Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with F-Control Mixer & Case

Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with F-Control Mixer & Case
Key Features
  • F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with Timecode
  • F-Control for F8 & F4 Field Recorders
  • PCF-8 Protective Case for Recorder
  • Includes Camera-Mount Adapter
The Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with F-Control Mixer & Case from B&H includes a Zoom F4 6-input/8-track field recorder, an F-Control mixing control surface for the F4 field recorder, and a Zoom PCF-8 protective carrying case. The kit can be used to capture, record, and playback audio with resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz, which is suitable for film and video applications.
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Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with F-Control Mixer & Case

Zoom F4 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Zoom F4 6-Input / 8-Track Multi-Track Field Recorder
  • 3Zoom F-Control for F8n, F8, F6, and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders
  • 4Zoom PCF-8n Protective Case for F8n, F8 & F4 Field Recorders

The Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with F-Control Mixer & Case from B&H includes a Zoom F4 6-input/8-track field recorder, an F-Control mixing control surface for the F4 field recorder, and a Zoom PCF-8 protective carrying case. The kit can be used to capture, record, and playback audio with resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz, which is suitable for film and video applications.

The field recorder has on-board limiters that provide overload protection for all inputs and outputs and is equipped to record audio in a wide range of environments. With four combo XLR-1/4" inputs, a 1/8" stereo input, and a mic-capsule input for recording six discrete tracks with an additional stereo mix, the recorder has additional inputs 5/6, which can function as a camera return for audio-monitoring.

Additionally, the F-Control is a mixing control surface for the F4 multitrack field recorder. It offers complete control over sound design and mixing with nine 60mm faders (eight + Master) and hands-on input/output control for trim, pan, and track arming. The unit connects to the F4 recorder via USB for seamless operation, while additional USB ports let you connect to an external keyboard to quickly enter metadata while out in the field.

To round out the kit, a custom-tailored Zoom PCF-8 protective carrying case for the F4 recorder is provided—it has room to carry other gear, both out in the field, and indoors. The lightweight bag has top, side, and bottom access to the F4 unit, and with water-resistant construction, and a removable clear-windowed cover, you can keep an eye on the multitrack screen without the risk of getting it wet or covered in dust. Other accessories include a camera-mount adapter, a 12 VAC power adapter, a Cubase LE download code, and a Wavelab LE download code.

Zoom F4 6-Input / 8-Track Multi-Track Field Recorder

Get major motion picture audio quality without breaking your indie film budget with the Zoom F4, a sound bag–friendly, multi-track field recorder with look-ahead limiters for distortion-free 24-bit audio, and up to 6-input / 8-track recording for filmmaking and video content creation on set and in the field. Like other F-Series recorders such as the F6 and F8n, you can slide it in a sound bag, sling it over your shoulder, or mount it to a camera; the F4 packs quantity and quality into a rugged frame that's more than ready for filmmaking, production/location sound mixing, sound effects recording, and electronic news gathering (ENG).

From the large, informative display and user-friendly controls to the flexible powering options and precision time code functionality, the F4 is properly equipped to please novices and demanding veterans alike. Whether you need long-duration stereo recording for an interview, redundant capture of multi-mic setups for a video shoot, or Ambisonics sound files for virtual reality and 360-audio projects, the F4 has the modes, resolutions, and media support to handle your crucial audio tasks. Plus, its operational versatility ensures that the F4 will always enhance your workflow, be it simple, complex, or always changing. You can feel confident using it as your main recorder, a USB audio interface for your dedicated computer rig, or a backup unit for added safety. Since it supports dual SD card recording, 2-channel safety recording, and 6-second pre-recording, you can stop worrying about losing takes.

Look-Ahead Limiters Prevent Clipping

The F4 utilizes advanced look-ahead hybrid limiters to provide reliable protection against overloading the A/D converters. By adding a small delay of just one millisecond, the limiters are able to "look ahead" at the input signal and anticipate clipping before it's recorded. Experienced recordists will surely appreciate the adjustable limiter settings such as knee, threshold, and attack and release times.

