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Zoom H3-VR Virtual Reality Audio Recorder

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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.

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.

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.

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
 360
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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

*Optional BTA-1 adapter required

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.

Output Volume Controls:  The H3-VR’s line out volume control lets you adjust the output volume to a DSLR camera, additional headphone, etc. 

Headphone Jack:  A dedicated headphone jack allows for stereo binaural monitoring of your audio while recording.

Dynamic Display:  A directionally-responsive LCD screen provides a bright, clear display even when upside-down.

Transport Controls:  The Home, Play/Pause, Forward, Reverse and Menu buttons are positioned for quick access.

Power/Hold Button:  Lock your settings on the H3-VR while recording using the unit’s Hold function. 

Precise Internal Clock:  The H3-VR’s highly accurate internal clock with 0.5 ppm discrepancy reduces audio/visual drift. 

Slate Tone/Sound Marker:  Using the slate tone enables you to easily calibrate the H3-VR and camera audio levels. Use the sound marker to output a tone when recording starts to make syncing audio and video easy.
 

Built-in Limiter:  The H3-VR’s adjustable low cut filter removes unwanted low-end frequencies. 

Low Cut Filter:  The H3-VR’s adjustable high-pass filter removes unwanted low-end frequencies.

Input Volume Gain:  With the single-knob gain control, you can easily adjust the gains of all four mic capsules simultaneously for accurate, balanced 360-degree audio. 

Power Options:   Two AA batteries can power the H3-VR for over 11 hours. For longer shoots, the H3-VR can also use portable USB batteries or be plugged in via an AC adapter.

3.5mm Line Out:  The H3-VR fits right in with your existing gear, featuring a dedicated line out for a wide range of 360 cameras or other external devices.

Lightweight/Portable Design:  Weighing less 5 ounces (120g), the H3-VR is the perfect Ambisonics recorder to take on the go. And since H3-VR records directly to an SD card, there’s no need for external gear.

  • 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 decoding
  • Three recording modes: Ambisonics, Stereo Binaural or Standard Stereo
  • Record up to 24bit/96kHz
  • Stereo binaural monitoring of Ambisonics signal
  • Headphone output and line output
  • Slate tone
  • Extensive metadata
  • Auto Mic Position Detection using 6-axis gyroscope (upfront, 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 .5ppm discrepancy
  • USB 2.0 Audio Interface Mode
  • 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
Recording Media Cards compatible with microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC specifications
  (Class 4 or higher)
Recording formats Ambisonics A, Ambisonics B (FuMa/AmbiX)
  WAV 4ch poly (supports BWF and iXML): 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 44.1 kHz/24-bit,
  48 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/16-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit
  Stereo:
  WAV stereo (supports BWF and iXML): 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 44.1 kHz/24-bit,
  48kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/16-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit
  Binaural:
  WAV stereo (supports BWF and iXML): 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 44.1 kHz/24-bit,
  48kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit
Display 1.25" monochrome LCD (96×64)
Motion sensor 6 axes (3-axis gyro, 3-axis acceleration)
Built-in Ambisonic mic 4 matched unidirectional condenser mics
  Maximum sound pressure input: 120 dB SPL
  Mic gain: +18 – +48 dB
LINE OUT Connector: 3.5 mm stereo mini
  Maximum output level: −10 dBu (1 kHz, 10 kΩ load)
PHONE OUT Connector: 3.5 mm stereo mini
  Maximum output level: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32Ω load)
USB Connector: microUSB
  Mass storage operation
  USB 2.0 High Speed
  Audio interface operation
  2 in/2 out (stereo/binaural input), USB 2.0 Full Speed
  44.1 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/16-bit
  4 in/2 out ( Ambisonics A/FuMa/AmbiX input), USB 2.0 High Speed
  44.1 kHz/24-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit
Power 2 AA batteries (alkaline, rechargeable NiMH or lithium)
  AC adapter (ZOOM AD-17): DC 5V/1A (supports USB bus power)
Estimated continuous recording time using batteries 48 kHz/24-bit, FuMa
Rec Mode
   Alkaline batteries: about 11.5 hours
   NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): about 11.5 hours
   Lithium batteries: about 24 hours
  The above values are approximate.
  Continuous battery operation times were determined using in-house testing methods. They will vary greatly according to use conditions.
External dimensions 76 mm (W) × 78 mm (D) × 123 mm (H)
Weight (main unit only) 120 g
  • 1x H3-VR Handy Recorder
  • 1x Foam windscreen
  • 1x Dual mounting bracket
  • AA batteries