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Imagine being able to carry a complete field-recording rig in the front pocket of your jeans. That's exactly what you get from the revolutionary new Zoom H1 handy recorder, for a price you can't pass up. It's a little smaller than an average television remote yet powerful enough for every audio application, from taking voice memos to recording demos. Powered by only a single AA battery, the H1 lets you record for up to 10 solid hours. Thanks to an extra-large storage capacity (up to 32GB on a single microSD card), recording for 10 hours straight isn't even a stretch. The H1 even comes with a 2GB microSD memory card, so you're ready to start recording right out of the box. 

Zoom H1 Handy Recorder at a Glance:

  • Recording live concerts and rehearsals.  
  • Capturing audio for video.   
  • Documenting lectures and meetings—faster and easier than taking notes!
  • Conducting interviews in the field.  
  • Capturing song ideas.  
  • Stereo XY mic configuration captures perfect stereo images
  • Same frequency and SPL handling as the popular Zoom H2
  • Records Broadcast WAV (BWF) at 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz, at 16-bit or 24-bit
  • Records MP3 from 48kbps-320kbps for maximum recording time
  • Hi-speed USB 2.0 port
  • Built-in reference speaker
  • Includes 2GB microSD memory card and 1 AA battery
  • 10 hours operation
  • Accommodates up to 32GB microSDHC memory cards
  • Track marker function
  • Low-cut filter
  • Built-in mounting joint for tripod mount
  • 1/8" external mic input
  • Stereo 1/8" line output
  • Auto record level

Portability in mind

The ultra-compact H1 Handy Recorder brings new meaning to the term "portability." Small enough to slip in your pocket, it offers professional-quality stereo recording at an incredibly affordable price. Take it with you wherever you go—live concerts and band rehearsals, location video shoots, lectures and meetings—or use it to capture your musical ideas whenever inspiration strikes.

X/Y recording made simple

A pair of pro-quality XY stereo condenser microphones onboard the Zoom H1 means you don't even need to plug in your own microphone, but there's an 1/8" input on the side in case you want to. Whether you need up to 24-bit/96kHz PCM WAV format for professional post production or memory-saving MP3 format (48kbps-320kbps) for the Web, you'll get it from the H1. The H1's even perfect for video recording, mounting easily to video and DSLR camera shoes. The X/Y technique provides a great way to cover a wide area while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition, making it perfect for all types of live stereo recording. The H1's built-in X/Y microphone provides two matched unidirectional microphones set at a 90 degree angle relative to one another, optimum for most stereo recording applications. Alternatively, you can connect a pair of external microphones or line level signal to the H1's Mic/Line Input mini phone jack for X/Y or other types of stereo recording.

The Ins and Outs

The Zoom H1 features impressively high SPL handling, recording options, and recording controls. An Auto Level switch on the back takes the guesswork out of getting great sound, and a similar Lo Cut switch reduces handling and wind noise impressively. Uploading files to your computer from the H1 is also quick and easy, thanks to the H1's built-in USB 2.0 port. The H1 Mic/Line Input is a stereo ⅛" mini phone jack that can accept two mic- and/or line-level signals. Condenser microphones requiring Plug-In Power (2.5 volts) can be connected to this jack. The H1 Line/Headphones Output is a stereo ⅛" phone jack with a dedicated volume control. Headphones can be connected here for private monitoring. There's also a built-in speaker on the back panel for fast monophonic monitoring of the recorded signal without the need to make any connections. The H1's USB port provides a digital output of the stereo mix and allows data to be sent to and from your computer. From there, it can be imported into editing software such as the supplied WaveLab LE.  It also allows the H1 to be used as a 2-in/2-out audio interface and USB microphone, as well as a microSD card reader.

