Zoom H4essential Handheld 4-Track Recorder

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The Zoom H4essential 32-Bit Four Track Recorder offers creators a versatile tool for capturing their music, podcasts, and audio-for-video.

Four-track recorder designed for accessibility for all

The Zoom H4essential 32-Bit Four Track Recorder offers creators a versatile tool for capturing their music, podcasts, and audio-for-video. With four tracks at your disposal, you have the flexibility to record multiple sources simultaneously. Whether you're recording instruments, vocals, or dialogue, the H4essential provides more options for capturing your audio.

Zoom understands the importance of accessibility. That's why the H4essential is designed with audible descriptions, making it accessible for the blind and visually impaired. Navigate the menu with ease through the built-in speaker or headphones. Plus, you can choose from multiple language options, including English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian, or Chinese.

32-bit float recording - never have to set your levels again!

Say goodbye to adjusting levels and worrying about clipping. With 32-bit float recording, the H4essential captures an incredible range of dynamics in your sound. This means you can record everything from the softest whispers to the loudest rock concert without losing any nuance. Enjoy high-quality, clip-free audio in every take.

Two combi inputs with ultra-clean preamps and huge dynamic range

The H4essential's 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs feature Zoom's ultra-clean preamps, supporting phantom power and +4dBu professional line-level input. This means you can connect your microphones, instruments, or other audio devices with confidence. Additionally, the onboard X/Y microphones can handle sound up to an impressive 130 dB SPL, perfect for capturing the energy of a live performance or a booming sound effect.

Record and stream with built-in interface

Record and stream your audio at the same time. The H4essential allows you to stream in 32-bit float while simultaneously recording to an SD card. And when connected to a PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device using the USB-C Port, it can also be used as a 4-in/2-out audio interface. This versatility makes it a great tool for both live streaming and studio recording.

Onboard mixer with Bluetooth timecode sync

The built-in mixer on the H4essential allows you to easily adjust each track's audio level, ensuring a well-balanced mix. Additionally, the waveform display gives you a visual representation of your audio as it records, letting you monitor and fine-tune your recordings with precision.

When paired with the BTA-1 Bluetooth Adapter, the H4essential can also sync with Bluetooth timecode devices for seamless audio and video synchronization. This ensures that your audio matches up perfectly with your visuals, saving you time and effort in post-production.

Integrated speaker with soft-touch controls

Quick reference playback is made easy with the built-in speaker on the H4essential. Simply listen back to your recordings on the spot, without the need for additional equipment. The speaker delivers clear and accurate sound, giving you confidence in your recordings.

The H4essential features soft touch controls that have been carefully designed for quiet operation. Whether you're recording in a quiet studio or a live event, these controls won't distract or interfere with your recording.


  • 4-track 32-bit float recorder with Dual A/D Converters
  • Clip-free recording with no need to set gain
  • Records up to 96kHZ sample rate
  • Color LCD Screen
  • 130 dB SPL XY Mic
  • 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs with locking connector
  • 3.5mm mic/line input for lavalier mics and line level sources
  • Built-in mixer to adjust each track’s audio level
  • Built-in speaker for quick reference playback
  • 3.5mm line output for headphones or to connect to a camera
  • Voice Guidance accessibility for the visually impaired
  • 32-Bit Float audio interface for PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices via USB-C port
  • Use as an interface and record to SD card simultaneously
  • Using the BTA-1* Bluetooth Adapter, sync with wireless timecode devices via bluetooth
  • Use the BTA-1* Bluetooth Adapter to pair with the H4essential Control App for iOS
  • Record to SD cads up to 1TB
  • 10 hours of battery life on AA battery (2x) or USB-C Bus Power
  • *Please note: BTA-1 Adapter not included

Technical Specifications

  • Input and Output Channels
  • Inputs:
  • Built-in mic (stereo): 1
  • XLR/TRS: 2
  • MIC/LINE IN: 1
  • Outputs:
  • Headphones: 1
  • Built-in speaker (mono): 1
  • Built-in Mic
  • Format: 90º XY stereo
  • Directionality: Unidirectional
  • Sensitivity: –43 dB/1 Pa at 1 kHz
  • Maximum sound pressure input: 130 dB SPL
  • Connector: XLR/TRS combo jacks ×? (XLR: 2 HOT TRS: TIP HOT)
  • Input gain: Adjustment unnecessary
  • Input impedance: XLR : 3 kΩ or more TRS : 3 kΩ or more
  • Maximum input level: XLR : +4 dBu TRS : +24 dBu
  • Phantom power: +48 V, Channel total 10 mA or less
  • Equivalent input noise: -120 dBu or less?IHF-A) @150 Ω input
  • Connector: Stereo mini jack ×1
  • Input gain: Adjustment unnecessary
  • Input impedance: 2 kΩ or more
  • Headphones Output
  • Connector: Stereo mini jack ×1
  • Maximum output level: 20 ?W + 20 ?W?into 32 Ω load?
  • Output impedance: 15 Ω or less
  • Built-in Speaker
  • Power: 250 mW 8 Ω mono speaker
  • Recorder
  • Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 4
  • Maximum simultaneous playback tracks: 4
  • Recording formats: WAV, 44.1/48/96 kHz, 32-bit float mono/stereo, BWF and iXML formats supported
  • Recording media: 4-32GB cards compatible with the microSDHC specification, 64GB–1TB cards compatible with the microSDXC specification
  • Display
  • Size: 2.0-inch full-color LCD?360 x 240)
  • USB
  • Connector: USB Type-C, Use a USB cable that supports data transfer, USB bus power is supported
  • USB Mic: USB2.0 High Speed, 44.1/48 kHz, 24-bit /32-bit float, 4-in/2-out
  • File transfer: USB2.0 High Speed
  • Remote
  • Adapter: Dedicated wireless adapter?ZOOM BTA-1?
  • Power
  • Source: 4 AA batteries (alkaline, NiMH or lithium), AC adapter?ZOOM AD-17??DC 5V/1A, USB bus power is supported
  • Estimated continuous operation times using batteries: 2-track recording (built-in XY mic), 48 kHz/32-bit float, phantom power off, no headphones, no remote, display power saving on
  • Alkaline batteries: about 9 hours
  • NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): about 14 hours
  • Lithium batteries: about 20 hours
  • Power consumption: 3 W maximum
  • Dimensions: 66.9 mm (W) × 156.1 mm (D) × 38.0 mm (H)
  • Weight (including batteries): 226g
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