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ZOOM H4nsp

| specs | manual | mics | accessories | media |

 

  • Fits in the palm of your hand

  • Records 24-bit/96 kHz digital audio as well
    as MP3 format with bitrates up to 320kbps

  • Stereo plus 4-Track Recording facility

  • Variable stereo X/Y pattern condenser microphones

  • Two combination XLR & 1/4-inch input jacks with phantom power

  • Mini-Jack Mic Input with plug-in power

  • Mid-Side stereo decoder

  • Pre-record buffer

  • Onboard track divide

  • Track marking & time stamping

  • WAV to MP3 conversion

  • Mono mix function

  • Headphone mini-jack

  • Mini reference speaker

  • Chromatic Tuner on-board

  • 6 hours recording with two AA batteries (normal mode) or 11 hours in 'Stamina Mode' 

  • Built in studio effects and guitar amp modelling

  • Phrase trainer

  • Can function as an Audio Interface so you
    can record directly to your computer

  • USB 2.0 file transfer

  • Comes with Case, Manual, Batteries, Steinberg Cubase LE Digital Audio Workstation software and Steinberg Wavelab LE Audio Editing software

  • Optional AP-H4nsp Accessory Kit (see below)


H4n mounted on camera with optional HS-1 Adaptor

 


Detail of H4n's internal mini-speaker



Detail of 'combo' XLR/Jack sockets

 



Left & right hand side panel details

 


Zoom H4n microphone detail

 

Optional Zoom RC-4

Remote Control

 

 

Optional Zoom AP-H4nsp

Accessory Kit contents:

 

DISCONTINUED PRODUCT SHOWN FOR ARCHIVE PURPOSES. NOW REPLACED BY...

ZOOM H4n Pro

IF YOU ALREADY OWN A ZOOM H4n or H4nsp YOU MAY STILL PURCHASE SOME OF ITS ACCESSORIES FROM OUR H4nsp WEBSHOP BELOW.

 

Classic Stereo Recorder with 4-Track Facility

Some time ago Zoom created the concept of combining a competent handheld stereo solid state recorder with a good basic 4-track multitrack format recorder. It was so impressive that it became one of the world's best selling handheld recorders, the H4n. As a result, thousands of hours of really great audio has been recorded on it for film soundtracks, TV footage, live music, etc. With a sound quality worthy enough for commercial release from a handheld recorder that is so intuitive and easy to use, it is no surprise that it has become a classic of its type. Whilst competitors, as well as Zoom themselves, have tried to surpass it, the H4n is still a popular tool.

And now you can buy one at an even more affordable price. They could have called it the H4n-Classic but they've renamed it the H4nsp - the 'sp' means special price - and it really is just the same great recorder as it has always been. Except that now, instead of including lots of costly accessories with it (not everyone needs them) they've packaged them as a separate kit (the Zoom AP-H4n Accessory Pack).


FEATURES
 

Demonstrating its original target market, the H4n includes many musician-friendly features, such as 50 virtual guitar-amp model effects, playback speed control, and studio effects. Its ability to simultaneously record up to four channels by combining the internal microphones and external inputs as well makes it unique in its class. Have a look through its features list below to learn more. No wonder it doesn't just appeal to musicians...

 

 

Selectable X/Y stereo microphone recording patterns

Custom designed, onboard X/Y stereo condenser mics allow variable recording patterns at either 90 or 120. You can rotate each mic capsule from 90 (standard) to 120 (wide-angle) stereo for the ultimate versatility in any recording situation. The H4nsp's mics are arranged with the right and left mics on the same axis. This design ensures that the mics are always an equal distance from the sound source for perfect localization without phase shifting. Frequency response remains uniform throughout your recording. The result is great stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging every time. Click here for Polar Pattern and Frequency Response charts.

Secure Digital (SD) media
The H4nsp uses compact SD or high-capacity SDHC memory cards of up to 32GB (see below for our list of approved Zoom H4nsp cards).

Multiple recording resolutions

You can record at uncompressed linear resolutions up to 24-bit/96kHz as well as at a variety of MP3 formats depending on how large or small you need your audio files to be. Click here to see how long you would get at a variety of resolution settings.

 

Improved mic preamps

Digitally controlled, high-quality microphone preamplifiers render audio very precisely and accurately. Whilst manual level setting is always preferable, an automatic level setting function is also built in to optimize the level quickly as the situation requires.

Combination of XLR & 1/4" Jack inputs

The H4nsp has built-in combination (combo) XLR/Jack connectors with phantom power capability. The outer (3-pin XLR) part of the combo sockets are for professional microphone inputs, and with its 2 line inputs (the inner hole of the combo sockets are for 1/4" jacks) you can record guitars or other line level sources such as mixing consoles. Another separate external mic input (mini-jack) supports plug-in power microphones.

