Zoom H6 Portable Handy Recorder
The Worlds Favourite All In one Handy Recorder
Ideal for bands, multi-instrumentalists, and podcasters, the Zoom H6 portable handheld recorder lets you quickly record up to six simultaneous input signals regardless of your audio experience. With two swappable stereo microphone capsules, six versatile mic/line inputs, and up to 6-track recording, the H6 is both user-friendly and easily expandable.
One of the things that make the Zoom H6 All Black Handy Recorder such a field-recording workhorse is its extensive I/O, which puts its functionality comfortably on par with the high-end dedicated recorders used by film and television professionals. On the body of the H6 alone, you'll find four combo jacks, each with its own volume dial and switchable -20dB pad. These inputs let you connect anything from phantom-powered condenser microphones to extremely hot line-level sources. Cooler still is the All Black's modular expansion port, which lets you connect microphones such as the included XY capsule. Read all about them in our Zoom Capsule Buying Guide. As for monitoring, you get both a line and a headphone out, plus a built-in speaker for mono playback.
Always Ready to Record
There's something inherently unpredictable about field recording, which makes it unnervingly easy to miss critical takes. Zoom equipped their H6 All Black Handy Recorder with three powerful recording modes to spare you the stress of a lost or ruined recording opportunity: Pre-record, Backup-record, and Auto-record. With Pre-record, the All Black is continuously buffering the last two seconds of audio, which it includes with every recording. So, even if you hit record late, you're still likely to capture the sound you thought you missed. Along a similar line of thinking is the H6's Backup-record function, which records a separate stereo mix at 12dB down from your current settings. That way, if a sudden audio spike causes your input to clip, you still have a clean backup to work with. Finally, there's Auto-record, which starts recording when the volume passes a certain threshold.
The dynamics processing onboard the Zoom H6 All Black Handy Recorder serves two important purposes: first, it smooths out your audio for a more polished sound, and second, it keeps your input levels from clipping. In addition to the general compression and limiting settings that work well in most situations, the H6 All Black offers you advanced settings for specific applications. Additional compression settings let you smooth out vocals or punch up drums, and task-oriented limiting modes deal with the consistently high sound-pressure level of live concerts and the sudden spikes of small-room audio production perfectly. What's more, the H6 includes a switchable highpass filter that lets you cut out wind and handling noise and tame plosives. Additionally, you'll find handy tools such as a metronome and multimode tuner onboard the H6 All Black, plus pitch shifting and looping capabilities.
Versatile USB Audio Interface
Not only is the Zoom H6 All Black Handy Recorder an amazing field recorder, but it's also a super-portable USB audio interface too. How cool is that?! We'll tell you. For starters, because it's class compliant, you can plug your H6 into just about any Mac or Windows PC, or even your iPad (via the Apple Camera Connection Kit), and get up to six inputs and two outputs right to your favorite DAW software or recording app. And if you don't already have a DAW of choice, Zoom includes a copy of Steinberg's Cubase LE to get you going. What's more, all of the All Black's onboard processing is available even when you use it as an interface, so you can track with compression, limiting, and filtering. There's zero-latency input monitoring to make recording easier, plus a cool Loop Back mode that lets you mix and record a stereo feed over USB along with the H6's inputs.
Audio Interface: Yes (via USB)
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
Simultaneous Rec Tracks: 6
Simultaneous Play Tracks: 6
Built-in Mic(s): Modular (includes X/Y mic capsule)
Analog Inputs: 4 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line)
Analog Outputs: 1 x 1/8" TRS (stereo line out)
Headphones: 1 x 1/8"
Built-in Speaker: Yes
Memory (removable): SD/SDHC/SDXC (up to 128GB)
File Format: WAV, MP3
Effects: Highpass filter, Compressor, Limiter
USB: 1 x Type Mini-B
Software: WaveLab LE, Cubase LE (download license)
Power Supply: 4 x AA (alkaline or NiMH) / USB bus powered
Battery Life: 20 hours
Stand Mountable: Yes (via optional adapter)
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