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Zoom H4n Pro 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard X/Y Mic Capsule (Black)

Zoom H4n Pro 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard X/Y Mic Capsule (Black)
Key Features
  • Sleek Black Finish and Red Accent
  • Onboard Stereo Mic and Built-In Speaker
  • Dual XLR-1/4" Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs
  • Overdubbing and 4-Channel Recording
Ideal for guitarists, bassists, and vocalists looking to produce studio-quality tracks on a single travel-friendly device, the black Zoom H4n Portable Handheld Recorder with Onboard Stereo Microphone Capsule and versatile mic/line/instrument inputs lets you record up to four tracks of high-resolution audio in the palm of your hand. Plug in your favorite guitar and microphone, and enjoy unlimited overdubbing, amp simulation, and a slew of effects to develop your tracks into a polished mix.
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Zoom H4n Pro Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Onboard Adjustable Stereo Microphone
  • 32-Channel Microphone/Line/Instrument Inputs
  • 4Record up to 4 Channels Live or Overdub Layers
  • 5SD-Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
  • 63.5mm Output to Connect to a Camera or Headphones
  • 7Powered via AA Batteries or AC Adapter
  • 8Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
  • 9Extensive Audio Processing
  • 10Special Recording Functions
  • 11Supports External Remote Control
  • 12Highly Visible Display

Ideal for guitarists, bassists, and vocalists looking to produce studio-quality tracks on a single travel-friendly device, the black Zoom H4n Portable Handheld Recorder with Onboard Stereo Microphone Capsule and versatile mic/line/instrument inputs lets you record up to four tracks of high-resolution audio in the palm of your hand. Plug in your favorite guitar and microphone, and enjoy unlimited overdubbing, amp simulation, and a slew of effects to develop your tracks into a polished mix.

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). The H4n Pro packs a surprising array of features into a rugged rubberized body that's more than ready to meet the varied demands of songwriters, musicians, filmmakers, sound designers, content creators, and more.

From plentiful battery life to powerful audio processing functions, the H4n Pro is well equipped to handle anything from tracking live performances, demos, and complete songs, to recording sound effects, interviews, and meetings. It can supply phantom or plug-in power for condenser mics, and accepts direct connections from an instrument such as a guitar, bass, or keyboard. No matter the source, selectable autorecording and prerecording ensure that you'll never miss the start of a take.

Onboard Adjustable Stereo Microphone
Leave your external mics at home and travel light. The H4n Pro is outfitted with an onboard stereo microphone that provides clear, phase-accurate capture in two different X/Y positions—90° for a tight stereo image or 120° for a wider perspective. Just twist the capsules to their premarked positions to switch between the two configurations. With nothing more than the H4n Pro, you're set to record speech, practice sessions, concerts, or ambient and environmental sounds, even ear-rattling thunder up to 140 dB.
2-Channel Microphone/Line/Instrument Inputs
Equipped with two locking XLR-1/4" combo inputs and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input, the H4n Pro can accommodate condenser microphones, line-level sources, or unbalanced instrument-level signals. Turn on 24 or 48 VDC phantom power to the XLR jacks, or 2.5V plug-in power to the mini jack. Whether you plan on plugging in a guitar and your favorite studio condenser mic to record a singer-songwriter, or feel like hooking up a lavalier mic for an interview, the H4n Pro's preamps (identical to those found in the H5 and H6) are ready to deliver low-noise (-120 dBu EIN) performance.

If you happen to setup external microphones in a mid-side configuration, the integrated MS decoder allows adjustment to the perceived width of the stereo image, which is beneficial for sound design, broadcasting, or general stereo-to-mono compatibility.
Record up to 4 Channels Live or Overdub Layers
The H4n Pro boasts multiple recording modes, and is capable of up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution. Record in stereo from the onboard mic or input jacks, or use 4CH mode to simultaneously record the onboard mic (or 3.5mm mic input) and two external sources via the XLR-1/4" jacks (great for getting the room sound and a stereo feed from a mixer). Alternatively, switch to MTR mode to utilize the H4n Pro as a 4-track studio complete with overdubbing, punch recording, and built-in effects. The H4n Pro's internal mixdown function lets you adjust levels and pans as you blend four tracks down to stereo.
SD-Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
Maximize portability by recording directly to an SD card (up to 2GB capacity) or SDHC card (up to 32GB capacity). A 4GB SDHC card yields approximately 380 minutes of 16-bit / 44.1 kHz stereo recording time using the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility. Note that media cards are available separately, and larger capacity cards may increase startup times.

