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Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder

4.8 out of 5 stars 154 customer reviews
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  • Direct recording to SD cards up to 128GB
  • Gain knobs, pads, and phantom power for each input
  • Newly redesigned preamps with an ultra-low noise floor, up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in wav or MP3 format
  • Multichannel USB Audio interface
  • Includes: owners manual, SD card (2 GB), XYH-6 X/Y capsule, MSH-6 MS capsule, AA size LR6 battery x4, USB cable, sponge windscreen, cubase LE software, case
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Product Description

The Zoom H6 Handy Recorder Change the Way You Think About Recording… Forever Zoom's flagship H6 is the most advanced portable recorder ever. It utilizes a system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lenses of a camera and comes with both X/Y and Mid-Side stereo mics. Great for live recording as well as studio-quality music production, the H6 offers six tracks of simultaneous recording and four mic/line inputs.

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Item Weight 9.9 ounces
Product Dimensions 3.1 x 1.9 x 6 inches
Shipping Weight 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B00DFU9BRK
Item model number H6
Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
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4.8 out of 5 stars 154 customer reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #797 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#1 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Mastering Recorders > Minidisc Recorders
#7 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Portable Recorders
Date first available at Amazon.com June 20, 2013

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From the Manufacturer

H6 H5 H4n Pro
Number of inputs 4 (expandable to 6) 2 (expandable to 4) 2
Phantom power +12/+24/+48V +12/+24/+48V +24/+24/+48V
Uses interchangeable capsules Y Y N
Provided microphone(s) XYH-6, MSH-6 XYH-5 Built-in X/Y Stero
Maximum SD card size 128 GB 32 GB 32 GB
Separate line out Y Y Y
USB audio interface in/out 6/2 4/2 2/2
Battery life (Alkaline) 20 Hrs 15 hrs 6-10 hrs

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Zoom H4n is now obsolete with the release of this device.

I have been a long term user of the H4n and I swore by it in the field to record solid audio for my DSLR video work as well as quick mix downs when doing live audio recordings for my business. This device was a godsend when it released and I have been using it for years. I always thought, how could you make it better than it is today, and the H6 addressed all of my issues that I had.

Pros:

* The mic pre-amps in this device are far superior to the H4n. The noise floor is lower and my post work after shooting video with my DSLR is much better, the audio sounds warmer and clearer and it appears that the signal is a lot cleaner at low dBs

* 4 channels of XLR right out of the box! I love it! Now I can do a backup recording or record 4 XLR's at the same time! I can't tell you how many times I would have loved to push up the pre-amp just a bit to drive out the noise but I couldn't becuase of clipping. Now this is not a concern as you have individual compression on each channel and the ability to do a dual recording with a backup with less gain.

* Yes this does fit in the H4n SKB waterproof case. As soon as I got the device, I pulled the H4n out of the case and put this right into it, with all of the accessories with no problems. The H6 without the mics attached is exactly the same size as the H4n

* The gain dials are smooth and a perfect addition. Much better than the push button gain control on the H4n

* Pad switches right on top. Perfect

* Full Color Display is way better on the eyes and great in low light, and now the display dims to save battery versus turning off the backlight completely.
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I've felt the need to do a review on the H6 as I purchased one after reading all the reviews. I really didn't get the feel from the reviews I read that I would be getting anything different from the other recorders I've owned through the years. True reviewers said it was intuitive, and it's nice to have some attachments, (which were probably plastic, easy to knock off, made noises when you moved the unit while recording, etc.) and been less than impressed with "simple" operation that essentially meant that it was easy to use if you spent 20 hours mastering the manual, that is if you understood what the writer who probably was Chinese who had the manual translated into Japanese and then into English...

You see, I've been to the dance before and been less than impressed. I've owned a number of portable recorders through the years, knew enough about how to operate them to be dangerous and still didn't know what some of the buttons were for. Getting the unit out of the box caused deer in the headlight syndrome with fundamental questions such as "how do I turn the thing on" and then after finally figuring out how to run it, getting audio transferred to my computer without it seeing a blank SD Card...which has happened with some other "great", "foolproof", "easy to operate" and "drop dead outstanding" recorders. (I'd have about as much success landing the Space Shuttle).

None of the above is true of the Zoom H6...it truly is amazing...and yes, this one really is built well and is so easy to use I probably could hand it to my wife and she'd figure it out...which is saying something as she complains that such things "don't like her".

I've owned a number of fairly higher end hand held audio recorders.
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First of all, overall this is quite a usable recorder. Since I record sound effects, my review will be from that perspective.

First, the good. It starts up fast, the microphones sound pretty good, it can record lots of channels, with phantom power.

The things that need improvement:

1) the knobs are too easily bumped. The H5 fixes this with a bar across them. But on the H6, you'll find you can too easily change record levels by bumping the knobs.

2) as others have noted, every single file records into it's own folder. This is among the stupidest things I have EVER seen in a recorder.

3) more than that, if you switch to another group folder, the recordings names start over, and you find yourself with IDENTICAL named files in different folders. Again, really poor file management.

4) there is not enough gain on the recorder, recording ambiences, you have to turn up the mics all the way to get really usable gain. My little Sony M10 has way more gain and is thus much more usable in a way.

5) battery life is nowhere near advertised. I'm getting around 7 hours of use on a set of batteries. This is fine, good enough for me, but nowhere near the advertised level.

6) the wind protection that it comes with is abysmally inadequate outside. Even with a furry wind cover, the recorder is VERY susceptible to wind noise.

7) it's also very prone to handling noise. Any movement of the hand tends to record a 'bump'. What a drag. We'll see if the shock mounted H5 mics are any better.

But still it's a promising recorder. If you were recording music indoors, then it might be the perfect recorder for you.
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