Zoom H4N Review Portable Digital Recorder with Wired RC4 Remote
All-in-One Microphone Features for $300.00.
The Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder is a complete portable recording studio in itself, when combined with a desktop microphone stand, pop filter and shock mount. Though not absolutely necessary the additional desktop mic stand, pop filters (also known as a pop screen, pop shield or pop blocker) and shock mount add a lot of control to your recording sessions. The overall additional cost was negligible at a little over $30.00 for all three parts. Also to almost completely cut down on wind interference, we also recommend purchasing the Rode dead kitten windscreen for any outdoor recording sessions. Check out our Rode Dead Kitten Windscreen Review.
As we’ve mentioned in other articles, we opted to use the Zoom H4N for its multipurpose functionality. Being multipurpose, we could justify its $299.00 price tag. There are so many multipurpose functions built into this unit that not many team members at Domain-Cheap.com have fully studied them all. The Zoom H4N comes with the ability to mount to a desktop microphone stand. Considering the extreme quality of the built in microphones, combined with the foam windscreen acting as a pop filter it works perfectly as a conventional condenser microphone.
The Zoom H4N can be used in video production as well. The Canon EOS 7D DSLR camera is visually excellent, but is actually lacking in production quality audio out of the box due to its low grade built in microphone. The Zoom H4N helps to correct the Canon 7D’s short comings. It is a very popular practice in the industry to actually mount the Zoom H4N digital recorder to the Canon 7D for video shoots. When you are in a video take you start the Zoom H4N recording then begin recording with the Canon EOS 7D and then stop in reverse order at the end of each take. After you have finished the days video production, you can overlay and sync the production quality audio from the Zoom H4N with the video from the Canon 7D in either Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro. By the way shooting on location is another opportunity to use the Rode dead kitten windscreen. We strongly recommended the Rode dead kitten windscreen to cut down on spoiled takes due to wind noise.
The well designed Zoom H4N has a strong following in the industry and with well respected companies, cinematographers and filmmakers such as Zacuto and Philip Bloom endorsing it, it was an easy decision for Domain-Cheap.com to invest in the Zoom H4N.
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Zoom H4n product overview
From the Manufacturer
- Built-in X/Y stereo mics record at either 90° or 120°
- Four channel simultaneous recording using built-in and external mics
- Digitally controlled, high-quality mic preamp for improved audio quality
- Large 1.9-Inch LCD screen and improved user interface for easy operation
- 24bit/96kHz Linear PCM recording for pristine recording
- Wired remote allows recording start, play, stop, fast forward/reverse, volume level adjustment
- Wired remote allows Recording level adjustment, and input source switching
Zoom H4n is the most sophisticated portable handheld recorder with new features and improved user experience at every level. Among its many new features, Zoom’s H4n offers superior, built-in X/Y stereo condenser mics that allow variable recording patterns at either 90° or 120°. Higher quality audio capture through its new, digitally controlled, high-quality mic preamp, the ability to use internal and external mics simultaneously for 4 channel recording, a large LCD screen,more intuitive interface and onboard reference speaker will take the user’s recording experience to the next level.
The H4n’s onboard X/Y stereo condenser mics are arranged with the right and left mics on the same axis. This design ensures that the mics are always equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization with no phase shifting. Frequency response remains uniform throughout your recording. The result is great stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging every time. The mics also adjust for variable recording patterns at either 90° or 120°. Our unique design lets you rotate each mic capsule from 90° (standard) to 120° (wide-angle) stereo for the ultimate versatility in any recording situation.
Everyone knows that proper miking is essential to making a great recording. The H4n is the only handheld recorder that allows you to record on four channels simultaneously by using its onboard mics with either external mics or direct inputs. You can then use its built-in mixer to blend the channels for perfectly balanced recordings. Now your recordings can be richer than ever before. Or, to get a great recording of a live performance, use the H4n’s onboard mics to get a room mix while simultaneously recording a stereo mix from the mixing board for a live recording that is easily one of the best you’ve ever heard.
Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder is a high production quality audio recording and video website building tool that is certainly worth its pricey investment. The extremely broad application of this audio recording device to create a website video merits its price tag. If you liked the Zoom H4N Portable Digital Recorder please like this article and let us know what you think in the comments below!
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