Zoom H3-VR

Multi-Channel Mobile Recorder

  • Allows the easy creation of spatial audio recordings
  • Record and process of 360-degree audio material for VR, AR and mixed reality content
  • 4 Integrated microphones in Ambisonics arrangement
  • 3 Recording modes: Ambisonics, Stereo Binaural or Standard Stereo
  • Level control of all channels via a single controller
  • Recording format up to 24 bits / 96 kHz
  • Binaural stereo monitoring
  • 6-Axis gyroscope for determining microphone positioning
  • Wireless iOS remote control via BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter (not included)
  • Can be used as USB 2.0 audio interface
  • Zoom PC / Mac post production software for playback and format conversion
  • Headphone and line outputs
  • Power supply: 2 AA batteries or USB bus power
  • Recording media: MicroSD card up to 512 GB
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 76 x 78 x 123 mm
  • Weight: 120 g
  • Includes foam windscreen, tripod holder and batteries
  • Suitable BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter: Article no. 423971 (not included)

Further Information

Integrated Stereo Microhone Yes
Recording Tracks 4
Microphone Inputs 0
48 V Phantom power No
Line Inputs 0
Storage Medium micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker No
Resolution max. 24 bit
Max. Sample Rate 96 kHz
Limiter Yes

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Sonoquilibrium, 01.10.2020
This device is practical to transport and when you need to record ambiences with closed sound sources can be accepted, but for sources, which are not so close, I would suggest to use other AmbiX Microphone.
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Good package but a bit noisy for quiet environments
Jason Lam, 20.12.2020
Initially wanted to use it to do field recording in nature. Its hardware is nice - lightweight, small, convenient (with bluetooth control option) with a very nice mount for use with a camera. However, it is not very sensitive to soft sound, and its pre-amp is a bit too noisy. There were also some handling noise which was not noticeable in the audio captured by camera while I was recording on the move. At the end, I had to use the audio file captured from camera. Perhaps it would be a good option for those recording an environment requiring less gain.

Its ambisonics player is quite nice and it exports audio file in different setting (e.g. stereo) quite easily.
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Cannot beat at this price
ioannis.tsiokos, 14.05.2019
As of this date, you will not find anything else that comes even close to be able to quickly and easily grab Ambisonic audio.

That said, I would definitely pay double for a unit that:
* had lower self noise so I could use it for landscape recording in quite places
* had more realistic binaural encoders. I am not sure if it is the hardware's or the software's fault (I am guessing the later), but the encoding from 4 (8) channel audio to binaural is not as realistic as some binaural recordings I have found on the net. It's ok for the money though.
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Again a real zoom
fotoralf, 22.11.2018
Actually and conceptually an absolutely ingenious idea, and if you see it that way, you wonder why someone had not come long ago.

That's exactly what I've always missed in my recordings of soundscapes and industrial atmos.

The recorder is compact, easy to use, the recording quality is neat, for a device with so many features everything is solved quite intuitively, and you would not want to miss the remote control via Bluetooth after the first shot.

The software for the computer is still expandable. The conversion to Binaural does not convince me. Others can do that better. Above all, a minimum level correction or normalization function is missing. Maybe there is an occasional update.

Alone, zoom would not be zoom if they had not allowed themselves a bad blunder again. You already know that for a while. Sometimes it is the too sensitive line input (H2), sometimes the limiter * behind * the A / D converter (H4n).

Here at the H3-VR it is the attachment of the microphone group at the top of the device. The is on the black plastic pin that protrudes from the bottom of the housing, simply clipped, and this connection has play. It wobbles sensible and audible.

The result: when the device is slightly shaken, for example, because the tripod for outdoor shooting in the wind slightly oscillates, or even when shooting in a vehicle, then it rattles audible and the recording is over.

Thomann has kindly exchanged the first device lightning fast, but the second rappels almost worse. A call to the German importer brings to light amazing:

Yes, the phenomenon was known and the devices from their warehouse, which they would have looked, even so. But no, that was not a serial error, and if that interferes with driving shots, for example, then the device is just not suitable. Aha...

One could try to find a solution with a little tape. Stupid only that can be attached to the place no tape properly. A drop of superglue? Would probably help, but then expires, according to the importer in case of service, the warranty.

I will still risk it with some hot glue, because there is nothing comparable to the affordable price. That's annoying anyway. But as an old zoom user, one has learned to live with such pods.

Supplement, 27.12.2018: Date and time are not processed correctly. The values in the file and in the file name are 9 hours earlier than the value of the real-time clock. If you introduce the 9 hours, the time is correct in the file, but from 15 clock in the afternoon, the file name is no longer, because there already the date of the following day is entered.

Please, please, zoom ... urgently an update!
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Multi-Channel Mobile Recorder Allows the easy creation of spatial audio recordings, Record and process of 360-degree audio material for VR, AR and mixed reality content, 4 Integrated microphones in...

  • Integrated Stereo Microhone: Yes
  • Recording Tracks: 4
  • Microphone Inputs: 0
  • 48 V Phantom power: No
  • Line Inputs: 0
  • Storage Medium: micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
  • Max. Memory: 512
  • Headphone connection: Yes
  • Integrated Speaker: No
  • Resolution max.: 24 bit
  • Max. Sample Rate: 96 kHz
  • Limiter: Yes
  • Recording Format: MP3, WAV
  • Power Feed: AA Batterie, USB
  • Dimensions: 76 x 78 x 123 mm
  • Weight: 120 g
  • Included In Delivery: Windscreen, Microphone Stand Mount, Batteries
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Portable 6-Track Audio recorder Maximum recording quality: 24 bit / 96 kHz, Up to 6 channels can be recorded simultaneously, Y / Y microphone capsule XYH-6 (included), Exchangeable clip-on...

  • Integrated Stereo Microhone: Yes
  • Recording Tracks: 6
  • Microphone Inputs: 4
  • 48 V Phantom power: Yes
  • Line Inputs: 4
  • Storage Medium: SD/SDHC Card
  • Max. Memory: 128
  • Headphone connection: Yes
  • Integrated Speaker: Yes
  • Resolution max.: 24 bit
  • Max. Sample Rate: 96 kHz
  • Limiter: Yes
  • Recording Format: BWF, MP3, WAV
  • Power Feed: 4x LR6 (AA) batteries, USB
  • Dimensions: 78 x 153 x 48 mm
  • Weight: 280 g
  • Included In Delivery: XY-Microphone Capsule, 4 Typ-AA-Batteries, Cubase LE & Wavelab LE Software (Download Code)
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