Zoom Debuts
Virtual Reality
Audio Recorder

Zoom has introduced the H3-VR virtual reality audio recorder — the only recorder that can capture, encode and decode spatial audio in one device.

The H3-VR's four-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 virtual reality-ready Ambisonics B audio, so it can easily be paired with 360-degree video. No computer is required.

The H3-VR can also record stereo files in binaural mode, providing a hyper-realistic spatial recording to add more depth to sound.

A six-axis motion sensor provides the H3-VR with Auto Mic Position and Level Detection, so however the microphone is positioned from scene to scene, the 360-audio and video orientations will stay aligned.

Users can monitor their audio while recording and, with the H3 Control App, they can remotely access transport controls, levels and metadata notes from an iOS device with a BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter. After audio is recorded, the onboard Ambisonics playback lets users rotate the H3-VR to simulate spatial audio while listening.

"We're excited to enter the world of VR audio, but for us it just seems natural," stated David Via, vice president of market at Zoom North America. "Numerous market research studies have VR and AR consumer markets growing ten-fold 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 will be available in October 2018.