Zoom ZH1 H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder (Black)
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- 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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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.
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Brilliant Stereo Recording. Now in your pocket.Combining powerful recording capability with elegance and simplicity, the H1 Handy Recorder is Zoom's smallest, most affordable recorder ever. The H1 Handy Recorder features Zoom's renowned recording technology and studio-quality microphones in their 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.
- 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
- Built-in reference speaker
- Includes 2GB microSD memory card and 1 AA battery
- One AA size battery allows 10 hours operation
- Accommodates up to 32GB microSDHC memory cards
- Track marker function
- Low cut filter
- Built-in mounting joint for tripod mount
- 1/8 inch external mic input
- Stereo 1/8 inch line output
- Auto record level
The H1 Handy Recorder puts all its functions at your fingertips. No menus! Its backlit display features recording levels, file format, time elapsed, remaining battery life and recording time.
Its intuitive transport puts all the controls on the side with no menus on the screen. A large record button gives you complete control. Playback and pause, marker, forward and rewind buttons are all accessible by your thumb. Volume for playback and monitoring can be adjusted using your index finger.
All the transport controls are on right side of the H1 and you can adjust recording levels on the fly. A 1/8 inch stereo line input is located on this side and its USB port is also accessible here as is its power on and hold switch.
On the left side, you can replace your microSD card by folding down the rubberized door. There's also a 1/8 inch stereo line/headphone output with adjustable volume control for monitoring playback. The built-in reference speaker is on the bottom of the unit.
What sets Zoom apart?
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.
Under your thumb…
With its newly designed user interface, the H1 is also our easiest recorder to use. All its functions are at your fingertips, such as track marker, auto record, low cut filter, level and volume controls with on-board buttons…No menus required!
Intuitive controls make it easy to capture the audio you need with ease. But it still provides the versatility you've come to expect from Zoom. So you get total recording format flexibility from 16-bit/44.1 kHz to 24-bit/96 kHz WAV, or MP3 from 48 kbps to 320 kbps and enough tools onboard to make impeccable recordings.
Secure your digital memories.
The H1 records on microSD cards and comes with a 2GB card. Using a 32 GB microSD card allows over 50 hours of recording time at 16-bit/44.1 kHz. MicroSD cards were specifically designed for the ever-evolving mobile technology market. Approximately the size of a fingernail, the microSD card is a significant advance in technology and its size and capacity are a major reason why the H1 is able to deliver so much recording technology in such a small package.
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With its Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port, the H1 allows for fast transfer of your audio files to your computer. Listen, edit and share with your fans on your Mac or PC. It also includes a reference speaker to ensure your recordings are being captured as you desire.
With stereo recording so precise and so easy, musicians will love the H1. An indispensible part of any serious musician's arsenal, the H1 makes recording rehearsals and practice sessions easier than ever. And the best part is, because your performance is captured with crystal clear audio, you can really critique your own playing, and get better.
Isn't it time you heard your masterpieces in beautiful stereo that rivals a professional recording studio? Zoom knows you're the creative type, not an engineer. That's why Zoom made the H1 so easy to setup and navigate. So you can keep the inspiration going. Your most creative ideas can now be recorded and shared with your co-writers anywhere and at anytime the music hits you. Just be sure you have your H1 on at all times!
There are so many applications for your band and the H1. Start with learning new songs. If you're the guy who teaches the songs, record each part on an H1 and email it to the members of your band. If you're the one who books the band, you band needs to get heard. And everyone in the group needs to hear their performance to get better. The H1 makes capturing your performance easy, even when you're cranking out high SPLs.
With DSLR cameras that shoot incredible HD video, the need for a better audio solution has emerged. The H1 will easily shoe mount on top of a video or DSLR camera. And because it has a standard 1/4-20 mount on the bottom, you can place the H1 anywhere on your rig. Use the stereo output jack to connect directly to the audio input on your camera, or bring the audio into your editing suite using the USB connection. The H1 is the perfect entry point for those getting started with dual source shooting.
These days, a journalist needs the ablility to capture broadcast ready interviews whenever or wherever they occur. Imagine being able to spontaneously capture the kind of audio your producer needs and send it remotely via email. That's what the H1 provides. It's literally a recording studio in your pocket! And the files are Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) so your producer has time and date stamping as well as any markers you set for total editing ease.
Whether it's a sales meeting, training conference or a seminar, the ability to capture and distribute the content is a big part of the ROI when you do events. Use the H1 to record your content for your company website or distribute it by email to your peers. Edit and turn it into a podcast. The possibilities are endless. Whatever the use, the H1 is perfect for legal, business and medical field use.
