Zoom H6 Essential

Zoom H6 Essential

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Zoom's most robust handheld recorder, the H6essential is a recording powerhouse. With 6 tracks of 32-bit float recording, the H6essential provides unprecedented quality and unmatched versatility.


  • 6-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
  • Interchangable Mic Capsule System 3.0 with 32-bit float support
  • Included X/Y Mic Capsule captures up to 135 dB SPL
  • 4 XLR/TRS combo inputs with locking connector
  • Color LCD Screen
  • Built-in mixer to adjust each track’s audio level
  • Built-in speaker for quick reference playback
  • 3.5mm headphone output plus 3.5mm line output
  • 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 H6essential Control App for iOS
    • *Please note: BTA-1 Adapter not included
  • Record to SD cads up to 1TB
  • 10 hours of battery life on AA battery (2x) or USB-C Bus Power

Step Up To 32-Bit Float

With 32-bit float and dual AD converters the H6essential captures huge dynamic range. This gives creators the ability to record perfect audio, clip-free every time.

The First Handy Recorders with Accessibility

The Essential Series was designed with Accessibility for the blind and visually impaired. Navigate the menu with audible descriptions through the built-in speaker or headphones. Creators can choose English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Italian or Chinese.*

  • *Languages other then English require download.

Six Perfect Tracks

The 4 XLR/TRS combo inputs feature ultra-clean Zoom preamps, and the included X/Y microphones can capture up to a booming 135 dB SPL, equivalent to a jet taking off.

Next Generation 3.0 Capsule System

The H6essential’s 3.0 capsule system has been updated to support 32-bit float and gives creators more options to use the right mic for their recording.

Remove The Mics

When the X/Y mic is not needed, detach the capsule and use the included cap for a low profile setup.

Record And Stream

Use the USB-C port to connect to PC, Mac, iOS, and Android device to use the H6essential as a 32-bit float interface while simultaneously recording all 6 tracks to an SD card.

Essential For Creators

  • For Musicians - The H6essential is a portable studio. Mic up to 4 instruments using the XLR inputs and use the X/Y microphones to capture the full ensemble in beautiful stereo.
  • For Filmmakers - 32-bit float recording gives filmmakers confidence with every take. The interchangeable capsules, 4 XLR inputs and wireless timecode make the H6essential invaluable on any set.
  • For Podcasters - When everyone wants to be on your podcast, the H6essential has you covered with 4 XLR inputs. For two additional XLR inputs, connect the optional EXH-6e capsule.

Waveform Display

The H6essential has a waveform display so you can see your audio as it records.

Built-In Mixer

For full control of your mix, hit the ‘Mixer’ button and quickly adjust your levels.

Pair With Your iOS Device

Use the BTA-1* Bluetooth Adapter to pair with your iOS device to remotely hit record, adjust your mix, view your waveforms, and change settings.

Bluetooth Timecode

With the BTA-1* Bluetooth Adapter you can also pair with Bluetooth timecode devices for audio and video sync.

  • *BTA-1 Adapter not included

More Upgrades 

  • Quieter Controls - Recording and rotary controls have been meticulously designed to allow for silent operation.
  • Onboard Speaker - Use the improved onboard speaker to listen to your recordings for quick reference.
  • Outputs You Need - Use the line output to connect to a camera and the headphone output to monitor your audio.
  • Higher Visibility - The new full-color LCD screen provides you with a more vivid view as you record and navigate the menu.


    • CHANNELS - 2(MIC Capsule) + 4(XLR/TRS INPUTS)
      • MIC TYPE - Unidirectional
      • SENSITIVITY --42 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
      • INPUT GAIN - Adjustment unnecessary (dual AD converter circuits used)
      • CONNECTORS - XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR:2 HOT / TRS:TIP HOT)
      • INPUT GAIN - Adjustment unnecessary (dual AD converter circuits used)
      • INPUT IMPEDANCE - MIC: 3 kΩ or more LINE: 3 kΩ or more
      • MAXIMUM INPUT LEVEL - XLR: +4 dBu TRS: +24 dBu
      • PHANTOM POWER - +48V
      • EQUIVALENT INPUT NOISE - −120 dBu or less
    • LINE OUT
      • CONNECTOR - 1/8" stereo mini jack
      • CONNECTOR - 1/8" stereo mini jack
      • MAXIMUM OUTPUT LEVEL - 20 mW +20 mW(32 Ω load)
    • BUILT-IN SPEAKER - 500mW/8Ω mono speaker
    • RECORDING MEDIA - 4GB–32GB microSDHC cards 64GB–1TB microSDXC cards
    • WAV
      • SUPPORTED FORMATS - 44.1/48/96kHz 32-bit float BWF and iXML
      • MAXIMUM SIMULTANEOUS RECORDING TRACKS - 44.1/48kHz: 8 (2 MIC Capsule + 4 XLR/TRS INPUTS + 2 LR) 96kHz: 6 (2 MIC Capsule + 4 XLR/TRS INPUTS)
    • LCD - 2.00" full color (320 × 240)
    • BATTERIES - 4 AA
    • AC ADAPTER - ZOOM AD-17 (DC 5 V/1 A) • USB bus power is supported.
  • USB
    • CONNECTOR - USB Type-C
      • CLASS - USB 2.0 High Speed
      • CLASS - USB 2.0 High Speed
      • SAMPLING RATE - Multi Track mode:44.1/48/96kHz Stereo Mix mode:44.1/48/96kHz
      • BIT RATE - 24-bit/32-bit float
      • CHANNELS - Multi Track mode:6 in/2 out Stereo Mix mode:2 in/2 out
      • BTA-1 - Support (iOS App)
    • 2ch recording to microSDHC card - Approximately 10 hours (alkaline batteries, using built-in mic, 48 kHz/32-bit float)