The H6 is the ultimate portable recorder. With its advanced preamps and interchangeable capsules, the H6 delivers unmatched versatility and award-winning quality.
From podcasting to music to filmmaking and more, the H6 is your go-to recorder.
From the studio to remote locations, podcasts are produced everywhere. With inputs for every guest, the battery-powered H6 is a complete portable podcasting solution.
Unlimited Studio Time:
The H6 is your personal music studio 24/7. With up to six* discrete line-level / mic-level inputs, plus the ability to overdub and more, the H6 provides the road from a great idea to the perfect track. *Optional EXH-6 mic capsule required
Sound for Every Scene:
Featuring interchangeable mic capsules, four combo inputs and six tracks of quality recording, the H6 is ready to record on any set and in any scene the director throws at you.
From Sampling to Sound Design:
Whether you're a musician creating your own unique masterpiece, or a sound designer looking for that perfect sound effect, the H6 will become your most trusted companion.
Features of the Zoom H6 Black:
Interchangeable input capsules
Six-track simultaneous recording
Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
Gain control knobs and -20dB pads for each input
Supplied XYH-6 X/Y capsule provides secondary input via a stereo 1/8" Mic/Line In mini phone jack
Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
Large full-colour, angled LCD display
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
Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression, and limiting
Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries
Six interchangeable mic capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lenses of a camera:
XYH-6 X/Y Capsule: A little X, a little Y, a whole lotta stereo
The X/Y miking technique is optimal when you want to cover a wide area and still capture sound sources in the centre with clarity and definition, making it great for all types of live stereo recording.
The XYH-6 X/Y capsule comes standard with the H6.
The capsule adds two matched high-quality unidirectional microphones to your H6 or H5. This kind of microphone is most sensitive to signal coming from directly in front, and less sensitive to signal coming from behind or from the sides; in technical terms, they are said to utilize a cardioid polar pattern.
Playing back stereo X/Y tracks in mono results in a fuller sound than you would get with one microphone, but if mono compatibility is critical (for example, in television production), the Mid-Side (MS) mic technique can be a better choice.
MSH-6 MS Capsule: Mid-side mic magic (Sold Separately)
MS ("Mid-Side") recording: an incredible technique that allows you to actually adjust the width of the stereo image after it has been recorded, making it especially useful for film, video and television projects. Sound like magic? Read on.
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 mostly sensitive to signal coming 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 mostly sensitive to signals coming from directly in front and directly behind, and less sensitive to signal coming from the sides).
The basic concept behind MS recording is that the Mid microphone picks up signal coming from the centre, while the Side microphone creates ambience and directionality by adding or subtracting information from either side.
The Mid-Side technique works well whenever you need a variable amount of room sound. It can also be used for studio recording, and its convenience and flexibility make it a good option for rehearsal and live concert recording as well. Another benefit is that it provides total mono compatibility, making it an excellent choice for stereo recordings that may eventually be played back in mono, such as TV broadcasts.
X/Y stereo recording allows you to cover a wide area yet still capture a strong centre image. The XYH-5 X/Y microphone capsule provided with the H5 features two matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at a 90 degree angle and housed within an advanced shockmount to minimize vibration and handling noise, making it ideal for location videography and live broadcast/podcast applications. The design of the XYH-5 also allows it to handle extremely loud sounds, making it perfect for use at live rock concerts and for electronic newsgathering. The XYH-5 can also be used with the H6.
The SGH-6 Shotgun capsule adds a professional-quality hyperdirectional (that is, highly directional) microphone turning your H6 or H5 into the perfect audio recorder for anyone working in film, video or live theatre, or for ENG (electronic news gathering) applications.
A "shotgun" is a long, cylindrical microphone which excels at picking up sounds in front of it while rejecting sounds to the sides and rear. Shotgun microphones are often used when you cannot position a microphone directly in front of a sound source. For example, if someone is speaking in front of a video camera and you don't want them to hold an interview microphone up to their mouth, the solution is to use an off-screen shotgun mic.
Shotgun mics have a narrower focus (sometimes referred to as more "reach") than an average microphone. However, shotgun mics are not the audio equivalent of a photographic telephoto lens. Even though they do an above-average job of picking up sounds that originate from a short distance away, they always sound better when they're physically close to the sound source. That's why whenever you use the SGH-6 shotgun capsule, you should always strive to get as close as possible to the sound source, which often means hovering right at the edge of the frame of a shot.
EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo Capsule: Need more inputs? (Sold Separately)
If you need more inputs, simply plug in the EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule. It allows you to connect two additional discrete channels for external microphones, instruments, mixers or portable music players.
Both EXH-6 inputs are combo jacks that accept either XLR or 1/4" balanced (TRS) or unbalanced (TS) connectors. They can handle both mic- and line-level signals, which means that you can connect either microphones or line-level devices like mixers, portable music players, electronic keyboards, or electric guitars or basses with active electronics (passive electric guitars or basses can also be connected with the use of a mixer or effects device). Internal switching contacts automatically detect the circuit of choice.
Each EXH-6 input offers a dedicated analog gain control knob as well as a -20dB pad that allows you to prevent distortion even when high-level signals are introduced; in fact, with the use of the Pad switch, the H6 can input 30dB louder signal and 14dB softer signal than any other Handy Recorder model. In addition, a built-in instrumentation amp allows signals to be transmitted with minimal noise even when long cables are used.
SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun Microphone Capsule (Sold Separately) for H5, H6, Q8, U-44, F4, and F8
The SSH-6 mid-side stereo shotgun capsule includes a super-directional microphone for picking up sound in the center, as well as a bidirectional side mic for picking up sounds from the left and right. This allows you to record a fully mono-compatible stereo image - ideal for film, video, and television projects. For example, you can capture dialogue with the center mic, and then mix in the desired amount of environmental sound captured by the side mic directly on your Zoom recorder, or in postproduction.
A hairy windscreen is included with the SSH-6 Capsule for reduction of wind noise.
The SSH-6 mid-side stereo shotgun microphone capsule is compatible with the Zoom H5 and H6 Handy Recorders, Q8 Handy Video Recorder, U-44 Handy Audio Interface, F1, F4, F8 and F8n MultiTrack Field Recorders, as well as the ECM-3 extension cable for Zoom microphone capsules.
Ins & Outs:
Ins: The H6 offers four XLR/TRS combo jacks with dedicated pad switches and gain control for distortion-free recording.
Outs: The H6 features two 1/8" outputs, a stereo line out as well as a headphone out with dedicated volume control.
Multi-Channel: Audio Interface:
The H6's USB port enables it to serve as a stereo or multi-channel audio interface for your computer or iPad.
Recording Time & File Formats:
Record continuously for over 20 hours with just four AA batteries or extend your recording time indefinitely with the optional AD-17 adapter.
The H6 records individual WAV files in any of the following formats:
44.1 kHz / 16-bit; 44.1 kHz / 24-bit
48 kHz / 16-bit; 48 kHz / 24-bit
96 kHz / 16-bit; 96 kHz / 24-bit
Free Recording & Editing Software:
The Zoom H6 comes with free download licenses for Steinberg's Cubase LE music production software and WaveLab LE audio editing software, enabling you to not only capture, but create.
SD Card: 16MB to 2GB
SDHC Card: 4GB to 32GB
SDXC Card: 64GB to 128GB
XYH-6 X/Y mic: Mic type: Unidirectional; Sensitivity: -41 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa; Input gain: -infinity to 46.5 dB; Max sound pressure input: 136 dB SPL
XYH-6 MIC/LINE IN: Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack; Input level: -infinity to 46.5 dB; Input impedance: 2 k ohms; Plug-in power: 2.5V supported
INPUTS 1 to 4:
MicConnectors: XLR / TRS combo jacks
(XLR: Pin 2 hot / TRS: Tip hot)
MicInput gain: (PAD OFF) -infinity to 55.5 dB
MicInput gain: (PAD ON) -infinity to 35.5 dB
MicInput impedance: 1.8k ohms 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
LINE OUT: Jack type: 1/8" stereo mini jack; Rated Output Level: -10 dBu when output load impedance is 10k ohms or more
PHONE OUT: Jack type: 1/8" stereo mini jack; Output Level: 20 mW +20 mW into 32 ohms load
Built-in speaker: 400mw 8 ohms mono speaker
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
LCD Screen: 2.0-inch full colour LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
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
Battery life (with alkaline battery, continuous recording) Over 20 hours