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Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder
- Four-channel recording up to 24-bit, 96 kHz
- Built-in stereo X/Y microphones, up to 140 dB SPL
- 2 XLR/TRS inputs with locking connectors
- 2-in/2-out USB audio interface for PC/Mac computers
- Records on SD/SDHC cards up to 32 GB (not included)
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In the Box:
- Protective case
- 2 x AA batteries
- Operation manual
- Download license for Steinberg Cubase LE and WaveLab LE software
The Zoom H4N PRO Handy Recorder
Brilliant Four-Track Audio Recording for Music, Film, Podcasting, and Beyond
At Zoom we’re always developing new ideas to improve the performance and function of our Handy Recorders. With the new H4n Pro, we've taken everything creators love about the H4n and brought it to the next level.
The H4n Pro isn't just improved, it's superior in every way. With advanced X/Y microphones, incredibly natural-sounding preamps, and a super-low noise floor, you can record everything from the Indy 500 to the fluttering of a hummingbird with extraordinary realism.
Welcome to the new gold standard in field recording.
- Pristine stereo or four-channel recording, up to 24-bit/96 kHz
- Redesigned stereo X/Y microphones handle up to a thunderous 140 dB SPL
- New super low-noise preamps, less than -120 dBu EIN
- 2 XLR/TRS inputs with secure locking connectors
- Use as 2-in/2-out USB audio interface
- Remodeled FX Processor with ultra-realistic guitar/bass amp emulation, compression, limiting, and reverb/delay
- Records on SD/SDHC cards up to 32 GB (not included)
- Get the Zoom RC4 Wired Remote Control for easier recording and playback
- Expand your H4n Pro’s capabilities with the APH-4nPro accessory kit which includes hairy windscreen, USB cable, splitter cable, attenuator cable, AD-14 AC adapter
High-Performance Mic Preamps
The Pro features the same high performance, low-noise mic preamps as our acclaimed Zoom H5 and H6 Handy Recorders, with recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz. The improved noise floor (-120 dBu EIN) captures audio at lower volumes with less noise and fewer artifacts.
Capable of handling up to 140 dB SPL, record everything from ear-splitting heavy metal to bass-heavy EDM.
Brighter, easier to read, back-lit LCD screen.
New locking XLR/TRS connectors ensure your mic cables stay secure.
A new rubberized, ergonomic body is perfect for use in the field or with a camera. Highly portable, the H4n Pro can travel anywhere for convenient mobile recording.
|Number of inputs||2||2 (expandable to 4)||4 (expandable to 6)|
|Uses interchangeable capsules||N||Y||Y|
|Provided microphone(s)||Built in X/Y Stereo||XYH-5||XYH-6, MSH-6|
|Maximum SD card size||32 GB||32 GB||128 GB|
|USB audio interface in/out||2/2||4/2||6/2|
|Battery life (Alkaline)||6-10 hrs||15 hrs||20 hrs|
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|Item Dimensions||1.5 x 6.25 x 2.75 in||3 x 7.7 x 5.6 in||3.5 x 5.5 x 8 in||5.24 x 3.07 x 3.67 in||6 x 9 x 3 in||1.75 x 3.12 x 2.25 in|
New. And Improved. - THE ZOOM H4N PRO - Record cleaner, clearer, and closer than ever before. Brilliant Four-Track Audio Recording for Music, Film, Podcasting, and Beyond At Zoom they're always developing new ideas to improve the performance and function of the Handy Recorders. With the new H4n Pro, Zoom has taken everything creators love about the H4n and brought it to the next level. The H4n Pro isn't just improved, it's superior in every way. With advanced X/Y microphones, incredibly natural-sounding preamps, and a super-low noise floor, you can record everything from the Indy 500 to the fluttering of a hummingbird with extraordinary realism. Welcome to the new gold standard in field recording. Four-track simultaneous recording High-fidelity mic preamps Built-in X/Y stereo microphones, adjustable between 90deg and 120deg Record up to 140 dB SPL with X/Y microphones Two mic/line level inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors Stereo 1/8" Mic In mini phone jack +24 or +48V phantom power for main inputs and Plug-in power (2.5V) Applications The Filmmaker's Favorite The H4n Pro is packed with features that make it perfect for capturing audio for film. The onboard X/Y microphones deliver spectacular stereo imaging, and two combo input jacks allow you to use your favorite microphones as well. It also includes a head-phone/line out
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I do an A/B test on the video, but you have to wear headphones if you really want to hear the difference between the noise floors on the two units. If you can't hear it here because of Amazon's draconian compression, search "Zoom H4nPRO vs H4nSP" on YT for a higher resolution version of this video.
