Zoom set a precedence with their portable digital recorders, making them many peoples go to recording device for a variety of environments where portability coupled with high-quality sound recording, usability and useful features are high on the agenda. It’s this heritage that brings about the Zoom H2N Handheld Digital Recorder, the best way to record for journalism, podcasting, songwriting and rehearsal.
The Zoom H2n features Zoom’s latest microphone technology which enables you to record in four modes different modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound. The Zoom H2n is the only portable recorder that comes with five mic capsules.
The Mid-Side (MS) stereo mode is a portable recorder first. The Zoom H2n gives you the ability to record both what is in front of you and the ambient sounds of the recording environment. It does this by utilising uni-directional mic (to record sound that is straight in front of you) and a bi-directional mic, which records sound coming from the left and right of the unit. The recorder allows you to alter the width of the stereo field for full control over ambient sounds coming into the microphone. Recording in RAW even allows you to alter this setting after the initial recording.
The mainstay of any good portable recorder is still in presence in the Zoom H2n Handheld Recorder. 90° X/Y stereo mode takes control of the unit’s right and left mics, which are angled for perfect sound localization. This gives you stereo recording with natural depth.
The by choosing 2-channel mode the Zoom H2n Digital Recorder gives you the ability to record in 360° surround sound by combining the recorders Mid-Side and X/Y mics. Bump this up to 4-channel mode and your recording will be given to you as two separate stereo files, for extended post-production control.
Although the Zoom H2n Handheld Recorder’s modes cater for everyone from those wanting to record lectures up to broadcasting professionals the user interface is simple to navigate. Controlling the unit’s multitude of features, including Auto-Gain, compressor/limiter and time stamping, is surprisingly easy. This is definitely helped by the 1.8-inch backlit LCD display screen (128 x 64 resolution).
Record anytime, anyplace
Sometimes it’s the simple things that really appeal. The Zoom H2n Digital Recorder runs on two AA batteries! Yes, batteries that you can pick up in a newsagent, rather than a bespoke battery that needs constant recharging, meaning if you find yourself running out of power and you haven’t packed spares, you don’t need to worry. Even if you pick yourself up a couple of rechargeable AA batteries you’ll find they won’t need charging often as two AA’s will keep life in your Zoom H2n for 20 hours! You can also buy an AC adapter if you’re going to be using the recorder for podcasting.
If you have been recording for 20 hours and not backed your files up and you experience an unexpected error, you no longer need to fear the worst. Zoom H2n Recorder has a new data recovery function. Should you lose battery power or power the unit down by accident your data will automatically be restored next time you turn the H2n on.
More good news for those who do a lot of recording is that the Zoom H2n Portable Recorder is compatible with SD/SDHC cards up to a 32GB SDHC card. Using a card of this size with the unit set to 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV format will give you over 50 hours of recording time. Set it to 128kbps MP3 format and you get 555 hours of stereo recording (yes you read it correctly, 555 hours!)! The H2n comes supplied with a 2GB SD card.
Once you’ve finished recording getting them onto your computer (Mac or PC) is simple, thanks to the Zoom H2n’s High-Speed USB 2.0 interface. Once on the computer, editing and playback is simple with the Steinberg WaveLab LE 7 software.
Manufacturer Zoom Model H2N Portable Digital Recorder Dimensions 67.6mm (W) × 113.85mm (H) × 42.7mm (D) Weight 130g Recording Media 16MB–2GB SD cards, 4GB–32GB SDHC cards Microphone Types Directional (XY, MS mid mics)
Bidirectional (MS side mic)
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