Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System

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Main Features
  • XY mics capture remarkable stereo depth and clarity
  • Four XLR/TRS inputs for external mic/line connections
  • High-definition audio of up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA batteries
  • Optional Shotgun mic and external XLR/TRS inputs available
  • The world's first handy recorder with interchangeable mic system
  • Mid-side mics provide continuously variable stereo width
  • Up to six channels of simultaneous recording
  • 6-in/2-out USB audio interface
  • Supports SDXC memory cards up to 128GB
  • Optional Hot Shoe Mount to attach your H6 to a DSLR video camera
Zoom's H6 Handy Recorder portable recording system gives you everything you need to capture quality audio anywhere. Four XLR/TRS combo inputs complete with onboard microphone preamps provide a solid basis for hooking up studio mics or taking feeds from line-level equipment. On top of that, the H6 recorder features both an X/Y and a Mid-Side mic module, which you can swap out with additional aftermarket input modules. Add to that its impressive battery life and professional 24-bit/96kHz recording quality, and it's no wonder the Zoom H6 Handy Recorder is making waves!

Simultaneous Rec Tracks 6
Simultaneous Play Tracks 6
A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Built-in Mic(s) Modular (includes X/Y and Mid-Side mics)
Audio Interface Yes (via USB)
Analog Input Types 4 x XLR/TRS Combo
Analog Inputs 4 x XLR/TRS Combo
Analog Output Types 1 x 1/8" Stereo Headphone, 1 x 1/8" Stereo Line Out
Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8" Stereo Headphone, 1 x 1/8" Stereo Line Out
Digital Input Type No digital I/O
Digital Inputs No digital I/O
Digital Output Type No digital I/O
Digital Outputs No digital I/O
Headphone Output type 1 x 1/8" Headphone Out
Headphone Outputs 1 x 1/8" Headphone Out
Built-in Speaker Yes
Memory (internal) No internal memory
Memory (removable) SD/SDHC/SDXC up to 128GB
Built-in Effects Highpass filter, compressor, limiter
USB Yes
FireWire No FireWire
Power Supply 4 x AA (alkaline or NiMH)
Max Battery Life 20 hours
Stand Mountable Yes (via optional adapter)
Manufacturer Part Number H6

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Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (13)
  • Reliable (9)
  • Compact (8)
  • Long battery life (7)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Concerts (6)
  • Conversation piece (5)
  • Field recording (4)
  • Lectures (4)
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4.0

Zoom H6 Recorder

By FJH

from Ringwood East

About Me Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact Design
  • High Quality Sound
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Conversations
    • Lectures

    Comments about Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

    Very well built and designed with plenty of usable features. The best feature is the ability to change microphones of add more line inputs

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Reliable and great controls

    By Dennis

    from Melbourne, Australia

    About Me Tech Savvy

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Labelling
    • Compact Design
    • High Quality Sound
    • Physical buttons

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Conversations
      • Lectures

      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      Very easy to use and clear labelling. Physical knobs/buttons for each channel is also a bonus and the layout is very intuitive.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Don't leave home without it!

      By Adam

      from Adelaide, South Australia

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Backup Recording
      • Easy User Controls
      • High Quality Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Battery Cover

      Best Uses

      • Concerts
      • Conversations
      • Field Recording
      • Weddings

      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      This thing is brilliant!
      I use this for field recording at weddings - I'll usually record a mixer out feed, a couple wireless Lavaliers, and some ambient (with built in mic) all at the same time.
      Each track is stored seperately with the option to pair tracks for stereo recording (so 3 stereo tracks or 1 stereo track with 4 mono tracks). It has backup recording on 2 tracks (L+R only) which records a simultanous track at -12dB just incase you clip the master. I wish it had the option to record backup tracks on all 6 channels but its only available on the L-Channel and R-Channel.
      Amazing audio quality! Just make sure you use a high speed SD card.
      This unit is the single best investment I ever made for production value, I love it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great product and service

      By Rbh

      from Melb, Australia

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Convenient
      • High Quality Sound

      Cons

      • No Clipstrap Connected

      Best Uses

      • interviews
      • Interviews Xlr Inputs
      • Xlr Inputs

      Comments about Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

      I'm a documentary filmmaker and this product is ideal for conveniently capturing good quality sound using DSLR cameras. My only criticism is that it would be easier to manage if it had a clip to strap it alongside the camera if only using one tripod. That said, not too difficult to coin a solution. Cheers.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      better than i thought

      By Jesse fpd victoria

      from Geelong vic

      About Me Gearhead, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • High Quality Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

          Its a great product all up, of course its not perfect, but for the price this will do wonders !

