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Zoom H6 Portable Field Recorder

The Zoom H6 Portable Field Recorder is one of the most advanced handy recorders on the market today. Zoom has been building innovative products for the past thirty years and H6 has raised the bar further still.  The revolutionary design of the H6 is compatible with four interchangeable input capsules – X/Y, MS, Shotgun, and Dual XLR/TRS Combo – making the H6 the ultimate chameleon of the audio world, and its advanced preamps also make it the best-sounding one too. Whatever your application – live recording, professional film/video work, live broadcast or electronic news gathering – the H6 can handle it with ease.

The H6 Handy allows for versatile recording techniques, giving you several options right out of the box. You can do more than just record the show: Document the experience. Using the included X/Y capsule to capture the overall sound in stereo, then use the other four inputs for a direct feed from the mixing board, or for external spot mics to pick up specific instruments and the room sound. 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.

For situations that call for audio that allows for width control over your stereo image after it has been recorded, the XY module can be switched out for the MSH-6 mid-side stereo microphone module. Contrary to the appearance of the capsule, the mid-side module actually contains two elements positioned on top of one another: a unidirectional mic which faces forward (mid), and a bi-directional mic set perpendicular to it (side). In addition to providing you the ability to adjust the width of your stereo audio after it has been recorded, MS recording also provides true mono compatibility, a factor that comes into play in situations such as television production.

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.

For variable input and Stereo recording use the MSH-6, also included. Although the MSH-6 MS capsule appears to be just one microphone, it actually contains two mic elements, positioned directly on top of one another. One of the microphones inside the MSH-6 is unidirectional (that is, it is most sensitive to signal to come from directly in front, and less sensitive to signal coming from behind or from the sides) while the other is bi-directional (that is, it is most sensitive to signals coming from directly in front and directly behind, and less sensitive to signal comes from the sides)

The ultimate portable recorder for any application and situation!


  • Interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
  • Six-track simultaneous recording
  • Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Gain controls, -20 dB pads, and phantom power for each input
  • Large full-color LCD display, angled so it’s easy to read in all environments
  • Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128 GB
  • Up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting
  • Normalize, Divide and Trim editing
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
  • Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries
  • Includes Cubase LE and Wavelab LE (via download)


Simultaneous Rec Tracks: 6

Simultaneous Play Tracks: 6

A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz

Built-in Mic(s): Modular (includes X/Y and Mid-Side mics)

Analogue Inputs: 4 x XLR/TRS Combo

Analogue Outputs: 1 x 1/8-inch Stereo Line

Headphone Outputs: 1 x 1/8-inch

Built-in Speaker: Yes

Memory (removable): SD/SDHC/SDXC up to 128GB

Built-in Effects: Highpass filter, compressor, limiter

USB: Yes

Power Supply: 4x AA battery, AC, USB bus power

Max Battery Life: 20 hours

Stand Mountable: Yes (via optional adapter)

Dimensions:  77.8 × 152.8 × 47.8 mm (main unit only)

Weight: 280 g


For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.