Everything you need to get started recording is included. Your H1 comes with an AA battery for 10 hours of operation and a 2 GB microSD card.
In addition, an H1 accessory package (APH-1) is also available with an array of accessories that make your recordings even more pristine and easier to capture. The accessory kit includes a windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and a mic clip adapter.
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For the most recent wedding we shot, we connected my white Zoom H1 that we got on amazon for $65 to the wedding DJ's sound system using a .5mm 1/8" Male to 6.35mm 1/4" Male TRS Stereo Audio Cable that cost $12 on amazon. Once it was plugged in to the sound system, all we had to do was turn on the Zoom, adjust the volume input, and hit record. We left it in all day and captured audio for the entire day. Since the DJ had provided the officiating priest with a lav mic, all the audio for the ceremony flowed through his sound system.
Even though we will create only a 10 minute highlight video, having access to all of the audio for the day makes it very easy to pull into Adobe Premiere as needed. We also used it to capture some pre-ceremony interviews and communion. It's a powerful one-button solution. As other reviewers noted, it's plastic and breakable, but not flimsy or precious. Just treat it like you would any of your professional equipment and you will be fine. The quality is on par with (if not better than) the audio from past shoots for which we paid other companies thousands of dollars.
A few tips we learned to make it easy to connect to a sound system:
--Reach out to the DJ or audio folks ahead of time to make sure they are ok with you connecting to their sound board (good professional hygiene) and confirm that their connection is the standard quarter inch input I mentioned above.
--Use a bigger sd card than the 2 GB one that comes with it. Don't risk running out of space. The Zoom will show you exactly how much time is left, but don't cut it close. I have a 32 Gb one that works great. You'll be able to capture an entire day's worth of high quality audio.
--Bring extra batteries. At the end of an 8 hour recording day, the batteries were shot. Always have backups.
--Use a Movo windscreen muff. I used it outdoors in light wind and it cuts the sound of wind out completely.
--Monitor the device. If you can, it's best to have someone monitor the device regularly to adjust the audio input volume because most events like weddings will go from low speech volume at the ceremony (when you will need to raise the input volume) to very high volume during the dance/music (where you will need to lower the input volume almost all the way down). If you are a one or two man video operation and don't have the bandwidth to monitor the Zoom to make these adjustments, don't worry too much. Set the input near the middle and you'll get enough quality audio that is fairly easy to adjust in post production.
To summarize what you should buy: Zoom H1, backup AA batteries, 32Gb Micro SDHC card, windscreen muff, carrying case. I got all this on amazon for about $125.
I wish someone had left a review telling me how easy it is to use this way, because man does it make audio easy to work with.
The included microphones (it has two for stereo) sound great - very high fidelity with low noise. Noise has been one problem I've had with every other microphone system I've tried, wired or wireless - either there's a lot of noise and/or hiss, or the sound is muffled on the high end as that's how the inherent noise is being controlled. But that's not true of the H1. If anything, despite the relative lack of noise it's a little too bright, but I'm pretty confident that a basic windscreen could tame that.
Workflow using a separate off-camera audio recorder is a little different than recording through the camera, but with Davinci Resolve (even the free version) it's a snap to sync it up, so don't worry about it if that's what's holding you back. There's basically one extra step, which is to import the audio files in addition to the video files, but you can tell Resolve to just sync everything up by waveform (assuming you also recorded audio on camera) and it'll compare the files and automatically link and sync your audio files to their video files. I assume other apps have similar functions, although with some you may need to do it manually, which would make a slate helpful.
With this recorder, while shooting myself I will typically have the H1 on my belt with a Sony ECMCS3 lapel mic connected and attached to my shirt. This allows me to move anywhere while filming (my camera also allows smartphone control), and I just need to remember to press record on both devices - honestly, this has been easy to get used to doing. The H1's record button is so big that you can just press it by feel, without looking at the recorder, which is, well, handy.
If there's any minor criticism I might have, it's overall build quality, construction and design other than the big record button. The unit is plastic, and it's that nasty slippery smooth plastic that forever feels yucky and sweaty after the first few days of use without constant cleaning. Also, the buttons other than the record button are tiny and recessed, all the better so you don't accidentally press them, but initial setup can be a bit of a challenge as a result, as is changing settings whenever you need to.
