The Zoom H4n Handy Recorder represents the next level of professional recording, delivering performance and superior audio quality in a sophisticated handheld recorder that is easy to use. It can also be used as a USB audio interface for both PC and Mac, using the included Cubase LE 4 or any recording software.Perfect Stereo Through a Unique X/Y Mic DesignThe H4n’s onboard X/Y stereo condenser mics are arranged with the right and left mics on the same axis. This design ensures that the mics are always equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization with no phase shifting. Frequency response remains uniform throughout your recording. The result is great stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging every time.The mics also adjust for variable recording patterns at either 90° or 120°. The versatile design allows user rotation of each mic capsule from 90 (standard) to 120 degree (wide-angle) stereo to cover any recording situation.Four Channel Performance for Audio and Video ApplicationsThe Zoom H4n is the only handheld recorder that allows simultaneously four channel recording, using the onboard mics along with other external mics or direct inputs. The built-in mixer blends the channels to produce rich sounding, perfectly balanced recordingsThe Zoom H4n is ideal for media and filmmakers, allowing for easy to record “high definition” audio at 24-bit/48kHz through boom, handheld or lavalier mics while gathering atmospheric audio with the onboard mics. Recordings support Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) specifications, so each file is time stamped. User defined markers and cue points can be set in both recording and playback modes.For added versatility, the Mid-Side stereo decoder converts the mid and side channels of the Zoom H4n to the classic, conventional left/right stereo signalBuilt-in Preamp for Precise ResultsThe four channel recording and unique mic design works in conjunction with a digitally controlled, high-quality preamplifier. The result is precise audio that rivals recording in a world-class studio. The preamp also allows for on the fly recording level adjustments, plus a built-in automatic level setting function that quickly optimizes levels based on a specific situation.High resolution, 24-bit/96kHz linear PCM Recording to SD / SDHC CardsThe versatility of the Zoom H4n allows the user to choose up to 24-bit/96-kHz linear PCM WAV files for audio resolution for maximum results that surpasses DVD quality. When smaller files for maximum recording time is desired, choose from a variety of MP3 formats from 320 kbps down to 48 kpbs for web or e-mail distribution.Audio files are captured on to compact SD or for high-capacity tasks SDHC memory cards, One SDHC 32GB card can capture over 15 hours of recording time at 24-bit/96kHz. When using the MP3 format, capture over 550 hours of recording time at 128 kpbs.Audio Capability for DSLR HD videoThe H4n offers four channel recording capabilities for DSLR HD video projects. Expand beyond on camera sound options by combining a boom mic with its Channel 1 XLR input, a wireless lavaliere on its Channel 2 XLR and the onboard mics, all at once for incredible stereo imaging. The H4n's internal clock is ideal for both DSLR camera operators and film editors, with extreme precision that ensures no drift when dealing with short clips. The audio and video sync for longer shots can also be achieved using most major brand video editing software.Shock Resistant Durability and Fast File TransferThe Zoom H4n features a rubberized, shock resistant chassis not only improves durability, but also minimizes noise during handling. The large, 1.9 inch backlit LCD screen graphic display shows all tracking information at a glance, with easy navigation of all front function buttons. Review audio files quickly and easily through optional stereo headphones, or use the a built-in reference speaker. For long recording, the Stamina mode can be set which can extend battery life to 11 hours ( in 16-bit/44.1kHz linear PCM format).