Zoom H6essential 32-Bit Float Portable Field Recorder

Zoom’s most robust handheld recorder, the H6essential is a recording powerhouse. With 6 tracks of 32-bit float recording, the H6essential provides unprecedented quality and unmatched versatility.

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Zoom H6essential 32-Bit Float Portable Field Recorder

The Flagship

Zoom’s most robust handheld recorder, the H6essential is a recording powerhouse. With 6 tracks of 32-bit float recording, the H6essential provides unprecedented quality and unmatched versatility.

Step Up To 32-Bit Float

With 32-bit float and dual AD converters the H6essential captures huge dynamic range. This gives creators the ability to record perfect audio, clip-free every time.

The First Handy Recorders with Accessibility

The Essential Series was designed with Accessibility for the blind and visually impaired. Navigate the menu with audible descriptions through the built-in speaker or headphones. Creators can choose English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian or Chinese.

Six Perfect Tracks from H6essential

The 4 XLR/TRS combo inputs feature ultra-clean Zoom preamps, and the included X/Y microphones can capture up to a booming 135 dB SPL, equivalent to a jet taking off.

Next Generation 3.0 Capsule System

The H6essential’s 3.0 capsule system has been updated to support 32-bit float and gives creators more options to use the right mic for their recording.

Remove The Mics

When the X/Y mic is not needed, detach the capsule and use the included cap for a low profile setup.

Record And Stream with H6essential

Use the USB-C port to connect to PC, Mac, iOS, and Android device to use the H6essential as a 32-bit float interface while simultaneously recording all 6 tracks to an SD card.

For Musicians

The H6essential is a portable studio. Mic up to 4 instruments using the XLR inputs and use the X/Y microphones to capture the full ensemble in beautiful stereo.

For Filmmakers

32-bit float recording gives filmmakers confidence with every take. The interchangeable capsules, 4 XLR inputs and wireless timecode make the H6essential invaluable on any set.

For Podcasters

When everyone wants to be on your podcast, the H6essential has you covered with 4 XLR inputs. For two additional XLR inputs, connect the optional EXH-6e capsule.

Waveform Display

The H6essential has a waveform display so you can see your audio as it records.

H6essential Built-In Mixer

For full control of your mix, hit the ‘Mixer’ button and quickly adjust your levels.

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Quieter Controls

Recording and rotary controls have been meticulously designed to allow for silent operation.

Onboard Speaker

Use the improved onboard speaker to listen to your recordings for quick reference.

Outputs You Need

Use the line output to connect to a camera and the headphone output to monitor your audio.

Higher Visibility

The new full-color LCD screen provides you with a more vivid view as you record and navigate the menu.

 

Key Highlights:

  • 6-track 32-bit float recorder with Dual A/D Converters
  • Clip-free recording with no need to set gain
  • Records up to 96kHZ sample rate
  • 6-track 32-bit float recorder with Dual A/D Converters
  • Clip-free recording with no need to set gain
  • Records up to 96kHZ sample rate
  • Interchangable Mic Capsule System 3.0 with 32-bit float support
  • Included X/Y Mic Capsule captures up to 135 dB SPL
  • 4 XLR/TRS combo inputs with locking connector
  • Color LCD Screen
  • Built-in mixer to adjust each track’s audio level
  • Built-in speaker for quick reference playback
  • 3.5mm headphone output plus 3.5mm line output
  • Voice Guidance accessibility for the visually impaired
  • 32-Bit Float audio interface for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices via USB-C port
  • Use as an interface and record to SD card simultaneously
  • Using the BTA-1* Bluetooth Adapter, sync with wireless timecode devices via bluetooth
  • Use the BTA-1* Bluetooth Adapter to pair with the H6essential Control App for iOS
  • Record to SD cards up to 1TB
  • 10 hours of battery life on AA battery (4x) or USB-C Bus Power

INPUT AND OUTPUT CHANNELS:

Inputs:

Mic capsule: 1

MIC/LINE (mono): 4

Outputs:

LINE OUT: 1

Headphones: 1

Built-in speaker (mono): 1

INPUTS:

XY mic: XYH-6e

Format: 90º XY stereo

Directionality: Unidirectional

Sensitivity: −42dB/1Pa at 1kHz

Maximum sound pressure input: 135 dB SPL

MIC/LINE (mono):

Connectors: 4 XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR:2 HOT TRS:TIP HOT)

Input gain: Adjustment unnecessary (dual A/D converter circuits used)

Input impedance:

MIC: 3.8 kΩ or more

LINE: 39 kΩ or more

Maximum input level:

MIC: +4 dBu

LINE: +24 dBu

Phantom power: +48 V

Channel total: 32 mA or less

Equivalent input noise:

MIC: -120 dBu or less (IHF-A) @150 Ω input

LINE: -95 dBu or less (IHF-A) @600 Ω input

OUTPUTS:

LINE OUT:

Connector: Stereo mini jack

Maximum output level: +1 dBu

Output impedance: 110 Ω or less

Headphones:

Connector: Stereo mini jack

Maximum output level: 20 mW + 20 mW (when 32 Ω load)

Output impedance: 10 Ω or less

Built-in speaker:

Type: 20 mm x 30mm elliptical dynamic speaker

Effective maximum output: 250mW

RECORDER:

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 8

Maximum simultaneous playback tracks: 6

Recording formats: WAV

Sampling frequencies: 44.1/48/96 kHz

Bit depth: 32-bit float mono/stereo

BWF and iXML formats supported

Recording media:

4-32GB cards compatible with microSDHC specification

64GB–1TB cards compatible with microSDXC specification

DISPLAY:

2.0-inch full-color LCD: 360 x 240

USB:

Connector: USB Type-C

Audio Interface: USB 2.0 High Speed

Input and output channels:

6 in / 2 out (Multi)

2 in / 2 out (Stereo)

Sampling frequency:

44.1/48/96 kHz (AIF only)

44.1/48 kHz (AIF + onboard recording)

Bit depth: 24-bit, 32-bit float

File transfer: USB 2.0 High Speed

REMOTE:

Dedicated wireless adapter: ZOOM BTA-1

POWER:

4 AA batteries: Alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable NiMH batteries

AC Adapter: ZOOM AD-17 (DC 5 V/1 A)

USB bus power supported

Estimated continuous operation times using batteries:

2-track recording (XYH-6e):

Alkaline batteries: About 18 hours

NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): About 14.5 hours

Lithium batteries: About 30 hours

6-track recording (XYH-6e and inputs 1–4):

Alkaline batteries: About 3.5 hours

NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): About 4 hours

Lithium batteries: About 9 hours

Power consumption: 5 W maximum

Dimensions:

Recorder: 78.1 mm (W) × 160.1 mm (D) × 42.8 mm (H)

XYH-6e: 69.1 mm (W) × 50.8 mm (D) × 43.0 mm (H)

Weight:

Recorder: 381 g (including batteries)

XYH-6e: 42 g

Note: 0 dBu = 0.775 Vrms

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