Announcing the Zoom F8: 8-Channel Professional Audio Recorder

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Zoom, the Japanese manufacturer famous for democratizing the portable recorder market with the highly accessible and feature-rich H series of field recorders (H2n, H4n, H5, H6) has done it again—this time with a product dedicated for multi-channel, sound-for-picture and music applications.

Designed to bridge the gap between enthusiasts and professionals, the shoulder-strap, bag-style recorder features eight locking XLR/TRS combo jacks with up to 75 dB of gain, switchable +24/48V phantom power, and 10 dB of limiting on each channel. It can record up to 10 tracks (eight individual plus a stereo mix) or eight total channels at the unit’s maximum 192 kHz 24-bit resolution. 

The unit’s dual SDXC card slots allow for several recording configurations, including making a redundant backup at a lower volume level in the event of an overload. Backup systems are essential for professional work and, for this reason, the recorder can be powered via AA batteries, an AC adapter, or a 9 to 16 V external DC power supply.

Professionals will rejoice at the inclusion of SMPTE time code input and output, while current owners of the company’s H5, H6, or Q8 recorders will be delighted to know that the F8 is compatible with the company’s line of modular microphone capsules (SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun, SGH-6 Shotgun, XYH-6 X/Y, and MSH-6 Mid Side). A built-in microphone is included for voice memos, as well as for use as a slate mic.

The recorder’s dual 100 mW + 100 mW headphone outputs are especially useful when the device is used as a USB audio interface for tracking into a computer. A companion app will also be available to enable remote control over the unit’s core recording and mixing functions using a mobile device, such as a smartphone.

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