Alternatively, use the H4n Pro as a 2-in / 2-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 48 kHz. At 44.1 kHz, you'll have the option to use the built-in effects on input signals. The USB port also enables fast file transfer and firmware updates.
3.5mm Output to Connect 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 provided.
Powered via AA Batteries or AC Adapter
Power the H4n Pro with the two included AA batteries, or plug it into a wall outlet with an AD-14 AC adapter (available separately). Alkaline batteries can keep the H4n Pro running for up to 10 hours in Stamina mode (built-in mics, 16-bit / 44.1 kHz, no headphones), while NiMH batteries extend recording time a bit further.
Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
The rubberized, ergonomic body lends itself naturally to handheld use. Should you need to mount it on a mic stand or tripod, a threaded hole on the back of the H4n Pro obviates the need for stand adapters. Obtain a hot-shoe adapter (available separately) to attach the H4n Pro directly to a DSLR.
Extensive Audio Processing
The H4n Pro offers studio-grade effects and emulators to enhance your recordings. Choose from a variety of effects such as compression, limiting, reverb, delay, echo, modulation, a low-cut filter, and more. Normalize files for maximum gain, split them into smaller chunks, and insert up to 99 marks per recording.

There's an onboard metronome and tuner, along with dozens of amp models and effects crafted for guitar and bass. Additionally, you can loop playback and adjust pitch and speed independently, making the H4n Pro an ideal tool for phrase training.
Special Recording Functions
Stereo and 4CH modes offer selectable recording functions designed to prevent you from accidentally missing the start of a performance. By keeping the previous two seconds (one second at a 96 kHz sample rate) of audio whenever you press the record button, the prerecord 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.
Supports External Remote Control
Use the RC4 remote (available separately) to control the H4n Pro. It allows you to start and stop recording, fast-forward, and rewind through your files, switch the input source, and set recording/playback levels at a distance while eliminating handling noise.
Highly Visible Display
Day or night, view vital information such as audio levels, recording time, battery status, and more on the 1.9" monochrome backlit LCD. Transport controls and menu navigation, track, and input select buttons are presented nearby for access to all the H4n Pro's operations and functions.
UPC: 884354021443

Zoom H4n Pro Specs

Portable Recorder
Form Factor
Handheld Recorder
Primary Use Applications
Audio-for-Video, Music Recording
Number of Tracks
Number of Input Channels
4 (2 x Mono, 1 x Stereo)
Maximum Sampling Rate
96 kHz / 24-Bit
Built-In Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration
Number of Microphone Preamps
2 Preamps
Built-In Speaker
Yes, 400 mW Mono
Monochrome LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card Support
SD (16 MB Up to 2 GB)
SD, SDHC (4 GB Up to 32 GB)
Internal Storage
Special Features
Metronome, Overdubbing, Pre-Record Buffer, Tuner, Voice Activation
Audio File Formats
Sample Rates
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Record/Playback)
Bit Depth
16 / 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
Bit Rates
48 to 320 kb/s + VBR (Record)
32 to 320 kb/s + VBR (Playback)
Signal Processing & FX
Compressor, Delay, EQ, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Pitch Control, Reverb
Timecode Support
Recording Time
WAV 41.1 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 34 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 48 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 26 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 128 kb/s:
17 Hrs 21 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 320 kb/s:
6 Hrs 56 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Included Software
Analog I/O
2 x Combo XLR-1/4" 3-Pin Female Balanced/Unbalanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone/Line Output
Digital I/O
Phantom Power
+24 / 48 V (Applied to All Inputs)
Plug-In Power
Yes, 2.5 V
System Connection
1 x Mini-USB (2.0)
Audio Interface Capability
Stereo Only
Gain/Trim Range
Balanced Inputs:
-16 dB Up to +43 dB
Unbalanced Inputs:
-30 dB Up to +32 dB
X/Y Mic Capsule:
-16 dB Up to +51 dB
Max Output Level
Headphone Outputs, Line Outputs:
-10 dB
Headphone Output Power
20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Mic Inputs:
3 Kilohms (Balanced)
Line Inputs:
470 Ohms (Unbalanced)
1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs:
2 Kilohms (Unbalanced)
Microphone Max SPL
140 dB SPL (X/Y)
Power Options
Battery, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type
2 x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery Life
2 Hours (Alkaline)
10 Hours (Alkaline, Stamina Mode)
AC/DC Power Adapter
5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Included Accessories
Mounting Options
1/4"-20 Female
2.8 x 6.2 x 1.4" / 7.1 x 15.7 x 3.6 cm
10.4 oz / 294 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
7.8 x 5.65 x 2.95"