Configurable Recording Settings for Any Situation

The F4 boasts a slew of recording modes and resolutions to choose from—record all six inputs plus a stereo mix at a maximum resolution of 24-bit / 192 kHz, or simultaneously record the first two inputs at two different levels to produce safety tracks that can have independent gain, limiting, and more. Also, a pre-record function allows you to capture up to six seconds of audio before you press the record button!

Versatile Multi-Track Modes

Maximize portability by recording directly to an SD/SDHC/SDXC card (available separately) for up to 512 GB of storage space. Select MP3 format if you're only recording the stereo mix and really need extended time and minimal file size. Use the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility, or select Ambisonics mode to capture four channels of Ambisonics-compatible audio.

Audio Interface Functionality

Alternatively, use the F4 as an 6-in/4-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz. Connect it to your computer, launch your preferred audio recording program, then enjoy the combination of the F4's premium mic preamps and A/D converters, plus the familiarity and features of your favorite software. For safe, redundant recording at up to 48 kHz, it is possible to operate the F4 as an audio interface while recording to an SD card.

Ambisonics Support for VR, AR, and 360-Audio

The F4's Ambisonics mode offers precision A-to-B decoding and balanced gain linking, enabling you to capture professional spatial audio for VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), and more. Even while using the first four channels for Ambisonics recording, you can utilize tracks 5-8 for an alternate Ambisonics format. A built-in Ambisonics stereo monitor converter allows real-time monitoring of your Ambisonics recording. Download the free Zoom Ambisonics Player software to access user-friendly decoding and editing functions for your 360-audio.

Studio-Quality Performance for Discerning Professionals

The F4 can accommodate all manner of condenser microphones as well as balanced line-level signals via four locking Neutrik XLR-1/4" inputs. Four studio-quality microphone preamps boasting massive gain (up to 75 dB) and ultra-low noise (-127 dBu EIN) ensure that your sound sources will be amplified with sonic accuracy. Select mic/line-level per input, apply 24 or 48 VDC phantom power per input, adjust each input via a dedicated level knob, and handle hot signal levels (up to +14 dBu in mic mode, or up to +24 dBu in line mode).

Additionally, inputs 5-6 can utilize the stereo 3.5mm input for confidence checks of your camera's audio return signal, or can accept two additional mic/line signals via the EXH-6 combo input capsule (available separately).

Zoom Mic Capsule Input

A Zoom mic capsule input on the F4 accommodates Zoom's line of interchangeable capsules (available separately) in place of inputs 5-6. With mid-side, X/Y, and shotgun mic capsules to choose from, you can be ready to record music, dialog, or sound effects without carting an external microphone setup.

Headphone and Balanced Line Outputs for Flexible Routing and Monitoring

Outfitted with two 3-pin XLR balanced main outputs and an unbalanced 3.5mm submix out, the F4 is a capable field mixer. Since the main and sub outs can be fed from different or identical sources, you can easily route to multiple devices such as a camera, DSLR, mixer, or secondary recorder.

With a transparent and high-output 100mW headphone amplifier tied to a dedicated 1/4" stereo output, the F4 provides clean, efficient monitoring of pre- or post-fader levels, independent left/right signals, and alerts for battery and recording status.

Precision Time Code and Synchronization Features

Whether you keep the F4 powered on all day, or shut it down during breaks, rock-solid sync with video cameras, master time code clocks, or additional audio recorders will be maintained. Accurate synchronization is made possible with the F4's high-end time code features. Standard BNC jacks are dedicated for timecode I/O, and a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) boasts super stable time code accuracy to ±0.2 ppm. You can even jam sync the F4 when constant external time code isn't present.

Supports External Remote Control

If you need extensive external control, Zoom has you covered. For fast and fluid hands-on remote control, the Zoom F-Control (available separately) is ideal. It features smooth 60mm faders, plus tactile controls for trim, pan, arming tracks, transport operations, and more.

Power for Hours

To keep up with the pace of on-location production, the F4 offers several methods of powering. Operate it via eight AA batteries (available separately), power it through a Hirose-connected DC battery pack (available separately), or plug it into a wall outlet with the included 12 VAC adapter. With up to 17.5 hours of battery life (AA lithium batteries, 16-bit / 48 kHz, 2-channel recording to SD card), you can rely on the F4 hour after hour.

