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ZOOM H4n - World-class recording for everyone.
Representing the next level of professional recording performance, the H4n delivers superior audio
quality and dramatically improves the user experience. Zoom’s most sophisticated handheld
recorder to date will amaze, no matter the application.

Unique X/Y mic design captures perfect stereo images
                                        The H4n’s onboard X/Y stereo condenser mics are arranged
                                        with the right and left mics on the same axis. This design
                                        ensures that the mics are always equidistant from the sound
                                        source for perfect localization with no phase shifting.
                                        Frequency response remains uniform throughout your
                                        recording. The result is great stereo recording with natural
                                        depth and accurate imaging every time.

                                                The mics also adjust for variable recording patterns at
                                                either 90° or 120°. Our unique design lets you rotate
                                                each mic capsule from 90° (standard) to 120° (wide-
                                                angle) stereo for the ultimate versatility in any
                                                recording situation.

Why four channels are better than two.
Everyone knows that proper miking is essential to making a great recording. The H4n is the only
handheld recorder that allows you to record on four channels simultaneously by using its onboard
mics with either external mics or direct inputs. You can then use its built-in mixer to blend the
channels for perfectly balanced recordings. Now your recordings can be richer than ever before.

Or, to get a great recording of a live performance, use the H4n’s onboard mics to get a room mix
while simultaneously recording a stereo mix from the mixing board for a live recording that is easily
one of the best you’ve ever heard.

And for media and filmmakers, the H4n makes it easy to record “high definition” audio at 24-
bit/48kHz with booms, handhelds or lavaliers while gathering atmospheric audio with the onboard
mics. The H4n also supports Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) so your recorded files carry time stamp
information. You can even set markers (cue points) during recording or playback.

For even more versatility, the H4n also features a Mid-Side stereo decoder that allows you to utilize
this classic microphone setup. The H4n converts the mid and side channels into a conventional
stereo (L/R) signal for even more versatility… and it’s only found on the H4n.

It’s all in the preamp…
The H4n’s new mics and four channel recording ability, in combination with our new, digitally
controlled, high-quality preamplifier renders audio so precise, you’ll sound like you recorded in a
world-class studio. And this new preamp means you can make recording level adjustments on the
fly. Of course, an automatic level setting function is also built-in to optimize your levels as quickly
as the situation requires.
High resolution, 24-bit/96kHz linear PCM recording
Choose up to 24-bit/96-kHz linear PCM WAV files for audio resolution that surpasses DVD quality.
Or, when maximum recording time with smaller file sizes is desired, select a variety of MP3 formats
from 320 kbps down to 48 kpbs to produce smaller files suitable for web or e-mail distribution.

Secure your digital memories on SD and SDHC cards

                                                                 The H4n uses compact SD or high-
                                                                 capacity SDHC memory cards of up
                                                                 to 32GB for over 15 hours of
                                                                 recording time at 24-bit/96kHz. Or,
                                                                 using MP3 format at 128 kpbs, get
                                                                 over 550 hours of recording time
                                                                 on one card!

                                                                 Please check our confirmed list of
                                                                 approved SD and SDHC cards
                                                                 before purchasing.

It’s about the music.
For musicians and songwriters, the H4n is also a user-friendly, multi-track studio (MTR) that
records at CD quality, 16-bit/44.1kHz resolution. Plug in your guitar or bass and use the H4n’s
classic amp models to inspire your creativity and find tone perfection during your recording

The MTR mode allows simultaneous 2-track recording and 4-track playback. With this feature, you
can sketch songs by overdubbing vocals and instruments with ease. Level and panning can be
adjusted individually for each track on the built-in mixer, and you can even do a mixdown right on
the H4n. Perfect for pre-production sessions with the band.

The H4n offers a choice of 50 studio-quality DSP effects including compressor, chorus, delay, and
reverb. These onboard studio effects, along with its tuner and metronome make the H4n very
musician friendly.

The H4n’s phrase trainer capability makes learning new songs easy with an adjustable playback
feature that changes the speed from 50 to 150 percent, while maintaining pitch. Or use its center
cancel feature to suppress audio that is recorded with
center imaging. And because the H4n lets you alter pitch
without changing playback speed, you can choose source
material, suppress the center audio and use it as a backing
track while recording a vocal or guitar track.

And it’s a USB audio interface!
The H4n also functions as a USB audio interface, letting you record directly to either a Mac or PC.
Use your favorite recording software or the bundled Cubase LE 4 from Steinberg, so you can start
to produce and edit your recording right out of the box.
Everyone likes surprises… just not while you’re recording.
You can set your H4n to automatically
record whenever sound above a designated
level is detected. This ensures that you
capture everything of importance while
minimizing blank sections such as when
recording a conference or lecture. The H4n
can also be set to continuously record the
most recent two seconds of audio in
memory. Now, you’ll never miss the
beginning of anything you want to record,
even if it begins suddenly.