           
          4.0

          Zoom H6 - As good as they say!

          By Woody,

          from Melbourne

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent Pre Amps
          • High Quality Sound
          • Long Battery Life
          • Very Clean Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Conversations

            Comments about Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

            Only had this a short while, but as we use our H2 and H4n to record concerts, I have to say the quality of the audio is excellent, with a very clean sound, and (as yet), no distortion.

            Very pleased with my purchase, recommend this new Zoom.

             
            4.0

            Indispensable with interchangeable mics

            By DrGeoff

            from Sydney, Australia

            About Me Engineer, Sound Designer, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Display
            • Compact Design
            • Good range of features
            • High Quality Sound
            • Long Battery Life
            • Ms Mic Capsule
            • Reliable
            • Xy Mic Capsule

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Field Sound Recordings

              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              Great for ensemble recordings using MS, where a good stereo image is required. I first put the MS through its paces at a wind symphony concert with really good results compared to the spaced omnis on the R09HR. Audio samples of this can be found on Soundcloud (lookup SWS Concert 2013-11-24).

              The XY mic capsule is brilliant for field recordings for sound design use, where it's usually single sound sources that are being recorded and at reasonably close proximity.

              Also, having the threaded tripod support in the back is a win over the R09HR, as it makes it easy to setup and avoid any handling noise. The included deadcat is great for eliminating wind noise in the field and it all comes packed in a tough handy case, with plenty of room for extra SD cards and a spare pack of batteries.

               
              4.0

              Necessary upgrade to your H4[n]

              By Leigh

              from Sydney, Australia

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • High Quality Sound
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Breakable
              • Odd Size

              Best Uses

              • Budget Camera Shoots

              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              A great step up from the H4n with improvements to sound quality and function, but not a step so far that it reaches towards proper field mixers. For the price it remains pretty unbeatable, but it is certainly not for all uses.

              Definite improvements of sound quality. The gain controls as separate dials per channel is such an improvement, though something about them seems upside down.

              Great to get it in its own case, as I worry that the connection for the top microphones will be easily broken with use.
              XLR inputs could really use holding pins. The cable do sit firmly though.
              Form is still small like the H4, but not so small that it handily fits on your camera or rig. As a field recording device it is too small to have its own shoulder strap bag, but perhaps that will be worked out and someone will make one that utilises the screen that spends most of its time seemingly upside down.

              Controls take a few moments to get used to, but they make sense in their own way. It feels like there is a lot more under the hood than the LED display can display. Wouldn't mind if it could be plugged into a computer for an additional control surface to make proper use of limiters and effects.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Palm sized power house

              By Paulster

              from QLD, Australia

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • -12db Backup Track
              • Compact Design
              • Easy Access Menu
              • High Quality Sound
              • Long Battery Life

              Cons

              • Xlr's Don't "lock" In

              Best Uses

              • Concert Live Mix
              • Field Recording
              • Video Production

              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              We use this for multiple mic interviews. Field recording for background SFX. We pass the wireless mic output through this as backup to Radio interference. Multiple track recording from live performances. Fantastic for V/O work with right mic.

              The -12dB backup track has saved me numerous times, esp in louder environments. Seamlessly dumps from card into NLE. The battery life seems to go on for ever - and a 32Gb card can record over 2 days worth of fantastic audio.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great middle ground!

              By Fazz

              from Adelaide, South Australia

              About Me Musician, Sound Recordist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact Design
              • Long Battery Life
              • Reliable
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Dud Capsule

              Best Uses

              • Band Demos
              • Field Recording
              • Life Performance

              Comments about Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System:

              I use the H6 for field recording on short films and recording band demos and rehearsals.
              Great middle ground recorder. Nice step up from the H4n in terms of sound quality, features, battery life and ease of use but without having to take the plunge on a $4000+ Sound Devices recorder.
              My only bug about the H6 was that the XY capsule that came with my package was very noisy and unusable but I'm currently talking to the distributor about a replacement.
              Overall I'm very happy with the upgrade.