Zoom H4n Pro Reviews

Ok but prefer Tascam with Line-in

By Laurence
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2023-06-25

Bought it in a rush so my own fault but was surprised by a few things compared to my old Tascam DR-40 that kicked the bucket. Supper slow to start up times (with 32GB card and Stamina mode on which I know affects startup) but still crazy waiting up to a minute for this. No Line-In. Fewer manual controls/options for a pro model. No dual level recording. Besides that, clean audio, good battery life and case is handy.

Good quality, slow boot and chews up batteries

By andrew
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-04

I use this recorder out in the field for recoding nature sounds. It's easy to use, the build quality is good, and audio quality is good too. It's slow to boot, it takes 37 seconds to from the time you turn it on until it's ready to record. This means you have to always have it on while in the field. It chews through batteries. In the field I'm getting about 3 hours of on time before I have to replace batteries. That's not 3 hours of recording, that's intermittent recording and leaving the unit on. We'll see how it does on the battery saver mode that reduced functionality. Knowing what I now know, would I buy it again? Yeah, I would.

A terrific investment for self tapes.

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-02

This portable recorder with a shotgun mic is a much better option than the lav mic directly into my Canon R5. The sound is incredible now and the Zoom H4N is really easy to use. I had watched a couple of YouTube videos in the two days it took to ship and could easily operate it within minutes of it arriving.

Anti-intuitive Box of Riddles

By Sven
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-15

Complete garbage. Since I started using this pile of junk I've quickly built a gripe list a mile long. Doesn't come with an SD Card, even though its SD Card requirements are VERY specific. Everything that requires an SD card these days comes with one. The plug in XLR jacks are so loose you get signal cut-out if you touch the recorder The plastic case has heat bubbles on it from improper molding. Even after plugging in an XLR microphone you have to select 1/2 in order for it to stop using the onboard microphone array and start using the mic you've plugged in. You have to go in and select Phantom power if you plug in an accessory that requires Phantom Power. Detection of and requirement for (no other power source detected) Phantom power should be detected and automatically turned on. It takes forever to turn on. 1980's Cold War Era interface screen Printed instructions are inadequate When in Stereo mode, If you plug in a single microphone to the left Jack, it will record in mono field, even though you are in Stereo mode. You have to go in to several menus to tell it to record stereo in Stereo mode. You have to use a Y-splitter OR go to Menu . Input . Mono Mix . 1/2 Link . Return to Mono Mix . On . End .

Rubber will get sticky

By Ivan
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-08

The rubberized body is a great idea but it will start getting soft, then sticky and then you will be able to rub it off (with some pressure). The black version has more durable finish. That and the rocker switch for adjusting the recording volume (rotating knob would be preferred). Other than that it is a great recorder.

Nice upgrade from the regular H4N

By Joel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-29

Great for my short films/pilots/sketches and recording voice-overs. I used the regular Zoom H4N for many years. The Pro is a big improvement in quality from what I can tell so far. Ultimate bonus compared to the regular Zoom H4N is that it doesn't seem like the Pro will get that gross stickiness on the outside casing.

