Recorders Capture Audio
H3-VR Captures Reality

Whether you’re a game developer, filmmaker or musician, virtual reality is the undeniable future of content creation. While 360-video is exploding in popularity, the ability to easily create 360-audio has lagged behind…until now.

Front and back of the H3-VR 360º Audio Recorder
Using H3-VR to record natural ambient sound in the jungles of Indonesia

One-Stop VR Audio

The Zoom H3-VR virtual reality audio recorder is the complete solution for capturing and processing spatial audio for VR, AR and mixed-reality content. With a built-in Ambisonic mic, recorder and decoder, the H3-VR puts 360-audio in the palm of your hand.

Manne Söderlund | Ivar Studios | Bujang Raba, Sumatra

The H3-VR being used to record an 360º expidition on Mt. Everest

A New Way to go from A to B

In the past, capturing VR audio required a dedicated Ambisonic mic, a separate recorder and a computer for encoding the audio from raw Ambisonics A format to VR-ready Ambisonics B format. Now, with the H3-VR, all of the encoding and decoding is done on board, saving time, money and effort at every step.

Jon Griffith | Alpine Exposures | Mount Everest Expedition



Ambisonics Audio for VR

The H3-VR’s 4-capsule Ambisonic mic captures precise 360-degree VR audio recordings up to 24 bit/96 kHz. And without ever connecting to a computer, the onboard decoder allows you to export Ambisonics B-format files directly.


Binaural 3D Stereo

The H3-VR also records stereo binaural WAV files up to 24 bit/48 kHz. Stereo binaural provides a hyper-realistic spatial recording that enhances 2D productions with 3D audio.


Standard Stereo

The H3-VR even offers standard stereo recording for recordings that will be played out of speakers rather than headphones.


5.1ch Surround for Video

Free to download, ZOOM Ambisonics Player software can easily convert Ambisonics audio to a 5.1ch surround file that is pre-aligned to the proper speakers, and is exported to your video or audio editor for syncing with standard video


Live Streaming

The H3-VR also enables you to live stream events in 360 degrees so that wherever your fans are, they’ll have access to the best seats in the house

H3-VR and a 360º video rig set up at a monestary in the Himilayas, Nepal

Fits Anywhere.
Captures Everything.

The H3-VR’s compact, conical design captures audio from multiple angles without getting in the way of the camera or the action.

IVAR Studios on location at a Buddist Monastery | Himalayas, Nepal

H3-VR on Location

We asked Benedict Green to discuss his experience recording with the H3-VR while on a 360º video shoot at Malibu Creek State Park, CA.

Benedict is co-founder of EccoVR, a company specializing in the creation of high-end spatialized audio.

Image of the H3-VR from all recordable orientations: Upright, Upside Down, Endfire, Endfire Inverted.

6-Axis Motion Sensor

Auto Mic Position and Level Detection make placing the H3-VR simple. Whether positioned upright, upside down, endfire or endfire inverted, the H3-VR automatically calibrates so your audio and video are already aligned for post.

H3-VR with a Oculus gaming headset

Upgrade Your Game Experience

The slam of dungeon doors, growl of monsters or howl of the wind can make or break a player’s fantasy. With the ability to capture high-quality in-game audio, you can elevate your player’s experience to new levels. 

Martin Edström monitors sound from his H3-VR during 360º video production at Mount Everest.

Martin Edström monitors sound from his H3-VR during 360º video production at Mount Everest basecamp.

Monitoring & Playback

Monitor your audio live in stereo binaural or use the H3-VR’s onboard Ambisonics Decoding to simulate your recorded 360-experience during playback.

Rock band performing live with H3-VR recording and streaming live sound.

Streaming and More

Perfect for live streaming, video conferencing, direct recording and more, the H3-VR’s audio interface mode turns it into a USB 360 mic for your computer or stereo mic for your iOS device.

Using the H3-VR for a conference call

Conference Mode

When connected via USB to your Mac/Windows PC or iPad/iOS device, you can use the H3-VR’s Ambisonic Mic as a powerful microphone system for your web conference meetings.

Placed in the center of the table, the H3-VR’s Ambisonic Mic dynamically detects the direction of the voice from each speaker’s position, making it easier to clearly hear all the conference participants, with a minimal amount of ambient noise.


Give It A Listen

Conference Call Comparison

H3-VR Conferencing Audio vs. Laptop built-in mic

H3-VR being operated using the iPhone Control App.

Out of the Shot But in Control

Staying out of the shot can be tricky when recording a 360-degree video, which is why the H3 Control App lets you remotely access transport controls, level settings, and metadata notes right from your iOS device.*

*Optional BTA-1 adapter required

Zoom Ambisonics player software running on a laptop.

360º Post-Production Made Easy

The H3-VR’s companion ZOOM Ambisonics Player software takes the work out of post-production by easily converting your Ambisonics files to Stereo, Binaural, 5.1ch surround and more. Play, trim, re-orientate and export your audio files in minutes.

Traditional Aztec performance with musicians and dancers in costume.

Recorders Capture Audio, H3-VR Captures Reality.

What's in the Box

What's Included

  • H3-VR Handy Recorder
  • Foam windscreen
  • Dual mounting bracket

Optional Accessories

  • BTA-1 Bluetooth Adapter
  • WSU-1 Hairy Windscreen
H3-VR package