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Zoom H6essential 6-Track 32-Bit Float Portable Audio Recorder

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  • Flagship Handheld Audio Recorder
  • Filmmakers, Musicians & Content Creators
  • 32-Bit Float: No Level Adjustment Needed
  • Removable X/Y Mics Handle up to 135 dB
  • 4 XLR-1/4" TRS Combo Inputs with Preamps
  • Dual A/D Converters
  • Onboard Mixer and Waveform Display
  • Function as a 6x2 USB-C Audio Interface
  • Compatible with Alternative Capsules
  • Compatible with BTA-1 Bluetooth Adapter

The Zoom H6essential 6-Track 32-Bit Float Portable Audio Recorder 32-bit float recording and hot-swappable X/Y microphones capable of handling up to 135 dB, the H6essential offers a versatile and hassle-free audio solution for various recording needs.

The four XLR-1/4" combo inputs feature low-noise and high-quality Zoom mic preamps and sport +48V phantom power for driving professional condenser mics. An onboard mixer is easy to use with the bright 2" color display to adjust individual tracks and directly view waveforms in real time. The H6essential can utilize its USB-C port not only for power but also to stream up to two channels of audio to computers and smart devices, acting as a 6-in / 2-out interface. Furthermore, the recorder is tripod mountable, allowing it be conveniently used in a fixed location or atop a camera via an adapter for field recording duties.

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.

Next Generation 3.0 Capsule System

Find the Capsule That's Right for You

The H6essential sports essential versatility designed to support creators of every kind. To this end, the H6essential has a removable X/Y mic capsule that can be swapped with several optional modules to fit the needs of your specific application.

XYH-6e Stereo Mic Capsule (Included)

The default capsule that comes with the H6essential, this adds two high-quality microphones in a X/Y stereo arrangement. This arrangement is most sensitive to audio directly in front while also capturing a clean stereo image.

SSH-6e Stereo Shotgun Capsule

The SSH-6e includes a highly-directional microphone to pick up sound in the center, as well as a bidirectional side mic to pick up sounds from the left and right. The mid-side stereo image is adjustable from mono to ultrawide stereo pickup. You can capture dialogue with the center mic, then mix in the desired amount of environmental sound captured by the side mics.

EXH-6e Input Capsule

If you need more inputs, simply plug in the EXH-6e dual XLR-1/4" TRS combo capsule. This allows you to connect two additional microphones, instruments, or line-level sources.

Phantom power can be applied if you connect power to the USB-C port on the capsule. There is a 3.5mm jack for line- or mic-level input with plug-in power available for lavalier mics.

Special Features

More Dynamic Range

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.

Ultraclean Preamps

The four XLR-1/4" TRS combo inputs feature Zoom's ultraclean preamps that support +48V phantom power and +4 dBu professional line-level input. The onboard X/Y microphones can capture sound up to a booming 135 dB SPL, equivalent to a jet airplane taking off.

Audio Interface Capability

Send audio via USB-C in 32-bit float while simultaneously recording to an SD card. When connected to a Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android device using the USB-C Port, the H6essential can be used as a 6-in / 2-out audio interface.

Mix, Monitor, and Record

Use the built-in mixer to easily adjust each track's audio level. It also has a waveform display, so you can see your audio as it records.

For Content Creators


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.


The 32-bit float recording gives filmmakers confidence with every take. The interchangeable capsules, four XLR inputs, and wireless timecode (via optional adapter) make the H6essential invaluable on any set.


When everyone wants to be on your podcast, the H6essential has you covered with its four XLR inputs. For two additional XLR inputs, connect the optional EXH-6e capsule.

Optional Connections

Pair with Your iOS Device

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

Bluetooth Timecode Sync

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

Small Package, Big Features

Soft-Touch Controls

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

Built-In Speaker

You can use the built-in speaker to listen to your recordings for quick reference. The speaker supports up to an impressive 500mW output.

In and Out

Use the 3.5mm line output to connect to a camera, and use the 3.5mm headphone output to monitor your audio.

Brilliant Color Display

The vivid full-color 2" LCD screen makes it easy to navigate through the H6essential's menu and functions.

High-Capacity Storage

The H6essential supports microSDXC cards up to 1TB to record hours and hours of audio.

In the Box
  • Zoom H6essential 6-Track 32-Bit Float Portable Audio Recorder
  • 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

8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)

Number of Input Channels

6 (4 x Mono, 1 x Stereo)

Maximum Sampling Rate

96 kHz / 32-Bit Float


Interchangeable Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration

Number of Microphone Inputs


Built-In Speaker

Yes, 500 mW Mono


2" / 5.1 cm Color LCD

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)

Timecode Support


Included Software



Analog I/O

4 x Combo XLR-1/4" 3-Pin Female Balanced/Unbalanced Line/Mic Input (Lockable) 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Line Output 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Headphone Output

Digital I/O


Phantom Power

+48 V

Plug-In Power


System Connection

1 x USB-C (I/O, 2.0)

Audio Interface Capability

Stereo Only



Mobile App Compatible



Max Input Level

Mic Inputs: +4 dBu Line Inputs: +24 dBu

Max Output Level

Line Outputs: +2 dBu

Headphone Output Power

20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms


Mic/Line Inputs: ≥3 Kilohms

Microphone Sensitivity

-42 dB (X/Y)

Microphone Max SPL

135 dB SPL (X/Y)


Power Options

Battery, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter

Battery Type

4 x AA

Approximate Battery Life

48 kHz/32-Bit: 18 Hours (AA Alkaline, 2 Channels, Recording, Built-In Mic)

AC/DC Power Adapter

5 VDC at 1 A (Included)


Included Accessories


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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