If you're a budding singer or musician seeking to break into the music industry or a rising professional with a few songs under your belt and you need to record quality demos, the Zoom H4n digital voice recorder can help further your career. It has a host of features to make quality recordings for any singer, band, chamber group, soloist and other musicians. It's also good for lectures and voice recordings.
This device has dual microphones for stereo recording. The microphones are adjustable, allowing recording patterns of 90- or 120-degree angles for versatility. Its variable-speed playback ranges from 50–150 percent to find portions of recordings quickly, and it has a filter to prevent distortion by reducing background noise such as wind or air conditioning.
The Zoom H4n has built-in connectors to record guitars or other output sources, such as mixing consoles. A jack supports external microphones. This digital voice recorder allows recording on four channels simultaneously with built-in and external mics.
You can edit tracks directly on the Zoom H4n by splitting them into parts, optimizing volume levels and by converting WAV files to MP3 files. It has a digitally controlled preamplifier for precise recording and 50 internal effects, including reverb, delay and chorus.
The Zoom H4n has a selectable metronome sound to keep time during recordings and a built-in tuner to check a singer's pitch. While it's not compact, this digital recorder is durable. Its exterior is made of rubber for shock-resistant handling to reduce noise. It weighs 9.88 ounces, making it the heaviest digital voice recorder in our lineup. It's also the largest, measuring 6.15 inches long by nearly 3 inches wide. Its depth is nearly 1.5 inches. Don't let this deter you. It's the price you pay for a professional-quality device.
It comes USB-equipped to transfer files to a computer. A USB cable is included. It has 1GB of storage space and a memory card slot that comes with a 1GB card. The Zoom H4n has 10 recording folders, which is double the amount of other products on our lineup. Each folder holds 999 files so you can play, sing and record until your heart is content.
Included with the Zoom H4n is a wind screen to eliminate wind noise when recording outside, a microphone clip adaptor, an AC adaptor and a protective case. It has a built-in tripod mount to attach to any camera tripod.
Zoom was founded in 1983, and for its first seven years, it helped other companies develop and hone synchronizers and rhythm machines. In 1989, the Japanese company unveiled its first product – a compact multi-effects processor. Advancements came with subsequent processor models in the 1990s. The company came out with a foot-operated effects processor favored by guitarists in 1994, and Zoom expanded to drum machines, guitar amplifiers and recording equipment in subsequent years. It offers a line of multi-track and Handy recorders such as the H4n and has become a leader in equipment for musicians.
If you play in a band, compose music, sing or consider yourself an amateur or professional musician, the Zoom H4n is the device for all your recording needs. Its versatile functions and easy-to-use features, reminiscent of equipment found in recording studios, make it a great digital recorder. It's well equipped to record lectures or classes too if you're a student, and it can handle most any type of audio recording.
The Zoom H4n lets you record on four channels at the same time, which makes for high-quality, professional recordings.
This device weighs nearly 10 ounces and is not made to be carried in a pocket.
It's a good recorder for amateur and professional musicians with its higher sensitivity and options attuned to the recording industry.