I've also noticed that there seems to be slightly more noise when I switch to 24k sample rates rather than 16k. For me, I don't need 24k since I'm just recording my speaking voice, but for someone recording music, it might be a concern. It's still a very tiny amount of noise, but I tested in silence and I could hear it through headphones with the volume turned up a fair amount. It was true with either the built-in mic or external mic activated, so I'm pretty sure it is the recorder. For what it's worth, I had auto level control turned off, and had the record level at around 75.
Still, at around $100 (or much less for the white one as I write this), I consider this recorder a bargain. I'm recording literally all of my audio with it at this point, and it sounds great for both "live" stuff and in-studio voice-overs.
I do recommend a few accessories to make this recorder truly useful and versatile. The first is a belt clip. Second is a desktop tripod. Third is an external lapel mic. And fourth is probably a windscreen to tame the high end (though I don't have one that fits yet myself). With a windscreen you don't really need a pop filter either, though I'm using one now myself. It's also handy to have a mini-USB cable to use the recorder as a USB mic, but you probably already have like 15 of those. With those things, you can do anything with this recorder, and you're going to get great, near-pro quality sound for not much money.
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.
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I make training videos, I do have a condenser microphone and audio interface for my audios, I many times need a wireless solution, but good quality and reliable wireless lapel microhones are way expensive so I started looking for a portable sound recorder. I was contemplating on Zoom H1 voice recorder since long, but it was (older model Zoom H1) priced quite high, around Rs 8000, which was beyond my budget. I settled for a SONY voice recorder then. Zoom H1 was always on my radar and just waiting for a price drop.
Although SONY recorder was quite good it lacked many features that Zoom H1 offers, especially high resolution (Wav format, 44.1 k, 48k, 96 k, 24 bit etc.) recording options.
Finally I saw this newer model of Zoom H1N at much lesser price (around Rs 5299 to 5999 price bracket), and I sold my SONY recorder on a famous auction site (at loss) and got this Zoom H1N recorder for Rs 5300 delivered.
First things first.
Newer H1N is way better than the older model Zoom H1 period.
Fewer yet strategically placed button and improved LCD screen backlighting itself tilt the balance in favor of Zoom H1N . All controls are easy (much better compared to earlier H1 model, thanks I waited for this newer model)
Recording is amazingly clear. Inbuilt microphones are pretty sensitive! This means they pick up lots of background noise too.
Build quality is not that great, all plastic body makes this unit quite fragile, this product is aimed at video shooters and given the rough and hectic routine of a typical videographer I was expecting a better plastic if not metal. To be frank, my earlier SONY recorder also in full plastic was much better in this department.
I am using this for last week and found that battery life is good, contrary to claims made by other reviewers, battery drain issue is not there I found battery life is quite decent (,y old SONY recorder still wins the show in this regards) , I recorded some 8 hours and there is still some juice left in the batteries. Those who are complaining about battery drain probably got a defective piece.
Boot takes little longer this might because some concerns as you just can’t start recording immediately after power on.
Zoom H1N works as a USB microphone, mean through a micro USB cable (not supplied) you can connect to a PC and start using this as a USB mike, recording goes directly to you PC.
You can power this unit using USB and record , means if you are out of battery you can just plug this unit into a PC sub port and start recording, I believe (not tried) you can use a power bank to power this unit.
Connecting to a PC for file transfer is easy , no device drivers need just plug and play. Simple !
Display is cool Blue on white, bright and readable under all lighting condition including sun light, this is a much desired improvement over older model’s white on orange display.
Expect 2 non rechrbale AAA size alkaline battery cells no accessories are provided , this unit doesn’t have built in storage means you have to have a micro SD card to use this recorder and unfortunately no micro SD card is provided with this unit, you need to but it separately, please factor this additional expenditure while ordering this model.
Those who are complaining about the unit not working / recording probably trying it without a micro SD card
Internal microphone mounted on top this unit in typical 90 degree x-y cross combination do a decent job but then it catches lots of wind noise, ambient noise , that necessitates post processing.
Zoon H1n has some low frequency cut off feature, you can select a cut off frequency in 80/120 Hz etc. but I don’t think it is of any help, it is better to leave the low noise feature off and do the noise removal in post processing.
I still miss the SONY recorder for its built in microphone and intelligent noise cut off features , luckily I possess a good DAW with elaborate ( forensic) noise removal tools , but for others I would suggest to invest in a decent external microphone.
I tried many external microphone (standard 3/5 mm jack) all worked well, especially most difficult Olympus microphones, I suggest to go for SONY ECM -CS3 stereo condenser lapel microphone (best kept secret on Amazon!) , those who are thinking of Rode SmartLav+ lapel microphone , please bear in mind that Rode is TRRS type while ZOOM accept TRS pins so you need to buy a TRRRS (female) to TRS (male) adaptor (another $$ accessory to buy!)