Not enough batteries in the world

By Chris
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2023-06-13

I really like this recorder a lot - if I am using the power supply. Trouble is - I need to rely on it while using batteries, and it just eats them up - need to change them once or twice during each use.

great quality, easy to use

By Steve
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-05-05

it works really well right out of the box. buttons are where they make sense including recording volume, moving through files and folders, and uploading to my computer.. just connect with the power off and it does the rest. I am using it to critique are band practices and has made a huge difference.

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Is it made out of the rubberized plastic. The ...

Is it made out of the rubberized plastic. The type that becomes sticky after few years?
Asked by: Roman
The material makeup of the current Zoom H4n Pro 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard X/Y Mic Capsule has been updated to be less susceptible to residual adhesive issues over time and is made up mostly of a hard plastic material.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2022-11-30

Have they improved the processor and startup time ...

Have they improved the processor and startup time over the original H4n? I couldn't stand waiting over 1 minute to power-up on my old model.
Asked by: Justin
The H4n Pro has improved mic preamps and a better rubberized body than the original H4n. The processor and startup times would still be the same as the original. For quicker start up times, it's recommended to use no larger than a 16GB SD card if possible.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-07-09

Will a SDXC Card over 32GB work with the H4n Pro? ...

Will a SDXC Card over 32GB work with the H4n Pro? Or does it really only support SDHC up to 32GB as listed in the specs on this site?
Asked by: Vijay
"SDXC" Cards are not compliant, we tried with them already. They have to be "SDHC" and no more than "32gb" sizes as well.
Answered by: Jordan
Date published: 2022-12-28

I want to use this both in our recording studio ...

I want to use this both in our recording studio and out in the wild. I already have a great mic stand, what do I need to attach the H4N to that stand for in-studio use?
Asked by: Donald
You can use the Zoom MA-2. Otherwise, you can use a generic tripod to mic stand adapter.
Answered by: Zoom Customer Support
Date published: 2019-12-03

Does anyone know how the audio (preamps) compares ...

Does anyone know how the audio (preamps) compares to the original “H4”-not the “n” version.
Asked by: David
The H4 is an older model than the H4N. The preamps have been redesigned to sound clearer and better with more headroom.
Answered by: James Cruz
Date published: 2020-11-17

What connectors do I need to use this device as ...

What connectors do I need to use this device as an audio input for the iPhone or iPod video functionality?
Asked by: NICKOLAY
To use the Zoom H4n Pro Portable Handy Recorder as an audio input device to send audio into the iPhone, you can use the Apple Lightning to USB 3.0 Type-A Camera Adapter (B&H # APMK0W2AMA) to enable connection from the USB output on the H4n Pro to the input on the iPhone. The H4n Pro should be set for Interface Mode and the female Lightning port will need to be connected to a power source to provide power for the phone in order to support the H4n Pro while recording. When using the H4n Pro in Interface Mode it will not record on the SD memory card. If you do need to record files on the memory card you will need to use the headphone output to connect to the iPhone. Since the output level from the headphone jack is line level and the phone needs a mic level signal, you will need to use a level matching cable such as the Kopul ACH4-25MON Line-to-Mic Attenuator Cable (B&H # KOACH425MON) combined with the Movo Photo IMA-2 Female 3.5mm TRS to Lightning Microphone Adapter Cable (B&H # MOIMA2) to facilitate connection to the phone's Lightning port.
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2022-09-11

Can I monitor audio while recording with the H4N? ...

Can I monitor audio while recording with the H4N? Also, can I record primary audio with and XLR mic and back up audio with the internal mic at the same time?
Asked by: Matthew
Yes to all, you can monitor your audio while recording thru headphone output on the H4N and you can us your external mics connected thru XLR's ports in the recorder and use internal H4N mics as well at the same time. and mix the two or mute vice versa.
Answered by: Raul M
Date published: 2022-11-08

What is the life time with phantoms power on?

What is the life time with phantoms power on?
Asked by: Alex
Although it may seem wasteful, I recommend fresh batteries before each session, regardless of phantom powering. I've completed eight hour sessions without any concerns. I don't recommend rechargeable batteries for reliability, and I always remove batteries after each use. A shortcoming: recorder settings must be reset when you remove batteries, they are stored in volatile memory. Hope this helps.
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2021-03-12
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