Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with Timecode - 6 Inputs / 8 Tracks

Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with Timecode - 6 Inputs / 8 Tracks

Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with Timecode - 6 Inputs / 8 Tracks

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Product Highlights

  • Integrated Mixer
  • Compatible with Optional Zoom Mics
  • Resolution: 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • Four Combo XLR-1/4" Inputs
  • High-Quality Preamps with Phantom Power
  • Built-In Limiters on Every Input/Output
  • Easy-to-Read LCD Display
  • Included AC & DC-HIROSE Adapters
  • Includes Cubase LE and Wavelab LE
  • VR & Ambisonic Compatible
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Zoom F4 Overview

  • 1Description

Designed to provide big Hollywood sound on an affordable indie budget, the Zoom F4 is a 6-input / 8-track professional field recorder featuring super-low-noise preamps and timecode with pinpoint accuracy. The unit provides recording and playback resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz with impressive audio specs including an extremely low noise floor (-127 dBu EIN) and high gain (up to +75 dB), with +4 dB line-level inputs. The on-board temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) generates timecode at 0.2 ppm accuracy and supports all standard drop-frame and non-drop formats, as well as jam sync for external devices.

The advanced on-board limiters provide overload protection for all inputs and outputs, which lets you capture audio in a wide range of environments. Limiting can be applied simultaneously at full resolution with 10 dB of headroom and features controls for setting threshold, attack, and release.

The F4 offers four combo XLR-1/4" inputs, a 1/8" stereo input, and includes a Zoom mic-capsule input for recording six discrete tracks with an additional stereo mix, all at full 24-bit/192 kHz resolution. With gain linking capability between the various inputs, the F4 is suitable for recording audio in VR formats, specifically Ambisonics. Plug in a mic like the Sennheiser AMBEO, for example, and you'll find you can control all four capsules at once from the F4, and thus, capture the 360° audio necessary for immersive entertainment. 

Additionally, inputs 5/6 can function as a camera return for audio-monitoring only for confidence checks, or can accept two additional mic/line signals via the EXH-6 combo input capsule (available separately). The dual-SD card slot features simultaneous recording to both cards allowing you to make a backup or split recording with all eight tracks on one card and a stereo mix on the other.

Each of the four XLR-1/4" inputs offers a dedicated preamp with gain control, phantom power, a six-segment LED level meter, plus a Record Ready and PFL switch. In addition to the 1/4" headphone output with a dedicated volume control, the F4 provides two main balanced XLR outputs, as well as two sub outs on a single unbalanced 1/8" stereo mini-jack, enabling easy connection to a camera. All timecode I/O is provided on BNC connectors and the unit includes a variable-frequency slate-tone generator to confirm levels.

The front panel offers an output button, which provides quick access to the unit's outputs, while the option button offers quick access to TC Jam, Trim Link, Clear Clip and other important shortcuts. An easy-to-read 1.9" LCD display is suitable for use in all lighting environments including dark low-light sets to bright sunlight. The on-board mixer not only provides user-adjustable level, pan, and input/output delay, but also offers high-pass filtering for noise and wind reduction, phase inversion, and Mid-Side decoding. The F4 ships with a camera-mount adapter, a DHC-1 DC-HIROSE adapter, an AC power adapter, and download codes for Cubase LE and Wavelab LE.

  • Six-input/ eight-track multitrack field recorder with integrated mixer 
  • Six discrete inputs, including with 4 locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors, a stereo 3.5mm input, and Zoom mic-capsule input
  • Input 5/6 can be used as a camera return for monitoring only, or can accept two additional mic/line signals via the EXH-6 combo input capsule (available separately)
  • Can record in Ambisonics mode for capturing audio for VR
  • Compact and lightweight metal chassis, weighing just 2 pounds (without batteries)
  • High-quality mic preamps with up to 75 dB gain, less than -127 dBu EIN, and +4 dB line inputs
  • Support for up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording as well as 96, 88.2 , 48, and 44.1 kHz, plus 47.952/48.048 kHz for HD-video compatibility; 16-/24-bit resolution
  • Accurate timecode (0.2 ppm) I/O on standard BNC connectors; drop-frame/non-drop formats with Jam Sync
  • Three different power supply options: 8 x AA batteries, external DC battery pack with 4-pin HIROSE connector, and Zoom AD-19 12V AC Adapter with DC-HIROSE cable (included)
  • Dedicated gain-control knob, 6-segment LED level meter, and PFL/Solo switch for each channel
  • Phantom power (+48/+24V) on every preamp 
  • High-pass filter, phase invert, and Mid-Side decoder
  • Advanced onboard limiters for input and output
  • Input delay of up to 30 ms per channel / output delay of up to 10 frames per output
  • Compatible with all Zoom mic capsules; optional ECM extender cable enables remote positioning
  • Dedicated headphone output (100mW) with front panel volume control
  • Dual XLR-balanced Main Outs plus 1/8" stereo mini-jack Sub Out
  • Front panel OPTION button gives quick access to important shortcuts
  • 1.9” white, backlit monochrome LCD
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, up to 512GB each 
  • Support for extensive metadata (BWF and iXML); input time, date, project, scene number, etc.
  • Built-in tripod mount; camera-mount adapter also included
  • Use as a 6-in/4-out USB audio interface (@ 96 kHz)


