updated 01:20 am EDT, Wed July 13, 2011
Features mid-side recording to add ambience
Calling it the company's most "innovative" handheld recorder to date, Zoom has introduced the H2n recorder, which will be shipping in September. The unit features five studio-quality mics onboard, four recording modes, a new user interface captured on a 1.8-inch backlit LED display, 20 hours of operation off two alkaline AA batteries, data-recovery features in case of loss of power and support for up to 32GB SDHC memory cards.
The recorder, which can also double as a direct USB microphone for computers, features an analog-type Mic Gain wheel, filter and compresser/limiter effects, a metronome, MP3 post-encoding, A-B repeat, Auto Gain and many other recording options. It can run on battery, AC or USB bus power, recording in WAV format up to 24-bit/96kHz or in MP3 up to 320kbps. It includes a built-in reference speaker, 1/8-inch mic/line input and headphones/line output stereo phone jacks, and even offers a high-speed USB2 card reader function.
The five onboard mics allow the unit to record in four different modes, including Mid-Side stereo, a technique widely used in film and TV production for capturing a controllable amount of ambient noise in addition to the unidirectional speaking angle; the H2n offers control for a range from 30 to 150 degrees. The unit also handles traditional 90-degree X/Y recording, and by combining mics can offer 2-channel or 4-channel surround sound recording. The package comes with Steinberg's WaveLab LE 7 software for importing and editing recordings, though the H2n works with a variety of other audio software.
An optional accessory package will also be available, adding a wired remote control, windscreen, AC/USB adapter, USB cable, mini-tripod stand, padded-shell case and a mic clip adapter.
The Zoom H2n recorder debuts in September with a retail price of $199. It will be available directly from the company and through music and audio retailers.