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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder

Take your creations to the next level with the all-new Zoom H5 Handy Recorder, featuring 4 tracks of simultaneous recording, a shockmounted X/Y stereo microphone and dual mic/line combo inputs - all in the palm of your hand.
The H5 provides four tracks of simultaneous recording and, can use all Zoom interchangeable input capsules, allowing you to choose the best microphone for every recording situation. The flexible and powerful H5 provides everything you need to create multitrack recordings, audio for video, and state-of-the-art podcasting, broadcasting and electronic newsgathering.
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  • Features at a glance

    • Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lens of a camera

    • Includes detachable X/Y capsule (XYH-5) with extended signal capacity and shockmounted mics for reduced handling noise

    • Compatible with all Zoom input capsules

    • Four-track simultaneous recording

    • Large backlit LCD display

    • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB

    • Up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats

    • Two mic/line inputs with XLR/TRS combo connectors each with selectable phantom power and -20dB pad

    • Analog-style gain controls for each input

    • Protective "roll-bar" type covers prevent accidental movement of gain controls

    • Plug-in power (2.5 volts)

    • Built-in effects, including low-cut filtering, compression and limiting

    • Chromatic tuner and metronome

    • Auto-record, Pre-record and Backup-record functions mean that you'll never miss that perfect take

    • MS decoding

    • Multitrack to stereo internal mixdown

    • Normalize, Divide and Trim editing

    • Voice memo and up to 99 marks per recording

    • A/B loop playback

    • Variable playback speed and variable pitch without affecting playback speed

    • Multichannel and stereo USB audio interface for PC/Mac/iPad with loop back function

    • Mountable to DSLR or camcorder with optional HS-1 Hot Shoe Mount adapter

    • Uses two standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries

    • Over 15 hours of operation with alkaline batteries

     

    Evolved recording in more ways than one.

    The H5 provides four tracks of simultaneous recording and, can use all Zoom interchangeable input capsules, allowing you to choose the best microphone for every recording situation. The flexible and powerful H5 provides everything you need to create multitrack recordings, audio for video, and state-of-the-art podcasting, broadcasting and electronic newsgathering.

     

    Louder. Closer. Cleaner.

    X/Y recording allows you to cover a wide area yet still capture sound sources in the center with clarity and definition, making it ideal for all types of live stereo recording. The XYH-5 X/Y microphone capsule included with the H5 provides two matched unidirectional condenser microphones set at a 90 degree angle. These are housed within an advanced shockmount that employs rugged external mic wires and rubberized material to isolate the unit from the H5 body and thus minimize vibration and handling noise. The design of the XYH-5 also allows the H5 to handle louder sounds than any other Handy Recorder model: 140 dB SPL, equivalent to the sound of a jet aircraft from less than 200 feet away—enabling you to capture sounds louder, closer, and cleaner than you ever could before.

    Interchangeable capsules that can be swapped out as easily as the lenses of a camera

    The H5's modular design means that you can always use the best microphone for every recording environment.

     

    The Ultimate In Image Control

    Welcome to “Mid-Side” recording, a whole new level of precision in your ability to shape sound. The MSH-6 Capsule contains dual mic elements – a forward-facing, unidirectional mic (the “Mid”) and a side-facing, bi-directional mic (the “Side”). Together with the H5's onboard MS decoder, they capture a fully mono-compatible stereo image that can actually be adjusted after recording – ideal for film, video, and television projects.

     

    User Interface

    In addition to standard transport controls (stop, play/pause, record, rewind and fast-forward), the front panel of the H5 offers dedicated record arming buttons for each track, which double as mute switches during playback. A Hold switch disables all front panel buttons to prevent accidental operation during recording. The H5 can be attached to a camera strap or, with the use of our optional Hot Shoe mount, mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder.

     

    Inputs

    Dual combo XLR/TRS inputs that can handle both mic- and line-level signals allow you to connect external microphones and line-level devices like mixers, portable music players, effects processors and electronic keyboards—even electric guitars or basses equipped with active electronics. Each H5 input has its own dedicated gain control knob, located beneath a protective bar that prevents accidental movement during handling. The supplied XYH-5 X/Y capsule also provides a secondary input for connecting stereo mic- or line-level signal via a ⅛" mini phone jack. The H5 supports a +4 dB (professional) input level and utilizes the same high-quality preamps as our flagship H6, ensuring great-sounding recordings in all sonic environments.

     

    Outputs

    A dedicated Line Out with adjustable volume allows you to send a stereo audio output from the H5 to the mic input of a video camera or other device without the need for an attenuator cable. In addition, there's a separate headphone output with a dedicated volume control. You can use both outputs simultaneously to route audio to your DSLR while monitoring over headphones. There's also a built-in speaker for fast access playback, and a USB port which allows the H5 to be used as an audio interface for your computer or iPad.

     

    File types

    The H5 can operate in two different modes—choose stereo for two-track stereo recording, or multitrack for four-track recording (in either stereo pairs or individual mono tracks)—and it captures audio in the two most commonly used file formats: WAV and MP3.

    The WAV files recorded by the H5 can be 16- or 24-bit, with sampling rates of 44.1, 48, or 96kHz*. They are automatically time-stamped and thus Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) compliant, allowing for precise synchronization in video post-production. MP3 files, while slightly lower in fidelity, are much smaller than WAV files and are thus easier to email and post on social networking sites—allowing you to quickly and easily share your creations around the world. * 96kHz sampling rate available in stereo mode only.

