updated 10:18 pm EDT, Tue August 6, 2013
Portable device usable as DAC by way of USB 2.0 connection
Zoom North America has announced the immediate retail availability of the all-new H6 Handy Recorder. The H6 is the most advanced portable recorder ever introduced by Zoom, offering six tracks of simultaneous recording and a system of interchangeable microphone and input capsules.
Four capsules are available: stereo X/Y and MS (Mid-Side), both included with the H6, as well as Shotgun and dual XLR/TRS combo capsules, which will be on sale at a later date. Four XLR/TRS combo jacks enable the connection of external microphones or line-level devices. Each input has its own dedicated gain control and pad switch, as well as phantom power in three different voltages.
Other features include a stereo Line Out for connection to cameras; a headphone jack and built-in speaker; onboard effects, metronome and chromatic tuner; adjustable playback speed and pitch correction; and Pre-record, Auto-record and Backup-record functions. A USB port enables data transfer to and from audio editing software and allows the H6 to serve as a multichannel audio interface for computers and tablets.
The H6 can be attached to a camera strap or mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder, and its large full-color display makes it easy to view recording and playback levels in any environment. It records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128 gigabytes in capacity, and uses a variety of MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, including 24-bit/96k.
The Zoom H6 is available at Guitar Center, Musician's Friend, Sweetwater, B&H Photo Video and other retailers for $400, which includes the H6, the stereo X/Y and MS capsules, foam windscreen, four AA batteries, a 2GB memory card, Cubase LE, and carrying case.