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Zoom H2n Digital Recorder

Zoom H2n Digital Recorder


The H2n Handy Recorder is the only portable recording device to come with five built-in microphones and four different recording modes: X/Y, Mid-Side, 2-channel surround and 4-channel surround. Other advanced features include automatic gain control and onboard MS decoding, plus effects like compression, limiting and low cut filtering. You can even use the H2n as a multi-purpose USB microphone!  


Using the H2n

With its multiple microphones and recording modes, the H2n can handle just about every kind of application. Here are just a few ways it can be used:

  • Live recording of concerts and rehearsals, in either stereo or surround sound  
  • Location videography—the H2n gives you plenty of options in postproduction 
  • Creating audio for YouTube videos   
  • Generating lasting audio documents of important events 
  • As a USB microphone providing input to recording software


Five microphones, four ways of recording

The H2n offers not one, not two, but five built-in microphones. Two of them are arranged as an X/Y pair, while the other three are configured in an MS ("Mid-Side") pattern. They can be used separately for X/Y or MS stereo recording, or combined to create stunning 2- or 4-channel surround sound. 


Mid-Side for variable stereo width

Mid-Side recording is an incredible technique that allows you to actually adjust the width of the stereo image after it has been recorded, while maintaining perfect mono compatibility, making it especially useful for film, video and television projects.

The three microphone elements in the H2n MS mic are set directly on top of one another. One faces forward and the other two face to the side.


X/Y for natural-sounding stereo

The X/Y technique provides a great way to cover a wide area while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition, making it perfect for all types of live stereo recording. 


Surround sound for lifelike realism

The H2n allows you to combine the signals from both the X/Y and MS microphones in order to create surround sound recordings of everything you hear—not just those sounds coming from in front of you, but from all directions. 


The Ins and Outs

The H2n Line In is a stereo ⅛" mini phone jack that can accept two channels of mic- and/or line-level signals. Condenser microphones requiring Plug-In Power (2.5 volts) can be connected to this jack. An analog-type Mic Gain dial allows you to manually set input level, or you can choose one of the three Auto Gain presets to automatically set the optimum recording level.

The H2n Line Out is a stereo ⅛" phone jack with dedicated volume control. Headphones can be connected to this jack for private monitoring of the input or recorded signal. There's also a built-in speaker on the back panel for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections. 

The H2n USB port provides a digital output of the stereo mix and allows data to be sent to and from your computer. From there, it can be imported into editing software such as the supplied WaveLab LE. USB also enables the H2n to be used as a 4-in/2-out audio interface or as a USB microphone.


Pre-Record, Auto-Record and Data Recovery



The interview started a split-second before you were ready. The conductor lifted his baton just as you were checking a cable. The talent went back on-air a moment too soon. That bat appeared out of nowhere!

No problem… as long as you're using an H2n. Its Pre-record function automatically keeps the H2n silently but continuously recording in the background, all the time, keeping the previous two seconds* when you hit RECORD.

*One second when recording in 4ch surround mode at a 96 kHz sampling rate.


Auto-Record allows the H2n to automatically start recording when a certain level of sound is detected. As soon as an incoming signal exceeds the Start Level you've set, recording begins. There's an equivalent Auto-record Stop function, too; as soon as incoming signal drops below the Stop Level you've set, recording ends.  

Data Recovery
The H2n's Data Recovery feature automatically repairs corrupted files—something that can happen if power is interrupted during recording or if an SD card is removed during a writing or editing procedure.


File types supported

The H2n can record audio in two different basic file types: WAV and MP3. The main difference between the two is that WAV files are uncompressed; that is, they contain all the recorded signal without any data being removed. The WAV files recorded by the H2n can be either 16- or 24-bit, with sampling rates of 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz, and are automatically time-stamped, making them Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compliant—especially important when recording audio for video since it allows for precise synchronization in post-production. 

MP3 recordings are compressed, which means that some unnecessary data is removed prior to storage, making them much smaller than WAV files, and thus much easier to upload and download. Some MP3 files exhibit a slight loss of audio fidelity as compared with the original signal; however, this is not noticeable in all circumstances. 

The H2n allows you to easily convert WAV files to MP3 format and you can use its internal mixer to mix down the pair of stereo files created in 4ch surround to stereo, with independent control over each track's level and panning. 


Battery life and recording times

The H2n requires just 2 AA batteries—either alkaline or rechargeable NiMH. Battery life when using alkaline batteries is more than 20 hours, even during continuous recording. Alternatively, you can use an optional AD-17 AC adapter, which allows you to power the H2n from any standard wall socket.

The H2n records directly to SD cards. It supports standard SD and SDHC cards, up to 32 gigabytes. The chart below shows maximum recording time with different file formats and card sizes. 

*The maximum file size is 2 GB. Recording times are approximations. Actual times may differ according to recording conditions.


Using the H2n as an audio interface

The H2n's USB port allows it to send and receive digital data and to act as a 4-input / 2-output audio interface (enabling you to use it as a USB microphone). Simply connect the H2n to your laptop or desktop computer via USB, launch your favorite DAW or use the included WaveLab LE software, and start laying down your tracks.  