I tried all recording formats and report that all recording came loud and clear, but I used external microphone and did a bit of post processing. For normal dialogs, lectures, interviews you don’t need those high end recording formats such as 96K/24 bit, here even320KbPS MP3 would suffice, but consider an external microphone. And adjust signal levels beforehand.
This unit has got replaceable batteries and this is a major plus for me, now a days voice recorders are coming with fixed batteries (like cell phones) , at one hand this sound very convincing but on filed this might pose a problem. Having some spare replaceable batteries is a live saver. I use NimH rechargeable batteries and two such batteries kept as a spear and I am all set.
As far as recording class lectures , I would still prefer and recommend a SONY product (for its excellent built in microphones and better noise reduction capabilities and recording range) with Zoom H1N , I need to sit in the front row and still have to accept lots of background noise in the recording, SONY does a better job in this department.
Excellent features especially high resolution recording
Works as USB microphone
Can be powered from a USB port or Power bank
Easy (fewer) and intuitive menus / controls.
Good internal microphones
Recording quality acceptable, you need some post processing though.
All plastic, cheaply made, fragile, questionable durability (especially in field use)
Except 2 Alkaline batteries (AAA size) no other essential accessories provide. Especially when ZOOM H1N won’t record without a micro SD card. At least they should have packed one such or could have provided some on board memory.
No USB cable in the pack (not a problem though , as we typically have dozens of such cable lying around )
Hope this helps
1. You can use it as a standalone audio recorder, no plugs, no jacks, sound will be stored in the memory card.
2. You can connect it with an USB and select USB Audio and connect to your PC, change your audio settings to select the zoom device (either for playback or recording or both). Now with a DAW software or any other audio recording tool, you can record sound directly into your PC.
3. You can connect a lapel mic or any other headphone mic(it has to be 2 ring 3.5 mm or TRS, TRRS won't work) and essentially convert into a wireless lap mic.
4. You can connect a headphone to the output jack and listen to the external sound in real time, by adjusting the sound reception level, you can convert into a hearing aid.
You can also use this microphone without batteries by Connecting normal Micro usb Charger.
The mic is better than Rode Video Micro and Samson go Mic.
and If you attache BOYA BY M1 in this mic then the Results will be 2 times better.
this mic is highly recommended for Short Movies and Dubbing.
If you want to listen the sample audio then go to my YouTube Channel RK Technography and Searvh the video of Gautam Gambhir (Legends never Retired)
No other mic/ recorder at this price does anything like this.
Use it as recorder, connect and use it with DSLR/Laptop, use it with another mic, hear what you are recording, etc etc etc - this one checks all the right boxes. Despite being an 8-year-old device, it still is the best in its class, rather it outruns many other pricier models.
But there are few things those are a little bummer -
1. The build quality - It feels plastic... like cheap plastic.
2. It doesn't come with any accessories, you can't even expect more at this price point.
3. Just a 2gb card included, not an issue if you are recording mp3. With .wav, you'll get around 80-90min recording if can recall properly.
4. Old technology in some places like Mini USB in the era of USB C, uses AA battery instead of built-in rechargeable battery etc. It's probably because it was launched long back in 2010 and has gotten only software updates.
5. The included battery is not rechargeable.
Below are the accessories you might need depending on your requirement -
1. AA Rechargeable Battery (Sony/Panasonic - 500-1000 bucks)
2. Rechargeable Battery Charger (Sony/Panasonic - 1400-1500 bucks)
3. Hot Shoe Mount (Phenovo - 150-200 bucks) - To mount it on DSLR
4. 3.5mm Stereo Cable (AmazonBasics Coiled Cable - 300-350 bucks) - To connect to DSLR
5. Y Splitter (Tizum - 350-400bucks) - To record & listen (using earphone/headphone) at the same time
6. Clip-On Mic (Boya-1500 bucks, not sure if the cheaper mics work) - For vlogging
7. Mic Foam Sheild (70-100 bucks) - To reduce wind noise
8. Mini USB Cable (200-400 bucks) - To record directly to the laptop. Remember you need a Mini USB, not Micro USB/USB C.
9. AC Adaptor (You can use any charger with USB port) - To use it on AC, without worrying about battery drain.
10. Mini Tripod (200-300 bucks)
[P.S. - Please, don't buy the Zoom H1 Accessories Pack until and unless you want the carrying case, it's not worth the price at least in India]