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Zoom H1 Handy Stereo Digital Recorder

Brand: Zoom


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The Zoom H1 is one the most affordable option for portable recorders. It is simple way to get quick recordings of musical ideas, dictations, podcasts, or field recordings. It saves your recordings to a microSD card which you can pop into your computer and have a digital audio file instantly.  -Mark

Introducing the H1 Handy Recorder.

It’s the smallest recorder ever. But don’t let its size fool you. The H1 Handy Recorder has our renowned recording technology and studio-quality microphones in our easiest, most portable device ever.

Now Zoom recording technology is available to everyone. And with an infinite variety of applications, you’ll want to take your H1 everywhere. From musical performances, songwriting sessions and rehearsals to seminars, conferences, journalism or capturing audio for video, the H1 gives you clean, clear stereo sound effortlessly.

What sets us apart?

Like all Zoom recorders, the H1’s onboard microphones are configured in an X/Y pattern, for stunning stereo imaging. Because both mics are arranged on the same axis, they are equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization and no phase shifting. The result is great stereo recordings with natural depth and accurate imaging.

Under your thumb…

With its newly designed user interface, the H1 is also our easiest recorder to use. All its functions are at your fingertips, such as track marker, auto record, low cut filter, level and volume controls with on-board buttons… No menus required!

Intuitive controls make it easy to capture the audio you need with ease. But we still provide the versatility you’ve come to expect from Zoom. So you get total recording format flexibility from 16-bit/44.1 kHz to 24-bit/96 kHz WAV, or MP3 from 48 kbps to 320 kbps and enough tools onboard to make impeccable recordings.

Secure your digital memories.

The H1 records on microSD cards and comes with a 2GB microSD card. Using a 32GB microSDHC card allows over 50 hours of recording time at 16-bit/44.1 kHz.

MicroSD cards were specifically designed for the ever-evolving mobile technology market. Approximately the size of a fingernail, the microSD card is a significant advance in technology and its size and capacity are a major reason why the H1 is able to deliver so much recording technology in such a small package.

Share the love.

With its Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port, the H1 allows for fast transfer of your audio files to your computer. Listen, edit and share with your fans on your Mac or PC. It also includes a reference speaker to ensure your recordings are being captured as you desire.


Musicians – Shorten the Learning Curve.

With stereo recording so precise and so easy, musicians will love the H1. An indispensible part of any serious musician’s arsenal, the H1 makes recording rehearsals and practice sessions easier than ever. And the best part is, because your performance is captured with crystal clear audio, you can really critique your own playing, and get better….

Songwriters – More Hit Wonders.

Isn’t it time you heard your masterpieces in beautiful stereo that rivals a professional recording studio? We know you’re the creative type, not an engineer. That’s why we made the H1 so easy to setup and navigate. So you can keep the inspiration going. Your most creative ideas can now be recorded and shared with your co-writers anywhere and at anytime the music hits you. Just be sure you have your H1 on at all times!

Bands – On the Road, On the Run.

There are so many applications for your band and the H1. Start with learning new songs. If you’re the guy who teaches the songs, record each part on an H1 and email it to the members of your band. If you’re the one who books the band, you band needs to get heard. And everyone in the group needs to hear their performance to get better. The H1 makes capturing your performance easy, even when you’re cranking out high SPLs.

Accessorize the size…

Everything you need to get started recording is included. Your H1 comes with an AA battery for 10 hours of operation and a 2 GB microSD card.

In addition, an H1 accessory package (APH-1**) is also available with an array of accessories that make your recordings even more pristine and easier to capture. The accessory kit includes a windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and a mic clip adapter.

**Zoom APH-1 Accessory is sold separately!

Zoom H1 Handy Stereo Digital Recorder Features:

  • Stereo X/Y mic configuration captures perfect stereo images
  • Same frequency and SPL handling as popular Zoom H2
  • Records Broadcast WAV (BWF) at 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
  • Records MP3 from 48 to 320kbps for maximum recording time
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
  • Built-in reference speaker
  • Includes 2GB microSD card and one AA battery
  • One AA size battery allows 10 hours operation
  • Accommodates up to 32GB microSDHC memory cards
  • Track marker function
  • Low cut filter
  • Built-in tripod mount
  • 1/8" external mic input
  • Stereo 1/8" line output
  • Auto record level
  • Optional accessory package (APH-1) includes windscreen, AC adapter (USB type), USB cable, adjustable tripod stand, padded-shell case and mic clip adapter


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West Music Store
Specs look good, inexpensive. Will use to record our family recorder ensemble. "Just for fun" recording.
Gerald E on Jun 22, 2012
This is a great recording tool, small and easy to use.
Wendy F on Jan 23, 2012
How difficult is this to transfer to CD, and how well does it record voice/instruments?
BPE1 B on Nov 9, 2012
Best Answer: Transferring files to CD are quite simple. My computer has a built-in card reader that accepts the memory card from the H1. An external card reader will work equally well. There are several programs available that will do the transfer. There is one in the Windows suite, but I have never used it. Sound quality is excellent for this low-cost unit. For highest music quality use the wav format (standard is 44/16, and it works great). For less critical recordings there are several MP3 settings that will allow longer recordings with less memory. The higher resolution MP3 settings will also provide excellent music reproduction. I have found that manual recording levels work better than the auto setting. "Auto level" has a tendency to produce uneven sound levels. The microphones are quite sensitive and pick up well at a reasonable distance from the source. They do not overload quickly.
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