UPC: 884354016890
In the Box
Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with Timecode - 6 Inputs / 8 Tracks
  • Camera-Mount Adapter
  • Zoom AD-19 12 VAC Adapter
  • DHC-1 DC-HIROSE Adapter
  • Cubase LE Download Code
  • Wavelab LE Download Code
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Zoom F4 Specs

    Portable Recorder
    Number of Tracks WAV:
    8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
    Max Sample Rate/Resolution 192 kHz / 24-Bit
    Built-In Speaker No
    Display Monochrome LCD
    Memory Card Support SD (16 MB to 2 GB)
    SDHC (4 to 32 GB)
    SDXC (64 to 512 GB)
    Audio File Formats BWF, ID3v1, MP3, WAV, iXML
    Sample Rates WAV:
    44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 88.2 / 96 / 192 kHz 
    44.1 / 48 kHz 
    Bit Rates 128 to 320 kb/s
    Timecode Yes
    Frame Rates Supported 23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 29.97 DF / 30 / 30 DF
    Clock Accuracy 0.2 ppm
    Recording Time WAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
    57.8 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    WAV 192 kHz/24-Bit:
    14.4 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
    Analog I/O 1 x Proprietary Mic Capsule Input
    4 x Combo XLR / 1/4" Input
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Input
    2 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Output
    1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm Aux Output
    1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Output

    Mic Capsule use disables Input 1 & 2

    Digital I/O 1 x BNC Timecode Input
    1 x BNC Timecode Output
    Phantom Power +24 / 48 V
    Phantom Power Current ≤10 mA per Channel
    Host Connection 1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0)
    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 80 kHz +0.5/-1 dB (at 192 kHz) 
    Gain Range Mic Inputs:
    +10 to +75 dB
    Line Inputs:
    -10 to +55 dB
    1/8" Inputs:
    -10 dBV / +4 dBu
    Max Input Level Mic Inputs:
    +14 dBu (Limiter On, at 0 dBFS) 
    Line Inputs:
    +24 dBu (Limiter On, at 0 dBFS) 
    1/8" Inputs:
    +24 dBu 
    Max Output Level +10 dBV 
    Headphone Output Power 100 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
    Dynamic Range A/D Converters:
    120 dBA 
    D/A Converters:
    106 dBA 
    Impedance BNC Inputs:
    4.3 kOhms 
    BNC Outputs:
    ≤50 Ohms 
    Mic Inputs:
    3 kOhms 
    Line Inputs:
    22 kOhms 
    ≥10 kOhms 
    ≤150 Ohms 
    Aux Outputs:
    ≤1 kOhms 
    Headphone Outputs:
    ≤15 Ohms 
    THD Mic Inputs:
    Line Inputs:
    EIN ≤-127 dBu (A-Weighted) 
    Power Options Batteries, AC/DC Power Adapter
    Battery Type 8 x AA
    Approximate Battery Life 48 kHz/16-Bit:
    9.5 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, without Headphones) 
    11.5 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, without Headphones) 
    17.5 Hours (Lithium, 2 Channels, without Headphones) 
    48 kHz/24-Bit:
    9 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, with Headphones) 
    10.5 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, with Headphones) 
    16.5 Hours (Lithium, All Channels, with Headphones) 
    192 kHz/24-Bit:
    2 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom On) 
    3.5 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom On) 
    6 Hours (Lithium, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom On) 
    AC/DC Power Adapter 12 VDC at 2 A (Included)

    Zoom AD-19

    Dimensions 7.0 x 5.5 x 2.1" / 177.8 x 139.7 x 53.3 mm
    Weight 2.3 lb / 1.0 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.6 x 10.4 x 4.9"

