Zoom H6 All Black 6-Input / 6-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Single Mic Capsule (Black)

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After a few minutes of tinkering with it, pressing buttons, going through menu functions, I was able to use it that same night to record my jazz band’s regular tuesday night gig and the recording came out great! This will definitely be a regular part of my gear for both my music projects and video.

I am also a video director and haven’t used it on a video project yet, but I can already tell that it will be a breeze to use with my Lumix GH3 DSLR rig. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: Pre-owned. This is my third Zoom Product.

I have previously owned the Zoom H4, H5, and now H6. Just when you think their recorders can’t get better, they do! As much as I liked the H4, the mic pre’s were not the greatest. My solution back then was the use of the Fethed and phantom power to add more clean gain. With that said the Zoom H6 is a dream come true.

Easy to use, more mic inputs, of course better mic pre’s and an additional two mic inputs by switching out the upper replacement module on top of the recorder.

It’s a good recorder and even can be used as and USB interface. It’s good for the Newbie or Seasoned Podcaster. And its great for DSLR use also. You can’t go wrong with this item. Buy it and fi nd out for yourself.

You’ll be glad you did.. Read full review. Verified purchase: Yes Condition: New. I was a bit worried about learning curve, but have found the H6 to be even easier to use than my H2n. Just amazing sound quality and you can jump right into using it within minutes. There are times I wish the lcd screen would articulate for various view angles, as it is bit of a trick to see it and get my levels right while playing my saxophone, but that would no doubt detract from its very rugged build.

Just a super investment, so fun to use. Zoom is an industry standard brand and with good reason. The H6 is the most capable piece of kit I have in my studio to date. It’s beyond easy to set up, has tons of options in it’s full color menus, and provides perfect audio quality. It can also be used as a USB interface, meaning this can be your only audio recorder if you have a studio! A must have for anyone recording audio of any kind!

High quality piece of kit, well thought out design solid construction. Microphone capsules are quite good. Matched with a pair of Blue Hummingbird small diaphragm condenser mics for acoustic guitar is a dream. Skip to main content. This will produce a file that is rich in audio information, which is preferable to an.

MP3 intentionally excludes some data, which will somewhat degrade the quality of your audio, in the interest of a smaller file size. The only instance you’d want to use the. MP3 format is if you strictly use your Zoom H5 as a dictaphone. If that’s your use case, then go ahead, but most people looking for dictaphones will usually opt for a smaller, and cheaper device. When it comes to sample rate, you have a few options.

I’m not going to go into the science of it, but you can think of sample rate kind of like frames per second in video. If you’re just filming someone talking, no need to go beyond 30fps. If you want to be able to slow the footage down though, and not get weird artifacts when doing so, you shoot at 60fps or above.

Your choice of sample rate in audio follows a similar logic. Here are the sample rates you’ll have access to, and what they’re usually used for. This is typically used for recording music. There is of course nothing stopping you from recording your music at 48kHz, or 96kHz, but unless you plan on doing some crazy audio manipulation, This is typically used for audio which will play alongside picture, like dialogue, or a voice over track for a video. It’s a sample rate often considered more ‘pro’, compared to Use this if you’re going to record ambiences, or sound effects which will be used for sound design purposes.

There is nothing stopping you from using any sample rate by the way, but when it comes to specific use cases, some sample rates are more indicated than others. The H5 can also be used as an audio interface, with your DAW of choice.

The device then gives you the option of either going via the route of a Stereo Mix, or Multi Track. This will use some of the battery in the H5 in order to provide Phantom Power. No major differences between the two when it comes to audio quality. If your aim is to record super quiet ambiences, the Zoom H5 would not be my first choice. In fact, none of the Zoom handheld recorders would.

Even though it can record quiet ambiences with minimal hiss, you do not have XLR inputs. Now, you can connect microphones to it, via the stereo mini jack input, and you can even jerry-rig it to connect XLRs, but at that point, why not invest in a device that has dedicated XLR inputs.

The Zoom H5 does not have built-in guitar effects, like the H4n Pro, or the H8, but it does have a built-in tuner. This is not something that I’ve ever used, as I prefer to record my electric guitar tracks clean, and then add effects later, but this is something that a lot of guitar players might be interested. In terms of affordability, whilst the prices vary depending on where you are, the Zoom H5 remains a relatively affordable portable recording device.

I found the design and menus to be intuitive and easy to use on the Zoom H5. Swapping capsules is also painless and quick to do.

When under time constraints, this is a massive plus. There’s nothing worse than missing a great recording, because you couldn’t figure out the menus, or because navigating them was a pain.

