Zoom H8 is a portable ‘Handy Recorder’ that has been designed for multitrack live event recording, location recording, ENG, or recording music, and audio interfacing. Providing approximately 15hrs of operation when running on 4x AA alkaline battery cells, the H8 can record up to 12-channels of audio simultaneously – recording directly to SD/SDHC/SDXC card.
A 2.4-inch, 320x240pixel colour touch screen enables the user to access menu options and functions including tuner, guitar lab for effects processing when connected to a PC or Mac, and three main recording functions – Field app, Music app, and Podcast app. Field app has been designed for recordists wanting to capture sound for movies, videos, or live concert recording whereby external microphones would normally be used to compliment the audio capture. Music app has been designed for those wanting multitrack recording with punch in/out options and track mixing. Podcast app allows the user to capture audio for live streaming, along with sound pads for playing jingles and effects.
The included XYH-6 microphone capsule allows X/Y audio capture, whilst other optional and interchangeable audio input capsules provide a number of differing audio pickup patterns. H8 records up to 24-bit/96kHz in BWF-compliant WAV format, or 128 to 320kbps in MP3 format.
The front facing panel of the H8 has most of the main switching and controllers including six rotary input gain controllers, each with associated PAD switch and active indicator. Below the touchscreen there are three transport buttons for stop, play/pause, and record. The front facing edge of the H8 has a power/hold switch, remote jack port for Zoom BTA-1 connection; micro-B USB port for connection to iOS or iPadOS device or optional Zoom AD-17 power supply; 3.5mm headphone jack socket, and 3.5mm jack line output connector. Inputs 1, 2, 3, 4, A, and B are located on each side of the handy recorder, and the microphone module is connected to a connecting port on the top edge. The SD card slot is also positioned on the side of the recorder. Inputs 1, 2, 3, and 4 have balanced 3-pin XLR connectors whilst input channels A and B have 3-pin XLR/unbalanced 6.35mm jack combination inputs. Channels A and B have Hi-Z associated switches to allow the direct input of a guitar.
Included accessories: XYH-6 capsule, 4x AA battery cells, quick guide.
Recording media: SD/SDHC/SDXC card 8GB to 1TB (see attached sheet for confirmed compatibility) Line output: 3.5mm stereo jack socket. Headphone output: 3.5mm stereo jack socket. Built in speaker: 400mw, 8ohm, mono. Power requirements: 4x AA battery cells/optional AD-17 AC adapter/USB bus power. Dimensions (W x D x H): 116.4 x 163.3 x 48.6mm, body only. Weight: 354g.
The EXH-8 module gives the user an additional four XLR microphones inputs, each with dedicated gain control and pad switch.
An Ambisonic microphone capsule that incorporates four condenser microphones to capture 360-degree audio. An internal accelerometer continually aligns the capsule whilst the inbuilt Ambisonic decoder deals with the format conversions. A Guard prevents accidental damage to the microphone capsules. A rotary gain controller, with guard to avoid accidental adjustment, is positioned on the top of the microphone base for easy adjustment. Guard prevent accidental damage to the microphone capsules.
This microphone capsule allows the user to capture audio in a tight XY formation or wide AB formation for enhanced stereo recording. A rotary gain controller, with guard to avoid accidental adjustment, is positioned on the front of the microphone base for easy adjustment.
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.