Objects of Desire: Zoom H4N Pro

September 23, 2016

By Greg Scoblete

This four-track audio recorder builds off the original H4n, which was (and still is) a go-to audio tool for DSLR filmmakers. The Pro has a number of upgrades, including improved condenser mics that can now handle audio up to 140 dB SPL. The mics’ angle can be adjusted from 90 degrees to 120-degrees, if you need a wider capture. The H4n Pro uses the same preamps as found on the H5 and H6 recorders with recording and playback at up to 24-bit/96 kHz. They feature a noise floor of -120 dBu EIN for cleaner recording at lower volumes. It has a pair of locking XLR inputs/combo connectors with phantom power and a redesigned rubberized body with a 1.9-inch display. Other ports include a headphone/line out jack for sending stereo audio into a camera and a USB port for file transfers and firmware updates. There’s a built-in monophonic reference speaker so you can listen to your recordings and support for plug-in power for lav mics. The H4n Pro has three recording modes: stereo, using either the built-in mics or a pair of external mics; four-channel, using both the built-in mics and a pair of extras simultaneously; or multi-track, which features effects (limiting, reverb, delay, echo, etc.) and overdubbing.

A pre-record mode captures two seconds worth of audio prior to you hitting record. Sound files are recorded to SDHC cards up to 32GB in either MP3 or WAV formats and you’ll enjoy up to six hours of recording time on a pair of AA batteries.

PRICE: $220

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