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Zoom H2N Handy Recorder

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The Zoom H2n is a portable recorder with two sets of in-built stereo condenser microphones, offering omni-directional 4-track recording. One side has a pair of mic’s configured to an XY array, whilst the other side offers Mid-Side recording. You can set the H2 to record via either XY, MS or both - 4-track recording. Using all microphones makes the H2 omnidirectional - ideal for clarity when recording interviews.


      Using the H2n:
      With its multiple microphones and recording modes, the H2n can handle just about every kind of application. Here are just a few ways it can be used:

      Live recording of concerts and rehearsals, in either stereo or surround sound
      Location videography—the H2n gives you plenty of options in postproduction
      Creating audio for YouTube videos
      Generating lasting audio documents of important events
      As a USB microphone providing input to recording software

      Features at a glance:
      Five built-in microphones and four recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, and both 2-channel and 4-channel surround
      Analog-type input gain control
      Auto Gain provides three preset recording levels
      Stereo ⅛" Mic/Line In mini phone jack with Plug-in power (2.5V)
      Stereo ⅛" Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
      Built-in reference speaker for fast monitoring
      Large 1.8 inch backlit LCD display
      Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
      Supports up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
      Auto-record and Pre-record features
      WAV to MP3 conversion
      Internal mixdown: four-track surround to stereo
      Up to 99 marks per recording
      Built-in effects, including compression/limiting and low-cut filtering
      Onboard MS decoding
      Normalize and Divide functions
      Chromatic tuner and metronome
      Loop playback with user-defined start and stop points
      Variable playback speed, from 50% to 150% for phrase training
      Variable pitch without affecting playback speed
      USB port for data exchange to and from computer and use as a USB microphone
      2-in/2-out USB audio interface for PC/Mac computers
      SD card reader function
      Data recovery function automatically saves data if power fails or card is removed
      Mounts directly to tripod or DSLR
      Runs on only 2 standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries, or AC adapter (AD-17, USB to AC type)
      Over 20 hours of operation with 2 AA alkaline batteries

      Here's what comes included with the H2n:
      Operation manual
      SD card (2GB)
      2 AA batteries
      Steinberg Cubase LE software download
      Steinberg WaveLab LE sofware download

      Recording media:

      16MB–2GB SD cards, 4GB–32GB SDHC cards

      Built-in memory:

      Up to 1 minute in 96kbps MP3 format 
      (Recording overwrites any previous recording in memory)

      Mic arrangements:

      90˚ X/Y stereo, MS stereo with adjustable side mic level

      Recording modes:

      MS, XY, MS+XY (2ch), MS+XY (4ch)

      Microphone types:

      Directional (XY, MS mid mics)
      Bidirectional (MS side mic)

      Maximum sound pressure input:

      120 dB spl (directional)
      122 dB spl (bi-directional)

      Stereo uncompressed PCM:

      44.1 / 48 / 96kHz, 16 / 24bit WAV (BWF)

      Compressed MP3 (recording):

      44.1kHz, 48kHz
      56 /64/80/96/112/128/160/192/ 224/256/320kbps
      (Not compatible with MS-RAW recording)

      Compressed MP3 (playback):

      44.1kHz, 48kHz 

      4ch uncompressed PCM:

      44.1 / 48 / 96kHz, 16 / 24bit WAV (BWF)
      (Two stereo files for each recording)

      A/D conversion:

      24-bit 128× oversampling

      D/A conversion:

      24-bit 128× oversampling

      Signal processing:


      Recording time (2GB card):

      3:08:00 (44.1kHz/16bit WAV), 34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)

      Lo cut:

      80Hz high-pass filter


      3 types of compressors and 3 types of limiters

      Auto gain:

      Automatic input gain adjustment (3 levels)

      Pre rec:

      2 seconds of pre-recording

      Auto rec:

      Automatic recording start/stop, continuous standby


      Chromatic, guitar, bass and alternate (A/E/G/D/DADGAD) tunings with automatic string detection


      40–250 BPM range, five tones, pre-count


      Playback speed adjustable between 50–150%

      Key control:

      Playback pitch adjustable ±6 semitones 
      (Cannot be used with 96kHz files)

      AB repeat:

      Repeats playback between selected points in a file

      File divide:

      Divides a file into two

      File normalize:

      Maximizes file volume 
      (Cannot be used with MP3s)

      File MP3 encode:

      Converts WAV files to MP3 formats at fixed bit rates


      Up to 99 marks 
      (WAV files only)

      Surround mixer:

      Adjusts mix balance when playing back 4ch surround recordings

      Display graphic:

      128×64 pixels backlit LCD

      Input gain:

      0 to +39 dB

      Input jack:

      Line/mic stereo mini jack with plug-in power
      2 kΩ impedance at input levels of 0 to –39 dBm

      Output jack:

      Line/headphone stereo mini jack

      Rated output level:

      −10 dBm (output impedance 10 kΩ or more)


      20 mW + 20 mW (into 32 Ω load)

      Built-in speaker:

      400mW, 8Ω, mono


      Mini-B type
      Card reader operation

      USB 2.0 high speed:

      Audio interface operation

      USB 1.0 full speed:

      Supports 44.1 / 48kHz sampling rates and 16-bit rate
      USB bus power operation supported


      Two AA batteries, AD-17 USB to AC adapter (DC 5V 1A) 
      Continuous operation of 20 or more hours when recording 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV files using alkaline batteries

      Physical features:

      Tripod mounting socket, strap attachment


      67.6mm (W) × 113.85mm (H) × 42.7mm (D)


      130 g (without batteries)

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