Zoom H4n 4-Channel Handy Recorder (2009 Version)

Zoom H4n 4-Channel Handy Recorder (2009 Version)

Zoom H4n 4-Channel Handy Recorder (2009 Version)

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Product Highlights

  • Accessories Included
  • True X/Y Stereo Mics
  • Selectable Recording Patterns
  • Records up to 24-Bit/96 kHz
  • Records to SD/SDHC
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
  • Built-In Speaker
  • USB 2.0 Connectivity
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Uses AA Batteries
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Zoom H4n Overview

  • 1Description

The Zoom H4n 4-Channel Handy Recorder (2009 Version) picks up where the H4n left off and adds additional features to an already popular audio recorder. Useful for recording interviews, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, and more, this palm-sized unit packs the ability to record up to 4 channels of audio at greater than CD-quality sample rates and bit depths.

The recorder features onboard true X/Y stereo microphones to pick up clear, natural sound without phase shifting. The mics can be rotated to select a 90 or 120° recording pattern for versatility. The digitally controlled preamps, combined with the high-quality microphones, allow you to capture Linear PCM audio at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz. The recorder captures audio to SD or SDHC cards with capacities up to 32GB. A USB 2.0 port allows you to quickly transfer files to a Mac or Windows computer, or use the H4n as a live audio interface.

For connecting your own microphones or instruments, the unit features XLR/TRS combo input jacks with phantom capability. A 3.5mm line output is provided, and a reference speaker is built-in for quickly reviewing your recordings. The unit operates on a pair of standard AA batteries, and features a Stamina mode to provide up to 11 hours of continuous recording at 16-bit/44.1 kHz.Other useful features of the recorder include variable playback speed, automatic and pre-record functions, a low-cut filter and limiter for improving the sound quality of recordings, time stamping, a metronome and tuner, and more. The backlit LCD screen and intuitive controls are easy to use, even for the recording novice.

Compact Form Factor
The small size of the H4n makes it ideal for use in mobile situations. The rubberized chassis provides a high level of durability and helps to minimize handling noise
4-Channel Recording
The H4n can record up to 4 channels of audio. It also has a 4-track MTR mode that provides simultaneous 4-track playback and 2-track recording for overdubbing and creating songs
True X/Y Stereo Mics
The onboard mics are arranged in true X/Y fashion to produce natural stereo recordings with no phasing issues
Selectable Recording Patterns
The built-in mics can be rotated to select a recording pattern of 90 or 120° for versatility
High-Quality Preamp
The digitally-controlled preamp captures clear, precise audio at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz
SD/SDHC Storage
The H4n records to readily-available SD or SDHC flash memory cards at capacities up to 32GB. This type of media features no moving parts, and is an incredibly stable platform, ensuring the safety of your data
The H4n features professional-quality XLR/TRS inputs with phantom power for connecting instruments or microphones. An additional 3.5mm mic input is also provided. Output is via a 3.5mm headphone/line-out jack. A USB 2.0 port lets you transfer files to a computer, or use the unit as a live audio interface
Integrated Speaker
The built-in speaker lets you quickly monitor recordings without having to bother with headphones
Power Options
The unit can operate on a pair of standard AA batteries. The recorder's Stamina mode allows it to record continuously for up to 11 hours at CD-quality settings. The recorder can also be powered with an optional AC wall adapter or by USB power
Intuitive Interface
The backlit LCD screen and intuitive control buttons make it easy to record right away, even for beginners
Audio Editing
Built-in editing features let you make basic adjustments, while the included Cubase LE software lets you perform more advanced editing functions on a computer. A mid-side stereo decoder allows you to use an external mid-side mic setup, while a mono-mix function lets you convert a stereo recording down to mono, ideal for interviews
Recording Features
The H4n features pre-record and auto record features so you never miss an important moment. A low-cut filter and limiter make sure you capture a clean recording every time
Playback Features
Playback speed can be adjusted from 50 to 100%, making it easy to learn a song or language, or analyze recordings. You can also choose single- or all-repeat modes, and A-B repeat
Time Stamping
The H4n recordings carry time-stamp information, and can accept cues/markers to support the Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) used in professional applications
Musician Tools
The integrated tuner and metronome are perfect tools for singers and musicians
Mounting Options
The recorder can be mounted on a standard mic stand by using a mic clip adapter, or mounted to a standard camera tripod thanks to the threaded mount
Accessories Included
The H4n comes complete with a windscreen, mic clip adapter, AC adapter, USB cable, and protective case so you can start recording right away
In the Box
Zoom H4n 4-Channel Handy Recorder (2009 Version)
  • Protective Case
  • AC Adapter
  • Windscreen
  • Mic Clip Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Download for Steinberg Cubase LE Software
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Zoom H4n Specs

