Zoom announces new Zoom H2n Handy Recorder – another great HDSLR audio mic

by planetMitch5 Comments

Zoom expands their amazing line of Handy Recorders (they already have the popular H4n and H1n) with the new H2n which includes 5 different mics, new user interface and even some kind of recovery of audio lost due to power failure (mentioned in the product video on their page). We haven't found it for pre-sale yet at Amazon, B&H, or Adorama, but hope to find it somewhere soon and we'll let you know. The stated price in the PR (below) is $199 and will be available in September.

First and only portable recorder with five studio-quality microphones on board

Zoom - H2n Handy Recorder External Audio Mic - Recorder

Zoom - H2n Handy Recorder External Audio Mic - Recorder


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A little more

There's a page on the samsontech site for the H2n, but here's a quick overview:

New mics, new sound

The H2n features our best microphones yet and is the only portable recorder with five mic capsules onboard. This design enables the H2n to offer four unique recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound.

The first portable Mid-Side recorder

The H2n is the first handheld recorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast, where ambiance and surrounding noise are crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a uni-directional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bi-directional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. If you record in RAW mode, you can even adjust the stereo width after recording.


 


Press Release

Hauppauge, NY – (July 12, 2011) – Representing a new generation of portable recording, the H2n is Zoom’s most innovative handheld recorder to date. We’ve packed groundbreaking features into an ultra-portable device that allows you to record pristine audio anywhere you go.

The H2n features our best microphones yet and is the only portable recorder with five studio-quality microphones onboard. This design enables the H2n to offer four unique recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound. With its newly designed user interface, 1.8-inch backlit LCD display for crystal-clear monitoring and built-in reference speaker that allows you to playback recordings on the spot, the H2n is remarkably easy to use in any application.

“A lot of musicians are going to be knocked-out when they use this device, but we’re really interested in seeing the response from the film and broadcast industries,” says Scott Goodman, President of Samson. “Mid-Side miking has been used in those industries since the ‘80s, but it’s never been available in a handheld recorder.”

Further enhancing its flexibility and convenience, the H2n provides over 20 hours of continuous operation on just two standard AA alkaline batteries. In addition, the H2n features a new data recovery function and a High-Speed USB 2.0 interface. You can even use the H2n as a USB microphone and record directly to your computer.

No matter the application, the H2n brings the very best in stereo recording to a convenient, user-friendly package that fits in your pocket.

Zoom H2n Handy Recorder. The new standard in portable recording.

The H2n will be available September 2011 for $199.

To request additional information about Zoom, please contact PR Representative Brad Hobbs at (305) 576-1171 x19 or by e-mail at bradhobbs@maxborgesagency.com .

About Zoom:
Zoom is renowned all over the world for its recording and guitar effects gear. Headquartered in Tokyo, Zoom has continuously created a diverse line of original, innovative audio products from effect processors, to rhythm machines, samplers and recorders. Samson Technologies is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Zoom products. Samson is based in Hauppauge, New York.

zoom.co.jp / samsontech.com

(cover photo credit: snap from the PR)

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Comments

  1. I’m not sure what you’d do with this on a DSLR. No XLR, no mic in inputs, nothing but a mini line in.

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      Bill, you record the audio externally with this (and the other zoom mics) and then sync the sound in post production – this is a traditional movie making method.

      The H2n records the audio to an SD card and you take that and mix it in later.

  2. Thanks. I’ve been doing double system sound ever since my film days. Traditional movie making is to use mics in proximity to the talent, generally shotguns or cardioids on a boom about a foot or less over the subject’s head, or a lav, or a combination of various mics. I don’t see how you can do much with this but stick it on the camera for recording ambience…although I do know someone who bungee’d a Zoom H4N to a fishpole in an emergency when a car backed over his MKH416 (not a pretty picture). I guess this could also be stuck in various places, gaffertaped to a wall, or on a table leg or something like that in a pinch.

    1. But it records surround sound! Soon, crappy $150 mics will come with a THX sticker.
      This is probably a very good mic to record some noise.

  3. Has to be said that is one pretty mic!

    It should record pretty well but failing that it will make any recording session look great :)

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