Zoom Zoom Zoom! Thinking about the Zoom H6 digital recorder for podcasting? I say DO IT. I won't get too technical in this post, let's take a simple approach to why I really like the Zoom H6 digital recorder for podcasting. After all, this IS podcasting gear for BEGINNERS. Let's keep it light.
The Zoom H6 is small enough to fit in a backpack, camera bag, purse, or fanny pack (if that's your thing). Fanny pack podcasters, that's great. Simply put, the Zoom H6 fits in your hand and runs off of four AA batteries. Get yourself a good set of rechargeable batteries, it's a better way. It's portable, and packs a lot of recording power.
Speaking of power, it will also give phantom power (48v+) if you're running a condenser mic that requires phantom power. Trick of the trade: purchase a USB power bank to run the recorder off of external power, and mount it with velcro. I've never run out of juice, even recording hours worth of audio in one day, on multiple channels.
2) 4 XLR Channels
If you're like me, I like inputs. The more, the better. Why's that? Opportunity my dear friend, opportunity. If you're a solo podcaster, the Zoom H6 might be a bit much for you, try the Zoom H4n. However, if you're needing two plus mic inputs, the Zoom H6 does it, and does it well.
Control each input with a simple dial that gauges the gain from 0-10, with a red light that lights up if the channel is peaking. The Zoom H6 also offers limiting and compression on the XLR channels, a great addition for the podcaster. Record each channel independently to an SD card for ease of uploading and editing.
Seriously, you can now get a Zoom H6 for only $329. You might consider that a large amount of money, but you're buying a really powerful tool. If you needed a four person podcast setup, you could finish that gear haul for only about $500 buy purchasing Shure SM48s and budget XLR cables on Amazon.
The Zoom H6 has a 3.5mm line out that's very useful, as well as a 3.5mm headphone jack for monitoring. My favorite headphones? The Senal SMH500s. Most Zoom H6 units come with a detachable mic head in an XY pattern, or with a cardioid mic head for on-the-go recording into a stereo track.
The H6 records individual WAV files in any of the following formats:
The Zoom H6 is a top of the line portable digital recorder boasting 4 XLR inputs at a great price, with features that are very beneficial to the beginner podcaster. Ready to purchase? Use any Zoom H6 link in this article to see the Amazon listing. If you buy it, I'll get a nice little percentage that'll make my day. Thanks for that!
I also talk more about the Zoom H6 in this video. Enjoy!