Zoom ships the H6 handheld recorder sixtrack recording and interchangeable capsules for $399

Zoom's handheld recorders have long been a solid choice for capturing audio for video, live events and more. Today, the outfit is ready to ship its latest. The Zoom H6 offers six tracks of simultaneous recording and interchangeable mic capsules for varying the capture method. Those swappable units include stereo X/Y and MS (included right out of the box) with both shotgun and dual XLR / TRS combo capsule options coming soon. Of course, those add-ons work alongside four XLR / TRS inputs for external mics and the like. As we've already hinted, the Zoom H6 can be mounted atop a DSLR or camcorder for capturing live audio to accompany footage -- recording to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128GB. The unit even sports 24-bit / 96k chops for those who crave high-def tones. If all of that sounds too good to pass up, you can snag the H6 at the usual audio gear spots for $399.99 and take a closer look in the gallery that follows.

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THE ZOOM H6, THE MOST ADVANCED HANDHELD RECORDER EVER, IS NOW AVAILABLE

Six tracks, interchangeable input capsules, 24bit / 96k recording, Phantom Power, and more...in the palm of your hand

Ronkonkoma, New York: August 6, 2013 - Zoom North America has announced the immediate retail availability of the all-new H6 Handy Recorder.

The H6 is the most advanced portable recorder ever introduced, offering six tracks of simultaneous recording and an innovative system of interchangeable microphone and input capsules. Four capsules are available: stereo X/Y and MS (Mid-Side), both included with the H6, as well as Shotgun and dual XLR/TRS combo capsules, which will be on sale at a later date. With the H6, videographers, audiophiles, musicians, and DJs now have the power of a recording studio in the palm of their hands. The Zoom H6 is available at Guitar Center, Musician's Friend, Sweetwater, B&H Photo Video and other select online and offline retailers for $399.99, which includes the H6, the stereo X/Y and MS capsules, foam windscreen, 4 AA batteries, 2 GB memory card, Cubase LE, and carrying case.

The H6 can be attached to a camera strap or mounted directly to a DSLR or camcorder, and its large full-color display makes it easy to view recording and playback levels in any environment. It records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 128 gigabytes in a variety of MP3 and BWF-compliant WAV file formats, including 24-bit / 96k for the ultimate in high-definition audio. Four XLR/TRS combo jacks enable the connection of external microphones or line-level devices. Each input has its own dedicated gain control and pad switch, as well as phantom power in three different voltages.

Other features include a stereo Line Out for connection to cameras; a headphone jack and built-in speaker; onboard effects, metronome and chromatic tuner; adjustable playback speed and pitch correction; and Pre-record, Auto-record and Backup-record functions. A USB port enables data transfer to and from audio editing software and allows the H6 to serve as a multichannel audio interface for computers and tablets.

"The H6 brings a completely new level of performance and possibilities to audio recording," said Scott Hagen, Vice President of Sales and Strategic Planning for Zoom North America. "The H6 can put premium recording equipment in the hands of anyone."

To hear and see more, visit www.youtube.com/zoomsoundlab.

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Zoom ships the H6 handheld recorder: six-track recording and interchangeable capsules for $399