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Zoom H6 All Black 6-Input / 6-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Single Mic Capsule (Black)

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Zoom H6 All Black 6-Input / 6-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Single Mic Capsule (Black)
Key Features
  • Live/Location Recording & Podcasting
  • Swappable X/Y Stereo Mic Capsule
  • 4 x XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs with Pads
  • Fast, User-Friendly Operability
While the original gray H6 is bundled with two mic capsules and premium accessories, the Zoom H6 All Black portable handheld recorder features a sleek black finish and a single mic capsule, making ideal for bands, multi-instrumentalists, and podcasters who don't immediately need the extras. With its X/Y stereo microphone capsule, six versatile mic/line inputs, and up to 6-track recording, the H6 All Black is both user-friendly and easily expandable.

Like other H-Series Handy recorders such as the H4n Pro and H5, 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 H6 All Black packs an impressive array of features into a rugged, rubberized body that's more than ready to meet the varied demands of musicians, content creators, videographers, and sound designers.

From the intuitive, tactile controls to the plentiful battery life and powerful audio processing functions, the H6 All Black is well equipped for producing pristine audio for complete musical arrangements, independent films, and panel podcasts. It can supply phantom or plug-in power for condenser mics, or accept direct connections from synths, keyboards, drum machines, or +4 dB line-level mixers. No matter the source, selectable auto-recording and pre-recording ensure that you'll never miss the start of a take, and stereo safety track recording provides duplicate tracks at a lower level to avoid distortion.
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Zoom H6 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Original H6 vs H6 All Black
  • 3Fast, User-Friendly Operability
  • 4Instant Access to Gain Adjustments
  • 5X/Y Stereo Microphone Capsule
  • 6Supports Interchangeable Zoom Mic Capsules
  • 7Six Channels of Microphone/Line Inputs
  • 8Record All Channels Live or Overdub Layers
  • 9SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
  • 103.5mm Outputs for Simultaneous Hookup to a Camera and Headphones
  • 11Powered via AA Batteries or AC Adapter
  • 12Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
  • 13Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
  • 14Special Recording Functions
  • 15Supports External Remote Control

While the original gray H6 is bundled with two mic capsules and premium accessories, the Zoom H6 All Black portable handheld recorder features a sleek black finish and a single mic capsule, making ideal for bands, multi-instrumentalists, and podcasters who don't immediately need the extras. With its X/Y stereo microphone capsule, six versatile mic/line inputs, and up to 6-track recording, the H6 All Black is both user-friendly and easily expandable.

Like other H-Series Handy recorders such as the H4n Pro and H5, 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 H6 All Black packs an impressive array of features into a rugged, rubberized body that's more than ready to meet the varied demands of musicians, content creators, videographers, and sound designers.

From the intuitive, tactile controls to the plentiful battery life and powerful audio processing functions, the H6 All Black is well equipped for producing pristine audio for complete musical arrangements, independent films, and panel podcasts. It can supply phantom or plug-in power for condenser mics, or accept direct connections from synths, keyboards, drum machines, or +4 dB line-level mixers. No matter the source, selectable auto-recording and pre-recording ensure that you'll never miss the start of a take, and stereo safety track recording provides duplicate tracks at a lower level to avoid distortion.

Original H6 vs H6 All Black
Whereas the original H6 sports a gray finish, two interchangeable stereo mic capsules, and premium accessories—a protective case, a foam windscreen, and a USB cable, the H6 All Black 2020 Version is presented in a sleek, solid black finish and includes a single stereo mic capsule. Both versions can be powered by four AA batteries.
Fast, User-Friendly Operability
The H6 All Black's front panel is ergonomically arranged with its most essential and commonly used controls—transport buttons for record, play/pause, stop, back, and forward operations, individual record-arm buttons that double as mute switches during playback, large gain knobs, and pad switches. For added safety, a hold switch 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 2" full-color LCD, which happens to be backlit and angled for maximum visibility.
Instant Access to Gain Adjustments
Each H6 input has its own dedicated gain control knob. There's no track selection or button pressing required to optimize your recording levels; just turn the dials (clearly labeled from 0 to 10) anytime you need to adjust the gain. If your XLR-1/4" input sources are so loud that you need even less gain than the preamps provide at the "0" setting, use four front-panel pad switches to attenuate the combo inputs by 20 dB.
X/Y Stereo Microphone Capsule
Leave your external mics at home and travel light; the H6 All Black includes a stereo microphone capsule (the original H6 includes two interchangeable capsules). With nothing more than the H6, you're set to record a variety of sources, even ear-rattling ones up to 136 dB!

