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Zoom H6 Handy Recorder

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Zoom H6 Handy Recorder

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  • Easy-to-change input capsules
  • Six-track simultaneous recording
  • Four versatile mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Full-color LCD display
  • Gain control knobs & -20dB pads for each input

  • The Zoom H6 Handy Recorder offers the convenience & adaptability you need for on-the-go recording. With advanced preamps and four interchangeable input capsules (X/Y, MS, Shotgun & Dual XLR/TRS Combo), you'll never miss an opportunity. This Zoom Recorder will easily capture sound anywhere, from live recordings, pro videos or a live broadcast.

    The Zoom H6 offers four primary inputs, plus 2 secondary inputs which are obtained from the capsule that is inserted into the unit. The X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input for connecting an external mic or line-level signal via stereo 1/8" mic/line in mini phone jack. This connection mutes the signal from the X/Y microphones.

    All four main H6 inputs are combo connectors that can accept either XLR or 1/4" balanced or unbalanced phone cables. Both mic and line-level signals are manageable, so either external microphones or line-level devices like mixers, electric guitars, music players & other active electronic devices can be connected. The Zoom H6 internally switches contacts automatically with circuit detection.

    All 6 of the inputs have a dedicated gain control knob. The four main inputs and the EXH-6 capsule feature a -20dB pad so you can prevent distortion with high-level signals. This allows the H6 to input a signal 30dB louder and 14dB softer than any other Handy Recorder model. All capsules utilize 5 volt preamps for distortion free recording. Even if you're using long cables, a built-in instrumentation amp allows signals to be transmitted with minimal noise.

    A high-quality condenser microphone is no problem for the Zoom H6, as an easy menu option allows the unit to provide phantom power (+12, +24, or +48 volts) to all of the main inputs.

    The line out is an unbalanced stereo 1/8" phone jack that carries the analog stereo output signal. The H6 USB port is located on the right side panel and provides a digital output of either the six individual input signals or a stereo mix, depending on the audio interface setting in the USB menu.

    In addition, the H6 has a headphone output & volume control on the left side panel. This allows for private monitoring of the stereo output signal. The H6 has a built-in speaker for quick monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal.

    To cover a wide area and capture sound sources with clarity, the X/Y mic input provides optimal definition for all kinds of stereo recording. The X/Y capsule adds two matched, high-quality unidirectional microphones to the H6. This mic picks up signal from the front and blocks out side and back signal using a cadioid polar pattern.

    The H6 allows MS (Mid-Side) recording, which allows you to adjust the width of the stereo image after being recorded for film, video & television productions. The MS capsule actually contains two mic elements that are positioned on top of each other. One is unidirectional & the other is bidirectional, so you can pick up signal coming from the center while creating directionality by adding or subtracting noise. This technique can also be used for studio recording, but is flexible enough for rehearsal and live recording as well.


  • Gain controls for each input
  • Large, full-color LCD display
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
  • Onboard MS decoding
  • Virtual VU meters
  • Overdubbing, up to 99 takes
  • Built-in low-cut filtering, compression & limiting
  • Chromatic tuner & metronome
  • Loop playback with adjustable start & stop points
  • Variable playback speed from 50 percent to 150 percent
  • Multichannel & stereo USB audio interface for PC/MAC/iPad
  • Camera strap mounts
  • Directly mounts to camcorder with HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter or DSLR
  • Takes AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries for over 20 hours of operation
    • SKU: ZOO-H6
    • Model Number: H6