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Zoom’s H3-VR Handy Recorder Captures, Encodes, Decodes Spatial Audio in One Device

Audio recorder’s 4-capsule Ambisonic mic captures four channels of 360-degree audio up to 24-bit/96 kHz.

Hauppauge, NY (September 13, 2018)–Scheduled to ship next month, Zoom’s H3-VR virtual reality audio recorder giving creators the tools they need to capture spatial audio for VR, AR and mixed-reality content.

The H3-VR’s 4-capsule Ambisonic mic captures four channels of 360-degree audio up to 24-bit/96 kHz. The onboard decoder automatically converts the raw Ambisonics A audio to VR-ready Ambisonics B audio to streamline pairing with 360-degree video, no computer required.

The H3-VR can also record stereo files in binaural mode, providing a realistic spatial recording for 2D creators looking to add more depth to their sound.

A 6-axis motion sensor provides the H3-VR with automatic mic position and level detection, so 360-audio and video orientations remain aligned no matter the mic’s position in a scene.

Ambisonics, VR and New Audio Frontiers, by Rob Tavaglione, July 11, 2017

Creators can monitor audio while recording. With the H3 Control App, creators can remotely access transport controls, levels and metadata notes from an iOS device. (Optional BTA-1 required.) After audio is recorded, onboard Ambisonics playback allows users to rotate the H3-VR to simulate spatial audio while listening.

Developing Tools for Immersive VR Sound, by Dodge McIntosh, July 19, 2017

“We’re excited to enter the world of VR audio, but for us it just seems natural,” said David Via, vice president of market at Zoom North America. “Numerous market research studies have VR and AR consumer markets growing tenfold over the next five years, and content creation will grow with them. Historically, video development has taken priority over audio considerations, but the H3-VR puts sound design back at the forefront. It offers VR creators newly enhanced 360-content and a streamlined workflow all at a very affordable price.”

The Zoom H3-VR is expected to ship in October with an MSRP of $349.99.

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