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Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array

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  • For Video, Audio, VR & AR Production
  • Ambisonics, Binaural & Stereo Modes
  • Export to 5.1 Surround via Computer
  • Ambisonics Array with Four Microphones

The Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array is a compact audio recorder that offers flexible 360° audio capture and integrated Ambisonics A-to-B conversion, eliminating the need for external processing. This device goes beyond VR applications, and is additionally geared towards sound recordists, audio engineers, and content creators in music, audio-for-video, game audio, and AR production.

It features an Ambisonics mic array with four microphone capsules, which can be utilized to record in Ambisonics, stereo binaural, or standard stereo modes, making it well suited for detailed reproduction of studio-based instrument ensembles and solo performances, audiences, sound effects, EFP, and more. The H3-VR supports full-sphere surround sound recording at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz, as well as real-time stereo/binaural monitoring and on-board Ambisonics A-to-B conversion, eliminating the need for additional processing with a computer in post. You can even export your Ambisonics recordings as stereo, binaural, or 5.1 audio files using the free Zoom Ambisonics Player software (downloadable to a Mac or Windows computer).

The unified single-knob gain control, LCD screen, and transport/menu buttons deliver easy and efficient device configuration and operation. Remote access to transport controls, levels, and metadata is possible via the iOS H3-VR Control app and optional BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter. An integrated 6-axis motion sensor is utilized to provide automatic detection of the microphone position, which ensures proper audio-to-video orientation alignment and simple angle leveling. Dual 3.5mm outputs with independent level control enable simultaneous connection to headphones and a camera. Record to a microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC card (available separately), or stream audio via USB to a computer or iOS device. The built-in slate function can be used to verbally mark takes and manually align audio and video files.

The H3-VR supports powering via two AA batteries or a USB connection, and its power LED also serves as a clip indicator. A 1/4"-20 threaded hole on the bottom of the H3-VR accommodates attachment to a standard camera tripod. At less than 5" tall and 3" wide, this recorder is visually discreet and unobtrusive. It is supplied with a foam windscreen, a dual mount adapter, and two AA batteries.

In the Box

Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array

Foam Windscreen

Dual Mounting Bracket

2 x AA Batteries

Limited 1-Year Warranty

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Portable Recorder
Number of Tracks 2
Max Sample Rate/Resolution 96 kHz / 24-Bit
Microphone Built-In Cardioid Condenser 4-Mic Array
Built-In Speaker No
Display Monochrome LCD
Memory Card Support microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC (Up to 512 GB)
Audio File Formats Ambisonics A, Ambisonics B (FuMa/AmbiX), BWF, WAV, iXML
Sample Rates 44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Ambisonics) 
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz (Stereo) 
44.1 / 48 kHz (Binaural) 
Bit Depth 16/24-Bit
Timecode No
Clock Accuracy 0.5 ppm
Analog I/O 2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Output
Host Connection 1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0)
Gain Range Mic Inputs:
+18 to +48 dB
Max Output Level Line Outputs:
-10 dBu 
Headphone Output Power 20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Microphone Max SPL 120 dB
Power Options Batteries, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type 2 x AA
Approximate Battery Life FuMa 48 kHz/24-Bit:
11.5 Hours (Alkaline) 
11.5 Hours (NiMH) 
24 Hours (Lithium) 
AC/DC Power Adapter 5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Mounting Options 1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions 3 x 3.1 x 4.8" / 76 x 78 x 123 mm
Weight 4.2 oz / 120 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.95 x 6.45 x 3.8"
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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