Multifunction Mini-USB Port

A mini-USB port on the F4 serves several functions. Connect it to a computer for file backup or live audio streaming, or connect it to an FRC-8 controller (available separately).

Highly Visible Display

Day or night, view vital information such as audio levels, recording time, battery status, and more on the 1.9" monochrome backlit LCD. Transport controls (the play/pause and record buttons are illuminated), navigation buttons, and per-channel gain, PFL, and 6-segment meters are presented nearby for sound bag–friendly, hassle-free operations.

Zoom AutoMix Software Reduces Ambient Noise

Let Zoom's AutoMix function simplify your job. This smart software automatically adjusts the levels of your mix to reduce the amount of ambient sound, so you can focus on capturing a well-balanced mix. Since you turn AutoMix on/off for each channel, you have complete control over where you want AutoMix to work.

Compact, Lightweight, and Durable

The rugged build quality and compact size of its metal chassis make the F4 an excellent choice for location recording on set and in the field. Lightweight and unobtrusive, it's equally well suited for placement in an audio bag or a camera-mounted configuration.

Metadata for Simplified Post Production

Add metadata such as notes and track/scene names in BWF and iXML formats to easily catalog your files in preparation for loading them into your video or audio editing workstation. Make it a habit to make organization and collaboration in post-production easy.

Built-In Slate Function and Tone Generator

The F4 has a built-in, configurable tone generator with a dedicated activation button, allowing you to record reference tones that simplify file alignment between unsynchronized devices.
UPC: 884354016890

Zoom F-Control for F8n, F8, F6, and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders

Designed for the location sound recordist, the F-Control from Zoom is a mixing control surface designed for the F8n, F8, F6, and F4 multitrack field recorders. It creates a complete and professional audio rig that offers a broad spectrum of creative possibilities with complete control over sound design and mixing.

The interface provides nine 60mm faders (eight + Master) and hands-on input/output control for trim, pan, and track arming. Monitoring channel and output levels is simple with 12-segment LED meters, three user-programmable buttons, and a dedicated timecode button.

Additional controls include Track Scene Edit buttons which provide shortcut commands to Track Name, Scene Increment, Scene Name, Notes, and False Take. The unit connects to the F8/F4 recorder via USB for a seamless and uncluttered setup, while an additional USB port lets you connect an external keyboard to quickly enter metadata while out in the field. An included 1/4" stereo cable connects the F8/F4 phone out to F-Control's phone in, so you can monitor audio via F-Control's headphone jack.

The durable metal chassis is robust enough to go anywhere, and yet small and light enough to fit into gear bags and backpacks. The F-Control can be powered by an optional DC power supply or via the included four AA batteries. Additionally, the unit can be USB-powered when using the F4 (not available with the F8). The F-Control ships with a stereo audio cable and a USB cable.

  • Nine faders (eight + Master), each 60mm
  • 1/4" headphone jack
  • USB port for external keyboard connection
  • Hands-on input/output control for trim, pan, and track arming
  • 12-segment LED meters for monitoring channel and output levels
  • Dedicated timecode buttons
  • Track Scene edit buttons: Shortcut commands to Track Name, Scene Increment, Scene Name, Notes, and False Take screens
  • Power options: 4 x AA batteries, 4-pin Hirose connector with external battery pack, and USB bus power via the F4 (not available with the F8)
  • Durable metal chassis
  • Compatible with Zoom F8n, F8, F6, and F4 multitrack field recorders
UPC: 884354017606

