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THE GROUNDBREAKING ZOOM H6 It will change the way you think about recording forever.

Here at Zoom we've been building innovative products for the past thirty years. But with the revolutionary H6 six-track recorder, the bar is raised further still. Four interchangeable input capsules – X/Y, MS, Shotgun, and Dual XLR/TRS Combo – make the H6 the ultimate chameleon of the audio world, and its advanced preamps 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 most versatile portable recorder ever.

 

 

Inputs

 

The H6 offers four main inputs (1-4), plus two additional inputs (L, R). All four main H6 inputs (inputs 1-4) are combo connectors that can accept either XLR or ¼” balanced or unbalanced phone cables. They can handle both mic- and line-level signals for connecting either external microphones or line-level devices like mixers, portable music players, electronic keyboards, or electric guitars or basses. Each of the six inputs (that is, 1-4 as well L, R) have a dedicated gain control knob as well as a -20dB pad, allowing you to prevent distortion even when high-level signals are introduced.
 

Outputs

 

The H6 Line Out is an unbalanced stereo 1/8” phone jack that carries the analog stereo output signal, as determined by the H6’s internal mixer. The USB port provides a digital output of either a stereo mix or the six individual input signals, depending upon the setting of the “Audio Interface” function in the USB menu. In addition, the H6 provides a headphone output with a dedicated volume control. Connect your headphones to its stereo 1/8” mini phone jack for private monitoring of the stereo output signal. There’s also a built-in speaker for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections whatsoever.

 

Never Miss a Take

 


Pre-Record (for STEREO/4CH mode)
Pre-Record ensures that you'll never miss the start of a great take. The device is continuously listening, keeping the previous two seconds* of audio whenever you hit RECORD.

*One second when recording at 96k or working 4CH mode.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auto-Record (for STEREO/4CH mode)
Auto-Record automatically starts recording when a user-set sound level is detected. There's also an Auto-Record Stop function, which ends the recording as soon as the incoming signal drops below the user-set stop level.

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of Power

 

The H6 requires just 4 AA batteries—either alkaline or rechargeable NiMH—for power. Battery life (when using alkaline batteries) is more than 20 hours, even during continuous recording. An optional AD-17 AC adapter (included in the APH-6 Accessory Pack) allows you to power the H6 from any standard wall socket.

Record Directly
to an SD Card

 

The H6 records directly to SD cards. It supports standard SD cards as well as the newer SDHC and SDXC cards, up to 128 gigabytes, making it capable of accessing massive data storage. A handy "SD Card Remain" function allows you to see at a glance how much space remains on the currently inserted card, both in gigabytes and percentage.

Supported File Types

 

The H6 can record audio in two different basic file types: WAV and MP3. The main difference between the two is that WAV files are uncompressed; that is, they contain all the recorded data without any “bits” (digital words) being removed. Thus, they provide full fidelity without compromise.

Use it as an
Audio Interface

The H6’s USB port allows it to send and receive
digital data. Connect the H6 to your laptop or
desktop computer via USB, launch your favorite
DAW or use the included Cubase LE software,
and start laying down your tracks. You can even
connect the H6 to an iPad (camera connection
kit required).

When the H6 is set to “Stereo Mix” in the USB menu,
it acts as a 2-input / 2-output interface; when set
to “Multi Track,” it acts as a 6-input / 2-output
interface. The H6’s onboard INPUT&OUTPUT mixer
allows you to create a custom stereo or six-track
mix for output via USB, with independent control
over the level and panning of each track, as well
as access to effects like low-cut filtering,
compression and limiting. 

Edit and Record Software Included

The Zoom H6 comes with free download licenses for Steinberg’s Cubase LE music production software and WaveLab LE audio editing software, providing not just the ability to capture superior audio in every box, but to do spectacular things with it.

Whether you wish to create your own music utilizing the Handy Recorder’s USB audio interface function or take your recordings to a more professional level, Steinberg’s powerful and state-of-the-art audio software used by creators around the world now comes with every Zoom Handy Recorder purchase.

Currently shipping with:
Cubase LE8 for Mac OS X 10.9/10.10 and Windows 7/8/8.1
WaveLab LE9 for Mac OS X 10.10/10.11 and Windows 7/8/8.1/10

For information on license activation and upgrades, visit our Steinberg Software support page.

