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    Zoom H3-VR Handy Recorder

    The Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder is a compact audio recorder with a built-in Ambisonics mic array offering flexible 360° audio capture as well as integrated Ambisonics A-to-B conversion, eliminating the need for external processing. The device goes well beyond VR applications, and is additionally geared towards sound recordists, audio engineers, and content creators in music, audio-for-video, game audio, and AR production.

    It features an Ambisonics mic array with four microphone capsules, which can be utilized to record in Ambisonics, stereo binaural, or standard stereo modes, making it well suited for detailed reproduction of studio-based instrument ensembles and solo performances, audiences, sound effects, EFP, and more. The H3-VR supports full-sphere surround sound recording at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz, as well as real-time stereo/binaural monitoring and on-board Ambisonics A-to-B conversion, eliminating the need for additional processing with a computer in post. You can even export your Ambisonics recordings as stereo, binaural, or 5.1 audio files using the free Zoom Ambisonics Player software (downloadable to a Mac or Windows computer).

    The unified single-knob gain control, LCD screen, and transport/menu buttons deliver easy and efficient device configuration and operation. Remote access to transport controls, levels, and metadata is possible via the iOS H3-VR Control app and optional BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter. An integrated 6-axis motion sensor is utilized to provide automatic detection of the microphone position, which ensures proper audio-to-video orientation alignment and simple angle leveling. Dual 3.5mm outputs with independent level control enable simultaneous connection to headphones and a camera. Record to a microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC card (available separately), or stream audio via USB to a computer or iOS device. The built-in slate function can be used to verbally mark takes and manually align audio and video files.

    The H3-VR supports powering via two AA batteries or a USB connection, and its power LED also serves as a clip indicator. A 1/4-20 threaded hole on the bottom of the H3-VR accommodates attachment to a standard camera tripod. At less than 5 tall and 3 wide, this recorder is visually discreet and unobtrusive. It is supplied with a foam windscreen, a dual mount adapter, and two AA batteries.


    • 4 built-in microphones in an Ambisonic array for full-sphere surround recording
    • Operates as a standalone recorder or as a USB 2.0 audio interface
    • Supports microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC cards (sold separately) up to 512GB for extended recording sessions
    • Single-knob gain control for all microphones
    • Built-in Ambisonics A to B encoding
    • 3 recording modes include Ambisonics (surround), stereo binaural, and standard stereo
    • Up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution
    • Headphone output and line output for monitoring your recordings
    • Slate tone allows you to mark recordings for easy synchronization in your DAW
    • Extensive metadata capabilities for professional applications
    • Auto Mic Position Detection uses a 6-axis gyroscope to make it easy to capture balanced, properly oriented surround audio
    • Level function ensures precise angle placement
    • Wireless iOS remote control capabilities with the BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter (sold separately)
    • Onboard Ambisonics playback with audio rotation
    • Free software can be downloaded to play files, change direction, and convert to binaural, stereo, or 5.1 surround formats
    • Powered by 2 AA batteries or USB bus power


    • Audio Interface: 360 VR Audio Recorder
    • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/96kHz
    • Simultaneous Rec Tracks: 4 x 2, 2 x 2
    • Simultaneous Play Tracks: 4
    • Built-in Mic(s): 4 x Condenser Unidirectional Mics, Ambisonic Array
    • Analog Outputs: 1 x 1/8 TRS (line out)
    • Headphones: 1 x 1/8 TRS
    • Memory (removable): MicroSD/SDHC/SDXC (up to 512GB)
    • File Format: Ambisonic A/B, WAV 4ch Poly, WAV Stereo, Wav Binaural Stereo
    • EQ: Low Cut Filter
    • USB: 1 x Type Micro-B
    • Software: Zoom PC/Mac Post Production Software (play, change direction, converting audio)
    • Power Supply: 2 x AA batteries (Alkaline, rechargeable NiMH, 1.5V Lithium), 5V
    • DC USB power supply adapter (sold separately)
    • Battery Life: 11 hours
    • Stand Mountable: Dual Mounting Bracket (included), 6-axis Gyroscope (upfront, upside down, endfire, endfire inverted)
    • Height: 4.84
    • Width: 2.99
    • Depth: 3.07
    • Weight: 0.26 lbs. (main unit)