Zoom H5 portable ‘Handy Recorder’ is designed for multitrack live event recording, broadcast, or ENG situations. It provides over fifteen hours of operation with 2x AA alkaline battery cells, and can simultaneously record up to four tracks of audio. The included XYH-5 shock-mounted microphone capsule allows X/Y audio capture up to 140dB SPL, whilst optional and interchangeable audio input capsules provide a number of differing input methods.
Recording directly to 16MB to 2GB SD card or 4GB to 32GB SDHC card, the H5 records up to 24-bit/96kHz in BWF-compliant WAV format, or 48 to 320kbps in MP3 format. Internal processing allows the user to employ low-cut filtering, compression, limiting or effects to the audio, whilst a chromatic tuner and metronome are handy features for some.
Positioned in the upper section of the front panel is a 128 x 64 pixel, backlit LCD which displays information including file type, audio levels, time, connected capsule, and battery life, as well as offering intuitive menus which can be scrolled and selected using the rotary/push controller on the right side of the recorder. Below the display are two rotary controllers to adjust the input level for input one and two. These controls are protected by a bracing bar to avoid accidental adjustment. Track buttons and LED indicators for ‘L’, ‘R’, 1 and 2 channels are positioned above the main transport section which includes stop, play/pause, back, forward, and record. On the lower side of the handy recorder are inputs 1 and 2 by way of 1.8kohm combination jack/XLR connector. These inputs have an input gain of infinity to 55dB, with PAD off, and infinity to 35dB, with PAD on. Phantom power is applicable as +12/24/48V.
The left side of the recorder has 3.5mm jack line out, 3.5mm stereo jack socket headphone output, volume up/down buttons, USB port and power switch. The right side of the unit has the SD card slot, menu button, scroll/enter jog wheel and socket to connect the cabled remote control. A hatch on the rear of the recorder allows entry to the battery compartment, above which a threaded connection allows the use of the optional HS-1 hot shoe camera mount.
Included accessories: XYH-5 capsule, 2x AA battery cells, USB cable, foam windscreen, case, operational manual, Steingberg Wavelab LE software download, Steinberg Cubase LE software download.
Recording media: SD card, 16MB to 2GB; SDHC card, 4GB to 32GB. Line output: 3.5mm stereo jack socket, -10dBm, => 10kohm. Headphone output: 3.5mm stereo jack socket, 20W + 20W into 32ohm load. Built in speaker: 400mw, 8ohm, mono. USB: Class 2.0, high speed. Power requirements: 2x AA battery cells/optional AD-17 AC adapter/USB bus power. Dimensions (W x D x H): 66.8 x 135.2 x 42.1mm, body only. Weight: 176g.
This capsule is designed for live broadcast and podcast applications and provides two unidirectional condenser microphones, each fixed at a 90degree angle. Capable of handling input levels up to 140dB SPL, this capsule is also well equipped to capture audio from live concerts or electronic news gathering (ENG) applications.
The SSH-6 microphone capsule features a ‘super-directional’ microphone element for capturing audio in the front or centre, and a bi-directional microphone element to capture audio from the left and right of the capsule. This results in a ‘mono-compatible’ stereo image that can be adjusted in post-production, often desired in film, video and television applications. Includes hairy windscreen.
SGH-6 is a shotgun microphone capsule designed to capture audio front the front of the microphone and reject audio from the side or rear.
The MSH-6 capsule contains a unidirectional forward-facing microphone element as well as a bi-directional, side-facing microphone element to capture audio otherwise known as ‘mid-side’. The compatible recorder’s MS (mid-side) decoder allows the capture of a stereo image that can be later adjusted – particularly handy for film, video and television application.
Like the XYH-5, the XYH-6 is an X/Y audio capturing microphone capsule however it doesn’t have shock mounting properties. The angle of the microphone capsules can be altered from 90 to 120 degrees for a wider stereo image.
This module has two balanced 6.3mm/XLR combination inputs to give the user additional inputs to their compatible Zoom recording device. Each input has a 0/20dB pad switch along with rotary input level controller.
These items are extension cables designed to give the user the option of remote mounting their Zoom microphone/input capsules for better placement. ECM-3 is a 3m extension, and ECM-6 is a 6m extension, both include a hot shoe adapter to allow the user to mount to a tripod or boom pole.