Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder

Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder

Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder

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  • 8 x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks with +75 dB Gain
  • Up to 192 kHz/ 24-Bit PCM Recording
  • Record up to 10 Tracks Simultaneously
  • Look-Ahead Limiters Eliminate Clipping
  • Zoom AutoMix: Automatic Level Adjustment
  • 2 x SD Card Slots
  • Built-In Slate Microphone
  • 8 x AA Batteries, AC, External Power Pack
  • Time Code at 0.2 ppm Accuracy
  • Simultaneous Recording to SD Card & USB
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Zoom F8N overview

  • 1Description

The Zoom F8n 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 XLR/TRS combo jacks that provide +75 dB maximum input gain, and support for line-level inputs. It can record up to 10 tracks simultaneously (channels 1 through 8 plus a stereo mix), or up to eight channels when recording at the A/D converter's maximum 24-bit 192 kHz resolution.

The Zoom F8n boasts options like Zoom's AutoMix, which automatically adjusts the levels to reduce ambient sound, ensuring a clean and well-captured sound. If you're working on a one- to four-track project, you can utilize dual-channel recording to create safety tracks. Capture signal loudly with one, and have the other set to low gains as a backup should the louder mic feel over-saturated from too much level.

You'll also note the advanced lookahead limiters, which add 1 ms of delay to the signal. This is imperceptible to the person listening and does not affect the final product, but this millisecond makes all the difference in the digital world, as it protects against clipping before it's ever recording. For time code generation, the F8n makes use of a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator that generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy, making sure audio and video stay synced. 

Power to the recorder can be supplied in one of three ways: via AA batteries, an AC adapter, or a 9 to 18 VDC external power pack. Two SD 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 as an 8-in/4-out audio interface at sample rates up to 96 kHz. A built-in slate mic allows you to make voice memos and the unit's slate tone can be used to confirm specific levels. Proprietary Zoom capsules can be plugged into the unit, so you can record stereo straight to the F8n. 
 

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.
Zoom AutoMix
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.
Time Code Generation
The F8n utilizes a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) that generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy, enabling rock-solid syncing of audio and video. When powered off, the F8n will maintain a 0.2 ppm accuracy, and Time code I/O is provided on BNC connectors.
Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters
The F8n is equipped with Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters that provide overload protection no matter what comes your way by adding a 1 millisecond delay; these limiters "look ahead" to anticipate clipping before it's recorded and are applied to each of the 8 channels simultaneously at full resolution—and 10 to 20 dB of headroom to ensure clean audio on every take.
Simultaneous-Recording
The F8n can record to an SD card and your computer via USB simultaneously, and you can easily back up your files and stream live while recording. You can also record to two SD cards at once for simultaneous, redundant recording, ensuring you're capturing all the audio all the time.
Louder, Cleaner, and Clearer Monitoring over Zoom F8
Volume, clarity, and immersion are equally important for proper monitoring in the field. That's why updates have been made to the F8n's headphone processing to maximize all three. A digital gain boost has been added to minimize ambient bleed, which can cause comb filtering resulting in poor audio quality. Signals can be freely routed to the left and/or right headphone channels, pre- or post-fader. Additionally, the headphone output can be switched to mono. You also can set headphone alert tones for low battery, recording start/stop, or recording errors.
Onboard Features for Ambisonics and VR
Capable of recording 360-audio, the F8n sports an Ambisonics mode that features A to B decoding, gain and settings linking, and a customized metering screen.
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 adapter (included), or a 9 to 18 VDC external power pack (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
The unit can be used as an 8-in/4-out audio interface at sample rates up to 96 kHz.
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.
Pre-Record
The pre-record function allows you to capture up to 6 seconds of audio before you hit the RECORD button.
UPC: 884354019037
In the Box
Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder
  • AD-19 12 VDC Power Adapter
  • Set of Download Codes for Cubase LE and WaveLab LE
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Zoom F8N specs

