Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder

Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder

Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder

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Product Highlights

  • 8x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks with +75 dB Gain
  • Up to 192 kHz/ 24-Bit PCM Recording
  • Record Up to 10 Tracks Simultaneously
  • Dual Channel Recordings at Two Levels
  • Works with Zoom Microphone Capsules
  • 2x SDXC Card Slots
  • Built-In Slate Microphone
  • 8x AA Batteries, AC, External DC Adaptor
  • Supports SMPTE Timecode I/O
  • +24V/+48V Phantom Power
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Zoom F8 overview

  • 1Description

The Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder is designed for professional and enthusiast recording applications on set and in the field, including music, filmmaking, and electronics news gathering (ENG). Designed to be carried by a shoulder strap or in a bag, the unit features eight analog input channels with lockable XLR/TRS combo jacks that provide +75 dB maximum input gain, and support for +4 dB inputs with an EIN of -127 dBu or less. It can record up to 10 tracks simultaneously (channels 1-8 plus a stereo mix), or up to eight channels when recording at the A/D converter's maximum 24-bit 192 kHz resolution.

Alternatively, you can perform dual-channel recording of separate files at lower volume levels to ensure you have backup recordings to use when unexpected loud noises distort the primary recording. A newly designed limiter provides up to 10 dB of headroom. The unit supports SMPTE time code input and output. Included in the outputs is a powerful 100 mW + 100 mW headphone jack, as well as the MAIN OUT 1/2 and SUB OUT 1/2 jacks so you can send the audio signal to a video camera or other device while monitoring with headphones.

The unit's internal mixing capability enables flexible routing, and the inclusion of individually selectable +24V/+48V phantom power ensures you can use your favorite condenser microphones.

Power to the recorder can be supplied in one of three ways: via AA batteries, an AC adapter, or a 9 to 16V external DC power supply. Two SDXC card slots can be used simultaneously for recording even longer sessions, and can also be used as card readers when connected to a computer via USB.

When operating via USB, the unit can be used in a 2-in/2-out configuration as well as an 8-in/4-out audio interface (driver required for windows). A built-in slate mic allows you to make voice memos and the unit's slate tone can be used to confirm specific levels.

Among the most innovative features of the recorder is support for the company's interchangeable microphone capsules.

Analog Inputs
Provides two sets of lockable XLR/TRS combo jacks with EIN of -127 dBu or less, +75 dB maximum input gain and support for +4 dB input
Audio Resolution
Records up to 192 kHz at 24-bit resolution
Simultaneous Recording
Records up to 10 tracks simultaneously with channels 1-8 and a stereo mix (left and right). Up to eight tracks can be recorded at a sampling rate of 192 kHz
Dual-Channel Recording of Separate Files at Lower Levels
Records backup recordings at a lower input level to help prevent unexpected loud noises from distorting the recording
Provides 10 dB of headroom with a threshold that can be set by the user
Supports SMPTE Timecode I/O
Uses a high-precision oscillator that enables the generation of accurate time code with a discrepancy of less than 0.2 frames per 24 hours
Allows you to send the audio signal to a video camera or other device while simultaneously monitoring
Mixer Functionality
Allows for inputs 1-8 to be routed to outputs freely
Phantom Power
Supports +24V and +48V phantom power
Three Possible Power Supplies
Can operate on AA batteries, an AC adaptor, or a 9 to 16 V external DC power supply (not included) with automatic switching between power supplies
Two SDXC Card Slots
Allows for SD card recording, and the use of SDXC cards enables extended recording capability. The unit can also be used as a card reader by connecting it to a computer via USB
USB Audio Interface Capabilities with up to 8 Ins and 4 Outs
Allows the unit to be used as a 2-in/2-out audio interface as well as an 8-in/4-out audio interface (driver required for Windows, not required for Mac)
Built-In Microphone
Works as both a slate mic as well as a tool for voice memos
Zoom Mic Capsule Functionality
Supports the company's line of interchangeable mic capsules that can be used instead of inputs 1/2
UPC: 884354015374
In the Box
Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder
  • Camera Mount Adapter
  • Zoom AD-19 12V AC adapter
  • 2 x TA3 to XLR Cable
  • Cubase LE and WaveLab LE Download Codes
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zoom F8 specs

