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

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Zoom H1n 2-Input / 2-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard X/Y Microphone (Gray)
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 gray 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
  • 6Overdub Unlimited Layers
  • 7microSD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
  • 83.5mm Output for Hookup to a Camera or Headphones
  • 9Powered via AAA Batteries or AC Adapter
  • 10Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
  • 11Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
  • 12Special Recording Functions
  • 13Tone Generator for Calibrating Levels
  • 14Includes Audio Software

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 gray 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.

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.

Powered via AAA Batteries or AC Adapter

Power the H1n via two included 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.

Includes Audio Software

The H1n comes with free download licenses for Steinberg's Cubase LE music production software and WaveLab LE audio editing software, representing a complete audio production toolkit.
UPC: 884354019747

Zoom H1n Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of Tracks2
Maximum Sampling Rate96 kHz / 24-Bit
MicrophoneBuilt-In Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration
Built-In SpeakerYes, 500 mW Mono
Display1.25" / 3.17 cm Monochrome LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card SupportmicroSD, microSDHC (Up to 32 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Recording
Audio File FormatsBWF, MP3, WAV
Sample RatesWAV:
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
Bit Depth24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
32-Bit (Internal DSP)
Bit Rates48 to 320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FXAuto Gain, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode SupportNo
Recording TimeWAV 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)
Connectivity
Analog I/O1 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/ONone
Phantom PowerNone
Plug-In PowerYes, 2.5 V
Host Connection1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0)
Performance
Gain/Trim RangeX/Y Mic Capsule:
Up to +39 dB
Mic/Line Inputs:
Up to +39 dB
Headphone Output Power20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
ImpedanceMic/Line Inputs:
≥2 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
≥10 Kilohms
Microphone Max SPL120 dB SPL
Power
Power OptionsBatteries
Battery Type2 x AAA (Included)
Approximate Battery LifeWAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
10 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels)
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Physical
Mounting Options1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions2 x 1.3 x 5.4" / 50 x 32 x 137.5 mm
Weight2.1 oz / 60 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.495 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.8 x 4.35 x 1.65"

Zoom H1n Reviews

A great all-in-one portable audio recording solution.

By Ethan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

I took this with me on a long camping trip and used it to sample both nature sounds and musical performances at remote and often windy locations. Battery life was great, sound quality was great, and very easy to use.

Very handy.

By Stelios
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-25

Quick, simple, works in a pinch and works well. I wish it was a little bit sturdier but it's sturdy enough. A great time our lifesaver when you don't have audio equipment with you

Unbelievable Performance

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-17

I have always wanted to record bird songs and the sounds of a trout stream but everyone made it sound way to complicated and super expensive. The Zoom H1n WILL give you the performance you need to create outstanding nature recordings. I use Audacity to eliminate any background hiss or any click, bangs, car horns (!) etc! It's easy to learn and there are some great learning videos on YouTube. You do NOT need to spend more to get outstanding recordings.

Nice entry level recorder

By JM
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-02

I want to record nature sounds, but none of my cameras or microphones do a great job of it. I bought the Zoom H1n to see if it would work. I tried it this morning to record birdsong, and I like the results. I could clearly hear the birds. It captures real stereo, so when a car went by, I could hear it on the recording moving from one speaker to the next. I tried one voice recording, and that sounded okay too. I'm not an audiophile, but I could easily hear the improvement between the Zoom H1n sound and what I usually get from my cameras. It's small but easy to operate. It's very sensitive to handling noise, but as long as I kept a steady grip, that wasn't a problem. I think it's going to do what I want to do.

Malfunction junction

By Christina
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-29

I don't know if I got a lemon or what but this machine malfunctioned badly, messing up a very expensive (and frankly irreplaceable) day of fieldwork with an Indigenous elder. It kept seizing up at 44 seconds and telling me the card was full, even though I'd tested it ahead of time and it had registered plenty of available hours on an empty card. It also wouldn't turn off, stop or start recording, nothing--it would just seize up and I'd have to take the batteries out to force-restart it. When I got it home, there was some recorded material, but it was interrupted by random other recordings that, I assume, were on the card before (I had erased all card contents prior to inserting the card into this machine). Normally a machine like this would have a setting for reformatting the card (to avoid this problem) but this machine doesn't. Also, the body is plastic and kinda cheap feeling. I'm pretty disappointed given zoom's great reputation.

Sounds great!!

By Griffin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-27

Really helpful for sticking in a pocket with a mic attached. Built in x&y mic captures amazing outdoor SFX

What I was looking for.

By Jonah
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

Easy to use, nice built in features, sounds great. Only downside is it's probably not built for much abuse, but if you're not going to be rough with it then go for it.

lightweight!

By Sara
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-03

This is a super useful tool that is so easy to bring anywhere. Excellent recording quality and works great for environmental field recordings.

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