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

Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder Kit with Protective Case

Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder Kit with Protective Case

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  • Zoom F4 and Zoom Protective Case
  • 24-Bit/192 kHz with Integrated Mixer
  • Four Combo XLR-1/4" Inputs
  • High-Quality Preamps with Phantom Power
  • Built-In Limiters on Every Input/Output
  • Side Openings for Cable Inputs on Case
  • Detachable, Water-Resistant Cover
  • Adjustable Strap and Shoulder Pad
  • Pocket for Recorder and Accessories
  • Bottom-Panel Access to Rear of Recorder
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  • 1Description

Bundled together by B&H for your convenience, the Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder Kit provides not only the field recorder, but also a custom-tailored protective case. The recorder captures audio at resolutions and sample rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz. It offers four combination XLR-1/4" inputs, provides high-quality preamps that supply phantom power, features built-in limiters on every channel, and includes an integrated mixer. The case, on the other hand, gives you side openings for all cabling, a detachable and water-resistant cover, a pocket for the recorder as well as ancillary items, an adjustable strap and shoulder pad to facilitate ease of transport, and bottom-panel access to the rear of the recorder.

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

    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
  • Zoom Protective Case for Zoom F8n, F8, and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders

    The Zoom Protective Case for Zoom F4, F8, and F8n Multitrack Field Recorders is ideal for comfortably carrying your F4 and other gear, both outdoors in the field and indoors. The bag offers top, side, and bottom access to the unit. Its water-resistant construction and clear-windowed top cover allow you to keep an eye on the screen without the risk of getting your unit wet or covered in dust.

    Two compartments are included with this case: one for the field recorder, and another for ancillary items. Protective side sleeves with hook-and-loop fasteners allow you to access input and output cables in a manner that avoids unwelcome production conditions and elements. To secure your field recorder within the case, hook-and-loop straps fasten around the base of the unit. Two latch hooks, as well as an adjustable, removable strap, allow you to carry the recorder in a manner best suited to your predilections.

    Key Features at a Glance
    • Side openings for XLR/TRS cable input and protection  
    • Detachable, water-resistant cover with clear window for visual monitoring, plus inlay opening for personal notes 
    • Adjustable strap and shoulder pad, combined with two latch hooks per side, for a custom carry position  
    • Two inside compartments for holding the recorder and its accessories 
    • Bottom panel access to rear of F4 and F8/F8n units (BNC timecode connectors, removable AA battery pack, and Zoom mic capsule input)
    UPC: 884354017545
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  • 1Description
  • Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with Timecode - 6 Inputs / 8 Tracks
    Recording Media 16 MB to 2 GB SD cards
    4 to 32 GB SDHC cards
    64 to 512 GB SDXC cards
    Input Connectors Input 1-4: XLR-1/4" / 6.35 mm combo jacks
    Input 5-6: 1/8" / 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
    Input Gain XLR (Mic): +10 to +75 dB
    TRS (Line): -10 to +55 dB
    Mini Jack Input: -10 dBV (Level: -10 dBV setting), +4 dBu (Level: +4 dBu setting)
    Input Impedance XLR (Mic): 3.0 kOhms
    TRS (Line): 22 kOhms
    Mini Jack Input: 10 kOhms or more
    Maximum Input Level XLR (Mic): +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
    TRS (Line): +24 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
    Mini Jack Input: -10 dBV (Level: -10 dBV setting), +24 dBu (Level: +4 dBu setting)
    Phantom Power +24 / +48 V, 10 mA maximum for each channel
    THD XLR (Mic): 0.009% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz - 22 kHz BW, Input Gain min, -10 dBu input)
    TRS (Line): 0.010% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz - 22 kHz BW, Input Gain min +10 dBu input)
    EIN −127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150 Ohms input)
    Frequency Characteristics 10 Hz - 80 kHz +0.5/−1 dB (192 kHz sampling rate)
    Dynamic Range ADC 120 dB typical (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
    Crosstalk −90 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)
    Mic Input ZOOM mic-capsule input (use disables Inputs 1/2)
    Output Connectors Main: Balanced XLR (2-pin hot)
    Sub Output: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
    Headphone: 1/4" / 6.35 mm unbalanced stereo jack
    Output Impedance Main: 150 Ohms or less
    Sub Output: 1 kOhms or less
    Headphone: 15 Ohms or less
    Reference Output Main: −10 dBV, 1 kHz, 600 Ohms load
    Sub: −10 dBV (Normal Output Type), −40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10 kOhms load
    Maximum Output Level Main: +10 dBV, 1 kHz, 600 Ohms load
    Sub Output: +10 dBV (Normal Output Type), −20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10 kOhms load
    Headphone: 100 + 100 mW (32 Ohms load)
    Dynamic Range DAC 106 dB typical (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
    Recording 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
    Ambisonics Formats: Accessible through the menu screen
    # Of Simultaneous Record Tracks WAV: 8 (6 inputs + stereo mix)
    MP3: 2
    Recording Time 32 GB: 30:51:00 (48 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV), 7:42:00 (192 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
    Timecode 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
    Supported Input Levels: 0.2 to 5.0 V pp
    Input Impedance: 4.3 kOhms
    Output Level: 3.0 V pp ±10%
    Output Impedance: 50 Ohms or less
    Power Batteries: 8 AA
    Zoom AD-19 12 VAC Adapter
    DC-HIROSE CableHIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9-16 V
    Battery Life (Recording) Continuous Recording Time: When recording 2 channels at 48 kHz/16-bit without headphones
    Alkaline Batteries: 9.5 hours or more
    NiMH (2450mAh): 11.5 hours or more
    Lithium Batteries: 17.5 hours or more

