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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.
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).
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.
to see how long you would get at a variety of resolution settings.
• Improved mic
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
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
• It's also a USB
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.
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
• 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
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.
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
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)