If you are planning to buy the Zoom H4n Recorder, wait until you have read this review.
What is a Zoom H4n recorder?
Zoom H4n is a sophisticated, handheld, digital recorder. Zoom H4n is packed with features and most notably, built-in X/Y stereo mics that allow variable recording patterns at either 90 or 120 degrees. Also, the Zoom H4n Recorder allows one to record on four channels simultaneously by using the on board mics. The built-in mixer allows for balanced recordings and the result is a richer recording. The Zoom H4n Handy Recorder can also be used as an USB port to connect to a computer, thereby one can store the recordings in the Computer hard disk. The recordings can later be emailed or burnt into a CDROM.
History of Zoom
Zoom is a Japanese audio company founded in 1983. Zoom produces several digital recorders namely, Zoom H4n, Zoom H2n and Zoom H1. Zoom has become known as the producer of inexpensive, great quality recorders and effects pedals. Zoom’s staff represent a fusion of engineering expertise and artistic sensibilities bringing to the world great recorders at affordable prices.
What is inside the Zoom H4n package?
In addition to the Zoom H4n Recorder, the package contains the following accessories:
- AC Adapter (works from 110 to 240V)
- 2GB SDHC
- USB Cable
- Mic Clip Adapter
- Cubase LE Recording Software
- Protective Case
Who will benefit from Zoom H4n?
It is the choice of Musicians, song writers and so on. One can record studio quality recordings using the Zoom H4n. An optional SDHC with capacity upto 32GB, lets one store over 15 hours of recording time at 24-bit/96khz or 550 hours of recording time on MP3 format. The Zoom H4n can also be used as a USB port to connect to a computer thereby one can store all the recordings in the hard disk. H4n’s phrase trainer capability makes learning new songs very easy. The H4n can also be set to record only when the sound is at a designated level.
The Good and the Bad:
- Handy, portable digital recorder for a low price
- built-in stereo mics and preamp
- ability to record on 4 channels simulataneously
- large LCD screen
- shock resistant rubberized body
- upto 32GB storage capability
- can be used as USB port to connect to a computer
- phrase training
- low cut filter to reduce noise
- studio quality recording
- 50 studio quality DSP effects
- Normal & Stamina mode of operation
The drawback I have noticed is, because of the huge popularity of this, it sells very fast and the store goes out of stock of the H4n. So, don’t procrastinate. Buy it when it is available. It may go out of stock soon.
The Bottom Line:
Zoom H4n is a great digital, portable recorder that is the choice of musicians and song writers around the world. One can record at studio quality using this recorder. It is in great demand around the world and goes out of stock very often. So, buy it when it is available. I am not exaggerating, but telling you from my own experience selling it online for the past 3 years to customers around the world.