Radio Production · Sound Design

10 Quick Specs omitted from the Specs Chart of the ZOOM H4n


  1. Great audio quality recording [Better than CD: up to 24bit/96kHz].
  2. Affordable price [around £230 / $300].
  3. Stereo pair Condenser mics.
  4. Phantom Power [+48v/+24V] for external mics supported.
  5. Works fine with batteries [around 5 continuous hours].


  1. Doesn’t allow you to check input levels or setting if the SD Card is not inserted into the slot [that is annoying].
  2. You can not mix the four channels independently [just in groups of two: front mics or input lines].
  3. Noisy if you handle it while recording because of the high level of sensitivity of the mics.
  4. You can not adjust input levels while recording.
  5. The velocity of the meters is quite slow.

There is a whole description here if you plan to buy a Zoom for your project.

Image Ref

Woodbrass 2012, Zoom H4N [online], Woodbrass Music Instruments, 1, Available from: [Accessed: 22.4.2012].


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