Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder

Zoom F8 Field Recorder & Custom Protective Case Kit

Zoom F8 Field Recorder & Custom Protective Case Kit

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Zoom F8 Field Recorder & Custom Protective Case Kit Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder Zoom PCF-8n Protective Case for F8n, F8 & F4 Field Recorders

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  • Ideal for Indoor/Outdoor Field Recording
  • Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder
  • Zoom PCF-8n Protective Case For F8

Zoom F8 overview

  • 1Description

The Zoom F8 Field Recorder & Custom Protective Case Kit from B&H comes with everything you need to get started at building a professional field recording rig. The package includes the Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder and the custom PCF-8n Protective Case.

  • Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder

    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
    Limiter
    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
    Outputs
    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
  • Zoom PCF-8n Protective Case for F8n, F8 & F4 Field Recorders

    The Zoom PC-8n is a protective case designed to house your Zoom F4, F8, or F8n multi-track recorder in the field. It provides bottom, top, and side access to your recorder, so you can easily tend to your duties during the session.

    The removable clear-window cover allows you to keep an eye on your recorder's display without exposing it to the elements. Dust shouldn't be a problem, and thanks to its water-resistant construction, neither should rain.

    The sides feature drawstring sleeves so you can access your recorder's I/O without exposing the connections to harmful weather conditions. Accessories can sit in zippered pockets, one located on the front and the other on the side. Mics and cables will fit easily in the main compartment.

    Thanks to a hook-and-loop fastener you can access the bottom of your recorder. You can also configure this touch-fastener for your cable-routing needs.

    Adjustable dividers are on hand so you can customize the interior for your exact predilections. If you need to work with your recorder outside of the bag, you can pull out the main divider, insert it sideways, and create a makeshift tabletop surface. Adjustable straps are provided, as are three latch hooks per side, ensuring a stable and comfortable fit for carrying your recorder for many hours at a time.

    UPC: 884354019303
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  • 1Description
  • Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder
    Inputs
    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
    Recording
    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
    Power
    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
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.575 x 10.394 x 4.882"
  • Zoom PCF-8n Protective Case for F8n, F8 & F4 Field Recorders
    For Use with Zoom F8, F8n, and F4 multi-track field recorders
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.3 x 10.25 x 6.5"

Zoom F8 reviews

F8 Field Recorder & Custom Protective Case Kit is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent field recorder I needed more than 4 XLR inputs on a recorder, so I took a gamble on the Zoom F8. Coming from a Tascam DR-70D, the Zoom F8 feels positively luxurious. It's built solidly and looks like it can take a beating. The audio quality is fantastic, and it's super easy to use, with intuitive menus and button layouts, and a crystal clear full-color display that's easy to read. It's great being able to be powered via A/C adapter while also having batteries inside the unit as a backup in case the A/C power gets cut off for some reason. Dual SD card recording offers peace of mind. I can't really think of any negatives.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound for indie films I have been a fan of Zoom products for years. Before purchasing the Zoom F8 I used a Zoom H6 for recording while filming independent films. I was very happy with the ease of use and the sound quality. But the F8 is a big step up into professional field recording, with features and capabilities only available in units costing five to ten times more. This product is built to show Sound Devices that you can build a premium quality recorder for less. Much much less. Did they do it? Yes in my opinion. It's one of the best purchases I have made in the last 20 years of buying studio and field equipment form B&H.
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Recorder. Lame Case. The Zoom F8 recorder is perfect for my uses as a professional engineer who does some field recording for sound design on the side (using a wide assortment of mics). It has all the features that I need along with impressively solid construction. It sounds great, and the iOS remote app is a nice addition. The accompanying Zoom PCF-8 case, on the other hand, is poorly designed and awkward to work with. It doesn't balance well when fully loaded, and the construction doesn't seem like it would hold up to heavy use. Cable routing options (or lack thereof) are a mess. I was very close to attempting to exchange it for a better bag from Orca or PortaBrace, but for the price it should serve my needs in the short term.
Date published: 2016-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Field recorder First day of using the F8 on a short film. Step up from the Zoom H4n that I usually use. This unit is fantastic with clean transparent sound with my Rode mic and comparable to recorders/mixers costing thousands more. Time code, headroom to spare, light weight, perfect for the semipro or pro sound-man/filmmaker!
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small wonder This is an ideal field mixer recorder for documentary filmmakers or small budget films. First it is tiny yet it can handle multiple tracks. it is not simple to use. You have to access the menu many times before you can make changes in the settings. If you do not know much about sound mixing or sound recording, you are going to have a tough time. The device does produce great sound and does offer many features similiar to very expensive professioanl mixers.
Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great recorder! Several days after buying it I was called on to boom a documentary. So learned the F8 quickly and through a trial of fire. Filmed 4 Location ranging from outside, a small room, and a car. Using a boom, and three wireless lavs. Everything worked great! The device does seem to eat through AA's our takes were around 45 min each. The batteries just lasted the day. The director loved the sound quality, along with the Sennheiser mkh 416 the boom audio quality is great. For the price I highly recommend this recorder!
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy another again. If you do audio recording on location, you need to buy one of these F-8 field recorders. I use this to record 4-5 piece rock bands live performances onto 8 discrete tracks that can be mixed down in post production using any DAW. The F-8 is a great time and extra equipment saver. No external AC needed; plug in your Mic's and direct boxes, turn it on and start recording 8 tracks for the next 4 hours all on AA battery power. I plan on buying an extra battery pack holder soon; easily swapped in the field in about a minute, then you can go for another four hours. Terrific little unit. I also purchased the Zoom custom protective case for my F-8. The case is well thought out for use with the F-8. It is very rugged, easy to use and very high quality. Short of a catastrophic flood; it will keep the F-8 dry if you get caught in a rainstorm.
Date published: 2017-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good... I'll be using this for field recording and podcast production, perhaps video as well. Just started working with it. Pre-amps seem very quiet. Menu is a bit complex, with multiple levels needed for many adjustments. Just upgraded firmware to v2.0, which was very simple. So far, it seems like quite a bargain compared to other multi-track field recorders with similar specs.
Date published: 2016-01-26
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