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Product Code: ZOOM H6
Sales SKU: ZOO H6
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The Zoom H6 Handy Recorder is a small handheld 6-track recorder.  The H6 has an interchangeable microphone/input system that can be swapped out by clipping the Zoom capsules into a housing at the top of the machine.  It can also be used as a USB interface to plug directly into a computer with a DAW, and comes with Cubase LE software.  This is a great little backup recorder, and can even be used as a primary recorder on smaller projects, or in more low profile/covert situations.  

*Please check the confirmed list of approved SD and SDHC cards before purchasing.


• Operation manual
• XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule
• MSH-6 MS mic capsule
• SD card (2GB)
• AA size (LR6) battery x 4
• Cubase LE Software
• Windscreen
• USB Cable
• Case


• Interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera
• Six-track simultaneous recording
• Four mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors
• Gain controls (real knobs!) and -20dB pads for each input
• Phantom power for all main inputs: +12/+24/+48V
• Large full-color LCD display, angled so it’s easy to read in all environments
• Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128GB
• Up to 24-bit /96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
• Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you’ll never miss that perfect take
• Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown
• Independent monitor and playback mixes
• Virtual VU meters
• Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording
• Overdubbing, up to 99 takes
• Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting
• Onboard MS decoding
• Normalize, Divide and Trim editing
• Chromatic tuner and metronome
• A/B loop playback
• Variable playback speed, from 50% to 150%
• Variable pitch per track without affecting playback speed
• USB port for data exchange to and from computer
• Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad
• Camera strap mounts
• Mountable directly to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-01 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
• Accepts standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries
• Over 20 hours of operation with 4 AA alkaline batteries

Recording media

16MB–2GB SD cards

4GB–32GB SDHC cards

64GB–128GB SDXC cards


Inputs L/R


XY mic (XYH-6)

Mic Type: Unidirectional

Sensitivity: –41 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa

Input Gain: –∞ to 46.5 dB

Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 136 dB SPL



Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack

Input Gain: –∞ to 46.5 dB

Input Impedance: 2 kΩ

Plug-in Power: 2.5V supported   

Inputs L/R


MS mic (MSH-6)

Mic Types: Unidirectional and bi-directional

Sensitivity: –37 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (unidirectional),

–39 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (bi-directional)

Input Gain: –∞ to 42.5 dB

Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 120 dB SPL (unidirectional),

122 dB SPL (bi-directional)

Inputs L/R


Shotgun mic (SGH-6 [Option])

Mic Type: Unidirectional (mic unit x 3)

Polar Pattern: Super-cardioid

Sensitivity: –39 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (each mic unit)

Input Gain: –∞ to 50 dB

Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 122 dB SPL (unidirectional) 



1 to 4


Connectors: XLR/TRS combo jacks

(XLR: 2 hot / TRS: TIP hot)

Input Gain (PAD OFF): –∞ to 55.5 dB

Input Gain (PAD ON): –∞ to 35.5 dB

Input Impedance 6.8kΩ

Maximum Input Level: +22 dBu (PAD ON)

Phantom Power: +12V / +24V / +48V

Equivalent Input Noise (EIN): –120 dBu or less 


Line Out

Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack

Rated Output Level: –10 dBu

(when output load impedance is 10 kΩ or more)  

Phone Out

Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack

Output Level: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32Ω load)

Built-in Speaker

400 mW/8 Ω mono speaker 


Recording Formats

[WAV setting]

Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz

Bit Rate: 16/24-bit (Mono/Stereo, BWF-compliant)

Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 8 tracks (6 tracks + L/R backup)


Backup recording: 12dB lower than set L/R input gain


[MP3 setting]

Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz Bit Rate: 48–320 kbps

Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2 tracks

Recording Time

(with 2GB card)

03:08:00 (44.1kHz/16-bit WAV)

34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)


2.0-inch full-color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)


[Mass Storage Class operation]

Class: USB2.0 High Speed


[Audio Interface operation: Multi-track mode]

Class: USB2.0 High Speed

Inputs / Outputs: 6 / 2

Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz

Bit Rate: 16/24bit


Note: Use with Windows requires a driver, but Macintosh does not.


[Audio Interface operation: Stereo mode]

Class: USB2.0 Full Speed

Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2

Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz

Bit Rate: 16 bit


Note: iPad operation supported in stereo mode only.

Battery Life

(with alkaline battery)

XY mic, 44.1kHz/16-bit (stereo x 1): 21 hours 

XY mic and Inputs 1, 2, 3 and 4 used, 96kHz/24-bit (stereo x 3): 9 hours 45 minutes


Note: The above times are estimates. Approximate continuous recording times when using battery power were calculated using our own testing method. They may differ greatly depending on operating conditions.


AA size (LR6) battery x 4

AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional)

USB bus power  


H6: 77.8mmWx 152.8mmDx 47.8mmH

XYH-6: 78.9mmWx 60.2mmDx 45.2mmH

MSH-6: 58.0mmWx 67.6mmDx 42.1mmH 


H6 280g (without batteries)

XYH-6 130g

MSH-6 85g 

Included Accessories

Operation manual, XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule, MSH-6 MS mic capsule, SD card (2GB), AA size (LR6) battery x 4, Cubase LE Software, WSH-6S Foam Windscreen, USB Cable, Case  

Optional Accessories

SGH-6 Shotgun mic capsule

EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule

HS-1 Hot Shoe Mount

WSU-1 Hairy Windscreen

APH-6 Accessory Pack (includes RCH-6 wired Remote Controller, AD-17 USB-type AC adapter, WSU-1 Hairy Windscreen)


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