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              • Q:

                Just wondering what the warranty is? Cheers.
                Asked on 10/5/2015 by Nick

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  12 months from purchase.

                  Answered on 11/5/2015 by Michael from Videoguys
              • Q:

                Hi
                Is it possible to bypass the onboard condenser XY mics, and is there a 1/8 stereo input for doing so?
                Im trying to achieve 4 plug in mics (2 x XLR condenser + 2 x Lavalier) without having to buy the XLR extension.
                Asked on 5/4/2015 by Kosh from Australia

                1 answer

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                  A:

                  This has 4 xlr inputs on it already, in addition to the xy microphone. So all you need is xlr to 3.5mm converters.

                  Answered on 6/4/2015 by Michael from Videoguys
              • Q:

                Is this suitable to work with a computer? I'm looking for a connection with a USB port on PC and also a DSLR connection of xlr shotgun mic. Or even just a clean signal to input to the computer. When travelling the shotgun mic from the video camera could be useful. Sorry if this is a dumb question, but it seems there is a lack of needed connections on DLSR video now.
                Asked on 16/8/2014 by John from Sydney

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Yes, the H6's USB port allows it to be used as an audio interface. Connect the H6 to your laptop or desktop computer via USB, launch your favorite DAW or use the included Cubase LE , 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. In addition, signal that is input to the H6 can be monitored directly before it passes through the connected computer or iPad, enabling monitoring with zero latency (that is, without any delay). There's also a handy Loop Back mode that allows you to blend stereo signal coming from the computer or iPad with signal coming into the H6 inputs, useful for live streaming via the Internet or for adding narration to a musical backing track.

                  Answered on 19/8/2014 by Michael from Videoguys
              • Q:

                On 23 Aug you replied that you did not know how quickly the H6 would boot up using (say) 16GB SD.

                I can now happily report that it is very quick and leaves the H4 and H4n in the dust for boot-up performance. For the H6, from power-on to record using a 16G card, the delay is less that 6 seconds (and that is after many trial recordings, so the card wasn't "clean"). For capturing wildlife "moments", this is just fantastic.

                I'm happy for Videoguys to use this information to help others contemplating the H6.
                Asked on 1/9/2013 by Pete from Melbourne, Australia

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  Ok thanks for your feed back..

                  Answered on 4/9/2013 by Michael from Videoguys
              • Q:

                Hi,

                Curious because of the price - Does this come with all the attachments (all of the additional mics)? Or is this just the basic version?

                Let me know.

                Cheers
                Asked on 24/8/2013 by Gemma from Townsville

                1 answer

                • Staff Reviewer

                  A:

                  As shown in Whats in the box: Included X/Y and Mid-Side stereo microphone modules.
                  The other mics are optional and will be shipping in October 2013 (see optional accessories on the right side of this product page)

                  Answered on 24/8/2013 by Michael from Videoguys
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              UPC: 884354012175
              Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
              • Included X/Y and Mid-Side stereo microphone modules
              • Operation manual
              • 2GB SD card
              • 4 x AA batteries
              • USB cable
              • Foam windscreen
              • Cubase LE software
              • Carrying case

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              Optional Accessories

              You may also be interested in the following items:
              Accessories for Field Audio Recorders
               Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
              Zoom SGH-6 Shotgun Microphone Capsule to suit H6 Recorder
              Price: $148.00
              Inc GST
              IN STOCK
               Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
              Zoom EXH-6 XLR/TRS Combo Capsule to suit H6 Recorder
              Price: $94.00
              Inc GST
              IN STOCK
               Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
              Zoom APH-6 Accessory pack for H6 Recorder
              Price: $69.95
              Inc GST
              COMBO SAVER ITEM
              IN STOCK
              SD & Micro SD Cards
               Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
              SanDisk 16GB Ultra SDHC UHS-I Card
              Price: $18.00
              Inc GST
              COMBO SAVER ITEM
              IN STOCK
              XLR to XLR Cables
               Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
              Hosa XLR Male to XLR Female Professional Microphone Cable 5ft. (1.5m)
              Price: $52.00
              Inc GST
              IN STOCK
              What's in the box
              Zoom H6 Handy - Handheld Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System
              • Included X/Y and Mid-Side stereo microphone modules
              • Operation manual
              • 2GB SD card
              • 4 x AA batteries
              • USB cable
              • Foam windscreen
              • Cubase LE software
              • Carrying case
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