Ideal for guitarists, bassists, and vocalists looking to produce studio-quality tracks on a single travel-friendly device, the black Zoom H4n Portable Handheld Recorder with Onboard Stereo Microphone Capsule and versatile mic/line/instrument inputs lets you record up to four tracks of high-resolution audio in the palm of your hand. Plug in your favorite guitar and microphone, and enjoy unlimited overdubbing, amp simulation, and a slew of effects to develop your tracks into a polished mix.
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 H4n Pro packs a surprising array of features into a rugged rubberized body that's more than ready to meet the varied demands of songwriters, musicians, filmmakers, sound designers, content creators, and more.
From plentiful battery life to powerful audio processing functions, the H4n Pro is well equipped to handle anything from tracking live performances, demos, and complete songs, to recording sound effects, interviews, and meetings. It can supply phantom or plug-in power for condenser mics, or accepts direct connections from instruments such as a guitar, bass, or keyboard. No matter the source, selectable auto-recording and prerecording ensure that you'll never miss the start of a take.
Onboard Adjustable Stereo Microphone
Leave your external mics at home and travel light. The H4n Pro is outfitted with an onboard stereo microphone that provides clear, phase-accurate capture in two different X/Y positions—90° for a tight stereo image or 120° for a wider perspective. Just twist the capsules to their premarked positions to switch between the two configurations. With nothing more than the H4n Pro, you're set to record speech, practice sessions, concerts, or ambient and environmental sounds, even ear-rattling thunder up to 140 dB.
2-Channel Microphone/Line/Instrument Inputs
Equipped with two locking XLR-1/4" combo inputs and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input, the H4n Pro can accommodate condenser microphones, line-level sources, or unbalanced instrument-level signals. Turn on 24 or 48 VDC phantom power to the XLR jacks, or 2.5V plug-in power to the mini jack. Whether you plan on plugging in a guitar and your favorite studio condenser mic to record a singer-songwriter, or feel like hooking up a lavalier mic for an interview, the H4n Pro's preamps (identical to those found in the H5 and H6) are ready to deliver low-noise (-120 dBu EIN) performance.
If you happen to setup external microphones in a mid-side configuration, the integrated MS decoder allows adjustment to the perceived width of the stereo image, which is beneficial for sound design, broadcasting, or general stereo-to-mono compatibility.
Record up to 4 Channels Live or Overdub Layers
The H4n Pro boasts multiple recording modes, and is capable of up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution. Record in stereo from the onboard mic or input jacks, or use 4CH mode to simultaneously record the onboard mic (or 3.5mm mic input) and two external sources via the XLR-1/4" jacks (great for getting the room sound and a stereo feed from a mixer). Alternatively, switch to MTR mode to utilize the H4n Pro as a 4-track studio complete with overdubbing, punch recording, and built-in effects. The H4n Pro's internal mixdown function lets you adjust levels and pans as you blend four tracks down to stereo.
SD-Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
Maximize portability by recording directly to an SD card (up to 2GB capacity) or SDHC card (up to 32GB capacity). A 4GB SDHC card yields approximately 380 minutes of 16-bit / 44.1 kHz stereo recording time using the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility. Note that media cards are available separately, and larger capacity cards may increase startup times.
Alternatively, use the H4n Pro as a 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 48 kHz. At 44.1 kHz, you'll have the option to use the built-in effects on input signals. The USB port also enables fast file transfer and firmware updates.
Zoom H4n Pro 4-Input / 4-Track Portable Handy Recorder with Onboard X/Y Mic Caps
- Sleek Black Finish & Red Accent
- Onboard Stereo Mic & Built-In Speaker
- Dual XLR-1/4" Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs
- Overdubbing and 4-Channel Recording
- Records in WAV up to 96 kHz
- 3.5mm Line/Headphone Output
- Built-In FX for Mixing Tracks
- Battery Life up to 10 Hours
- Supports SDHC Cards up to 32GB
- Metronome and Tuner Functions
Number of Tracks 4 Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit Microphone Built-In Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration Built-In Speaker Yes, 400 mW Mono Display Monochrome LCD (Backlit) Memory Card Support SD (16 MB Up to 2 GB)
SD, SDHC (4 GB Up to 32 GB)
Internal Storage None
Audio File Formats Recording:
Sample Rates WAV:
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Record/Playback)
Bit Depth 16 / 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion) Bit Rates 48 to 320 kb/s + VBR (Record)
32 to 320 kb/s + VBR (Playback)
Signal Processing Compressor, Delay, EQ, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Pitch Control, Reverb Timecode Support No Recording Time WAV 41.1 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 34 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 48 kHz/16-Bit:
1 Hr 26 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 128 kb/s:
17 Hrs 21 Mins per GB (Stereo)
MP3 320 kb/s:
6 Hrs 56 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Analog I/O 2 x Combo XLR-1/4" 3-Pin Female Balanced/Unbalanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone/Line Output
Digital I/O None Phantom Power +24 / 48 V (Applied to All Inputs) Plug-In Power Yes, 2.5 V Host Connection 1 x Mini-USB (USB 2.0)
Gain Range Balanced Inputs:
-16 dB Up to +43 dB
-30 dB Up to +32 dB
X/Y Mic Capsule:
-16 dB Up to +51 dB
Max Output Level Headphone Outputs, Line Outputs:
Headphone Output Power 20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms Impedance Mic Inputs:
3 Kilohms (Balanced)
470 Ohms (Unbalanced)
1/8" / 3.5 mm Inputs:
2 Kilohms (Unbalanced)
Microphone Max SPL 140 dB SPL (X/Y)
Power Options Batteries, AC/DC Power Adapter Battery Type 2 x AA (Included) Approximate Battery Life 2 Hours (Alkaline)
10 Hours (Alkaline, Stamina Mode)
AC/DC Power Adapter 5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Mounting Options 1/4"-20 Female Dimensions 2.8 x 6.2 x 1.4" / 71.1 x 157.5 x 35.6 mm Weight 10.4 oz / 294 g