Zoom H5 4-Track Portable Recorder and USB Audio Interface

The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder. Evolved Recording for Creators: The compact and portable H5 gives you everything you need to create professional quality audio. It comes with a detachable stereo X/Y microphone and utilizes a system of interchangeable input capsules that allow you to choose the best mic for every situation. Ideal for live concert and rehearsal recording as well as audio for video, the H5 is equally well-suited for podcasting, broadcasting and electronic newsgathering.

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The Zoom H5 Handy Recorder. Evolved Recording for Creators: The compact and portable H5 gives you everything you need to create professional quality audio. It comes with a detachable stereo X/Y microphone and utilizes a system of interchangeable input capsules that allow you to choose the best mic for every situation. Ideal for live concert and rehearsal recording as well as audio for video, the H5 is equally well-suited for podcasting, broadcasting and electronic newsgathering.

  • Uses a system of interchangeable input capsules
  • Detachable stereo X/Y capsule with shockmounted mics and extended signal capacity
  • Four tracks of simultaneous recording
  • 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
  • Requires just two standard AA alkaline or NiMH rechargeable batteries (over 15 hours of operation with alkaline batteries)

Breakfast Puppies Notes: This thing is a versatile and well-suited workhorse. Not only does it allow you to record up to 4 separate tracks of audio directly to SD card, it can also be used as a PC audio interface, sending that same data via USB into your DAW of choice (note: it cannot record AND interface at the same time; if you need this function, consider instead the more versatile Zoom L-12). And on top of that, you can swap out the top modules for different functions, including various microphones and even additional XLR jacks!

If you need more than four tracks, consider upgrading to the larger and more beastly H6 variant. It has six tracks, including four XLR inputs, and accepts all the same modules as the H5.