The matching black X/Y capsule 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.
Supports Interchangeable Zoom Mic Capsules
The Zoom mic capsule input on the H6 All Black accommodates Zoom's line of separately available interchangeable capsules, which can be swapped out as easily as the lenses of a camera. With shock-mounted X/Y, Mid-Side, and mono or stereo shotgun mic capsules to choose from, you can be ready to record music, dialog, or sound effects without carting an external microphone setup. Opt for the EXH-6 combo input capsule to accept two additional mic/line signals via XLR-1/4" jacks.
Six Channels of Microphone/Line Inputs
Equipped with four XLR-1/4" combo inputs and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input (on the X/Y capsule), the H6 All Black can accommodate condenser microphones, +4 dB balanced line-level sources, or signals from unbalanced instruments with active electronics. Turn on 12, 24, or 48 VDC phantom power to the XLR jacks, or 2.5V plug-in power to the mini jack. Whether you plan on recording studio condenser mics, feeds from wireless receivers, or a lavalier and shotgun mic combo for an interview, the H6 All Black's preamps are ready to deliver low-noise (-120 dB EIN) performance.
Record All Channels Live or Overdub Layers
The H6 All Black boasts 6-channel recording at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution. Record all channels simultaneously or utilize the overdubbing function to add layers of instruments after an initial recording. Adjust levels and pans for your tracks, then use the internal mixdown function to blend six tracks down to a stereo file.
SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
Maximize portability by recording directly to an SD card (up to 2GB capacity), SDHC card (up to 32GB capacity), or SDXC card (up to 128GB capacity). A 2GB card will yield over 3 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. Note that media cards are available separately, and larger capacity cards will increase startup times.

Alternatively, use the H6 All Black as a 6-in / 2-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz. For audio interface operation with an iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required and available separately), select USB stereo mode, which offers two channels in and out at up to 16-bit / 48 kHz.
3.5mm Outputs for Simultaneous Hookup to a Camera and Headphones
The H6 All Black boasts 3.5mm line and headphone mini-jack outputs for simultaneously feeding your camera/DSLR and a pair of headphones. Independently adjust the headphone volume via the side-panel volume control. For quick playback reference, a built-in monophonic speaker is also provided.
Powered via AA Batteries or AC Adapter
Power the H6 All Black via four AA batteries, or plug it into a wall outlet with an AD-17 AC adapter (available separately). Alkaline batteries can keep the H6 running for over 20 hours of continuous 16-bit / 44.1 kHz recording using the X/Y mic capsule, or for over 9 hours of nonstop 24-bit / 96 kHz recording using the X/Y mic and the four XLR-1/4" inputs. When using the H6 All Black in the stereo USB audio interface mode, USB bus powering is possible.

Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
The durable, 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 H6 All Black obviates the need for stand adapters. Obtain a hot shoe adapter (available separately) to attach the H6 All Black directly to a DSLR.
Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
The H6 All Black's onboard effects allow you to add polish to your recordings. Compression and limiting compensate for fluctuations in input level, while a low-cut filter helps eliminate wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low-frequency rumble. Normalize files for maximum gain, split them into smaller chunks, and even insert up to 99 marks per recording.

There's an onboard metronome and tuner, and you can loop playback and adjust pitch and speed independently, making the H6 All Black an ideal tool for phrase training.
Special Recording Functions
The H6 All Black offers selectable recording functions designed to prevent you from accidentally missing the start of a performance. By keeping the previous two seconds (one second at 96 kHz) 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.

