Ideal for versatile, immersive capture of musical ensembles and audio for VR, the Zoom H2n portable handheld recorder with an onboard 5-mic array lets you record high-resolution stereo or surround sound audio in the palm of your hand. Make aurally exciting music tracks and create captivating sound beds with nothing more than the H2n.
Like other H-Series Handy recorders such as the H5 and H6, you can hold it in your hand, attach it to a mic stand or tripod, or mount it to a camera (shoe mount available separately); the H2n's multichannel capabilities and rugged, travel-friendly body make it more than ready to meet the varied demands of YouTube content creators, musicians, sound recordists, and more.
From its long battery life to its Spatial Audio support, the H2n is well equipped for tracking live music, recording sound effects and ambience, or producing sound for 360° VR videos. It can supply plug-in power for a lavalier condenser mic, or even accept a direct line-level connection from a mixer or wireless receiver. No matter the source, selectable auto-recording and pre-recording ensure that you'll never miss the start of a take.
Onboard 5-Mic Array for Customizable Audio Pickup
The H2n's onboard 5-mic array opens the door to true stereo or surround sound recording without external microphones. The built-in microphones—two form an X/Y pair, while the other three are configured in a mid-side pattern—can be used separately for X/Y or MS stereo recording, or combined to create 2- or 4-channel surround sound. A simple dial atop the grille grants effortless switching between the four modes.
Stereo/Surround Record Modes
X/Y mode utilizes two matched unidirectional mics set at a 90° angle (relative to each other) for clear, phase-accurate capture with a tight stereo image. MS mode employs one forward-facing mic and two side-facing mics to simultaneously capture direct signal and ambience while providing optimal stereo-to-mono compatibility. The H2n's internal MS decoder allows you to adjust the relative level of the mic element before or after the recording process, effectively manipulating the perceived stereo width.
Use 2ch mode to create a single stereo file of the combined mics, or select 4ch mode to record the signal from the H2n's X/Y mics onto one stereo track and signal from the MS mics onto another. The resulting pair of tracks can then be routed to separate speakers for an immersive listening experience or can be blended into a custom stereo track. In addition, the H2n's MS decoding feature can be used to independently alter the level of the Side signal in both 2ch and 4ch modes.
Spatial Audio for VR
Using Spatial Audio mode, you can create a single 4-channel, multi-track WAV file that includes omni, left/right, and forward/backward tracks. This Spatial Audio file is then ready to be combined with 360° VR videos recorded with the Google Jump-compatible camera rig (such as the GoPro Odyssey or Ricoh Theta). Once completed, the immersive videos are ready to upload to YouTube.
Zoom H2n 2-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard 5-Mic Array
- Music, Sound Effects & Speech Recording
- Onboard 5-Mic Array in X/Y & Mid-Side
- 3.5mm Mic/Line Input with Plug-In Power
- Stereo/Surround Record Modes
- Records in WAV up to 96 kHz
- 3.5mm Line/Headphone Output
- Auto-Record & Pre-Record Functions
- Battery Life up to 20 Hours
- Supports SDHC Cards up to 32GB
- Auto Gain, Limiter & Low-Cut Filter
Number of Tracks 4 Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit Microphone Built-In 5-Mic Array, Mid/Side and X/Y Configurations Built-In Speaker Yes, 400 mW Mono Display 1.8" / 4.57 cm Monochrome LCD (Backlit) Memory Card Support SD (16 MB to 2 GB)
SDHC (4 GB to 32 GB)
Internal Storage None
Audio File Formats BWF, MP3, WAV Sample Rates WAV:
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
44.1 / 48 kHz
Bit Depth 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
32-Bit (Internal DSP)
Bit Rates 48 to 320 kb/s (Record)
32 to 320 kb/s (Playback)
Signal Processing Auto Gain, Compressor, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Pitch Control Timecode Support No Recording Time MP3 128 kb/s:
17 Hrs 21.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 320 kb/s:
6 Hrs 56.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 34 Mins per GB (Stereo)
47 Mins per GB (All Channels)
WAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
57.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
28.5 Mins per GB (All Channels)
WAV 96 kHz/24-Bit:
28.5 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Analog I/O 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone/Line Output
1 x 2.5 mm TRRS Female Remote Input
Digital I/O None Phantom Power None Plug-In Power Yes, 2.5 V Host Connection 1 x Mini-USB (USB 2.0)
Gain Range 0 to +39 dB Headphone Output Power 20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms Impedance Mic/Line Inputs:
Microphone Max SPL 120 dB
Power Options Batteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter Battery Type 2 x AA (Included) Approximate Battery Life WAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
20 Hours (Alkaline)
AC/DC Power Adapter 5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Mounting Options 1/4"-20 Female Dimensions 2.7 x 4.5 x 1.7" / 67.6 x 113.9 x 42.7 mm Weight 4.6 oz / 130 g (Without Batteries)