Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder

Zoom F8 Field Recorder Kit with Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone

Zoom F8 Field Recorder Kit with Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone

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Zoom F8 Field Recorder Kit with Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone

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  • Zoom F8 Recorder & 3D VR Microphone
  • Integrated Mixer, SMPTE Timecode I/O
  • Resolution: 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • 8x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks with +75 dB Gain
  • 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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  • 1Description

Bundled together by B&H for your convenience, the Zoom F8 Kit with Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone gives you two essential pieces in capturing 3D audio suitable for VR. For instance, the Zoom F8 recorder sports eight combination XLR-1/4" inputs, while the AMBEO VR is a four-channel microphone requiring four inputs. Thus, you'll have all the real estate you'd need to record VR ambience, with enough available preamps left over for spot-miking, should the situation require it.

The F8 offers an integrated mixer with SMPTE timecode I/O, 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 F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder

    The Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder is designed for professional and enthusiast recording applications on set and in the field, including music, filmmaking, and electronics news gathering (ENG). Designed to be carried by a shoulder strap or in a bag, the unit features eight analog input channels with lockable XLR/TRS combo jacks that provide +75 dB maximum input gain, and support for +4 dB inputs with an EIN of -127 dBu or less. It can record up to 10 tracks simultaneously (channels 1-8 plus a stereo mix), or up to eight channels when recording at the A/D converter's maximum 24-bit 192 kHz resolution.

    Alternatively, you can perform dual-channel recording of separate files at lower volume levels to ensure you have backup recordings to use when unexpected loud noises distort the primary recording. A newly designed limiter provides up to 10 dB of headroom. The unit supports SMPTE time code input and output. Included in the outputs is a powerful 100 mW + 100 mW headphone jack, as well as the MAIN OUT 1/2 and SUB OUT 1/2 jacks so you can send the audio signal to a video camera or other device while monitoring with headphones.

    The unit's internal mixing capability enables flexible routing, and the inclusion of individually selectable +24V/+48V phantom power ensures you can use your favorite condenser microphones.

    Power to the recorder can be supplied in one of three ways: via AA batteries, an AC adapter, or a 9 to 16V external DC power supply. Two SDXC card slots can be used simultaneously for recording even longer sessions, and can also be used as card readers when connected to a computer via USB.

    When operating via USB, the unit can be used in a 2-in/2-out configuration as well as an 8-in/4-out audio interface (driver required for windows). A built-in slate mic allows you to make voice memos and the unit's slate tone can be used to confirm specific levels.

    Among the most innovative features of the recorder is support for the company's interchangeable microphone capsules.