Brains and a body, too.
The H4n has a new rubberized, shock resistant chassis that improves durability while reducing
handling noise. A large, 1.9 inch LCD screen with backlit graphic display shows all the tracking
information at a glance and makes it easy to navigate the functions of the unit. The H4n even has a
built-in reference speaker to let you check recordings without earphones.

Faster file transfer
The H4n is now a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed device, meaning that files can be transferred to your computer
at the highest rate available. Then use recording software for editing, create your own original CDs,
post your recordings on your myspace page or send out your recordings by e-mail… the possibilities
are endless.

Stamina mode extends battery life to 11 hours
For situations where you require maximized, continuous recording operation you can select stamina
mode that effectively doubles battery life, letting you record continuously for approximately 11
hours in 16-bit/44.1kHz linear PCM format.

                                                   Fully loaded.         A 1 GB SD card, windscreen,
                                                   mic clip adapter, AC adapter, USB cable, protective
                                                   case and Cubase LE recording software are included
                                                   with your H4n. The windscreen is especially helpful
                                                   to reduce wind noise. The mic clip adapter works
                                                   perfectly when attaching the unit to a standard mic
                                                   stand, or you can use the built-in tripod mount with
                                                   a standard camera tripod.

                                       Go remote with the RC4
                                       An optional remote control (RC4) gives you access to a
                                       range of functions including recording start, play, stop, fast
                                       forward/reverse, recording level adjustment, and input
                                       source switching. It is also useful for preventing any
                                       handling noise.
The H4n is the epitome of sophistication made simple. For anyone who needs professional
recording capability with extraordinary versatility, the H4n will give you the ability to capture
everything with the clarity and resolution previously found only in the world’s finest recording
studios. You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make world-class recordings, wherever you are in the


      Built-in X/Y stereo mics record at either 90° or 120°
      Four channel simultaneous recording using built-in and external mics
      Digitally controlled, high-quality mic preamp for improved audio quality
      Large 1.9-Inch LCD screen and improved user interface for easy operation
      24bit/96kHz Linear PCM recording for pristine recording
      MP3 recording for increased recording time
      Built-in reference speaker to check recordings
      Shock resistant rubberized body for improved chassis protection
      Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compatible time stamp and track marker
      Records on SD/SDHC media of up to 32GB for maximum recording time
      Auto-record and pre-record feature so you never miss a moment
      Variable speed playback capability for “phrase training”
      Stamina mode enables 10 hours of continuous battery life
      Onboard mid-side matrix decoder for additional miking possibilities
      Built-in mounting joint for tripod and mic stand mounting
      USB 2.0 port for faster file transfer
      XLR inputs with phantom power allow recording with any mic
      Supports plug-in power type external mics
      Hi-Z Inputs for recording guitar and bass
      Studio effects onboard, including guitar and bass amp modeling
      USB audio interface capability
      Low-cut filter to reduce noise
      Normalizing and file splitting functions
      Mono mix function
      Onboard tuner and metronome
      Includes 1 GB SD card, wind screen, mic clip adapter, AC adapter, USB cable, protective
       case and Cubase LE recording software
      Optional remote control (RC4) available

Built-in Microphone Frequency Response

H4n Handy Recorder Features at a Glance
The H4n Handy Recorder is the ultimate in professional, portable recording. A large 1.9-inch, backlit
display features recording levels, file format, time elapsed, file name, remaining battery life and
recording time. Optional features such as low cut filter, compressor/limiter and phantom power are
also shown when utilized. LEDs indicate Stereo, 4-Channel or MTR mode.

Transport controls include one button recording, playback and pause, forward and rewind buttons.
You also have greater control over functions such as Folder, File, Speed or Format selection with the
Short Cut/Track Select keys. These keys double as track selectors with the Multi-Track Recorder
                                                            On right side of the H4n, the Jog
                                                            Dial and Menu Key are positioned
                                                            together for easy navigation. Push
                                                            the Menu Key to enter the menu and
                                                            the Jog Dial to navigate through the
                                                            plentiful features. Use the record
                                                            level buttons to toggle your levels
                                                            up or down, and replace your SDHC
                                                            card by folding down the rubberized

The left side of the H4n contains a jack for the
RC4 remote control, Phone/Line Output for
monitoring and playback. Playback Volume,
USB 2.0 interface, Power On and Hold.

Use the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed Interface to move
your files to a PC or Mac for storage, editing or
playback. And you can even use the H4n as a
USB interface and record directly to your favorite
digital audio software or the supplied Cubase LE

On the back, you’ll find a reference speaker,
external mic input for plug-in power type mics
and a tripod mount. Remove the battery cover to
turn on Stamina Mode. There is also mount for a
carry strap. On the bottom of the H4n, you’ll find
the combination XLR/Phone inputs and the AC
power input is located here as well.

Our most sophisticated recorder, the H4n is also incredibly easy to navigate and setup for
the most diverse recording situations you could ever encounter. Now you can captu re
every sonic detail with the kind of quality and precision usually found in the world’s
finest recording studios.


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