PS - Writing reviews has become an accidental hobby for me, and it always makes my day to know that people find my reviews helpful (and if not, why.) Also, if you have any questions, clarifications, or comments please feel free to leave a comment below. I usually respond pretty quickly and almost always within 24 hours.
I setup the Kodak Zi8 about 5 feet from the sound source, which is an upright piano... that's me noodling on it. The Zi8 is mounted on a tripod.
About 15 feet away from the piano, I've setup the Zoom H4n recorder. This unit has an XY stereo microphone built into it. It also has the ability to record two inputs, in the form of XLR or 1/4-inch. So, we'll be hearing the built in XY microphone on the unit as well as a pair of AKG 414s which I positioned above the piano, pointing into the open lid.
"Kodak Zi8 Internal Microphone"
Here we hear the internal microphone on the Zi8. Mono, a bit noisy and perhaps a little too close to the piano to capture a clean sound. In any case, this does the trick for capturing an idea, but definitely doesn't cut it if you're looking for high-quality audio.
"Zoom H4n XY Microphone"
Here the stereo image opens up suddenly. This XY microphone which is built into the unit is capturing a very natural, coincident stereo sound. It's a very reflective room, so you hear that, as the microphone is about 15 feet from the sound source.
"Zoom H4n Pair AKG 414s"
Here we're hearing the pair of AKG 414 microphones pointing into the piano. Because the microphones are very close to the sound source, there is significantly less "room" sound. This would be more suitable for a studio recording, while the XY sound would be more appropriate in perhaps a classical or field recording.
"Zoom H4n Mix of XY + 414s"
Here we have the best of both worlds. We have a blend of the direct signal from the 414s AND some of the room sound from the XY microphone. I believe this is the best overall option in most scenarios.
Finally we return to the Zi8 internal microphone to hear the major difference when using external audio equipment. At under $200, I believe the Zi8 does a great job capturing the visual and at under $300, the Zoom H4n does a remarkable job with the audio.
My late 90's audiobook, "Exploring Music & Sound on Your PC" was hailed as one of the most complete introductions to digital audio ever found in one title. It covered what MIDI and MOD files were, but most of it was about sampling rates, mics, copyrights, etc.(I am considering releasing it under the -free- creative commons license when time permits.)
So this review is not for folks needing to record music. I know NOTHING about that! :)
First, this is one of the easiest to understand digital recorders I've owned. In most cases, the menus are logical and the operation easy to understand. Also, the step-by-step manual is FAR better than others I've read.
The built in mics are fine sounding, but use the foam cover to stop "pops" from plosives when working close to the mics for that personal one-to-one sound that makes podcasts and voice work much better. It made for this unit, so if you lose it, you may have to hunt one down!
Videographers and folks recording lectures, etc., please note that a recording made from halfway across a room is NEVER going to sound as good as a wired or wireless mic clipped to the person...unless you borrow some technology from the NSA.
It is possible to record with external mics, great for guests on talk shows. You can use FOUR mics, but the two on the unit will obviously sound more like "recorded in a room" than the two on stands near the folks speaking.
SD cards are cheap, so record WAV files and convert to MP3 later if needed.
So why four stars?
I found (as others have) that trying to load an audio file directly into and audio editor via cable doesn't work well. It scrambles the file on the editor. This is my case with Windows 8.1 and Adobe Audition 1.5 (still a favorite for a lot of people). Perhaps a newer editor will not have this concern. It IS possible to copy files via copy and paste using the cable to get them on your hard drive. Of course, you can also take out the card and pop it in a reader or slot on your computer.
The unit can be used as a USB mic and has other goodies for music recording.
Summary: Solid feel, easy to understand, good mics, and a fair price. Also it comes with a fitted plastic case which will offer some protection. Hope this helps