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Gearhead: The Stocking Stuff of Legend

Sensible gift tips for the musically inclined

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Zoom H4n Pro Handy Recorder
Zoom H4n Pro Handy Recorder

Record on the Run

With adjustable onboard stereo mics, connections for two additional mics or instruments, low-noise preamps, onboard effects, editing, and mixing, the Zoom H4n Pro Handy Recorder works as a field recorder, songwriter’s companion, or portable ministudio. Storing audio on standard SD cards, it can record between one and four tracks at once in file formats ranging from space-saving MP3s to high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz WAV while running on AA batteries, a 2.5v adapter, or USB bus power. When connected via USB to a computer, the H4n can transfer files from its SD or act as an interface, feeding sound directly into your favorite recording software. Learn more about the H4n Pro at

$249.99 street

Originally Published

Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.