    Analog Inputs
    Provides two sets of lockable XLR/TRS combo jacks with EIN of -127 dBu or less, +75 dB maximum input gain and support for +4 dB input
    Audio Resolution
    Records up to 192 kHz at 24-bit resolution
    Simultaneous Recording
    Records up to 10 tracks simultaneously with channels 1-8 and a stereo mix (left and right). Up to eight tracks can be recorded at a sampling rate of 192 kHz
    Dual-Channel Recording of Separate Files at Lower Levels
    Records backup recordings at a lower input level to help prevent unexpected loud noises from distorting the recording
    Limiter
    Provides 10 dB of headroom with a threshold that can be set by the user
    Supports SMPTE Timecode I/O
    Uses a high-precision oscillator that enables the generation of accurate time code with a discrepancy of less than 0.2 frames per 24 hours
    Outputs
    Allows you to send the audio signal to a video camera or other device while simultaneously monitoring
    Mixer Functionality
    Allows for inputs 1-8 to be routed to outputs freely
    Phantom Power
    Supports +24V and +48V phantom power
    Three Possible Power Supplies
    Can operate on AA batteries, an AC adaptor, or a 9 to 16 V external DC power supply (not included) with automatic switching between power supplies
    Two SDXC Card Slots
    Allows for SD card recording, and the use of SDXC cards enables extended recording capability. The unit can also be used as a card reader by connecting it to a computer via USB
    USB Audio Interface Capabilities with up to 8 Ins and 4 Outs
    Allows the unit to be used as a 2-in/2-out audio interface as well as an 8-in/4-out audio interface (driver required for Windows, not required for Mac)
    Built-In Microphone
    Works as both a slate mic as well as a tool for voice memos
    Zoom Mic Capsule Functionality
    Supports the company's line of interchangeable mic capsules that can be used instead of inputs 1/2
    UPC: 884354015374
  • 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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  • 1Description
  • Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder
    Inputs
    Connectors 8x XLR/TRS combo jacks
    XLR Inputs
    Input Gain +10 to +75 dB
    Input Impedance 3.3 kOhms
    Maximum Input Level +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
    Phantom Power +24/+48 V 10 mA maximum for each channel
    Line Inputs
    Input Gain -10 to 55 dB
    Input Impedance 22 kOhms
    Maximum Input Level +34 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter on)
    Equivalent Input Noise -127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150 ohms)
    Frequency Response 10 Hz to 80 kHz
    Dynamic Range 120 dB typ (-60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
    Crosstalk -69 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)
    Mic Capsule: Zoom mic capsule input (use disables inputs 1/2)
    Slate Mic: Built-in mic for voice memos can be assigned to tracks freely
    Main Outputs
    Connectors Main Out 1/2: TA-3 Connectors, balanced output (2: hot)
    Sub Out 1/2: 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack
    Headphone: 1/4" unbalanced stereo output jack
    Output Impedance Main Out 1/2: 150 ohms or less
    Sub Out 1/2: 150 ohms or less
    Headphones: 15 ohms or less
    Reference Output Main Out 1/2: -10 dBV (normal output types), -40 dBV (mic output type, 1 kHz, 600 ohms load
    Sub Out 1/2: -10 dBV (normal output types), -40 dBV (mic output type, 1 kHz, 10 kOhms load
    Maximum Output Level Main Out 1/2: +10 dBV (normal output type), -20 dBV (mic output type), 1 kHz, 600 ohms load
    Sub Out 1/2: +10 dBV (normal output type), -20 dBV (mic output type), 1 kHz, 600 ohms load
    Headphone: 100 mW + 100 mW (1% or lower THD+N, 32 ohm load)
    Dynamic Range D/A: 106 dB typ (-60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
    Recording Formats
    Supported 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
    # Of Simultaneous Record Tracks WAV: 10 (8 inputs + stereo mix)
    MP3: 2
    Recording
    Time Using a 32 GB card: 30:51:00 (48 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV), 7:42:00 (192 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
    Time Code
    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
    Input Level 0.2 - 5.0 Vpp
    Input Impedance 4.6 kOhms
    Output Level 3.3 Vpp
    Output Impedance 50 ohms or less
    Power
    Batteries 8x AA
    AC Adapter AD-19 DC12V 2A (center plus)
    External DC Source HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9-16 V
    Battery / Runtime When recording 2 channels at 48 kHz/16-bit
    Alkaline Batteries: 7 hours or more
    NiMH (2450 mAh): 9.5 hours or more

    When recording 8 channels at 48 kHz/24-bit
    Alkaline batteries: 2.5 hours or more
    NiMH: 7 hours or more

    When recording 8 channels at 192 kHz/24-bit with headphones, phantom power and display backlighting
    NiMH (2450 mAH): 1.5 hours or more
    Display 2.4" full-color LCD (320 x 240)
    USB Class: USB 2.0 high speed
    Interface As multi-track audio interface operation
    Class: USB 2.0 high speed
    Specifications: 44.1/48/96 kHz sampling rate, 16/24-bit bit rate, 8 in/4 out

    Stereo Mix audio interface operation (no driver required)
    Class: USB 2.0 full speed
    Specification: 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, 16-bit rate, 2 in/2 out
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.02 x 5.50 x 2.16" (178.2 x 139.8 x 54.8 mm)
    Weight 2.1 lb (0.95 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.575 x 10.394 x 4.882"
  • 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 Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 10.8 x 3.0"
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