Samson Announces Enhanced Zoom H2 Recorder

Jan 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Audio Podcasting, Podcasting, Podcasting Hardware

Samson Technologies, the US distributor of the Zoom recorder, and audio software developer Immersive Media Research (IMR) today announced what they are calling “the missing link” for owners of Zoom’s H2 Handy Recorder. The Vortex Zoom Encoder has a streamlined program for sharing audio recordings, for both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems, and in multiple output formats.

Samson will be displaying the H2 and a other new products this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and next week in Anaheim at the NAMM show.

The Zoom H2 boasts four built-in microphones, and captures 360-degree sound into two stereo WAV files. The new Vortex Zoom Encoder converts H2 dual-stereo recordings into standard formats for sharing and use in familiar programs, portable media devices, and home theater systems.

Vortex Zoom Encoder runs on Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista. The encoder program operates in full-featured mode for 30 days and then reverts to a handy, free player for Zoom H2 surround files, allowing users to hear their four-channel recordings through four speakers. Users can unlock and restore DTS, Binaural, and 5.1 WAV encoding for $25.

Additional details on the output formats:

  • DTS WAV is the easiest surround-sound format to author: Users simply drag the 44.1kHz, 16-bit, 2-channel WAV files to any CD-burning program and burn a CD as normal. They then play this special CD through the S/PDIF output on a CD player, computer, or Sony PlayStation 3 into a DTS-compatible home theater system. The signal automatically expands back into glorious 5.1-channel surround sound.
  • Binaural WAV employs IMR’s proprietary ImmersiveStereoâ„¢ technology to convert surround-sound recordings into a dramatically real headphone experience. Users can transfer the resulting two-channel WAV files to portable players, burn them to audio CD, or convert them to compressed formats such as MP3 for more portability.
  • 5.1 WAV is a six-channel, 44.1kHz interleaved WAV file. Users can drop these files into the free Fraunhofer MP3 Surround Encoder ( MP3 Surround files are completely backward compatible: They play like normal stereo MP3s in standard players, but expand into 5.1 channels in MP3 Surround players such as Winamp. These 5.1 WAV files also load into many DAWs and video editing programs.
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4 Responses to “Samson Announces Enhanced Zoom H2 Recorder”

  1. I have one of these, and I love it. Very easy to use and great sound quality. I’ve been able to get some great ID drops for my podcasts, and some cool source material to use for some of my tracks.

  2. Rob says:

    Strange question. Can the H2 recorder be hooked into a phone?
    I know there is software out there to do this, but I was wonder if I could just call someone up, hook the H2 into the phone somehow, and record an interview?

    • Ricardo says:

      Can you tell me the software for hooking the H2 to a phone for recording? I cannot find it. Also, have you figured out how to hook H2 straight into the phone for recording conversations?


  3. tim says:

    I just inherited an H2 and i am wanting to use it for Podcasting. What do i need to accomplish this? any software suggestions would be helpful also.

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