What is it?
A 4-channel digital recorder using SD or SDHC memory cards and incorporating built-in X/Y stereo microphones.
The H4n is said to be the only handheld recorder offering 4-channel simultaneous recording using a combination of internal and external microphones. The built-in X/Y stereo condenser mic’s are positioned on the same axis at the top of the recorder and can be rotated to provide either 90° or 120° pickup response. The design ensures that the mic’s are always equi-distant from the sound source for localised recording without phase shifting. In addition to other formats, the H4n supports BWF for broadcast and professional A/V applications and provides basic onboard editing functions plus mixdown to mono. A built-in speaker is included together with a back-lit LCD screen above the transport and track selector keys. The combination XLR/phone connectors at the bottom of the unit provide 48V phantom power and optional hi-Z inputs and there are additional jacks for remote control connection, headphones and line out.