Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder with Built-In Ambisonics Mic Array
- For Video, Audio, VR & AR Production
- Ambisonics, Binaural & Stereo Modes
- Export to 5.1 Surround via Computer
- Ambisonics Array with Four Microphones
- On-Board Ambisonics A-to-B Conversion
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- Product: #56163
- SKU: ZH3VR
The Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder captures, encodes and decodes spatial audio all in one device. Whether you’re a filmmaker, musician or game developer, 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.
The H3-VR’s four-capsule microphone captures 360-degree audio recordings, precisely, up to 24-bit/96 kHz. The binaural setting provides a hyper-realistic spatial recording that enhances 2D productions with 3D audio. The onboard decoder automatically converts the raw Ambisonics A audio to VR-ready Ambisonics B audio, so it can easily be paired with your 360-video. And no computer is required.
Music Recording Applications in Stereo or 3D Sound
Accurately capture rehearsals, ensembles, and solo performances in recording studios and concert halls; you can spice up your stereo recordings with the binaural mode that tracks at up to 24-bit / 48 kHz to enhance 2D productions with spatially accurate imaging compatible with standard headphones
Sound for Film
Record dynamic foley, sound effects, and ambience for film, television, and video game projects for Dolby Atmos Surround Sound as well as 5.1 Surround processing with the included Mac/PC software
Sound for VR
Record true 360° Ambisonic audio for immersive VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) in four channels at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution for detailed 360° audio
Versatile Playback, Decode, and Export Functions
On-board decoder automatically converts the raw Ambisonics A audio to VR-ready Ambisonics B audio, so it can easily be paired with your 360-video.
Export Ambisonics recordings as 5.1 surround files via free Zoom Ambisonics Player software for Mac and Windows.
6-axis motion sensor provides automatic detection of mic position, enabling the audio and video orientations to stay aligned from scene to scene regardless of mic placement.
Integrated Ambisonics playback allows you to rotate the H3-VR to simulate spatial audio while listening.
Supports real-time headphone monitoring in stereo binaural or simulated 360° mode.
Separate 3.5mm headphone and line outputs with independent volume adjustment allow simultaneous connection to your headphones and camera
On-board LCD screen displays direction of microphone orientation to suit the position of the H3-VR.
Straightforward buttons include home, play/pause, forward, back, and menu.
Hold function locks the H3-VR's settings while recording.
Simultaneously adjust gain for all mic capsules via a single knob.
H3 Control App allows remote access to transport controls, levels, and metadata notes via your iOS device and optional Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter, allowing you to control the device in real time without being in the shot—an important consideration for VR audio capture.
Included mounting bracket allows you to mount the H3-VR to your VR camera.
Precise Audio Quality
Sample rate stability is achieved through the use of an accurate internal clock (only 0.5 ppm variance).
Built-in limiter ensures clean recordings by inhibiting clipping.
Control low frequencies and attenuate rumble with the adjustable high-pass filter.
Multiple Powering Methods
Two AA lithium batteries will power the H3-VR for up to 24 hours.
Two AA NiMH batteries will power the H3-VR for up to 11.5 hours.
Alternatively power the H3-VR via a USB battery pack, 5 VDC USB connection, or compatible AC adapter
- 4 built-in mics arranged in an Ambisonic array
- Full-sphere surround sound recording
- Single-knob gain control of all input levels
- Onboard Ambisonics A to B encoding
- Three recording modes: Ambisonics, Stereo Binaural or Standard Stereo
- Record up to 24 bit/96kHz
- Stereo binaural monitoring of Ambisonics signal
- Headphone output and line output
- Slate Tone
- Extensive metadata
- Auto Mic Position Detection using 6-axis gyroscope (upright, endfire, upside-down, endfire inverted)
- Level Function to ensure precise angle placement
- Wireless iOS remote control available through the BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter
- Onboard Ambisonics playback with audio rotation
- Accurate internal clock with 0.5 ppm discrepancy
- USB 2.0 Audio Interface Mode supports live streaming and recording via USB Micro-B connection
- Zoom PC/Mac post-production software to play, change a direction, and convert to binaural, stereo and 5.1ch surround file
- Powered by 2 AA batteries or USB bus power
- Records to SD card up to 512GB
|Capsules||4 x Matched unidirectional condensers|
|Bit Depth||16-bit or 24-bit|
|Sample Rate||Ambisonics: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, or 96 kHz
Stereo: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, or 96 kHz
Binaural: 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz
|Supported Formats||Ambisonics: Ambisonics A, Ambisonics B (FuMa / AmbiX)
|Outputs||2 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS|
|Media Card Slots||1 x SD card slot|
|Compatible Memory Cards||microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC (Class 4 or higher)|
|Maximum Card Capacity||512 GB|
|USB||Connector: USB 2.0 Micro-B
Mass Storage Operation: USB 2.0 High Speed
Audio Interface Operation (Stereo/Binaural): USB 2.0 Full Speed, 2 in / 2 out, 16-bit, 44.1 / 48 kHz
Audio Interface Operation (Ambisonics): USB 2.0 High Speed, 4 in / 2 out, 24-bit, 44.1 / 48 kHz
|Display||1.3" / 31.8 mmmonochrome LCD (96 x 64)|
|Motion Sensor||6 axes (3-axis gyro, 3-axis acceleration)|
|Mic Gain Range||+18 to +48 dB|
|Maximum SPL||120 dB SPL|
|Maximum Output Level||Line Out: -10 dBu (1 kHz, 10-kOhm load)
Headphone Out: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32-Ohm load)
|Clock Accuracy||0.5 ppm|
|Battery Type||Alkaline, rechargeable NiMH, or lithium (all AA)|
|Battery Life (approx.)||Alkaline: 11.5 hours (maximum, 24-bit / 48 kHz, FuMa record mode)
NiMH (1900 mAh): 11.5 hours (maximum, 24-bit / 48 kHz, FuMa record mode)
Lithium: 24 hours (maximum, 24-bit / 48 kHz, FuMa record mode)
*14500 lithium rechargeable batteries (3.7 V) cannot be used; they will break the H3-VR
|Mounting Options||1/4"-20 thread|
|Power Requirement||2 x AA batteries
5 VDC, 1 A via USB power
Zoom AD-17 AC adapter (available separately)
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||76 x 78 x 123 mm|