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

Zoom F4 Field Recorder Kit with Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone

Zoom F4 Field Recorder Kit with Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone

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  • Zoom F4 Recorder & 3D VR Microphone
  • Integrated Mixer
  • Resolution: 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • Four Combo XLR-1/4" Inputs
  • High-Quality Preamps with Phantom Power
  • Mic Ideal for Capturing Audio Used in VR
  • 4 Matched KE 14 Cardioid Capsules
  • Tetrahedral Arrangement of Capsules
  • Includes Cubase LE and Wavelab LE
  • Includes A-B Format Converter Software
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Zoom F4 overview

  • 1Description

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.

Note: Please note, you will need to make use of the AMBEO VR's software to encode audio recorded on the F4 into the Ambisonics B-format. This software will work as a plug-in within many DAWs and NLEs.

  • 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
  • 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
    The AMBEO VR Mic has been developed in cooperation with VR content producers and fine-tuned in conjunction with participants from across the audio and VR communities. Thus, the mic caters exactly to the needs of VR content creators, facilitating the audio capture of any location, and enabling the listener to be immersed in a way commensurate with the visual component of the VR experience.
    Ambisonic Capsule Structure
    The AMBEO VR Mic is an Ambisonics microphone fitted with four matched KE 14 capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement. This design allows you to capture the sound that surrounds you from a single point. As a result, you get a fully spherical, Ambisonics picture to match VR video/spherical 360° content.
    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).

     

    UPC: 615104280946
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Table of Contents
  • 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 Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.6 x 10.4 x 4.9"
  • Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone
    Transducer Principle Externally-polarized condenser
    Pickup Pattern 4x cardioid, in Ambisonics A-format arrangement

    • 1: front-left-up (FLU)
    • 2: front-right-down (FRD)
    • 3: back-left-down (BLD)
    • 4: back-right-up (BRU)
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Matrix Reference Center of the capsule holder
    Mixing to B-Format W: FLU + FRD + BLD + BRU
    X: FLU + FRD - BLD - BRU
    Y: FLU - FRD + BLD - BRU
    Z: FLU - FRD - BLD + BRU
    Sensitivity 31 mV/Pa (-30 dBV), free field, no load
    Impedance Nominal: approximately 200 Ohms
    Minimal Terminating Impedance: 1000 Ohms
    Equivalent Noise Level 18 dBA as per IEC 61672-1
    27 dB CCIR as per CCIR 468-3
    Maximum SPL 130 dBA for 1 kHz (for K = 1%)
    Power Supply 4x phantom powering (P48) as per IEC 61938 (48 ± 4 V), 2.2 mA each
    Microphone Connector DIN12M (use enclosed adapter cable to convert to 4x XLR3M)
    Polarity Pin1 (GND), Pin2 (+), Pin3 (-)
    Operating Temperature 14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C
    Relative Humidity Max 90% at 104°F / 40°C
    Dimensions (L x D) 8.5 x 1.9/1.0" / 215.0 x 49.0/25.0 mm
    Weight 14.1 oz / 400.0 g
    Packaging Infozxbffbcbtqda
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 10.8 x 3.0"

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