    Type Handheld multi-track stereo SD card recorder
    Recording/Reading Methods SD/SDHC card (up to 32 GB, 2 GB included)
    USB connection to Windows computer/Mac
    Recording Bit Rate WAV: 16- and 24-bit
    MP3: 48 to 320 kbps
    Sampling Frequency WAV: 44.1/48/96 kHz
    MP3 - 44.1/48 kHz
    Number of Channels 2 or 4, depending on mode
    Recording Time Per 1GB of SD memory
    Stereo Mode:
    MP3: 17 hours 21 mins (128 kbps), 6 hours 56 mins (320 kbps)
    WAV: 1 hour 34 mins (16-bit/44.1 kHz), 1 hour 26 mins (16-bit/48 kHz), 28 mins (24-bit/96 kHz)
    4-Channel Mode:
    WAV: 47 mins (16-bit/44.1 kHz), 28 mins (24-bit/48 kHz)
    MTR Mode:
    WAV: 3 hours 8 mins (16-bit/44.1 kHz)
    AD/DA Conversion 24-bit, 128x oversampling
    Signal Processing 32-bit
    Phantom Power 48 V, 24 V, off
    Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo inputs (balanced, unbalanced)
    1 x 3.5mm mic input
    2 x Built-in condenser microphones
    1 x USB 2.0 port
    Output 1 x 3.5mm mini stereo headphone/line-out jack
    1 x USB 2.0 port (same as input)
    Power 2 x AA or LR6 batteries
    AC wall power
    USB bus power
    Battery Life Approx 6 hours (normal) or 11 hours (stamina mode)
    Display 128 x 64 pixel 1.9" backlit LCD
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 2.75 x 6.1 x 1.4" (70 x 156 x 35mm)
    Weight 9.9 oz (280g) (without batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.5 x 7.3 x 2.9"