Backup record enables the H6 All Black to automatically record a duplicate of the L/R input with 12 dB less input gain. Even if your original track is distorted, chances are the backup version will be fine!
Supports External Remote Control
Use the RCH-6 remote (available separately in the APH-6 accessory pack) to control the transport, arm tracks, and adjust volume at a distance while eliminating handling noise.
UPC: 884354022860

Zoom H6 Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of TracksWAV:
6
MP3:
2
Maximum Sampling Rate96 kHz / 24-Bit
MicrophoneInterchangeable Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration
Built-In SpeakerYes, 400 mW Mono
Display2" / 5.08 cm Color LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card SupportSD (16 MB to 2 GB)
SDHC (4 to 32 GB)
SDXC (64 to 128 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Recording
Audio File FormatsBWF, MP3, WAV
Sample RatesWAV:
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
MP3:
44.1 kHz
Bit Depth16 / 24-Bit
Bit Rates48 to 320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FXCompressor, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Pitch Control
Timecode SupportNo
Recording TimeWAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 34 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 128 kb/s:
17 Hrs 21.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Connectivity
Analog I/O4 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Female Balanced/Unbalanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
Digital I/ONone
Phantom Power+12 / 24 / 48 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Plug-In PowerYes, 2.5 V
System Connection1 x Mini-USB (2.0)
Performance
Gain/Trim RangeX/Y Mic Capsule:
Up to +46.5 dB
1/8" Inputs:
Up to +46.5 dB
Mic/Line Inputs:
Up to +55.5 dB
Max Input LevelInputs:
+22 dBu (Pad On)
Max Output LevelLine Outputs:
-10 dBu
Headphone Output Power20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Impedance1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs:
2 Kilohms
Mic/Line Inputs:
1.8 Kilohms
EIN≤-120 dBu
Microphone Sensitivity-41 dB/Pa (X/Y)
Microphone Max SPL136 dB SPL (X/Y)
Power
Power OptionsBattery, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type4 x AA (Not Included)
Approximate Battery LifeWAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
21 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels)
WAV 96 kHz/24-Bit:
9.75 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels)
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Physical
Mounting Options1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions3.1 x 1.9 x 6" / 77.8 x 47.8 x 152.8 mm (Recorder)
3.1 x 1.8 x 2.4" / 78.9 x 45.2 x 60.2 mm (X/Y Mic)
Weight9.9 oz / 280 g (Recorder)
4.6 oz / 130 g (X/Y Mic)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.4 x 6.4 x 2.4"

Zoom H6 Reviews

Great for recording audio for your videos and podcast

By Luis
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-12

I use the H6 to record my primary audio for my social media videos and for video podcast. It's a great tool to leverage your audio sound.

Wow!

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-14

I just got this and I am very excited about it. I'm very impressed with the XY mics for live music. I just used them to track my last show and its pretty rad. Lots of options for field recording.

Glad I went with the H6

By Jennifer
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-04

I was debating on whether I should go with the H4 or H6, and I am glad I went with the H6! The recording features are very sharp, and it's very easy to use while recording for a podcast or interview. I record a lot of sounds to make midi files, especially when I am out and about running errands. I no longer carry a cell phone because this is my purse on standby at any moment's notice!

A Good Recorder

By Yongren
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-19

A good recorder with a lot of function. One star has been deducted because:1) Only the same voltage could be offered to four mic, could not set up different voltage for each mic. 2)Once the Mic/Line input jack been used by a lav mic, the X/Y mic will be bypassed.

Antiquated Power Delivery

By James
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-13

The recorder itself is great, especially moving from the H4N. I prefer this model over some of their other offerings for the simple advantage of the combination XLR inputs vs, say, the F3 with XLR and less channels though better preamps. Largest gripe - the power delivery. 4 AA vs H4's 2, and still using outdated usb connections without supplying a cable in the box. Even Zoom's own branded power supply doesn't come with a cable. Get with the times, Zoom, use a USB C so we can get on with our day and not have to hunt down one specific cable...

really needed

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-04

I have been over due to upgrade my audio recorders and the zoom h6 is the perfect replacement for my recorders real good quality in the sound and functions

Excellent recorder

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-12

This is a portable recorder that I bought to replace an older Tascam recorder that had malfunctioned. I love having the 4 XLR mic inputs, in addition to the built-in stereo mics. It's perfectly flexible for all of my needs.

Easy Peasy

By Therese
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-29

Just purchased this for my film production class as it seemed better value than the Sony version. I am glad I did, the ease of use is a great help for me, not that tech savvy. It works really well and is flexible for different types of recording. Great piece of equipment!

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