Zoom H1 - Special Edition White Handy Recorder
- Stereo X/Y mic configuration captures perfect stereo images
- Same frequency and SPL handling as popular Zoom H2
- Records Broadcast WAV (BWF) at 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
- Records MP3 from 48 to 320kbps for maximum recording time
- Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
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From the Manufacturer
In the box
The H1 comes with everything you need to capture audio wherever you go.
- 2GB microSD card
- 1 x AA battery
- Steinberg WaveLab LE software
- Operation manual
The Zoom H1 Handy Recorder
Good things come in small packages
The ultra-compact H1 is tiny enough to be slipped into your pocket, yet it delivers big sound. It's perfect for capturing song ideas and documenting lectures and meetings—a whole lot faster and easier than taking notes!
With its built-in stereo X/Y microphone, Auto Level control, and low cut filter, the H1 is also ideal for recording interviews, live concerts, and band rehearsals.
- Lightweight and ultra-compact
- Built-in 90˚ X/Y stereo microphone
- Records directly to microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32GB
- Supports up to 24-bit/96kHz WAV audio, as well as a variety of MP3 formats
- Stereo Mic/Line Input jack with Plug-in power
- Monitoring speaker and stereo Phones/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
- Requires just a single AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable battery, with up to 10 hours of battery life
Take it everywhere
Smaller than most cell phones and weighing in at just two ounces, you can take the ultra-portable H1 wherever you go—live concerts and band rehearsals, location video shoots, lectures and meetings.
Recording made simple
The H1's built-in X/Y microphone provides two matched unidirectional microphones set at a 90 degree angle relative to one another. 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.
Alternatively, you can connect a pair of external microphones or line level signal to the H1's Mic/Line Input mini phone jack for other types of stereo recording.
In addition, there's a Line/Headphones Output with a dedicated volume control so you can plug in headphones or interconnect the H1 with other equipment such as a DSLR. There's even a built-in speaker for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections.
Also a USB microphone
When you're ready to take your recordings to the next level, simply connect the H1 to your computer via USB and launch your favorite editing software, such as the supplied WaveLab LE. The H1 can even be used as a 2-in/2-out audio interface or USB microphone.
It's Zooms smallest recorder ever. But don't let its size fool you. The H1 Handy Recorder has Zooms renowned recording technology and studio-quality microphones in Zooms easiest, most portable device ever. Now Zoom recording technology is available to everyone. And with an infinite variety of applications, you'll want to take your H1 everywhere. From musical performances, songwriting sessions and rehearsals to seminars, conferences, journalism or capturing audio for video, the H1 gives you clean, clear stereo sound effortlessly. Like all Zoom recorders, the H1's onboard microphones are configured in an X/Y pattern, for stunning stereo imaging. Because both mics are arranged on the same axis, they are equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization and no phase shifting. The result is great stereo recordings with natural depth and accurate imaging.
Top Customer Reviews
Zoom H1 - Good sound, exceptional 1 button operation. I have the special edition white H1. It is much easier to see the labels and controls than on the black model in a dark studio or on a stage.
You can hear the H1: www.thewooks.net. I have live recordings up. OPL Sets 1 and 2 are through the H1 mics. The studio recordings include SweetLiz, Wook Walk and anything at the bottom of that page that is not obviously live (everything live is from the OPL concert, FWIW).
Tascam DR-05 - Great sound, 3 click operation to start, stop, pause. Can be a little confusing, even just setting the levels on the fly. However, the sound quality is a notch above the H1. Its now my go to for recording our band through the headphone mix.
I did find my HI BTW, had fallen between my seat and rear door after a gig. Now i swap off, I'm using them both, and they are both excellent. The H1 is just wayyyy easier to use.
I was familiar with the H2 and was comfortable with it but its tiny screen was hard for me to read and it took quite a bit of time for me to get used to the interfacing.
The H1 is simple and having the controls on the device make it far more user friendly. It is tiny, smaller than I thought, which is great.
The sound quality is equal to the Q3, though this tiny unit feels fragile compared to the Q3. The plastic concerns me as I'm not sure it will hold up well. The Q3 feels more solid. I don't have a professional musician's ear, but the sound quality seemed to me to equal the recordings I have done with the H2. The "cd quality" sound is what I got when recording guitar, harmonica and vocals.
Other reviewers have wisely recommended the protective case and the mics are highly sensitive. The lo-cut feature (just a switch) nicely cuts out background noise.
Strangely, the unit is not made well for standing up straight. If you use the H2 platform, for instance, it means laying the H1 on its side. However, for best recording, Zoom recommends aiming the microphones directly towards the subject.
The mics appear to have a little "give" to them, as they wiggle slightly, and the plastic dome that covers them does not appear strong. This concerns me.
The door that opens for the microcard is very fragile and I thought I broke it the first time I opened it. I plan to leave it alone and not swap cards but transfer songs via interface. Handle with care; or as another reviewer said; put in the card and leave it alone. That is my plan.
With these issues addressed, the bottom line is the wonderful Zoom recording quality for a great price, with user friendly controls that can be learned in under 10 minutes. For guitar, piano, vocals, recording bands, bluegrass jams, etc, it seems to sound as nice as the H2 did, without the complex interface. If the unit was just a bit sturdier (like the protection of the mics), it would be a 5 star recorder. The audio sound is 5 star quality.
The build quality is not fabulous. Holding the H1 in-hand, every creak of the case picks up on the mic. You'll want either very steady hands or some kind of vibration dampening or put it in a mic stand with an adapter. I use the Movo shock mount, http://amzn.com/B00HX40PPG. The build is not great but the H1 fits.
I use one as a high-quality pre-amp for my DSLR, a Canon 600D/T3i. My setup: I use a mono to stereo splitter for dual mic inputs into the H1 (or use the built in mics) and I use a stereo splitter in the headphone out, one to a set of headphones to monitor the audio and one to the camera mic input. I set the recoding levels in the camera just a notch or two above the lowest setting.
Along the way, exciting but expensive technologies replaced the low-speed tape recorders and we eventually used DAT (Digital audio tape) which sounded incredible, but was finicky, easily broken and bulky. Next there were minidiscs, which were also finicky, but a decent resource.
Now, for the price of a steak dinner and drinks for two, you can have stereo, digital, ZERO-HISS, high quality audio in a small, sturdy package that will record forever if you use MP3 settings. Using WAV still allows for a great deal of recording and incredibly low-noise recording of the world around you in stereo.
As we say on our show, "broadcasting in stereo because you have two ears - if anything changes let us know!"
Perhaps the only downside to this recorder is that while it is capable of recording a wide variety of audio with exceptional quality, it would be nice to be able to add XLR mics and be able to record VERY LOUD music, which this unit can handle only with the limiter turned on. Still, it does a great job, but you may want to consider the H4N Pro if you are looking for that extra degree of flexibility.
Overall, this is an incredible device for a very low price and it sounds great and is easy to use.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
96khs audio for sync to my videos and interviews.
Excellent recordings - both MP3 and Wav. Built in mics are good but it's better to use an external for voice over work.Read more