Zoom has introduced a new and improved H1n Handy Recorder. It is easier to operate and offers better sound quality than the model it replaces, which was popular with videographers.
Zoom redesigned the user experience with a pocket-size body, a monochromatic LCD screen that is easy to read even in the brightest lighting conditions, and an array of one-touch button controls, making it simpler to record high-quality audio.
The H1n’s built-in X/Y microphone captures stereo sound with clarity in any environment. An ⅛-inch mini phone jack mic/line input allows users to connect lavalier microphones or other audio sources. The recorder supports audio resolutions up to 24-bit/96 kHz, in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats.
The H1n can be set to automatically record using its auto-record, pre-record and self-timer functions. The advanced onboard limiter allows capturing the loudest sounds with up to 120 dB SPL. A low-cut filter helps improve dialog recordings by reducing pops, wind noise and unwanted low-frequency rumble.
Journalists can take advantage of the playback speed control, which enables them to transcribe interviews without altering pitch. A Voice Emphasize filter optimizes the H1n EQ for dialog recording, making it easy to catch every word.
For videographers using DSLRs, Zoom added new Test Tone and Slate Tone generators to mark audio start and stop points for syncing audio to video.
The H1n runs on only two standard AAA alkaline, lithium or NiMH rechargeable batteries and records directly to microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32GB. To monitor recordings, connect headphones via the 1/8" headphones output with dedicated volume control or use the built-in speaker. Additionally, the H1n can also be used as a USB microphone or USB interface.
The recorder ships with free download licenses for Steinberg's Cubase LE music production software and WaveLab LE audio editing software. Price is $119.99.
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