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ZOOM H4nsp

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  • 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:






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).


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 | accessories | media | buy |

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:
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
50 types, 2 Modules, 60 patches
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)








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