    Connectors 8x XLR/TRS combo jacks
    XLR Inputs
    Input Gain +10 to +75 dB
    Input Impedance 3.3 kOhms
    Maximum Input Level +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
    Phantom Power +24/+48 V 10 mA maximum for each channel
    Line Inputs
    Input Gain -10 to 55 dB
    Input Impedance 22 kOhms
    Maximum Input Level +34 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter on)
    Equivalent Input Noise -127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150 ohms)
    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 80 kHz
    Dynamic Range 120 dB typ (-60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
    Crosstalk -69 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)
    Mic Capsule: Zoom mic capsule input (use disables inputs 1/2)
    Slate Mic: Built-in mic for voice memos can be assigned to tracks freely
    Main Outputs
    Connectors Main Out 1/2: TA-3 Connectors, balanced output (2: hot)
    Sub Out 1/2: 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack
    Headphone: 1/4" unbalanced stereo output jack
    Output Impedance Main Out 1/2: 150 ohms or less
    Sub Out 1/2: 150 ohms or less
    Headphones: 15 ohms or less
    Reference Output Main Out 1/2: -10 dBV (normal output types), -40 dBV (mic output type, 1 kHz, 600 ohms load
    Sub Out 1/2: -10 dBV (normal output types), -40 dBV (mic output type, 1 kHz, 10 kOhms load
    Maximum Output Level Main Out 1/2: +10 dBV (normal output type), -20 dBV (mic output type), 1 kHz, 600 ohms load
    Sub Out 1/2: +10 dBV (normal output type), -20 dBV (mic output type), 1 kHz, 600 ohms load
    Headphone: 100 mW + 100 mW (1% or lower THD+N, 32 ohm load)
    Dynamic Range D/A: 106 dB typ (-60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
    Recording Formats
    Supported Formats WAV: 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/192 kHz, 16/24-bit, mono/stereo//2-10 ch poly, BWF and iXML
    MP3: 128/192/320 kbps, 44.1/48 kHz, ID3v1 tags
    # Of Simultaneous Record Tracks WAV: 10 (8 inputs + stereo mix)
    MP3: 2
    Time Using a 32 GB card: 30:51:00 (48 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV), 7:42:00 (192 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
    Time Code
    Connector BNC
    Modes Off, Int Free Run, Int Record Run, Int RTC Run, Ext, Ext Auto Rec (audio clock can be synchronized to Timecode)
    Frame Rates 23.976ND, 24ND, 25ND, 29.97ND, 29.97D, 30ND, 30D
    Precision ±0.2 ppm
    Input Level 0.2 - 5.0 Vpp
    Input Impedance 4.6 kOhms
    Output Level 3.3 Vpp
    Output Impedance 50 ohms or less
    Batteries 8x AA
    AC Adapter AD-19 DC12V 2A (center plus)
    External DC Source HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9-16 V
    Battery / Runtime When recording 2 channels at 48 kHz/16-bit
    Alkaline Batteries: 7 hours or more
    NiMH (2450 mAh): 9.5 hours or more

    When recording 8 channels at 48 kHz/24-bit
    Alkaline batteries: 2.5 hours or more
    NiMH: 7 hours or more

    When recording 8 channels at 192 kHz/24-bit with headphones, phantom power and display backlighting
    NiMH (2450 mAH): 1.5 hours or more
    Display 2.4" full-color LCD (320 x 240)
    USB Class: USB 2.0 high speed
    Interface As multi-track audio interface operation
    Class: USB 2.0 high speed
    Specifications: 44.1/48/96 kHz sampling rate, 16/24-bit bit rate, 8 in/4 out

    Stereo Mix audio interface operation (no driver required)
    Class: USB 2.0 full speed
    Specification: 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, 16-bit rate, 2 in/2 out
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.02 x 5.50 x 2.16" (178.2 x 139.8 x 54.8 mm)
    Weight 2.1 lb (0.95 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.3 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.575 x 10.394 x 4.882"