Here's what comes included with the H2n:  

  • Operation manual
  • 2 AA batteries
  • Steinberg Cubase LE and WaveLab LE editing software


Optional H2n accessories:

  • WSU-1 universal hairy windscreen (£50)
  • HS-1 hot shoe mount
  • MA-2 tripod to mic stand adapter for Handy Recorders
  • APH-2n accessory package includes remote control with extension cable, windscreen, AD-17 AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case, and a mic clip adapter. (£55)
  • Features & Specifications

    Features of the H2n

    • Five built-in microphones and four recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, and both 2-channel and 4-channel surround
    • Analog-type input gain control   
    • Auto Gain provides three preset recording levels
    • Stereo ⅛" Mic/Line In mini phone jack with Plug-in power (2.5V)
    • Stereo ⅛" Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
    • Built-in reference speaker for fast monitoring
    • Large 1.8 inch backlit LCD display 
    • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
    • Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
    • Auto-record and Pre-record features 
    • WAV to MP3 conversion
    • Internal mixdown: four-track surround to stereo  
    • Up to 99 marks per recording
    • Built-in effects, including compression/limiting and low-cut filtering 
    • Onboard MS decoding
    • Normalize and Divide functions
    • Chromatic tuner and metronome 
    • Loop playback with user-defined start and stop points
    • Variable playback speed, from 50% to 150% for phrase training
    • Variable pitch without affecting playback speed
    • USB port for data exchange to and from computer and use as a USB microphone
    • 4-in/2-out USB audio interface for PC/Mac computers
    • SD card reader function
    • Data recovery function automatically saves data if power fails or card is removed
    • Mounts directly to tripod or DSLR 
    • Runs on only 2 standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries, or AC adapter (AD-17, USB to AC type) 
    • Over 20 hours of operation with 2 AA alkaline batteries 



    Recording media: 16MB–2GB SD cards, 4GB–32GB SDHC cards
    Built-in memory: Up to 1 minute in 96kbps MP3 format
      (Recording overwrites any previous recording in memory)
    Mic arrangements: 90˚ X/Y stereo, MS stereo with adjustable side mic level
    Recording modes: MS, XY, MS+XY (2ch), MS+XY (4ch)
    Microphone types: Directional (XY, MS mid mics)
      Bidirectional (MS side mic)
    Maximum sound pressure input: 120 dB spl (directional)
      122 dB spl (bi-directional)


    Stereo uncompressed PCM: 44.1 / 48 / 96kHz, 16 / 24bit WAV (BWF)
    Compressed MP3 (recording): 44.1kHz, 48kHz
      56 /64/80/96/112/128/160/192/ 224/256/320kbps
      (Not compatible with MS-RAW recording)
    Compressed MP3 (playback): 44.1kHz, 48kHz
    4ch uncompressed PCM: 44.1 / 48 / 96kHz, 16 / 24bit WAV (BWF)
      (Two stereo files for each recording)


    A/D conversion: 24-bit 128× oversampling
    D/A conversion: 24-bit 128× oversampling
    Signal processing: 32-bit
    Recording time (2GB card): 3:08:00 (44.1kHz/16bit WAV), 34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)


    Lo cut: 80Hz high-pass filter
    Comp/Limiter: 3 types of compressors and 3 types of limiters
    Auto gain: Automatic input gain adjustment (3 levels)
    Pre rec: 2 seconds of pre-recording
    Auto rec: Automatic recording start/stop, continuous standby
    Tuner: Chromatic, guitar, bass and alternate (A/E/G/D/DADGAD) tunings with automatic string detection
    Metronome: 40–250 BPM range, five tones, pre-count
    Speed: Playback speed adjustable between 50–150%
    Key control: Playback pitch adjustable ±6 semitones
      (Cannot be used with 96kHz files)
    AB repeat: Repeats playback between selected points in a file
    File divide: Divides a file into two
    File normalize: Maximizes file volume
      (Cannot be used with MP3s)
    File MP3 encode: Converts WAV files to MP3 formats at fixed bit rates
    Mark: Up to 99 marks
      (WAV files only)
    Surround mixer: Adjusts mix balance when playing back 4ch surround recordings
    Display graphic: 128×64 pixels backlit LCD
    Input gain: 0 to +39 dB
    Input jack: Line/mic stereo mini jack with plug-in power
      2 kΩ impedance at input levels of 0 to –39 dBm
    Output jack: Line/headphone stereo mini jack
    Rated output level: −10 dBm (output impedance 10 kΩ or more)
    Headphones: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32 Ω load)
    Built-in speaker: 400mW, 8Ω, mono
    USB: Mini-B type
      Card reader operation
    USB 2.0 high speed: Audio interface operation
    USB 1.0 full speed: Supports 44.1 / 48kHz sampling rates and 16-bit rate
      USB bus power operation supported
    Power: Two AA batteries, AD-17 USB to AC adapter (DC 5V 1A)
      Continuous operation of 20 or more hours when recording 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV files using alkaline batteries
    Physical features: Tripod mounting socket, strap attachment
    Dimensions: 67.6mm (W) × 113.85mm (H) × 42.7mm (D)
    Weight: 130 g (without batteries)
  • Software

    State of the art editing with every recorder

    The Zoom H2n comes with free download licenses for Steinberg’s Cubase LE music production software and WaveLab LE audio editing software, providing not just the ability to capture superior audio in every box, but to do spectacular things with it.

    Take your recordings to a more professional level. Steinberg’s powerful and state-of-the-art audio software used by creators around the world now comes with every Zoom Handy Recorder purchase.

    Currently shipping with:
    Cubase LE8 for Mac OS X 10.9/10.10 and Windows 7/8/8.1
    Wavelab LE9 for Mac OS X 10.10/10.11 and Windows 7/8/8.1/10

PriceFrom £160.00
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