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Zoom H1essential 2-Track 32-Bit Float Portable Audio Recorder

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  • Portable, Easy-to-Use Audio Recorder
  • Musicians, Content Creators & Podcasters
  • 32-Bit Float: No Level Adjustment Needed
  • Onboard X/Y Mics Handle up to 120 dB
  • Overdubbing & Playback Speed Adjustment
  • Mono Mode for On-The-Go Interviews
  • Vivid OLED Display
  • Function as a USB-C Microphone
  • Tripod Mountable
  • Includes Windscreen, USB Cable, and Case

The Zoom H1essential 2-Track 32-Bit Float Portable Audio Recorder is designed to make audio capture easier than ever before. With painless 32-bit floating point recording, you can capture perfect audio every time without the need to ever set levels.

Ideal for musicians, podcasters, filmmakers, and general content creators, the H1essential provides a versatile array of essential features that can support a wide range of scenarios. With the built-in X/Y microphones, you can capture up to 120 dB of sound without issue, while a 3.5mm mic/line input with plug-in power lets you use lavalier mics with ease for dialogue capture. Advanced functions like overdubbing, playback speed adjustment, mono mode, and auto record can fit a wide range of applications for the modern creator. Finally, this tripod-mountable recorder can also serve as a USB-C microphone and audio interface all at once while simultaneously recording to microSDXC cards up to 1TB. The Zoom H1essential 2-Track 32-Bit Float Portable Audio Recorder includes a furry windscreen, a USB-C cable, an AD-17 power adapter, and a padded shell case.

Equipped with Accessibility Options

The Essential Series was designed with accessibility for the 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.

For Content Creators


Musicians can use the H1essential to record every practice and rehearsal, a great way to improve your playing. Features like overdubbing and playback-speed adjustment are great for writing and practicing. And with its built-in mics and compact size, the H1essential is the perfect recorder to capture high-quality audio samples.


The H1essential is great for filmmakers. Record and send audio directly to your camera, or use it to record sound effects to complete your scene. The 3.5 mm mic/line input can be used with lavalier microphones for dialogue capture and supplies up to 2.5V of plug-in power.


Podcasters can mount the H1essential on a tripod for sit down conversations or use mono mode for on-the-go interviews.

Small Package, Big Features

Advanced Functions

The H1essential has advanced features such as overdubbing, prerecord, autorecord, and playback speed adjustment. The H1essential also has a dedicated Marker button to instantly set reference points while recording.

USB Microphone

When connected to a PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device using the USB-C port, the H1essential can be used as a USB microphone while simultaneously recording to the SD card. This versatility can support numerous forms of content creation, making your life easier.

Loud and Clear

The onboard X/Y microphones capture clean audio up to 120 dB SPL, equivalent to the sound of a high-performance motorcycle.

Soft-Touch Controls

Recording and rotary controls have been meticulously designed to allow for quiet operation.

Vivid OLED Screen

The high-contrast monochromatic OLED screen makes it easy to navigate through the H1essential's simple interface.

High-Capacity Storage

The H1essential supports microSDXC cards up to 1TB to record hours and hours of audio.

In the Box
  • Zoom H1essential 2-Track 32-Bit Float Portable Audio Recorder
  • Hairy Windscreen
  • AD-17 Power Supply
  • USB-C Cable
  • Padded Shell Case
  • Limited 1-Year Manufacturer Warranty
More Information
Product ConditonNew

Portable Recorder

Form Factor

Handheld Recorder

Primary Use Applications

Audio-for-Video, Dictation & Transcription, Music Recording, Podcasting

Number of Tracks


Number of Input Channels


Maximum Sampling Rate

96 kHz / 32-Bit Float


Built-In Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration

Number of Microphone Inputs


Built-In Speaker

Yes, 1 W Mono


0.96" / 2.44 cm Monochrome OLED

Memory Card Support

microSDXC (Up to 1 TB)

Internal Storage


Special Features



Audio File Formats


Sample Rates

44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz

Bit Depth

Up to 32-Bit (Floating Point)

Signal Processing & FX

Speed Change

Timecode Support


Recording Time

10 Hrs (All Channels)

Included Software



Analog I/O

1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Balanced/Unbalanced Line/Mic Input 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Headphone/Line Output

Digital I/O


Phantom Power


Plug-In Power

Yes, 2.5 V

System Connection

1 x USB-C (I/O, 2.0)

Audio Interface Capability

Stereo Only



Mobile App Compatible



Headphone Output Power

20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms


Outputs: ≤10 Kilohms

Microphone Sensitivity

-37 dB (X/Y)

Microphone Max SPL

120 dB SPL (X/Y)


Power Options

Battery, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter

Battery Type

2 x AAA (Not Included)

Approximate Battery Life

10 Hours (AAA Alkaline, Recording, Built-In Mic)

AC/DC Power Adapter

5 VDC at 1 A (Included)


Included Accessories

Case, USB Cable, Windscreen

WARNING: This product may expose you to chemicals which are known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
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