    Zoom F8 reviews

    F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 49.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product however it is not perfect. I am greatly adore this machine after open the box. The build is very durable and knobs and buttons are very robust. I ran time code test with TS3 slate; time code is solid. I have nothing to say negatively about the hardware. The software, however, needs improvements. Next update need to add: 1. XLR line input option (right now line input can only come in thru TRX input) 2. Next take shortcut button combination (right now can only access thru long menus) 3. Fix iPad take reset glitch (when changing scene name with iPad the take number won't reset.) Overall the F8 is a great machine, but with these updates, it will becomes an even better machine.
    Date published: 2015-09-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for corporate video and television work I'm not an audio guy, but I record audio all the time. I am a video producer who shoots a lot of corporate videos. I am also working on a 13 episode television series with a skeleton crew and a tight budget. If I had a larger budget, I would go with a sound designs unit - mainly for the quality of the pre amps. But seriously - this thing rocks. Fills my needs, sounds really, really good. Has tons of features, good battery life, is small and easily portable. My guess is 99% of people won't know the difference in pre-amp quality in a finished piece. For that matter I've been using a $200 Tascam Dr60d for a couple years with ZERO complaints from clients... so there's that.
    Date published: 2016-09-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Upgrade! I upgraded to the Zoom F8 from the Zoom H6. I am very glad I did. While I liked the H6 and will definitely keep to as a back-up, the new Zoom F8 is just simply so much better. The sound quality of those pre-amps are incredible. I did a side by side comparison on all my lav mikes as well as my wired mikes. The quality is most definitely broadcast quality sound. Then you have eight XLR inputs as well as the iPad app which in my opinion is very good and innovative. If you are hesitating - don't. Just buy it. You will not be disappointed!
    Date published: 2016-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this product As a producer/shooter that does a ton of sizzles and presentations with a small crew - this is a game changer. I was already a big fan of the H6 for small shoots - but the F8 takes things to a whole new level. It's incredibly user friendly and the payoff of great sound makes it a 'must have' in my opinion. Not sure I would use it on bigger shoots - but certainly has the chops and I now others are already using it in a greater capacity. For the price, it's a no brainer to be a staple in everyone's production kit.
    Date published: 2016-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from JUST BUY IT What a great little machine. I would use this product as my back-up on feature film work where some of the time, space and weight becomes an important factor for example in car dialog and the sound guy has to be hidden in the vehicle or documentary work, where keeping your gear packages weight down for travelling etc. and of course music sound work. Its got all the functions/features you'll ever need in such a tiny package, its quite extraordinary unbelievable - Once you get used to how tiny it is, I bet you'll be very fond of this unit, and wont leave home without it. Very user-friendly interface - I didnt need the manual at all, except, for installing the bluetooth software to link my iPhone/Pad. The only thing it cant do for me, is it cant individually track name, which would be very useful for the post-side of things and it cant make coffee.
    Date published: 2015-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary This great example of a company doing their homework before setting out to design and build a product. Clearly, Zoom must have solicited input from a number of experienced cinema sound people and remote recording engineers to get the F8 so right in its first iteration. The level of thoughtful detail is just incredible. I suggest downloading the user manual from Zoom and reading through it. You'll be hard pressed to find any missing features, even when compared to field recorders costing several times as much. Two of my favorite features: The F8 has a special input mode to accommodate mid-side micing (where one uses a cardioid and a figure-8 mic together to create a stereo field.) Audio files are recorded onto two SD cards, so you always have a backup copy. Each time you press the record button, a new audio file is created and its name contains the scene name/number and the current take number. The F8 incorporates a very accurate SMPTE timecode generator. I've been using it to jam sync a RED Dragon camera. It works perfectly.
    Date published: 2015-09-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quiver me timbers - Im back after firmware update You can now name each track and specifically, file naming has been updated to professional-user level. All in all, this kind of metadata update this is going to keep the post production and sound guys happier!! Well done ZOOM! This update is a winner, and proves that ZOOM were listening. I found the pre-record function has been cured of a timecode bug/issue.
    Date published: 2016-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect solution on a budget I have run this on set for up to six hours at a time and it never flinched. Pres. are quiet and have plenty of headroom. The limiters are nice but not super effective. You get so much for so little money it's a no brainier if you need to record more than four tracks at once. It's tiny and powerful.
    Date published: 2016-07-27
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