While small enough to slip into a jacket or pants pocket, Zoom’s H1n Handy Portable Digital Recorder offers professional-quality recordings and features to help performers and band directors.
Named as a Best in Show item in the Add-ons and Accessories category by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) in January 2018, the small recorder is a “reimagined version of the most successful handy recorder” Zoom produced and was designed so anyone could use it, says David Via, Zoom vice president of marketing.
The recorder measures about 2 inches wide, 1.2 inches tall, and almost 5.5 inches in depth. For musicians, the device has several useful features such as unlimited overdub, a built-in 90-degree X/Y microphone, and playback speed control that doesn’t change the pitch.
“If there’s a passage you’re trying to learn, … you could break it down, slow it down, but not have it sound like it’s in a basement in terms of frequency,” Via says.
A low-cut filter eliminates white noise, high-volume pops, and wind noise. “For a dynamic range of a marching band, I think that would be really important because the sound can all of a sudden explode out of nowhere, so the low-cut filter helps eliminate the pops of the spikes in volume,” Via says.
Zoom encourages musicians to record and listen to themselves, Via says. “You can learn a lot just from listening to yourself, and I think this device would be an inexpensive way for someone who’s serious about improving their musicianship,” he says.
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