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The workhorse of field recorders The H2n Handy Recorder is the only portable recording device to come with five built-in microphones and four different recording modes: X/Y, Mid-Side, 2-channel surround and 4-channel surround. Other advanced features include automatic gain control and onboard MS decoding, plus effects like compression, limitin... read more

Zoom H2N Handy Digital Audio Recorder

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$159.99

The workhorse of field recorders

The H2n Handy Recorder is the only portable recording device to come with five built-in microphones and four different recording modes: X/Y, Mid-Side, 2-channel surround and 4-channel surround. Other advanced features include automatic gain control and onboard MS decoding, plus effects like compression, limiting and low cut filtering. You can even use the H2n as a multi-purpose USB microphone!

Using the H2n

With its multiple microphones and recording modes, the H2n can handle just about every kind of application. Here are just a few ways it can be used:

Live recording of concerts and rehearsals, in either stereo or surround sound

Location videography—the H2n gives you plenty of options in postproduction

Creating audio for YouTube videos

Generating lasting audio documents of important events

As a USB microphone providing input to recording software

Five microphones, four ways of recording The H2n offers not one, not two, but five built-in microphones. Two of them are arranged as an X/Y pair, while the other three are configured in an MS ("Mid-Side") pattern. They can be used separately for X/Y or MS stereo recording, or combined to create stunning 2- or 4-channel surround sound.

Mid-Side for variable stereo width

Mid-Side recording is an incredible technique that allows you to actually adjust the width of the stereo image after it has been recorded, while maintaining perfect mono compatibility, making it especially useful for film, video and television projects.

The three microphone elements in the H2n MS mic are set directly on top of one another. One faces forward and the other two face to the side:

The H2n's onboard MS decoder allows you to adjust the relative level of the mic elements, either during the recording process or afterwards, during post-production. As you increase the level of the Side microphones, the perceived stereo width increases as well.

X/Y for natural-sounding stereo

The X/Y technique provides a great way to cover a wide area while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition, making it perfect for all types of live stereo recording.

The H2n's built-in X/Y microphone provides two matched unidirectional microphones set at a 90 degree angle relative to one another, optimum for most stereo recording applications.

(Graphic showing positioning of the two mics in the X/Y capsule goes here)

Surround sound for lifelike realism

The H2n allows you to combine the signals from both the X/Y and MS microphones in order to create surround sound recordings of everything you hear—not just those sounds coming from in front of you, but from all directions.

Use 2ch mode to create a single stereo file of the combined mics, or 4ch mode to record the signal from the H2n's X/Y mics onto one stereo track and signal from the MS mics onto another. The resulting pair of tracks can then be routed to separate speakers for an immersive listening experience or can be blended into a custom stereo track. In addition, the H2n's MS decoding feature can be used to independently alter the level of the Side signal in both 2ch and 4ch modes.

The Ins and Outs

The H2n Line In is a stereo ?" mini phone jack that can accept two channels of mic- and/or line-level signals. Condenser microphones requiring Plug-In Power (2.5 volts) can be connected to this jack. An analog-type Mic Gain dial allows you to manually set input level, or you can choose one of the three Auto Gain presets to automatically set the optimum recording level.

The H2n Line Out is a stereo ?" phone jack with dedicated volume control. Headphones can be connected to this jack for private monitoring of the input or recorded signal. There's also a built-in speaker on the back panel for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections.

The H2n USB port provides a digital output of the stereo mix and allows data to be sent to and from your computer. From there, it can be imported into editing software such as the supplied WaveLab LE. USB also enables the H2n to be used as a 2-in/2-out audio interface or as a USB microphone.

Recording media: 16MB–2GB SD cards, 4GB–32GB SDHC cards

Built-in memory: Up to 1 minute in 96kbps MP3 format

(Recording overwrites any previous recording in memory)

Mic arrangements: 90° X/Y stereo, MS stereo with adjustable side mic level

Recording modes: MS, XY, MS+XY (2ch), MS+XY (4ch)

Microphones types: Directional (XY, MS mid mics)

Bidirectional (MS side mic)

Maximum sound pressure input: 120 dB spl (directional)

122 dB spl (bidirectional)

File formats

Stereo uncompressed PCM: 44.1/48/96kHz, 16/24bit WAV (BWF)

Compressed MP3(recording): 44.1kHz, 48kHz

56 /64/80/96/112/128/160/192/ 224/256/320kbps

(Not compatible with MS-RAW recording)

Compressed MP3(playback): 44.1kHz, 48kHz

32/40/48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps

4ch uncompressed PCM: 44.1/48kHz, 16/24bit WAV (BWF)

(Two stereo files for each recording)

Digital processing

A/D conversion: 24-bit 128× oversampling

D/A conversion: 24-bit 128× oversampling

Signal processing: 32-bit

Recording time (2GB card): 3:08:00 (44.1kHz/16bit WAV), 34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)

Other features:

LO CUT: 80Hz high-pass filter

COMP/LIMITER: 3 types of compressors and 3 types of limiters

AUTO GAIN: Automatic input gain adjustment (3 levels)

PRE REC: 2 seconds of pre-recording

AUTO REC: Automatic recording start/stop, continuous standby

TUNER: Chromatic, guitar, bass and alternate (A/E/G/D/DADGAD) tunings with automatic string detection

METRONOME: 40–250 BPM range, five tones, pre-count

SPEED: Playback speed adjustable between 50–150%

KEY CONTROL: Playback pitch adjustable ±6 semitones

(Cannot be used with 96kHz files)

AB REPEAT: Repeats playback between selected points in a file

FILE DIVIDE: Divides a file into two

FILE NORMALIZE: Maximizes file volume

(Cannot be used with MP3s)

FILE MP3 ENCODE: Converts WAV files to MP3 formats at fixed bit rates

MARK: Up to 99 marks

(WAV files only)

SURROUND MIXER: Adjusts mix balance when playing back 4ch surround recordings

Display Graphic: 128×64 pixels backlit LCD

Input gain: 0 to +39 dB

Input jack: Line/mic stereo mini jack with plug-in power

2 kO impedance at input levels of 0 to –39 dBm

Output jack: Line/headphone stereo mini jack

Rated output level: -10 dBm (output impedance 10 kO or more)

Headphones: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32 O load)

Built-in speaker: 400mW, 8O, mono

USB: Mini-B type

Card reader operation

USB 2.0 High Speed: Audio interface operation

USB 1.0 Full Speed: Supports 44.1/48kHz sampling rates and 16-bit rate

USB bus power operation supported

Power: Two AA batteries, AD-17 USB to AC adapter (DC 5V 1A)

Continuous operation of 20 or more hours when recording 44.1kHz/16-bit WAV files using alkaline batteries

Physical features: Tripod mounting socket, strap attachment

Dimensions (mm): 67.6 (W) × 113.85 (H) × 42.7 (D)

Weight: 130 g (without batteries)

Operation manual

SD card (2GB)

2 AA batteries

WaveLab LE