    Zoom H4n Reviews

    H4n 4-Channel Handy Recorder (2009 Version) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 1014.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and effective I'm pretty amateur in the field of sound recording, but when I decided to make a podcast, I knew that I would need an effective portable recording device. The H4n was easy to learn to use, and create quality sound that I can carry around in my bag. Its not hard to learn how to use, and that was valuable for me as I don't have a full education on the subject. I'm really pleased with it, and would definitely recommend it for someone else with my recording needs.
    Date published: 2015-08-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantastic all around but a SERIOUSLY big flaw. I bought this back in late 2012 and I instantly fell in love. It was small, portable, and recorded high quality audio. I use it for everything from voiceovers in a studio, interviews on and off camera, demo tracks and scratch tracks as well as live sound recording at events. But one thing you have to know about this before using it in any environment is this. If you do not use the correct SD card (Which I have yet to figure out which works fine) it will shut down in the middle of recording and you will be left with an audio file that is unusable. This happened to me first in summer 2014. I was filming a wedding. After I wrapped up I walked over to my Zoom and it was turned off. What I thought happened was human error. I thought I simply forgot to hit record and it shut off after a few mins. Ok I walked away making sure that would never happen again. Summer of this year I was doing an interview with a man in Poland. When it was over the same thing happened. Thought once again I was just an idiot and I beat myself up. this past weekend I was filming another wedding when this happened again. But this time I checked several times during the process to make sure that I had in fact started the recording process. Absolutely ticked off at this point. I do a little digging and find out the little tid bit about the SD card. So aside from that one HUGE flaw its really tremendous. Just be weary of what SD card you use. Do some research.
    Date published: 2015-07-21
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from High Frequency Glitch Have had the H4n for about a year. Recently, while using a pro mic connected to one of the XLR inputs and monitoring with headphones, a high frequenting ticking sound is recorded. This makes the recording unusable. The problem seems to be with the headphone jack. When I pull the headphone jack out slightly, the ticking stops.
    Date published: 2015-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best for your money I am Russian, and my English is not perfect. I hope you understand me. Zoom H4n - ideal for podcasts, screencasts. Also ideal as an external microphone for video DSLR. The sound quality is sufficient for all purposes.
    Date published: 2015-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible I use this product to record audio for my short films as well as record music recitals. I love everything about this Recorder - it's easy, it always works, and it's sound quality is wondrous. I have nothing to complain about towards this product. It produces extremely high-quality sound
    Date published: 2015-06-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still the better for stereo recordings than the Zoom H5 I've been using a Zoom H4n since they first came out, to create experiential field recordings in stereo for an immersive audio podcast. But I also use it in 4-channel mode with a single shotgun mic, in order to isolate a subject's voice in an interview, while still capturing good ambient sound. I'd been frustrated with the gain on the external mics (sometimes you have to crank it all the way up to 95 in order to get a good signal), so recently I tried to upgrade to a Zoom H5. But I quickly discovered on the H5 that, while the external mic problem was now totally fixed, I now had the exact same gain problem with the Zoom's *internal* mics (my favorite part of the machine). I returned the H5 and am now back to my H4n. The sound on the internal mics is loud and beautiful, and I love the flexibility to create a wider stereo image at 120 degrees (a feature unavailable on the H5 unless you by a separate microphone module). It's a great machine.
    Date published: 2015-06-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best out there as a freelance videographer, i have not come across a better recording device in this price range. you simply cannot beat the h4n.
    Date published: 2015-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT ITEM !!! This is an amazing recorder, professional quality with a very convenient price. Shipping was pretty faster. I used this recorder for a short film and the results is perfect.
    Date published: 2015-05-19
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    My H4n (2009) can NOT be powered through its USB connector. Only through the power connector on the bottom. Your description says that it can. Is your description in error or is there something wrong with my H4n?
    Asked by: William A.
    When you plug the H4n in via USB, it will power on in a special mode as a USB audio interface for a computer. It cannot record to the SD card in this mode (it seems that the new 2015 version may have removed this limitation). If the goal is to connect USB as a power source (i.e. a USB battery pack) for field recoding, this is not possible via the USB mini-B connexion. However, since the power input is 5VDC @ 1A, it is the same as most USB chargers. So, you can buy or make a cable that has a standard USB A plug on one end and a DC barrel plug on the other to fit the power connection on the bottom of the Zoom. I made my own cable and it works flawlessly.
    Answered by: Peter S.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Trying to connect Zoom H4N to my DMC FZ1000. No sound in camera!It is not just plug in?
    Asked by: Jan J.
    Can''t help, you sorry.
    Answered by: GREGGORY W M.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Can you record a guitar directly?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The 1/4 inputs located on the bottom of the unit are designed to accept a guitar input directly. There are multiple guitar effects built into the unit as well.
    Answered by: Jeff P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    What Wireless Lavalier Microphone and transmitters would work well with this recorder? Would this be good for recording audio that would be later added to video recorded using a 70d in post production? If so what would be the best thing to do to make sure the audio and video match up as best as possible when adding in post production?
    Asked by: Tyler S.
    Premiere Pro has a 'sync' option that looks at the audio tracks and synchronizes.
    Answered by: glenn m.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    When I record an event with my Tascam DR-40, the audio gets out of sync (with my camera audio) if it is a longer recording, and gets worse the longer it is. It can get 1/2 second off over an hour long recording. Does the H4N have this issue as well?
    Asked by: Sam P.
    Unfortunately timing drift between devices is inevitable. Every recording device uses its own internal clock source for its timing information. Unless all your devices clocks are using the same reference there will be differences in timing. Unfortunately devices in this price range will not have external clock or time code sync features.
    Answered by: Jeff P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Can you use a mic with an 1/8 connector?
    Asked by: Ashley L.
    Yes. Thee 1/8th in connector for mic or line input is (oddly) on the bottom.
    Answered by: Michael A.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    how does this compare with the Sony PCM M10?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    The Sony PCM-M10 and Zoom H4N have very different feature sets. The H4N is a multitrack recorder that can interface with and record multiple mics simultaneously. Designed originally as a musicians tool has many features tailored to this application such as internal effects, tuner and dynamics controls. The PCM-M10 from Sony is a compact general purpose recorder that has a solid quality build with an all metal casing and high record quality as well. These 2 recorders are not generally used in the same applications and are not really comparable feature wise.
    Answered by: Jeff P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Asked by: Anonymous
    Zoom offers a 1-Year Limited Warranty when purchasing this unit.
    Answered by: Jeff P.
    Date published: 2018-08-27
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