 

 

Four channels are better than two

Proper miking is essential to making a great recording. The H4nsp allows recording on four channels simultaneously by using your own external mics with its onboard mics. Use its built-in mixer to blend the channels for perfectly balanced recordings of extraordinary depth and clarity.

The MTR mode allows simultaneous 2-track recording and 4-track playback. With this feature, creating songs by overdubbing vocals and instruments is simple. Level and panning can be adjusted individually for each track on the built-in mixer, and you can even do a mixdown on the H4nsp.

*In MTR mode, recording format is fixed to 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV files.

 

Low-cut filter & limiter for better recordings

With its low-cut filter, the H4nsp effectively reduces unwanted background noise like wind or air-conditioning noise. A variety of compressors and limiters help to optimize the dynamic range while preventing distortion.

 

Centre cancel and pitch control functions

With its centre cancel function, the H4nsp lets you suppress audio that is recorded with centre imaging. And because the H4nsp also lets you alter pitch without changing playback speed, you can choose source material, suppress the centre audio and use it as a backing track while recording a vocal or guitar track.

Onboard effects & Guitar Amp Modelling

The H4nsp includes a range of studio effects and guitar amp models. There are 50 studio-quality DSP effects including compressor, chorus, phaser, delay, and reverb. In addition, models of the most famous guitar amps are included. Find tone perfection with classic amp models during your recording sessions.

 

It's also a USB audio interface

The H4nsp also will also function as a direct audio interface for your PC. Connect the supplied USB cable and record directly to your computer. The H4nsp comes bundled with Industry Standard Cubase LE and Wavelab LE, from Steinberg, so you can start to produce and edit music on your PC, via the H4nsp, straight away.

    


 

Mid/Side stereo decoder onboard

The built-in M/S stereo decoder allows the use of an external Mid-Side microphone setups. The H4nsp converts the mid and side channel signals into a conventional stereo (L/R) signal for even more versatility.

 

Mono mix function

A stereo input signal can be mixed down to mono to reduce unwanted sound source position shifts between right and left channels. This is ideal for recording interviews.

 

Automatic recording


You can set your H4nsp to automatically record whenever sound above your designated level is detected. This ensures that you capture everything of importance while minimizing blank sections such as when recording a conference, lecture or evidential audio.

 

Versatile playback functions includes phrase trainer

 



You can choose between single-song playback, single-song repeat, all-songs playback, or all-songs repeat. This is great when you want to use the H4nsp as a personal trainer for learning new music. A-B repeat even lets you zoom in on a specified section of a song. Learning new songs is made even easier with the H4nsp's adjustable playback speed that ranges from 50 to 150 percent, while keeping pitch the same. This is also a great feature for learning a language, conference recording, and various electronic news gathering (ENG) situations.

 

Basic editing, normalising & conversion

Even without external software, you can divide a recorded file at any desired point, right on the H4nsp. A built-in normalizing feature lets you optimize the volume level, and you can convert WAV files into MP3 directly on the unit as well.

 

Wide choice of powering options

The H4nsp can record continuously in normal mode for about 6 hours on a pair of AA batteries. It also has a unique 'Stamina Mode' to enable it to record for up to 11 hours when you really need it.  The supplied AC adaptor can be plugged into the mains for extended use. When using the H4nsp as an SD card reader or USB audio interface, it is powered from the host computer.

ZOOM H4nsp SPECIFICATIONS | info | manual | mics | accessories | media | buy |

General
AD & DA Conversion
:
24bit, 128 times oversampling
Signal Processing: 32bit Recording Media: SD memory card (16MB - 2GB), SDHC memory card (4GB - 32GB) Display: 128 x 64pixel, 1.9-inch backlit LCD
Balanced/Unbalanced Input: 2 x XLR & 1/4" Jack (combo sockets)
Input Impedance:
balanced i/p = 1kΩ balanced / pin 2 hot, unbalanced i/p = 480kΩ unbalanced
Input Level: balanced i/p = -10 to -42dBm, unbalanced i/p = +2 to -32dBm
Phantom Power Supply: 48V, 24V, OFF
Built-in Stereo Mic: Unidirectional condenser microphone (Gain: +7 to +47dB
External Mic Input: 1/8" stereo phone jack (Plug- in powered) Input impedance: 2kΩ
Input level: -7 to -47dBm Phones/Line Output: 1/8" stereo phone jack
Output Load Impedance: 10kΩ or more
Rated Output Level: -10dBm Phones Output Level: 20mW + 20mW into 32Ω load