If you need to record outdoors, which might be the case if you’re a journalist, sound effects recordist, field recordist, sound designer, if you’re recording a live band, or more, the foam windshield that comes with the recorder will prove itself to be rather unhelpful. It’s ok when recording indoors, but any real gust of wind will make your recording unusable. Luckily, Rycote sells a three-in-one solution for the Zoom H5. A grip, by which you can hold the recorder, a shock mount which basically eliminates handling noise, and a good quality windshield, which will protect the microphone from wind, though very strong winds might still affect the microphone.

A known issue with the Zoom H5 that some people have reported is that after a while, the rubber casing becomes sticky. With that in mind, I have been able to find videos online showing you how to deal with this problem.

The reason why I’m not pointing you to any one of them specifically, is that I don’t know if they work, as I’ve never had this issue with my Zoom H5. Luckily, the rubber casing becoming sticky does not seem to be a widespread problem. The Zoom H5 has a metal bar across it, which makes it difficult, if not impossible to accidentally change the input levels. I like this, as there is a physical barrier preventing me from accidentally changing the settings, which could happen on other recorders.

If you know you’re likely to accidentally hit, or run your hand over the recorder and thus change the levels, this might be something to take into consideration. Whilst Zoom handheld recorder preamps tend to not be seen in a positive light online, its noise levels are more than suitable for most people. For instance, if you want to record something really quiet, like very light rain in a quiet forest, or ASMR, you’ll get noticeable hiss in your recordings. This is due to the preamps, and all recording devices have some measure of hiss.

But, if you want to record louder things, such as musical instruments, live concerts, dialogue, narration, a podcast, and louder sound effects, the Zoom H5 will do just fine.

As I’ve mentioned before, the narration for the video at the top of the article was recorded on the Zoom H6, which has the same preamps. So, should you buy it? That being said, if you think you might one day need to plug in a few extra microphones, it’s worth spending a little bit of extra money and getting the Zoom H6.

Thank you for reading my review of the Zoom H5. Down below you will find all of the items I talked about in this article. Blog Languages. Blog Dansk. Blog Deutsch. Blog Italiano. Blog Nederlands. Blog Magyar. Blog Polski. Blog Svensk. Blog Categories. Nov Christian Skyes. Battery Life According to Zoom, the H5 should be able to run for about 15 hours. Accessories Speaking of accessories, if you do go ahead and purchase the APH-5 accessory pack , you’ll also get a windscreen, which is quite handy when recording outdoors, and a wired remote.

Portability The Zoom H5 is very portable, and it comes with a plastic case, which is cushioned, and compact. Versatility The versatility that a device such as the Zoom H5 offers is one of the main reasons why you’d choose to buy it, over the Zoom H4n Pro.

MSH-6 Capsule The MS in the name stands for Mid-Side recording, which is a technique that allows you to adjust the width of the stereo image after the recording has already taken place. XYH-6 Capsule This capsule comes by default with the Zoom H6 , and adds two matched high-quality unidirectional microphones to your device. SSH-6 Mid-Side Stereo Shotgun Microphone Capsule This includes a super-directional microphone which picks up sound in the centre, as well as a bidirectional side mic for picking up sounds from the left and the right.

SGH-6 Shotgun Microphone Capsule Highly directional, it allows you to record focused sound, without having to carry a separate microphone and grip with the recorder. Setting Levels Now that we’ve covered safety tracks, I actually want to talk about setting healthy levels, and how to avoid needing a backup track in the first place.

Loud ambiences If your aim is to record super quiet ambiences, the Zoom H5 would not be my first choice. Affordability In terms of affordability, whilst the prices vary depending on where you are, the Zoom H5 remains a relatively affordable portable recording device.

Ease of use I found the design and menus to be intuitive and easy to use on the Zoom H5. Wind Protection If you need to record outdoors, which might be the case if you’re a journalist, sound effects recordist, field recordist, sound designer, if you’re recording a live band, or more, the foam windshield that comes with the recorder will prove itself to be rather unhelpful.

Known Issue A known issue with the Zoom H5 that some people have reported is that after a while, the rubber casing becomes sticky. Level Protection The Zoom H5 has a metal bar across it, which makes it difficult, if not impossible to accidentally change the input levels.

Noise Whilst Zoom handheld recorder preamps tend to not be seen in a positive light online, its noise levels are more than suitable for most people. Conclusion So, should you buy it? Product Links Down below you will find all of the items I talked about in this article. Email Address.

 
 

 

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Zoom H6 All Black Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System and Waterproof Case Kit ; Digital I/O · None ; Gain/Trim Range, X/Y Mic Capsule: Up to +. H6 Handy Recorder. Introduction Use these to simultaneously record a maximum of 6 tracks, Using the L/R input mics, you can simultaneously record.

 
 

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