The H6 Handy from Zoom is a portable handheld audio recorder and USB audio interface that features an interchangeable microphone system. The recorder ships with both XY and mid-side microphone modules, foam windscreen, 2GB SD card, four AA batteries, USB cable, Cubase LE and a hard carrying case. Optional module attachments can be purchased for expanded functionality.
Capture the performance on a whole new level
Do more than just record the show: Document the experience. Use the X/Y capsule to capture the overall sound in stereo, then use the other four inputs for a direct feed from the mixing board, or for external spot mics to pick up specific instruments and the room sound. With the H6, you can relive that great performance night after night.
Get the sound that completes the scene
Whether you slide it onto your camera strap or attach it directly to your DSLR with our Hot Shoe mount, the H6 is the essential audio recorder for location videography. Its supplied MSH-6 mic capsule and onboard MS decoding, plus the ability to record up to 6 tracks simultaneously, gives you plenty of options in post-production.
In this example, the MSH-6 MS capsule is being used to capture the main sound source in stereo, with external boom and lavalier mics (connected to Inputs 1 and 2) focused on the talent providing narration. Another pair of external mics is connected to Inputs 3 and 4 and are being used to record a second stereo image, this one of the other performers in the scene. By using the MS capsule, you can later use the H6's onboard MS decoder to adjust the width of the main stereo image in post-production.
Make every chord, every note, every riff really sing.
Plug in the optional EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS capsule and your H6 becomes a personal 6-track studio with six discrete line- or mic-level inputs, each with its own volume control and pad. Record and overdub up to 99 takes in high-resolution audio, then mix down to a stereo MP3 for posting to your favorite website.
A little X, a little Y, a whole lotta stereo
The X/Y miking technique is optimal when you want to cover a wide area and still capture sound sources in the center with clarity and definition, making it great for all types of live stereo recording.
The XYH-6 X/Y capsule comes standard with the H6.
The capsule adds two matched high-quality unidirectional microphones to your H6 or H5. This kind of microphone is most sensitive to signal coming from directly in front, and less sensitive to signal coming from behind or fromthe sides; in technical terms, they are said to utilize a cardioid polar pattern.
To compress or not to compress
The H6 can record audio in two different basic file types: WAV and MP3. The main difference between the two is that WAV files are uncompressed; that is, they contain all the recorded data without any “bits” (digital words) being removed. Thus, they provide full fidelity without compromise.
MP3 recordings are compressed, which means that some unnecessary data is removed prior to storage, making them much smaller than WAV files, and thus much easier to upload and download. Some MP3 files exhibit a slight loss of audio fidelity as compared with the original signal; however, this is not noticeable in all circumstances.
Time is on your side
The H6 requires just 4 AA batteries—either alkaline or rechargeable NiMH—for power. Battery life (when using alkaline batteries) is more than 20 hours, even during continuous recording. An optional AD-17 AC adapter (included in the APH-6 Accessory Pack) allows you to power the H6 from any standard wall socket.
The H6 records directly to SD cards. It supports standard SD cards as well as the newer SDHC and SDXC cards, up to 128 gigabytes, making it capable of accessing massive data storage. A handy "SD Card Remain" function allows you to see at a glance how much space remains on the currently inserted card, both in gigabytes and percentage.
Built-in mics: 2
Configuration: X/Y, M/S swappable
External mic input: XLR/TRS combo x 4
Bit rate: 16/24
Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
Audio out: 3.5mm
Storage and media
Type(s): SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard drive Not applicable
Number of tracks: 6
Phantom power: 12V, 24V, 48V
Auto limiter: Yes
Battery type: AA x 4
Battery life (app.): 21 hours
Built-in speaker: Yes
Power supply: Sold separately
Recording media: 16MB-2GB SD cards
4GB-32GB SDHC cards
64GB-128GB SDXC cards
Inputs Inputs L/R XY mic (XYH-6)
Mic Type: Unidirectional
Sensitivity: -41 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Input Gain: -ˆž to 46.5 dB
Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 136 dB SPL
Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Input Gain: -ˆž to 46.5 dB
Input Impedance: 2 kÎ
Plug-in Power: 2.5V supported
MS mic (MSH-6)
Mic Types: Unidirectional and bi-directional
Sensitivity: -37 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (unidirectional),
-39 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (bi-directional)
Input Gain: -ˆž to 42.5 dB
Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 120 dB SPL (unidirectional),
Backup recording: 12dB lower than set L/R input gain
Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz Bit Rate: 48-320 kbps
Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2 tracks
(with 2GB card) 03:08:00 (44.1kHz/16-bit WAV)
34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)
Display 2.0-inch full-color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
USB [Mass Storage Class operation]
Class: USB2.0 High Speed
[Audio Interface operation: Multi-track mode]
Class: USB2.0 High Speed
Inputs / Outputs: 6 / 2
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
Bit Rate: 16/24bit
Note: Use with Windows requires a driver, but Macintosh does not.
[Audio Interface operation: Stereo mode]
Class: USB2.0 Full Speed
Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2
Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz
Bit Rate: 16 bit
Note: iPad operation supported in stereo mode only.
Battery Life (with alkaline battery) XY mic, 44.1kHz/16-bit (stereo x 1): 21 hours
XY mic and Inputs 1, 2, 3 and 4 used, 96kHz/24-bit (stereo x 3): 9 hours 45 minutes
Note: The above times are estimates. Approximate continuous recording times when using battery power were calculated using our own testing method. They may differ greatly depending on operating conditions.