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Zoom H4essential 4-Track Portable Audio Recorder

SKU: # 801097   |   Model: # H4 ESSENTIAL   |    Product Reviews0 Reviews  Write a Review

H4essential 4-Track Portable Audio Recorder

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H4essential 4-Track Portable Audio Recorder
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H4essential 4-Track Portable Audio Recorder
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Four Tracks. More Options.
With four tracks, 32-bit float recording, advanced X/Y mics and 2 XLR/TRS inputs, creators have more ways to record their music, podcasts, and audio-for-video.

More Dynamic Range
With 32-bit float recording, you never have to adjust levels. The H4essential captures every nuance of your sound ensuring high-quality, clip-free audio in every take.

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.

Sound Pressure Level
The 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs feature Zoom's ultra-clean preamps that supports phantom power and +4dBu professional line level input. The onboard X/Y microphones can capture sound up to a thunderous 130 dB SPL, equivalent to a rock concert.

Record and Stream
Stream in 32-bit float while simultaneously recording to an SD card. When connected to a PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device using the USB-C port, the H4essential can be used as a 4-in/2-out audio interface.

Mix. Monitor. Record.
Use the built-in mixer to easily adjust each track's audio level. It also has a waveform display so you can see your audio as it records.

Big Stage Sound For Musicians
The H4essential is perfect for recording music. With 2 XLR/TRS inputs and the stereo X/Y microphones it's easy to record live shows, rehearsals and songs.

Location Sound
The XLR inputs can be used to capture on-set dialogue and audio for sound design. The onboard X/Y microphones are perfect for recording ambience.

For Interviews and Podcasts
Podcasters can use the H4essential's XLR inputs with external mics for one-on-one conversations and the X/Y mics for interviews on-the-go.

Soft Touch Controls
Recording and rotary controls have been designed to allow for quiet operation.

Built-In Speaker
You can use the built-in speaker to listen to your recordings for quick reference.

Now In Color
The new full-color LCD screen makes it easy to navigate through the H4essential's menu and functions.

In and Out
Use the 3.5mm line output for headphones or to connect to a camera. The H4essential also features a 3.5mm mic/line input.

Advanced XY Mics
The onboard X/Y microphones capture crystal clear audio up to 130 dB SPL.

High Capacity Storage
The H4essential supports SDXC cards up to 1TB to record hours and hours of audio.


• 4-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
• Color LCD Screen
• 130 dB SPL XY Mic
• 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs with locking connector
• 3.5mm mic/line input for lavalier mics and line level sources
• Built-in mixer to adjust each track's audio level
• Built-in speaker for quick reference playback
• 3.5mm line output for headphones or to connect to a camera
• 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
• Record to SD cads up to 1TB
• 10 hours of battery life on AA battery (2x) or USB-C Bus Power


Input and Output Channels
Built-in mic (stereo): 1

Headphones: 1
Built-in speaker (mono): 1

BUILT-IN MIC: 90° XY stereo format
Directionality: Unidirectional
Sensitivity: 43 dB/1 Pa at 1 kHz
Maximum sound pressure input: 130 dB SPL

Connector: XLR/TRS combo jacks x2 (XLR:2 HOT TRS:TIP HOT)
Input gain: Adjustment unnecessary
Input impedanceXLR: 3 kΩ or more TRS : 3 kΩ or more
Maximum input level: XLR : +4 dBu TRS : +24 dBu
Phantom power: +48 V
Equivalent input noise: -120 dBu or less(IHF-A) @150 Ω input

Connector: Stereo mini jack x1
Input gain: Adjustment unnecessary
Input impedance: 2 kΩ or more

Connector: Stereo mini jack x1
Maximum output level: 20 mW + 20 mW(into 32 Ω load)
Output impedance: 15 Ω or less

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 4
Maximum simultaneous playback tracks: 4
Recording formats: WAV 44.1/48/96 kHz, 32-bit float mono/stereo BWF and iXML formats supported

Recording media
4-32GB cards compatible with the microSDHC specification
64GB1TB cards compatible with the microSDXC specification

Display: 2.0-inch full-color LCD(360 x 240)

CONNECTOR: USB Type-C Use a USB cable that supports data transfer. USB bus power is supported.

USB 2.0 High Speed
44.1/48 kHz
24-bit /32-bit float

USB2.0 High Speed

Dedicated wireless adapter(ZOOM BTA-1)

4 AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH or lithium)
AC adapter(ZOOM AD-17):DC 5V/1A
USB bus power is supported.

DIMENSIONS: 66.9 mm (W) 156.1 mm (D) 38.0 mm (H)

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