Product Spotlight: Zoom H2n Handy Recorder

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Enjoy the new standard

By Brian Dougherty
Product Specialist, Samson Technologies Corp.

Representing a new generation of portable recording, the H2n is Zoom’s most innovative hand-held recorder to date. We’ve packed groundbreaking features into an ultraportable device that allows you to record pristine audio anywhere you go. From film and broadcast, to journalism, podcasting, musical performance, songwriting, and rehearsal, the Zoom H2n recorder provides amazing recording quality.

Zoom H2n Handy Portable Audio Recorder

New mics, new sound

The Zoom H2n features our best microphones yet and is the only portable recorder with five mic capsules onboard. This design enables the H2n to offer four unique recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, and 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound.

The H2n is the first hand-held recorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast where ambience and surrounding noise are crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a unidirectional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bidirectional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. If you record in RAW mode you can even adjust the stereo width after recording.

The recorder’s onboard 90° X/Y stereo condenser mics are arranged with the right and left mics on the same axis. This design ensures that the Zoom H2n’s mics are always equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization and no phase shifting. The result is brilliant stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging.

Using the H2n’s Mid-Side and X/Y mics together, you can create stunning 360° surround sound recordings. Choose between 2-channel mode, which combines the Mid-Side and X/Y mics, and 4-channel mode, which records two separate stereo files, allowing you even more post-production capability. No matter which mode you use, you’ll get perfectly balanced, surround sound recordings.

You get it all

The Zoom H2n recorder is remarkably easy to use. With its newly designed user interface, critical controls are right at your fingertips and make studio-quality recording a breeze. The H2n also houses an arsenal of comprehensive functions, including Auto-Gain, a compressor/limiter, time stamping, and more. A 1.8” backlit LCD display (128x64 resolution) provides crystal-clear monitoring and makes it simple to navigate all of the unit’s functions. In addition, as digital volume controls offer too much or too little gain with no middle ground, the Zoom H2n features an analog Mic Gain wheel that allows you to dial in the perfect amount of gain for any given application.

Never again will you have to worry about losing recorded data to unexpected errors. The H2n has you covered with its new data recovery function. Whether you experience battery loss or an accidental power-down, this feature will automatically restore your data the next time the H2n is powered on. The H2n recorder also features a built-in reference speaker that lets you know your recordings have been captured. With its 1/8” stereo output, you can also playback your recordings on your home audio system or listen to your masterpiece using your favorite pair of headphones.

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder SD/SDHC Memory

The H2n provides over 20 hours of continuous operation on just two standard AA alkaline batteries! This astonishing feature enhances the Zoom H2n’s flexibility and convenience. In addition, the H2n can also operate using an AC adapter, which is included in the optional APH-2n Accessory Pack. Using SD/SDHC cards, the H2n can accommodate up to a 32GB SDHC card for over 50 hours of recording time using the 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV format. With 128kbps MP3 format, you get an incredible 555 hours of stereo recording. The H2n comes with a 2GB SD card to get you started.

Transfer files to your Mac or PC with the H2n’s High-Speed USB 2.0 interface. Once your recordings are on your computer, you can easily store, edit, playback, and share your favorite creations. You can even use the H2n as a USB microphone, letting you record directly to your computer. The Zoom H2n comes with Steinberg’s WaveLab LE 7, which can be used for audio editing and professional-quality mastering. By using its precise waveform editing and high-quality processing, you can refine your recordings into finished works.

Zoom APH-2n Accessory Pack

Accessorize with ease . . .

The APH-2n accessory package is also available with a variety of accessories that make it easier for you to capture your recordings. The accessory kit includes a wired remote control with an extension cable, windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded shell case, and mic clip adapter. The APH-2n’s wired remote can be used to start, stop, and pause recordings, as well as to add marks. It’s also useful in preventing handling noise.

A new generation

No matter the application, the Zoom H2n recorder brings the very best in stereo recording to a convenient, user-friendly package that fits in your pocket. Zoom H2n Handy Recorder. The new standard in portable recording.

Features & Specs

  • 5 built-in mic capsules
  • 4 recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel
  • Records in WAV up to 24-bit/96kHz, MP3 up to 320kbps
  • Newly designed user interface
  • Functions include Auto-Gain, compressor/limiter, time stamping, and more
  • Data recovery function
  • Over 20 hours of AA battery operation
  • Operates on battery, AC, or USB bus power
  • 1.8" backlit LCD display
  • Analog-type Mic Gain wheel
  • Built-in reference speaker
  • High-speed USB 2.0 card reader function
  • 1/8" mic/line Input
  • 1/8" 'phones/line output
  • Accommodates up to 32GB SDHC cards
  • Steinberg WaveLab LE 7 software included
  • Includes 2GB SD card and 2 AA batteries
  • APH-2n accessory pack sold separately

Make high-quality recordings with miking options previously found only in professional studios.

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