     

    Signal Processing

    The H5's onboard effects allow you to add polish to your recordings. Compression and limiting compensate for fluctuations in input level, while a low-cut filter helps eliminate wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low frequency rumble. There's even an onboard metronome and chromatic/guitar/bass tuner.

     

    Other features

    Playback looping, pitch change and variable playback speed (without pitch change) to help with phrase training. A pre-record function that keeps the H5 continuously recording in the background, keeping the previous two seconds before you hit RECORD.

    An Auto-Record function that allows recording to begin automatically when a certain level of sound is detected and an equivalent Auto-Stop function that ends recording when the sound drops below a user-designated level, either immediately or up to 5 seconds later. And then there's Backup-Record—the ultimate safety net.* It enables the H5 to automatically record a duplicate set of stereo tracks with 12dB less input gain. Even if your original track is distorted, chances are the Backup version will be fine!

    * 44.1 and 48kHz WAV files only.

  • Inputs L/R XY mic (XYH-5)
    Mic Type: Directional
    Sensitivity: –45 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
    Input Gain: –∞ to 52 dB
    Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 140 dB SPL

    [MIC/LINE IN]
    Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
    Input Gain: –∞ to 52 dB
    Input Impedance: 2 kΩ or more
    Plug-in Power: 2.5V supported
    Inputs 1/2 Shotgun mic (SGH-6 [Option])
    Mic Type: Unidirectional (mic unit x 3)
    Polar Pattern: Super-cardioid
    Sensitivity: –39 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa (each mic unit)
    Input Gain: –∞ to 50 dB
    Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 122 dB SPL (unidirectional)
    Recording Media
     16MB–2GB SD cards
    4GB–32GB SDHC cards
    Line Out Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
    Rated Output Level: –10 dBm
    (when output load impedance is 10 kΩ or more)
    Phone Out Connector: 1/8" stereo mini jack
    Output Level: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32Ω load)
    Built-in Speaker  400 mW/8 Ω mono speaker
    Recording Formats STEREO FILE mode
    [WAV setting]
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48/96kHz
    Bit Rate: 16/24-bit (Stereo, BWF-compliant)
    [MP3 setting]
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz Bit Rate: 48–320 kbps
    Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 4 tracks(L/R + backup recording)

    MULTI FILE mode
    [WAV setting]
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz
    Bit Rate: 16/24-bit (Mono/Stereo, BWF-compliant)
    Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 6 tracks (L/R + 1/2 + backup recording)

    Backup recording: 12dB lower than set L/R input gain
    Recording Time
    (with 2GB card)
    03:08:00 (44.1kHz/16-bit WAV)
    34:43:00 (128kbps MP3)
    Display  LCD (128 x 64 pixels) with backlight
    USB [Mass Storage Class operation]
    Class: USB2.0 High Speed

    [Audio Interface operation: Multi-track mode]
    Class: USB2.0 High Speed
    Inputs / Outputs: 4 / 2
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48 kHz
    Bit Rate: 16/24bit

    Note: Use with Windows requires a driver, but Macintosh does not.

    [Audio Interface operation: Stereo mode]
    Class: USB2.0 Full Speed
    Inputs / Outputs: 2 / 2
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1/48kHz
    Bit Rate: 16 bit

    Note: iPad operation supported in stereo mode only.
    Battery Life
    (with alkaline battery)
    STEREO FILE mode
    XY mic, 44.1kHz/16-bit (stereo x 1): about 15 hours

    MULTI FILE mode
    XY mic and Inputs 1 and 2, 48kHz/24-bit (stereo x 2): about 7 hours 10 minutes

    Note: The above times are estimates. Approximate continuous recording times when using battery power were calculated using our own testing method. They may differ greatly depending on operating conditions.
    Power AA size (LR6) battery x 2
    AC adapter: AD-17 (DC5V/1A/USB-type) (optional)
    USB bus power
    Dimensions  H5 main unit: 66.8 (W)x 135.2 (D)x 42.1(H) mm
    XYH-5: 65.5 (W)x 62.2 (D)x 41.0 (H) mm
     Weight H5 main unit: 176g (without batteries)
    XYH-5: 94g
     Included Accessories  XYH-5 X/Y mic capsule, SD card (2GB), AA size (LR6) battery x 2, USB cable, Foam windscreen, Case, Operation manual, Steinberg Cubase LE software download, Steinberg WaveLab LE software download
    Optional Accessories XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule
    MSH-6 MS mic capsule
    SGH-6 Shotgun mic capsule
    EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule
    HS-1 Hot Shoe Mount adapter
    WSU-1 Hairy Windscreen
    APH-5 Accessory Pack (includes RCH-5 wired Remote Controller, AD-17 USB-type AC adapter, WSU-1 Hairy Windscreen)
    Manufacturers link Zoom H5 Handy Recorder

Additional Information

Box Contents: H5 Audio Recorder, XYH-5 X/Y mic capsule, SD card (2GB), AA size (LR6) battery x 2, USB cable, Foam wind-screen, Case, Operation manual, Steinberg Cubase LE software download, Steinberg WaveLab LE software download
Manufacturer Zoom
Model H5 Handy Recorder
MPN ZRCCH5