Built-in Speaker: 400mW 8Ω  USB Interface: Mini-B type (USB 2.0 High Speed compatible), Mass Storage Class operation/Audio Interface operation (16bit, 44.1kHz/48kHz)
Power Requirements: AA size (LR6) battery x 2, or AC adaptor (DC5V/1A/centre plus)
Battery Life (with alkaline batteries): 6 hours (Normal mode), 11 hours (Stamina mode)
Dimensions: 70(W) x 156.3(D) x 35(H)mm
Weight: 280g (without batteries)


Stereo Mode
Simultaneous Recording/Playback Tracks:
2
Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, Mono Mix, M/S Stereo Decoder, Auto-Rec, Pre-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, A-B Repeat, Variable Speed Playback, File Dividing, Normalize, MP3 Post-Encode, Marker
Recording Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz), MP3 (Bit Rates: 48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/
192/224/256/320kbps/VBR, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)
Playback Format: WAV (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz), MP3 (Bit Rates: 32/40/48/56/64/80/96/112/128/
160/192/224/256/320kbps/VBR, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz)

 

4-Track Mode
Simultaneous Recording/Playback Tracks: 4
Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Compressor/Limiter, M/S Stereo Decoder, Auto-Rec, Pre-Rec, Tuner, Metronome, A-B Repeat, Normalize, Marker
Recording Format:
WAV (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz)
Playback Format
:
WAV (Quantization: 16/24bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz)

 

MTR Mode
Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2
Simultaneous Playback Tracks
:
4
Effects
:
50 types, 2 Modules, 60 patches
Functions
:
Tuner,Metronome, Punch-In/Out, Bounce
Recording Format: WAV (Quantization:16bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)
Playback Format: WAV (Quantization:16bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)

 

Stamina Mode
Simultaneous Recording/Playback Tracks: 2  
Functions: Lo-cut Filter, Auto-Rec
Recording Format
:
WAV(Quantization: 16bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)
Playback Format
:
WAV(Quantization: 16bit, Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz)


ZOOM H4nsp SHOP

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SUGGESTED BATTERIES & CHARGERS FOR THE ZOOM H4n/H4nsp

Click here for our Batteries & Chargers page

   

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Each including Vat

Buy

ANS-B4-PLUS

Ansmann Basic-4 PLUS UK-Only Entry Level Charger & Battery Set (includes 4 x 1300mAh rechargeable batteries) - IN STOCK

45

ANS-PL4W

Ansmann POWERLINE-4-WORLD Worldwide Smart Charger, USB Power Supply & Battery Set (includes 4 x 2100mAh low self-discharge rechargeable batteries and a set of worldwide main power plug-tops) - IN STOCK

36

ANS-PL4L

Ansmann POWERLINE 4 PRO USB Power Supply, Battery Charger, Discharger, Refresher & Tester - IN STOCK

39

ANS-AA-LSD2500

Ansmann AA 2500mAh Low Self-Discharge Rechargeable Batteries (Pack of 4), may be charged in Ansmann POWERLINE 4 PRO (or your existing AA Battery charger) - IN STOCK

15

ANS-AA-DFP8

Ansmann Premium Alkaline AA Batteries (Pack of 8) - IN STOCK

6

ZOOM H4n/H4nsp ACCESSORIES

   

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Each including Vat

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ZOO-APH4N

Zoom APH4N Accessory Pack for H4nsp (includes Furry Windscreen, AC Adaptor, Attenuator Cable, and Splitter Cable) - NORMALLY IN STOCK

35

ZOO-HS-1

Zoom HS-1 Hot-Shoe Mount for H4n/H5/H6 - IN STOCK

19

ZOO-RC4

Zoom RC-4 Remote Control for H4n/H4nsp - see panel above for photograph

NORMALLY IN STOCK

29

PEL-1200F

PELI SMALL-1 Hard Case with interior foam. This will fit the recorder, its PSU, a small microphone and some spare cards - IN STOCK

71

PTB-AR-SF1

Portabrace AR-SF1 Heavy Duty Soft Case custom-fitted to your Zoom H4n - NORMALLY IN STOCK

127

SSS-CLAM

The Clamshell Case Semi-Hard Equipment Case for small & medium sized Solid State Sound recorders and accessories - IN STOCK

39

SSS-TR1

SSS TR1 Mini Tripod Stand with adjustable length legs, fits to the tripod adaptor screw thread on the back of the H4n - IN STOCK

