The Zoom H4n is a digital recording device manufactured by Zoom. It is the successor of the Zoom H4 recorder. Both models have two built-in condenser mics arranged in X/Y stereo position and two XLR microphone inputs that double as 1/4 inch phono jacks for musical instruments.
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|Number of Tracks :||4|
|Max Sample Rate/Resolution :||96 kHz / 24-Bit|
|Microphone :||Built-In Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration|
|Built-In Speaker :||Yes, 400 mW Mono|
|Display :||1.9" / 4.83 cm Monochrome LCD (Backlit)|
|Memory Card Support :||SD (16 MB to 2 GB) SDHC (4 to 32 GB)|
|Audio File Formats :||MP3, WAV|
|Sample Rates :||WAV: 44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz MP3: 44.1 kHz (Record) 44.1 / 48 kHz (Playback)|
|Bit Depth :||16 / 24-Bit 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)|
|Bit Rates :||48 to 320 kb/s + VBR|
|Signal Processing :||Amp Modeling, Auto Gain, Compressor, Delay, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Pitch Control, Reverb|
|Recording Time :||WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit: 95 Mins per GB (Stereo) MP3 128 kb/s: 17 Hrs per GB (Stereo)|
Onboard Adjustable Stereo Microphone
Leave your external mics at home and travel light. The H4n Pro is outfitted with an onboard stereo microphone that provides clear, phase-accurate capture in two different X/Y positions—90° for a tight stereo image or 120° for a wider perspective. Just twist the capsules to their premarked positions to switch between the two configurations. With nothing more than the H4n Pro, you’re set to record speech, practice sessions, concerts, or ambient and environmental sounds, even ear-rattling thunder up to 140 dB.
2-Channel Microphone/Line/Instrument Inputs
Equipped with two locking XLR-1/4″ combo inputs and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input, the H4n Pro can accommodate condenser microphones, line-level sources, or unbalanced instrument-level signals. Turn on 24 or 48 VDC phantom power to the XLR jacks, or 2.5V plug-in power to the mini jack. Whether you plan on plugging in a guitar and your favorite studio condenser mic to record a singer-songwriter or feel like hooking up a lavalier mic for an interview, the H4n Pro’s preamps (identical to those found in the H5 and H6) are ready to deliver low-noise (-120 dBu EIN) performance.
If you happen to setup external microphones in a mid-side configuration, the integrated MS decoder allows adjustment to the perceived width of the stereo image, which is beneficial for sound design, broadcasting, or general stereo-to-mono compatibility.
Record up to 4 Channels Live or Overdub Layers
The H4n Pro boasts multiple recording modes, and is capable of up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution. Record in stereo from the onboard mic or input jacks, or use 4CH Mode to simultaneously record the onboard mic (or 3.5mm mic input) and two external sources via the XLR-1/4″ jacks (great for getting the room sound and a stereo feed from a mixer). Alternatively, switch to MTR mode to utilize the H4n Pro as a 4-track studio complete with overdubbing, punch recording, and built-in effects. The H4n Pro’s internal mixdown function lets you adjust levels and pans as you blend four tracks down to stereo.
SD-Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
Maximize portability by recording directly to an SD card (up to 2GB capacity) or SDHC card (up to 32GB capacity). A 4GB SDHC card yields approximately 380 minutes of 16-bit / 44.1 kHz stereo recording time using the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility. Note that media cards are available separately, and larger capacity cards may increase startup times.
Alternatively, use the H4n Pro as a 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 48 kHz. At 44.1 kHz, you’ll have the option to use the built-in effects on input signals. The USB port also enables fast file transfer and firmware updates.
3.5mm Output to Connect to a Camera or Headphones
The 3.5mm line/headphone mini-jack output features a dedicated volume control, making it capable of feeding your camera/DSLR or a pair of headphones. For quick playback reference, a built-in monophonic speaker is provided.
Powered via AA Batteries or AC Adapter
Power the H4n Pro with the two included AA batteries, or plug it into a wall outlet with an AD-14 AC adapter (available separately). Alkaline batteries can keep the H4n Pro running for up to 10 hours in Stamina mode (built-in mics, 16-bit / 44.1 kHz, no headphones), while NiMH batteries extend recording time a bit further.
Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
The rubberized, ergonomic body lends itself naturally to handheld use. Should you need to mount it on a mic stand or tripod, a threaded hole on the back of the H4n Pro obviates the need for stand adapters. Obtain a hot shoe adapter (available separately) to attach the H4n Pro directly to a DSLR.