    Zoom F4 Reviews

    F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with Timecode - 6 Inputs / 8 Tracks is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 28.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This was a big step up for me and I am very impressed This recorder mixer is professional and is excellent for my use. I have had to crash course sound recording technology to use this unit correctly and professionally. I chose this unit over the F8 because I record live music videos solo and need to focus on video and sound simultaneously, adjusting the fader live. I am in awe of this little unit. I can easily see the sound levels and adjust according to each different performer. This unit makes me look like a professional and the sound is sounding more professional. I am excited about learning and experimenting with settings to achieve even better sound.
    Date published: 2016-12-17
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bad XLR inputs! LONG LONG story short. We bought this and got an XLR cable stuck in input one. This is a cable that Sennheiser gives you with their wireless lav's. ZOOM says it's not their fault and send it to be repaired. The repair guy they send me to says the Neutrik XLR's get stuck in there too. So it's any XLR can get stuck. Pro audio guy at B&H says he has heard the same thing. Contact ZOOM again and same response. Don't look for customer service with ZOOM, only B&H cares but their hands are tied after 30 days of purchase.
    Date published: 2018-03-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic priced multitrack Smaller than my Edirol 4 track and dual SD record chips. ?6 inputs, timecode, battery powered if needed. Fantastic price and easy to use. ?Oh, did I mention it has Tone? Only 4 stars, because I always want more, like two more record tracks. ?Come on, I know you guys can fit it in. ?But 6 is really cool. ?Battery caddy is a bit flimsy, but the controls on the front feel very professional and solid. ?I like the optional tripod mount for under camera, but I got the bag too. ?Placement of inputs 5-6 on the bottom for pluggable accessories is weird but can add a whole lot of optional accessories. A little built in mic like on the F8 isn't too much to ask for is it?
    Date published: 2018-04-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Field Recorder These days I am and amateur photo/video/audio guy. I've had the Zoom F4 for a couple of weeks now and have played with it a bit. 90% satisfied. The negatives mostly have to do with the electronically separate mic/line-in XLR/TRS jacks. Meaning the purchase of additional adapters or cables are necessary. Not to mention the need to store/carry them. But I did know that going in. Everything I've tried works as advertised. Some stuff is confusing. Others are in the Why would I want to do that? category. But the basics weren't too difficult to figure out. Preamp's are great. Battery life (NiMH) is okay. Look and feel is not cheap. Knobs are big enough for my fingers. Menu screen is great in bright sunlight. (Trying here to address some of the pre-release complaints I have read on the web) Yes, I recommend it.
    Date published: 2016-11-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review Update After having and using the thing a while I am no longer bothered really that the rubber feet come off. . . it's kind of simply annoying that they DO fall off in the first place but other than that the thing is built pretty solid. . . feels good to get good quality recordings that this thing can provide. Headphone preamp a little distorted i'll have to say. . . as I've found the captured audio to SD card always sounds clearer and lower noise floor than the headphones. It's an over all good buy if you want to step up your audio game.
    Date published: 2017-01-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fatal Flaw Beware of this unit.  There is a fatal flaw in the design.  If you use the device as a mixer and send a phantom power signal from another source into the device as a result it corrupts the electronics.  As a result the system after shut down will not reboot. It will power up for a couple of seconds then shut down.  In some occasions it may not happen immediately, but it will occur after you had done this.  Called Zoom about it and they admitted its is a design flaw and it listed in their manual to NOT run a phantom power signal through the device.  If this happens your system is pretty much trash.  They will repair it for you (for about $300), but will not replace it.  Beware.
    Date published: 2019-03-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great mixer/recorder simple enough for DPs to use! I never wanted to be a DP that knows nothing about sound. Over the years I have picked up that skill (for interviews- never multi mic run and gun type situations) When it came time to buy a new mixer I chose the Zoom F4. The pre amps in this mixer are amazingly quiet- as good as any Sound Devices or Zaxcom that I’ve used previously. Using the mixer is pretty intuitive. I was able to sit down and figure the menus out without any confusion or excessively referring to the manual. The mixer came in the mail Thursday and used the following two days with no issues or any confusion on my part. I also have some cheaper mics that sounded “ok” on a PSC mixer but sound really good through this mixer. Again, awesome pre amps. I would recommend this especially for DPs who find themselves in need of a mixer/recorder for clients that don’t like to pay for audio op.
    Date published: 2017-12-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots to like but complicated and could be improved We bought this unit to replace two units that didn't work together well- a Sound Devices Mix Pre-D and a Tascam DR680- for video production. The F4 is our backup kit we use for small shoots. On the outside, it's pretty simple to operate for production with a backup recording. But the simple exterior hides a lot of software where you can really change things and screw things up. So it isn't something you can just pick up and flick a few well placed switches like on the Mix-Pre D. The slate/tone is strange- it outputs at a fixed level post fader so it isn't useful for setting up an input level on the camera if you're using anything other than 0DB out of the mixer to the camera set to line level and even then, you have to adjust the Slate/Tone output to -10 for some reason to equal the main output of 0. If you are using mic level in on your camera, you set the mixer output to up to -48 but the slate/tone only goes to -20 on a separate adjustment which blows out your camera input. Plus there's no mic slate to voice take your shots so I think this is intended as a 'pop' to use for manual sync later but a long press will keep the tone on. The 5-6 return is a fixed level and our Red Dragon doesn't output enough to hear the return as the same level going out and I don't believe it has a meter anyway which is normally how people monitor a camera. So you have to crank up the headphone volume to monitor a return then turn it down before you go back to program. I do like the metal case, the input on and off, prefade listen and the adjustment screen that comes up. I wish the meters were a bit bigger. The dual record feature with one channel lower for sudden loud voice will be useful. We bought an xlr style tone generator to go on input four to be able to set levels to the various cameras we own. I'm hoping Zoom changes some of the goofy parts like the slate/tone, 5-6 return, and maybe have an advanced and simple menu set so someone less skilled can't get it balled up.
    Date published: 2016-11-10
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