support
Recording Time
WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 34 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
57.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 96 kHz/24-Bit:
28.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 128 kb/s:
17 Hrs 21.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 256 kb/s:
8 Hrs 40.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 320 kb/s:
6 Hrs 56.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Analog I/O
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone/Line Output
Digital I/O
Phantom Power
Plug-In Power
Yes, 2.5 V
System Connection
1 x Micro-USB (2.0)
Gain/Trim Range
X/Y Mic Capsule:
Up to +39 dB
Mic/Line Inputs:
Up to +39 dB
Headphone Output Power
20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Mic/Line Inputs:
≥2 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
≥10 Kilohms
Microphone Max SPL
120 dB SPL
Power Options
Battery Type
2 x AAA (Not Included)
Approximate Battery Life
WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
10 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels)
AC/DC Power Adapter
5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Mounting Options
1/4"-20 Female
2 x 1.3 x 5.4" / 50 x 32 x 137.5 mm
2.1 oz / 60 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.6 x 4.3 x 1.7"

Zoom H1n Reviews

Nice features, plastic case

By Chris
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2023-09-19

We opted to get this cheaper device to keep budget down. The recording quality is great with an external mic (haven't tried the built-in mics). It does run a LONG time on lithium batteries and the features (esp. the lock option) work great. I'm just not expecting it to last too long as the entire case is plastic. And it doesn't ship with any case. Be sure to find someplace safe to store it (esp. if you are using it on-location and need to pack it with other gear).

A top notch digital recorder!

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-30

The Zoom H1n has fulfilled all of my expectations. Don't do what I did and buy a micro sd card before reading the requirements. I bought a card above the allowed size (nothing over 32 gb). Once I had the correct sized card, it has been great. I use it for sound design and for capturing live performances.

Simply complicated

By Alan
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-19

I bought this online to record myself playing a woodwind instrument in as simple a way as possible. This device seemed to fit the bill. Mind you I'm 80 years old and a retired professional musician so maybe I'm over my head technically. It came and I found it lacked a necessary micro chip. So I bought one. The many buttons and possibilities required some time with You Tube tutorials. So I tackled that for several days that confused me thoroughly. What little I did learn was that I had to invest in earphones to check my playback. Another chunk of change. All I wanted was something you turn on, record into, playback! So I pulled out my old hand held analog tape recorder, stuck a mic into the jack provided, recorded my pieces, played it back on the device and called it a day. The H1n may be simple, but it's complicated.

Love it!

By Brenda
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-06

Gets the job done.


By Gary
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-29

Smaller than expected, well perfectly

Reliable recorder

By Alex
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-23

I lost the count of how many of these I have purchased in last 10 yesrs. Amazing, small audio recorder.

Over Priced Plastic

By Tomas
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2023-09-07

Don't waste money on this piece of plastic. Difficult to use. Terrible interface. Worthless junk.

Just want I wanted.

By Cameron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-07-31

Very easy to setup and start recording. I've been using it to record rainstorms and water sounds. To then be use with my synthesizers.

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When you use the HOLD on the Zoom H1n, will it prevent the rotary dial from changing the input level?I have FOUR Zoom H1 recorders and use them to record with lav mics. I plug the lav into the Zoom H1, set the record level, start recording, then use the HOLD function and the recorder gets put into a pocket, etc. I'd hate to have the input level change because the knob gets moved while in someone's pocket.Also, I wish it was USB-C instead of microUSB, but that's not a big issue.The other thing I've really been wishing for in the Zoom H1 recorder is a SAFETY TRACK , so when I'm recording with a lav mic (which is mono), the LEFT channel will record at the level I set, and the RIGHT channel will be a few dB lower; allowing me to rescue anything that may have clipped. Basically asynchronous input levels, since I don't really need stereo for a lav mic.
Asked by: Jared
The Hold setting does not prevent the audio dial from adjusting the volume, unfortunately
Answered by: Christopher G.
Date published: 2018-08-27


Does it record every touch when use internal mic? That was a big disadvantage of H1. Is it fixed now?
Asked by: Vadim
You mean he is very sensitive and you hear anything that touches him? If this is your question, it is solved with a windshield or by removing the auto option. and using it in manual
Answered by: Carlos
Date published: 2023-02-19

Are the built in microphones on this unit better ...

Are the built in microphones on this unit better than the one's on the original H1?
Asked by: Danny
never owning the H1 I can say the the microphones on the H1n are very good.
Answered by: Bob
Date published: 2019-01-16

Has anyone tried using the Countryman B3 lav mic ...

Has anyone tried using the Countryman B3 lav mic with this? Any issues?
Asked by: Mike
Great unit use it often. Use as a lav mic then mic in production. Good sound even outdoors. It’s sensitive so watch your volume on recording. I have two and alway work well.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2022-08-23


The previous model H1N fails to keep the date and time once the batteries are removed. It also tends to drain the batteries when sitting on the shelf for even a few days. Does the new one fix this issue at all? Its annoying to have to change the batteries/set the date and time every time I use the device.
Asked by: Nicolas
I don't know about retaining the date and time if the batteries are removed, but I have not noticed any battery drain while the units are on the shelf. I have had two H1n's since May 2020 and have sent them out to interviewees for "in person" sound may times, with intervals on the shelf between sending them out. Even considering the interviewing time, battery drain has been minimal.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2023-03-06

What is the minimum and maximum frequency ...

What is the minimum and maximum frequency response for this recorder?
Asked by: Nicole
Approx. 20Hz to 20kHz.
Answered by: Zoom Customer Support
Date published: 2020-08-10

How do you name files

How do you name files
Asked by: PC
Just remove the mini sd card, insert it into the computer of your choice, then name your file.
Answered by: Craig
Date published: 2019-06-12

I have the original H1n which has different ...

I have the original H1n which has different buttons design. Are there any other differences (which ones) with current model?
Asked by: ALICIA
Besides button layout and physical appearance, here are the main differences between the Zoom H1 and Zoom H1n: -The H1n now uses two AAA batteries instead of one AA battery. -The H1n comes with the following new features: Onboard limiter, Overdub function, Playback speed controls, auto-record, pre-record, and self-time functions, and Tone generator. -The LCD screen of the H1n has been improved for better readability in direct daylight.
Answered by: calvinm
Date published: 2023-08-28
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