Zoom H1 Manual & Review of Sound Quality

Zoom H1 Manual & Review of Sound Quality Hickey Media

When it comes to recording audio on a budget the Zoom H1 is a go-to choice for many video productions and musicians. The quality of audio this $100 audio recorder captures is crisp as some $800+ recorders.

Giving you the ability to see your recording levels live on the scene. As well as the ability to adjust them to your desired levels. Depending on what you plan on doing with the recordings you can export it in WAV or MP3 directly into your memory card.

I have used this recorder for a wide range of video shoots from voice-overs, to testimonials. Time after time this has performed for me with no issues. I use a few add-ons to help y audio take that extra step forward such as a lavalier or shotgun mic to direct the audio.

Sometimes using just the Zoom H1 on your camera will capture far more room sound that you hoped for. Plugging in external audio devices to be able to direct what you are capturing is key to success.

Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder

  • Price: $80
  • Download the manual, click here.
  • Stereo X/Y mic configuration captures the perfect stereo
  • Records Broadcast WAV (BWF) at 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
  • Records MP3 from 48 to 320kbps for maximum recording time
  • Records to microSD/SDHC
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port
  • Requires 2 AAA Batteries 

Zoom H1 Manual & Review of Sound Quality


  • Small lightweight
  • Great recording quality
  • Unbeatable price


  • No one makes a case that fits it well mounted on talent.
  • No way to charge only takes batteries


Favorite small audio recorder, great choice for anyone looking to up their audio recording levels on their next video marketing campaign or song recording. This handy recorder allows you to place it near your subjects or on your subjects. 

Zoom H1 Manual & Review of Sound Quality

About the Author:  Blake Hickey - For over 12 years my passion has been helping fashion companies BREAKTHROUGH the noise of online media and massively increase their profits. As founder and creative director of Hickey Media, I continue to find ways to help my customers excel. Connect with me on Instagram @HickeyMedia or LinkedIn.


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  • Very cool, have you tried the new H1 audio recorder? Heard it’s the practically the same as the one you mentioned here.

    Rachel K.

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