Those of you who specialize in producing VR content might be interested in the latest addition to Zoom’s handy recorder lineup showcased at IBC 2018. In essence, the Zoom H3-VR is a compact audio recorder with a built-in Ambisonics mic array offering flexible 360-degree audio capture as well as integrated Ambisonics A-to-B conversion, eliminating the need for external processing.
The H3-VR features four microphone capsules, which can be utilized to record in Ambisonics, stereo binaural, or standard stereo modes. The unit supports full-sphere surround sound recording at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz, as well as real-time stereo/binaural monitoring alongside stereo, binaural, or 5.1 audio exports.
Furthermore, the Zoom H3-VR features a unified single-knob gain control, LCD screen, and transport/menu buttons that deliver easy and efficient device configuration and operation. Remote access to transport controls, levels, and metadata is also 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. Users can also take advantage of the dual 3.5mm outputs with independent level control that enable simultaneous connection to headphones and a camera.
You can either record the captured ambient audio to an SD 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. With the device, you can export your Ambisonics recordings as stereo, binaural, or 5.1 audio files using the free Zoom Ambisonics Player software.
The H3-VR is powered by two AA batteries or a USB connection, whereas its power LED 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, the portable and compact form factor of the recorder is visually discreet and unobtrusive.
The new offering is also supplied with a foam windscreen, a dual mount adapter, and two AA batteries. The H3-VR 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.
Zoom H3-VR Handy Recorder Highlights
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
Up to 24-Bit / 96 kHz Resolution
Built-In Slate Function
3.5mm Output with Binaural Monitoring
Record to SD Card or Stream via USB
Automatic Mic Position Detection
Availability: October 2018
The Zoom H3-VR Handy Audio Recorder is expected to ship towards the end of October 2018 selling for $349.99.