Bundled together by B&H for your convenience, the Zoom F4 Kit with Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone gives you two essential pieces in capturing 3D audio suitable for VR. For instance, the Zoom F4 recorder sports four combination XLR-1/4" inputs, while the AMBEO VR is a four-channel microphone requiring four inputs. Thus, they go together hand in hand. The F4 offers an integrated mixer, high-quality mic preamps with phantom power, and 24-bit/192 kHz recording. The AMBEO VR, on the other hand, provides four matched KE 14 cardioid capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement, making it suitable for capturing audio used in VR applications. Also included are software for editing, mixing, mastering, and A-B format conversion.
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
Configurable Recording Settings for Any Situation
Versatile Multi-Track Modes
Audio Interface Functionality
Ambisonics Support for VR, AR, and 360-Audio
Studio-Quality Performance for Discerning Professionals
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
Headphone and Balanced Line Outputs for Flexible Routing and Monitoring
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
Supports External Remote Control
Power for Hours
Multifunction Mini-USB Port
Highly Visible Display
Zoom AutoMix Software Reduces Ambient Noise
Compact, Lightweight, and Durable
Metadata for Simplified Post Production
Built-In Slate Function and Tone Generator
Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone
Designed for 360° immersive applications, the Sennheiser AMBEO VR is a microphone intended to bring the full vision of VR content creators to life in all its four-channel glory. Indeed, the microphone utilizes four KE 14 capsules situated in a tetrahedral arrangement to ensure that from wherever you're standing, the AMBEO will record the surrounding audio in a spherical manner, resulting in true Ambisonics recordings.
The science behind these principles is a bit arduous to lay out in the space provided for this description (indeed, multiple dissertations have been written about the Ambisonics format—developed by the British National Research Development Council in the 1970s); the principles are, however, of interest to the VR community, which utilize the technique to capture truly immerse aspects of any given sonic picture, giving you the left, right, bottom, top and center of the image in a way especially suited to the VR experience.
To help in working with the resulting audio in post-production, the microphone comes with a format encoder that will work in AU, AAX, VST, and standalone formats. Also included are a Rycote suspension mount, a split-cable designed to connect the microphone to four separate XLR terminations, and a windshield.
Capturing the VR Experience
Ambisonic Capsule Structure
Key Features at a Glance
- Single-point microphone for Virtual Reality content.
- 4 matched capsules in a tetrahedral cluster.
- Captures spherical, fully spatial audio in Ambisonics format.
- Well suited to work with 360°/VR video capture.
- Portable and rugged to meet the demands of various recording conditions.
Included Format Converter Software
- A-B format converter (for use in post-production).
- Available as a VST, AAX, and AU plugin for DAWs.
- Operable in standalone.
- Plug-in can correct the microphone's physical positioning and rotate its direction.
- Plug-in allows for different output standards, including YouTube 360 video.
- A to B format encoder included: VST, AAX, AU and standalone versions (for Mac and Windows).