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Zoom H4essential 32-Bit Float 4-Track Recorder Standard


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Capture inspired audio anywhere with four-track 32-bit float recording.

The H4essential 32-bit float four-track recorder from Zoom gives you flexible tools to record inspired audio on the go. With four tracks and 32-bit float recording, you can capture nuanced sound without worrying about clipping or levels. The advanced X/Y microphones pick up crisp stereo audio, while the two XLR/TRS inputs connect external mics and instruments. An intuitive interface with vivid full-color display makes operation a breeze, take the lightweight H4essential goes anywhere your creativity takes you.

Four-Track 32-Bit Float Recording Captures Every Subtle Nuance

Record up to four tracks simultaneously in pristine 32-bit float audio. This high-resolution format captures the full dynamic range, from subtle whispers to loud screams. You never have to worry about clipping or closely monitoring levels because the H4essential gives you flexible control to capture nuanced audio for music, podcasts or audio-for-video.

Advanced X/Y Mics and XLR/TRS Inputs for Versatile Recording

The onboard X/Y microphones capture crisp, detailed stereo sound, perfect for recording live shows or ambient audio. With a whopping 130dB SPL handling, you can even record extremely loud sources like rock concerts. Two XLR/TRS inputs connect external mics and instruments, while Zoom's ultraclean preamps provide plenty of headroom for professional +4dBu signals.

Intuitive Interface and Vivid Display for Easy Operation

Navigate recording and menu functions easily with the soft-touch controls and brilliant full-color LCD screen. You can easily view your waveforms and adjust track levels with the built-in mixer, while voice guidance in seven languages provides accessibility for visually impaired creators. With accessible controls and display, the H4essential makes recording simple.

Portable and Lightweight Design Goes Anywhere

With it's lightweight and portable design the H4essential travels easily in your bag or backpack. Record wherever creativity strikes, from tight spaces like public transit to wide open parks and streets. The H4essential 32-bit float four-track recorder provides versatile tools to record your inspired audio anywhere. With advanced mics, pro-level inputs and accessible operation in a portable form, your recordings will sound incredible no matter where creativity takes you.

  • Built-in mics (stereo: 1
  • XLR/TRS: 2 
  • Mic/Line In: 1
  • External mic input: Yes
  • Headphones: 1
  • Built-in Speaker (mono): 1
  • Built-in mic: 90° XY stereo format
  • Directionality: Unidirectional
  • Sensitivity: -43dB/1 Pa a 1kHz
  • Maximum SPL: 130dB SPL
  • Connector: XLR/TRS combo jacks x2
  • Input Impedance: XLR- 3 kohm or more TRS- 3 kohm or more
  • Maximum Input Level: XLR- +4dBu TRS- +24dBu
  • Phantom Power: +48V
  • Mic/Line In: Stereo mini jack x1
  • Input Impedance: 2kΩ or more
  • Headphone Output: Stereo mini jack x1
  • Built-in Speaker: 250 mW Ω mono speaker
  • Maximum Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 4
  • Recording Formats: WAV, 44.1/48/96kHz, 32-bit float mono/stereo
  • Recording Media: 4-32GB cards compatible with the microSDHC, 64GB-1TB cards compatible with microSDXC
  • Display: 2” full-color LCD (360x240)
  • USB: Type-C, USB bus power is supported
  • 44.1/48kHz
  • 24-bit/32-bit float
  • 4-in/2-out
  • Power: 4 AA batteries, AC adapter (Zoom AD-17) : DC 5V/1A
  • Width: 66.9 mm
  • Height: 156.1 mm
  • Depth: 38 mm
  • Weight: 226g


  • 32-bit float resolution for high-quality recordings
  • Four-track recording with two XLR/TRS combo inputs and two TRS line inputs
  • Records to SD/SDHC cards up to 32GB for over 50 hours of recording time
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones for quick capture of ideas