Auto Level and low cut filter

When it comes to actually using the H1, you'll quickly discover why Zoom considers it their easiest-to-use recorder to date. All of the H1's essential controls are conveniently laid out at the tips of your fingers. Adjusting the input level and dropping markers as you record are only the press of a button away. You can even lock the H1's controls, so you can keep it in your pocket, with nothing to worry about. There's even a reference speaker at the foot of the H1, allowing you to review your recordings, even if you don't have a pair of headphones with you. No matter where, when, or what you need to record, you'll always be ready if you have a Zoom H1 on hand. The H1's Auto Level function sets input gain automatically to prevent overload and distortion. Alternatively, input level can be set manually. The H1 also provides a built-in low cut filter for the elimination of pops, wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low frequency rumble.

File types supported

The H1 records audio in two different basic file types: WAV and MP3. The main difference between the two is that WAV files are uncompressed; that is, they contain all the recorded signal without any data being removed. The WAV files recorded by the H1 can be either 16- or 24-bit, with sampling rates of 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz, and are automatically time-stamped, making them Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compliant—especially important when recording audio for video since it allows for precise synchronization in post-production. MP3 recordings are compressed, which means that some unnecessary data is removed prior to storage, making them much smaller than WAV files, and thus much easier to upload and download. Some MP3 files exhibit a slight loss of audio fidelity as compared with the original signal; however, this is not noticeable in all circumstances.

Battery life and recording times

The H1 requires just a single AA battery—either alkaline or rechargeable NiMH—for power. Battery life when using an alkaline battery is up to 10 hours, even during continuous recording. Alternatively, you can use an optional AD-17 AC adapter, which allows you to power the H1 from any standard wall socket. The H1 records directly to microSD and microSDHC cards, up to 32 gigabytes. The chart below shows maximum recording time with different file formats and card sizes.

State of the art editing with every recorder

The Zoom H1 comes with free download licenses for Steinberg’s Cubase LE music production software and WaveLab LE audio editing software, providing not just the ability to capture superior audio in every box, but to do spectacular things with it. Take your recordings to a more professional level. Steinberg’s powerful and state-of-the-art audio software used by creators around the world now comes with every Zoom Handy Recorder purchase.

Currently shipping with:
Cubase LE8 for Mac OS X 10.9/10.10 and Windows 7/8/8.1
Wavelab LE9 for Mac OS X 10.10/10.11 and Windows 7/8/8.1/10

Zoom H1 Handheld SD Recorder Features:

  • Built-in 90˚ X/Y stereo mic  
  • Stereo ⅛" Mic/Line Input mini phone jack with Plug-in power (2.5V)
  • Stereo ⅛" Phones/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
  • Built-in reference speaker for fast monitoring
  • Backlit LCD display
  • Records directly to microSD and microSDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Supports up to 24-bit/96 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
  • Auto Level for automatic control of input level  
  • Low-cut filter for elimination of wind noise and rumble
  • Up to 99 marks per recording
  • USB port for data transfer to computer and use as an audio interface and USB microphone
  • SD card reader function  
  • Mounts directly to tripod, or to mic stand or DSLR with optional adapter
  • Runs on only 1 standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable battery
  • Up to 10 hours of operation with a single AA alkaline battery

Not only is the Zoom H1 one of the most affordable handheld records out there, but it's also one of the handiest!

      Audio Interface Yes
      A/D Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
      Simultaneous Rec Tracks 2
      Simultaneous Play Tracks 2
      Built-in Mic(s) 2
      Analog Inputs 1 x 1/8" (Mic/Line)
      Analog Outputs 1 x 1/8" (Headphone)
      Headphone Outputs 1 x 1/8"
      Built-in Speaker Yes
      Memory (removable) MicroSD Card
      USB Yes
      Power Supply 1 x AA Battery Included, AC Adapter Optional
      Max Battery Life 9.5 hrs.
      Stand Mountable Yes
      Height 5.35"
      Width 1.73"
      Depth 1.22"
      Weight .13 lbs.
      Manufacturer Part Number ZH1

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