Features at a Glance

Main Features

  • 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 (real knobs!) and -20dB pads for each input
  • Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
  • 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 128GB
  • Up to 24-bit /96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety
    of MP3 formats
  • Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean
    that you’ll never miss that perfect take
  • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
  • Independent monitor and playback mixes
  • Virtual VU meters
  • Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording
  • Overdubbing, up to 99 takes
  • Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression,
    and limiting
  • Onboard MS decoding
  • Normalize, Divide and Trim editing
  • Chromatic tuner and metronome
  • A/B loop playback
  • Variable playback speed, from 50% to 150%
  • Variable pitch per track without affecting playback speed
  • USB port for data exchange to and from computer
  • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
  • Camera strap mounts
  • Mountable directly to DSLR or camcorder with optional
    HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
  • Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
  • Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries

 

 

Accessories

Here's what comes included with the H6.


Optional H6 accessories

Media

Video

ZOOM Creators: Peter Erksine
Overdubbing with the H6

Learn how to do basic track layering with your H6 Handy Recorder.

How to import files to your computer

This tutorial shows how to move files from the Zoom H6 to both Mac & PC

Specs

Recording Media
SD Card:

16MB to 2GB

SDHC card:

4GB to 32GB

SDXC card:

64GB to 128GB

Input Capsules
XYH-6 X/Y mic:

Mic type: Unidirectional
Sensitivity: -41 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
Input gain: -∞ to 46.5 dB
Max sound pressure input: 136 dB SPL

XYH-6 MIC/LINE IN:

Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Input level: - ∞ to 46.5 dB
Input impedance: 2 k Ω
Plug-in power: 2.5V supported

MSH-6 MS mic:

Mic types: Unidirectional and bi-directional
Sensitivity: -37 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (unidirectional)
                   -39 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (bi-directional)
Input gain: -∞ to 42.5 dB
Max sound pressure input: 120 dB SPL (unidirectional)
                                            122 dB SPL (bi-directional)

Shotgun mic (SGH-6):

Mic Type: Unidirectional (mic unit x3)
Polar Pattern: Super-cardioid
Sensitivity: –39 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (each mic unit)
Input Gain: –∞ to 50 dB
Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 122 dB SPL

INPUTS 1 to 4
MicConnectors:

XLR / TRS combo jacks
(XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)

MicInput gain: (PAD OFF):

-∞ to 55.5 dB

MicInput gain: (PAD ON):

-∞ to 35.5 dB

MicInput impedance:

1.8kΩ or more

MicMax input level:

+22 dBu (PAD ON)

MicPhantom power:

+12V /+24V /+48V
(Phantom power can be turned on/off independently for Inputs 1 - 4)

MicEquivalent Input Noise (EIN):

-120 dBu or less

OUTPUTS
LINE OUT:

Jack type: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Rated Output Level: -10 dBu when output load impedance is 10k Ω or more

PHONE OUT:

Jack type: 1/8" stereo mini jack
Output Level: 20 W +20 W into 32 Ω load

Built-in Speaker:

400mw 8 Ω mono speaker

RECORDING FORMATS
WAV:

Sampling frequency: 44.1/48/96 kHz
Bit rate: 16/24
(Mono/Stereo, BWF-compliant)
Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 8 (L/R + INPUT 1 to 4 + L/R backup)
(Backup recording: -12dB lower than set L/R input gain)

MP3:

Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
Bit Rate: 48/56/64/80/96/112/128/160/192/224/256/320kbps
Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 2

RECORDING TIME (WITH 2GB CARD)

03:08:00 (44.1 kHz / 16-bit WAV)
34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)

DISPLAY

2.0-inch full color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)

USB
Mass Storage Class operation:

Class: USB2.0 High Speed

Audio Interface operation: Multi-track mode:

Class: USB2.0 High Speed
Inputs / Outputs: 6 / 2
Sampling frequency: 44.1/48kHz/96kHz
Bit rate: 16/24 bit
USB bus powered operation possible

Audio Interface operation: Stereo mode:

Class: USB2.0 Full Speed
Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2
Sampling frequency: 44.1/48kHz
Bit rate: 16 bit
USB bus powered operation possible
(iPad operation supported in stereo mode only)

POWER REQUIREMENTS

AA size (LR6) battery x 4
Alkaline or NiMH type
AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional)
USB bus power

BATTERY LIFE

Battery life (with alkaline battery, continuous recording): Over 20 hours

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
H6:

77.8mm (W) x 152.8mm (D) x 47.8mm (H), 280g

XYH-6:

78.9mm (W) x 60.2mm (D) x 45.2mm (H), 130g

MSH-6:

58.0mm (W) x 67.6mm (D) x 42.1mm (H), 85g

INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
  • Operation manual
  • XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule
  • MSH-6 MS mic capsule
  • SD card (2 GB)
  • AA size (LR6) battery x 4
  • USB cable
  • Sponge windscreen
  • Cubase LE software
  • Case