    Continuous Recording Time: When recording 8 channels at 48 kHz/24-bit with headphones
    Alkaline batteries: 9.0 hours or more
    NiMH (2450 mAh): 10.5 hours or more
    Lithium Batteries: 16.5 hours or more

    Continuous Recording Time: When recording 8 channels at 192 kHz/24-bit with headphones, phantom power, and display backlighting
    Alkaline Batteries: 2 hour or more
    NiMH (2450mAh): 3.5 hours or more
    Lithium Batteries: 6 hours or more
    Display 1.9" / 48.3 mm Monochrome LCD: 128 x 64
    USB USB: Mass Storage Option
    Class: USB 2.0 high speed

    USB: Multitrack audio-interface operation (driver required for Windows, not required for Mac)
    Class: USB 2.0 High Speed
    Specifications: 44.1, 48, 96 kHz, 16/24-bit, 6-in/4-out

    USB: Stereo Mix audio-interface operation (no driver required)
    Class: USB 2.0 Full Speed Specifications: 44.1, 48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-in/2-out

    Note: iPad audio-interface operation supported (Stereo Mix mode only)
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 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 Infocyczdvrraeaucrxbure
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.6 x 10.4 x 4.9"
  • Zoom Protective Case for Zoom F8n, F8, and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders
    Dimensions and Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 8.8 x 5.5"
Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder Kit with Protective Case is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Recorder The Zoom F4 is a wonderful field recorder. Easy to use, plenty on inputs for moderate productions, GREAT sound and a great price!!Very, very happy with it!
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for learning, suitable for a future backup kit. I'm a voice actor, musician, and now beginning to get into location and foley sound for indie film projects and audio dramas. I picked up this recorder and bag combo to help out with that, and also as a portable recording option for VO work when on the road. In the manual it says you can only get a stereo mix into an iPad, but with my 10.5 Pro and Cubasis 2, I think I have access to all 6. 95% sure. Mics I use with it in the field are a Rode NTG-2, a pair of AT-1701 wireless systems with the stock MT830cW lav mics, and a set of in-ear Sound Professionals MS-TFB-2 binaural mics terminating in XLR connectors. All in all, lots of flexibility, and the quality is perfect for my current needs. Regarding power, 5hrs running two lavs and a +48 shotgun cost me 20 alkaline AAs. I recently picked up a 10,400 mAh external battery that outputs 12V though, and I ran it all night as I slept without it running out of juice. Things to watch for with that setup are pin polarity (positive center tip!) and barrel plug size (check the manual). The bag is nice too, great for me as I prefer to have a smaller bag for my recorder and a home base bag that I set down somewhere nearby for all the other stuff I'll need for the shoot, but if you like to have everything on you, you may want to go for a bigger one. Lots of access points though, so running cables isn't a problem. I might wax the outside later to add to the water resistance, but so far so good. I'm giving this 4 stars because I know in the future I'll need something else, but for now this is a great piece of gear to learn on with excellent functionality. Highly recommend for others who aren't working on high-level Union gigs or the like.
Date published: 2017-08-23
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