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

Zoom F4 6-Input / 8-Track Multi-Track Field Recorder Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of TracksWAV:
8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 24-Bit
Built-In SpeakerNo
DisplayMonochrome LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card SupportSD (16 MB to 2 GB)
SDHC (4 to 32 GB)
SDXC (64 to 512 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Audio File FormatsBWF, ID3v1, MP3, WAV, iXML
Sample RatesWAV:
44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 88.2 / 96 / 192 kHz 
44.1 / 48 kHz 
Bit Depth16/24-Bit
Bit Rates128 to 320 kb/s
Signal ProcessingLimiter, Low-Cut Filter
Frame Rates Supported23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 29.97 DF / 30 / 30 DF
Clock Accuracy±0.2 ppm
Recording TimeWAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
57.8 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
WAV 192 kHz/24-Bit:
14.4 Mins per GB (Stereo) 
Analog I/O1 x Proprietary Mic Capsule Input
4 x Combo XLR-1/4" Female Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Input
2 x XLR 3-Pin Male Balanced Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Aux Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
Digital I/O1 x BNC Timecode Input
1 x BNC Timecode Output
Phantom Power+24 / 48 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Phantom Power Current≤10 mA per Channel
Host Connection1 x Mini-USB (USB 2.0)
Frequency Response10 Hz to 80 kHz +0.5/-1 dB (At 192 kHz) 
Gain RangeMic Inputs:
+10 to +75 dB
Line Inputs:
-10 to +55 dB
1/8" Inputs:
-10 dBV / +4 dBu
Max Input LevelMic Inputs:
+14 dBu (Limiter On, at 0 dBFS) 
Line Inputs:
+24 dBu (Limiter On, at 0 dBFS) 
1/8" Inputs:
+24 dBu 
Max Output LevelLine Outputs:
+10 dBV 
Headphone Output Power100 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Dynamic RangeA/D Converters:
120 dBA 
D/A Converters:
106 dBA 
ImpedanceBNC Inputs:
≥4.3 kOhms 
BNC Outputs:
≤50 Ohms 
Mic Inputs:
≥3 kOhms 
Line Inputs:
≥22 kOhms 
Aux Inputs:
≥10 kOhms 
Line Outputs:
≤150 Ohms 
Aux Outputs:
≤1 kOhms 
Headphone Outputs:
≤15 Ohms 
EIN≤-127 dBu (A-Weighted) 
Power OptionsBatteries or AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type8 x AA (Not Included)
Approximate Battery Life48 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 Adapter12 VDC at 2 A (Included)
Mounting Options1/4"-20 Female
Dimensions7 x 5.5 x 2.1" / 177.8 x 139.7 x 53.3 mm
Weight2.3 lb / 1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.865 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.7 x 10.4 x 4.9"

Zoom F-Control for F8n, F8, F6, and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders Specs

ControlsFaders: 9 x 2.4" / 60.0 mm
Trim/Pan Knobs: 8     
Active Track: 8 Buttons
Pre-Fade Listen: 8    
User Buttons: 3
Dedicated Function Buttons: Scene Inc, Scene Name, Note, Track Name, False Take, and Timecode
Transport Controls: Play/Pause, Rec, REW, Stop, FF
Headphone Knob: Volume Control
Output Button: Toggles L/R, Main, and Sub
Menu: Button and Endless Encoder
Display & IndicatorsChannels: 8 x 12-Segment LED Display
Main Output: Stereo 12-Segment LED Display
ConnectorsTo F Series: USB Type-A
Keyboard: USB Type-A
Headphone In: 1/4" Unbalanced Stereo
Headphone Out: 1/4" Unbalanced Stereo
9-16 VDC IN: Hirose HR10A-7R-4S 4-Pin Connector (1 Pin: −, 4 Pin: +)
Power Requirements4 x AA (LR6) Batteries
External Power Supply: 9-16 VDC
Power Consumption2.5 W
Battery Operation TimeUsing 8 Channels at Once, LED Brightness at 60, without Keyboard:
Alkaline Batteries: 8.5 Hours or More
NiMH (2450 mAh): 10 Hours or More
Lithium Batteries: 18 Hours or More
Dimensions (W x D x H)9.6 x 7.1 x 1.8" / 243.8 x 180.6 x 45.7 cm
Weight2.2 lb / 1.0 kg (Without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.785 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.8 x 10.4 x 2.95"

Zoom PCF-8n Protective Case for F8n, F8 & F4 Field Recorders Specs

CompatibilityZoom F8
Zoom F8n
Zoom F4
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.3 x 10.25 x 6.5"
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