10

SSS-MWJ-H4N

SSS MWJ-H4N Mini Windjammer Rycote furry windshield for your H4nsp
IN STOCK

28

RYC-046001

Rycote 046001 Portable Recorder Audio Kit

ZOOM H4n/H4nsp EDITION

Includes the PRAK lyre suspension and soft-grip handle as well as the correct windshield for the Zoom H4n/H4nsp

NORMALLY IN STOCK


95

SSS-ADAP-CAM

SSS-ADAP-CAM Camera Thread/Hot Shoe Adaptor for any recorder fitted with a camera mount thread - enables your recorder to be mounted on top of an SLR or video camera - IN STOCK

29

SNY-SFAS

Sony Sound Forge Audio Studio audio editing & audio toolbox software - IN STOCK

59

SSS-TP2015-1

Solid State Sound TransPedal-2015 transcription foot-pedal - IN STOCK

79

ZOO-WSU-1

Zoom WSU-1 Universal Windscreen for Zoom H4nsp - IN STOCK

18

ZOO-H4N-PSU

Zoom H4n-PSU Spare Power Supply for Zoom H4n - TO SPECIAL ORDER - 3-5 DAYS

33

RECOMMENDED MICROPHONES FOR THE ZOOM H4n/H4nsp
Please see our Microphones section for more - see menu on left

   

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Each including Vat

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AT-AT8004L

Audio-Technica AT8004L Omnidirectional Dynamic Reporter's Microphone (requires XLRF-to-XLRM Microphone Lead - see below) - IN STOCK

109

AT-AT8004

Audio-Technica AT8004 Omnidirectional Dynamic Reporter's Microphone (requires XLRF-to-XLRM Microphone Lead - see below) - IN STOCK

99

AT-AT8010

Audio-Technica AT8010 Omnidirectional Condenser Reporter's Microphone (requires XLRF-to-XLRM Microphone Lead - see below) - IN STOCK

149

AT-AT8031

Audio-Technica AT8031 Unidirectional Condenser General Purpose Microphone (requires XLRF-to-XLRM Microphone Lead - see below) - IN STOCK

159

AT-AT8033

Audio-Technica AT8033 Unidirectional Condenser General Purpose Microphone (requires XLRF-to-XLRM Microphone Lead - see below) - IN STOCK

149

AT-AT803

Audio-Technica AT803 Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier (Tie-Clip) Microphone (requires XLRF-to-XLRM Microphone Lead - see below) - IN STOCK

149

SAM-CM11B

Samson CM11B Omnidirectional Acoustic Boundary Electret Microphone  - IN STOCK

89

SAM-CM10B

Samson CM10B Unidirectional Acoustic Boundary Electret Microphone  - IN STOCK

89

AT-AT897

Audio-Technica AT897 Short Shotgun Super-Directional Microphone (requires any of the Connectronics microphone leads below - also available: optional Reinhardt Pistol Grip & Wind-Gag - see below) - IN STOCK

189

SUP-E523D

Superlux E523/D Stereo One-Point Microphone - IN STOCK

79

SSS-CMM-1

SSS CMM-1 Lavalier (Tie-Clip) Microphone - uses mini-jack mic input on rear of H4n (if you wish to use two of these mics with this recorder then you will need one of our Connectronics ADAP-1 Y-adaptor leads below) - IN STOCK

39

CON-MU-102-BK-1

Connectronics MUSIFLEX Microphone Lead, XLRF-to-XLRM, 2 Metres - IN STOCK

13

CON-MU-103-BK-1

Connectronics MUSIFLEX Microphone Lead, XLRF-to-XLRM, 3 Metres - IN STOCK

14

CON-MU-104-BK-1

Connectronics MUSIFLEX Microphone Lead, XLRF-to-XLRM, 5 Metres - IN STOCK

16

CON-ADAP-1

Connectronics ADAP-1 Y-Adaptor Lead, enables two microphones with mini-jack leads to be plugged into one mini-jack microphone input socket on your recorder - IN STOCK

 

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RECOMMENDED HEADPHONES FOR THE ZOOM H4n/H4nsp

   

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Each including Vat

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AT-ATH-M50X

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Closed Back Studio Reference Headphones - IN STOCK

129

AT-ATH-M30X

Audio-Technica ATH-M30x Closed Back General Purpose Headphones - IN STOCK

59

SSS-INEAR-1

Solid State Sound INEAR-1 Noise Cancelling In-Ear Headphones - IN STOCK

33

Now don't forget to order some of our...

 

APPROVED MEMORY CARDS

 

Go to our MEMORY CARDS webpage here

 

 

The Zoom H4nsp uses...

 

SD (SDHC) Cards up to 32Gb

 

 

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