Zoom H6 Audio Recorder

The Zoom H4n became the default portable low cost audio recorder on the market a few years back. The combination of good specs, good price, and the rise of the DSLR filmmaker thrust this gadget into the spotlight. With DSLRs digital filmmakers, who where accustom to recording audio in-camera via the built in XLRs, discovered the benefits of recording stand-alone audio, something film filmmakers have been doing for decades. Even though we now have cameras like the Canon C-series and Sony FS-series that give us back our XLRs there are circumstances where off-camera audio is still the best.

Enter the Zom H6. The H6 Handy from Zoom is a portable handheld recorder and USB audio interface that features an interchangeable microphone system. The H6 Handy allows for versatile recording techniques, giving you several options right out of the box. The included XYH-6 XY microphone module is made up of two matched unidirectional condenser microphones and is intended for capturing accurate, phase-correct stereo audio. The module allows you to adjust the angle of the two mics to either 90 degrees, or for a wider stereo image, 120 degrees.

In addition, the H6 is equipped with four XLR/TRS combo inputs for connecting external mic/line sources such as microphones or mixers. All four inputs and each of the mic modules are equipped with their own preamps with dedicated gain knobs that are easily accessible whether you have the unit mounted to your camera, or strapped over your shoulder. Also, each of the four combo inputs has its own -20dB pad.

The recorder allows you to record up to six channels at once and stores them to SDXC memory cards up to 128GB in size. It also features a backup-record option that tracks a duplicate of the left and right channels with -12db input gain. This means that if you find that you have tracked your main audio too loud and that distortion has occurred in your audio, you will have a backup stereo mix with 12 db more headroom as a fail-safe. The unit also doubles as a 6-in/2-out USB audio interface and it can be used with your computer running the included Cubase LE or other DAW software. Get your order in for one today at a price of $399. Post by Eric C. Petrie