Four Tracks. More Options.

With four tracks, 32-bit float recording, advanced X/Y mics and 2 XLR/TRS inputs, creators have more ways to record their music, podcasts, and audio-for-video.


Jazz trio recording on the H4essential

More Dynamic Range

With 32-bit float recording, you never have to adjust levels. The H4essential captures every nuance of your sound ensuring high-quality, clip-free audio in every take.


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Ellis Hall on keyboards

The First Handy Recorders with Accessibility


The Essential Series was designed with Accessibility for the blind and 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.*

* To use a language other than English, please visit Support and Downloads.

Ellis Hall | Singer, Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist

connecting an XLR cablre to the H4essential

Sound Pressure Level

The 2 XLR/TRS combo inputs feature Zoom’s ultra-clean preamps that supports phantom power and +4dBu professional line level input. The onboard X/Y microphones can capture sound up to a thunderous 130 dB SPL, equivalent to a rock concert.

using the H4e as an audio interface

Record and Stream

Stream in 32-bit float while simultaneously recording to an SD card. When connected to a PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device using the USB-C port, the H4essential can be used as a 4-in/2-out audio interface.


Mix. Monitor. 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.


Jazz trio using the H4e to record

Big Stage Sound For Musicians

The H4essential is perfect for recording music. With 2 XLR/TRS inputs and the stereo X/Y microphones it's easy to record live shows, rehearsals and songs.


Vinny Valentino | Guitar
Luisito Quintero | Percussion
John Benitez | Bass

Location sound mixer adjusting boom pole for production with the H4essential

Location Sound

The XLR inputs can be used to capture on-set dialogue and audio for sound design. The onboard X/Y microphones are perfect for recording ambience.


James Appleton | Location Sound Mixer
Frank Antonetti | Owner, 1653 Pizza Co., Huntington, NY

Ming Chen and Ethan Aracco podcasting with the H4e

For Interviews and Podcasts

Podcasters can use the H4essential’s XLR inputs with external mics for one-on-one conversations and the X/Y mics for interviews on-the-go.


Ming Chen and Ethan Nieratko | Podcasters | A Shared Universe Podcastudio

H4essential being controlled by an iPhone using the iOS app

Pair With Your iOS Device

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


The H4essential with the BTA-1 bluetooth adapter connected to the Ultra Sync Blue time code generator

Bluetooth Timecode

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

*BTA-1 Adapter not included

Premium Features


Soft Touch Controls

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


Built-In Speaker

You can use the built-in speaker to listen to your recordings for quick reference.


Now In Color

The new full-color LCD screen makes it easy to navigate through the H4essential’s menu and functions.


In and Out

Use the 3.5mm line output for headphones or to connect to a camera. The H4essential also features a 3.5mm mic/line input.


Advanced XY Mics

The onboard X/Y microphones capture crystal clear  audio up to 130 dB SPL.


High Capacity Storage

The H4essential supports SDXC cards up to 1TB to record hours and hours of audio.

muical trio recording with the H4essential