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Zoom H5 4-Track Portable Recorder for Audio for Video, Music, and Podcasting, Stereo Microphones, 2 XLR/TRS Inputs, USB Audio Interface, Battery Powered

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That means that if you bought one through there, we’d earn a small commission from it, at no extra cost to yourself. The sound quality was quite a bit better than my smartphone, a Xiaomi Poco F2 PRO at that moment, so all in all, I have been happy with the performance of the Zoom H5 for this too. By attaching the H5 to a DSLR video camera with an optional hot shoe mount (HS-1), you can create a professional video system with high-quality sound. Field app has been designed for recordists wanting to capture sound for movies, videos, or live concert recording whereby external microphones would normally be used to compliment the audio capture.

Zoom SSH-6 microphone capsule features a ‘super-directional’ microphone element for capturing audio in the front or centre, and a bi-directional microphone element to capture audio from the left and right of the capsule. I would say that there is some hissing in the background, especially with Rode NTG-2, that needs a ton of gain, but with NTG-3B that does not require as much gain, you don’t hear background hissing. AA batteries will let you record for 10 hours continuously, and you can use an optional AD-17 AC adapter to record for as long as you want. The handling noise is acceptable on the H5 and not nearly as bad as it is on a Sony PCM D100 I once tried which needed to be used on one of those shock-mount handle grips or a tripod. The matched unidirectional condensers are housed within a specially designed shockmount that employs rugged external mic wires and rubberized material to minimize vibration and handling noise.The H5 can operate in two different modes—choose stereo for two-track stereo recording, or multitrack for four-track recording (in either stereo pairs or individual mono tracks)—and it captures audio in the two most commonly used file formats: WAV and MP3. The Zoom H5 has settings to turn on things like a Lo Cut filter, Compression, and Phantom Power, which provides power to any condenser mics you have plugged in. Three elements combined with digital signal processing inside the SGH-6 give you the highly directional pickup power of a conventional shotgun mic in a unit only half the size – ideal for recording dialogue and narration with no intrusive mic in the scene.

By using Overdub function, you can record onto selected track as overdubbing, and when you make overdubbing onto a recorded project, the original project file is not overwritten, but overdubbed project is saved as a new file. In an echo-prone room, a mic like NTG-2 can help a lot with the unwanted echoes, but still the sound will lack the overall emotion, dynamic and warmth of the XY mic module that Zoom H5 comes with. You can set it up as part of your ‘fixed’ recording setup, or even use it as a USB interface to run XLR mics into your computer. An internal accelerometer continually aligns the capsule whilst the inbuilt Ambisonic decoder deals with the format conversions.It can be processed in post to sound much better, but if you need the best quality, I suggest checking out Zoom F6, which I will review soon, and which I found to be considerably better sounding than H5. For that, H2n is better than H5, because it can do something similar for cheaper, but as far as features go, H5 is much better. Cleaner - X/Y recording allows you to cover a wide area yet still capture sound sources in the center with clarity and definition, making it ideal for all types of live stereo recording.

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