Zoom H4n review:

Zoom H4n

Now, we could spend paragraphs trying to describe the sound quality of the H4n and the benefits of its four-channel recording feature, but instead, we'll let the audio do the talking. Alan Stewart and Jesse Clark from the Bay Area music group Agents Del Futuro let us sit in on a rehearsal session, where we captured sounds ranging from acoustic guitar to African thumb piano. We recorded these audio snippets using the H4n's four-channel mode, set at the default 16-bit/44kHz resolution. Both two-track and four-track versions of the recordings are included, to give you a sense of sonic advantages of four-channel recording.

Several of these recordings also take advantage of the H4n's internal compression and limiter settings, which we've noted in the description. Aside from volume adjustments and fades, no postproduction processing has been applied to the recordings, except to convert them into constant bit rate 256Kbps MP3 files using LAME encoder version 3.97. The samples are short, but hopefully convey our satisfaction with the H4n's recording quality and capabilities.

Acoustic guitar
(stereo mics with limiter)
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Acoustic guitar
(stereo mics with limiter, direct piezo mic with compression, 3-channels)
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Thumb piano
(stereo mics only with no compression, 90-degree mic pattern)
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Thumb piano
(stereo mics with no compression, 90-degree mic pattern, stereo piezo mics with compression, 4-channels)
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Drums
(stereo mics with limiter)
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Drums
(stereo mics with limiter, overhead snare mic and kick drum mic with compression, 4-channels)
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Acoustic guitar and vibraphone
(stereo mics with limiter)
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Acoustic guitar and vibraphone
(stereo mics with limiter, plus ribbon mic on vibes and piezo mic on guitar, both with compression, 4-channels)
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Drums and lap steel guitar
(stereo mics with limiter)
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Drums and lap steel guitar
(stereo mics with limiter, and overhead snare mic and kick drum mic with compression, 4-channels)
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Rainy boulevard
(stereo mics with compression, windscreen)
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