    Recording Media Dual SD card slots support 16 to 2 GB SD cards, 4 to 32 GB SDHC cards, and 64 to 512 GB SDXC cards
    Input Connectors 8 x Combination XLR-1/4" TRS jacks
    1 x Zoom mic (disables inputs 1 and 2)
    1 x Built-in mic for voice memos
    Input Gain Mic: +10 to +75 dB
    Line: -10 to +55 dB
    Input Impedance Mic: 2 kOhms
    Line: 2.6 kOhms
    Maximum Input Level Mic: +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
    Line: +24 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
    Phantom Power +24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel
    EIN −127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150-Ohm input)
    Frequency Characteristics 10 Hz to 80 kHz +0.5 dB/−1 dB (192 kHz sampling rate)
    Crosstalk −90 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)
    Output Connectors 2 x TA-3 connectors, balanced main output
    1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack
    1 x 1/4" unbalanced stereo headphone jack
    Output Impedance Main: ≤ 150 Ohms
    Sub: ≤ 100 Ohms
    Headphones: ≤ 15 Ohms
    Output Level Main (Reference): −10 dBV (normal output level), +4 dBu (output level: line), 1 kHz, 600-Ohm load
    Sub (Reference): −10 dBV (normal output level), −40 dBV (mic output level), 1 kHz, 10-kOhm load
    Maximum Output Level Main: +10 dBV (normal output level), +24 dBu (output level: line), 1 kHz, 600-Ohm load
    Sub: +10 dBV (normal output level), -20 dBV (mic output level), 1 kHz, 10-kOhm load
    Headphones: 100 mW + 100 mW (32-Ohm load)
    Dynamic Range A/D: 120 dB typical (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
    D/A: 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 kb/s, 44.1 / 48 kHz, ID3v1 tags
    Tracks Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks, WAV: 10 (8 inputs + stereo mix), 8 at 192 kHz sampling rate
    Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks, 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: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 ND; 29.97, 30 D
    Precision: 0.2 ppm
    Supported Input Levels: 0.2 to 5.0 V p-p
    Input Impedance: 4.6 kOhms
    Output Level: 3.3 V p-p
    Output Impedance: ≤ 50 Ohms
    Power Supplies 8 x AA batteries
    AD-19 12 VDC power supply (2 A)
    HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S external power pack (4-pin, 9 to 18 VDC)
    Power Consumption 15 W
    Continuous Recording Time 2 Channels at 48 kHz / 16-bit to SD1
    Alkaline Batteries: ≥ 6 hours
    NiMH (2450 mAh): ≥ 8.5 hours
    Lithium Batteries: ≥ 12 hours

    8 Channels at 48 kHz / 24-bit to SD1
    Alkaline Batteries: ≥ 3.5 hours
    NiMH (2450 mAh): ≥ 6 hours
    Lithium Batteries: ≥ 8 hours

    8 Channels at 192 kHz / 24-bit to SD1
    Alkaline Batteries: ≥ 1 hour
    NiMH (2450 mAh): ≥ 2 hours
    Lithium Batteries: ≥ 3 hours
    Display 320 x 240, 2.4" Full-Color LCD
    USB Class Mass Storage Operation: USB 2.0 high speed
    Multi-Track Audio Interface Operation: USB 2.0 high speed,
    Stereo Mix Audio Interface Operation: USB 2.0 full speed
    Audio Out from USB: USB 2.0 high speed
    USB Specifications Multi-Track Audio Interface Operation: 44.1 to 96 kHz, 16-/24-bit, 10-in/4-out
    Stereo Mix Audio Interface Operation: 44.1/48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-in/2-out
    Audio Out from USB: 44.1/48 kHz, 16-/24-bit, 10-in/4-out
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.0 x 5.5 x 2.1" / 178.2 x 140.3 x 54.3 mm
    Weight 2.2 lb / 1.0 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.7 x 10.2 x 4.1"

    Zoom F8N reviews

    F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warning to upgraders from Zoom F8 Just a heads up to people upgrading from the F8. The Camera Mount Adapter (CMF-8) and the 2 TA3 to XLR Cables (TXF-8) are *not* included in the new Zoom F8n packaging. I know I should have known that from reading the product description, but I just assumed the same items as the F8 would be included. At the moment, I haven't been able to find a price for the camera mount adapter as a separate purchase. So, the Zoom F8n is a great upgrade from the F8. Just be aware that the camera adapter and cables that were with the F8 are not included with the F8n.
    Date published: 2018-07-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A terrific recorder that is almost there The Zoom F8n is a deep product with a laundry list of features. The one missing feature is to have two channels linked so that one gain trim changes the gain for both channels, but with the ability to have one channel's gain offset from the other. That offset would be maintained as the gain is changed with the control of the other channel. Most of the SD recorders do this. However, the F8n has been recording at 192kHz sampling rate without a catch, something the SD recorders have not been able to do. The preamps on the F8n are very quiet and transparent. I would not hesitate to recommend this recorder to anyone that wants first-class sound, stellar recordings, and an amazingly functional recorder.
    Date published: 2018-09-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than satified For live music the input limiter worked great. In a more controlled interview scenario, the auto-mixer did it's job. The IOS control app works great, although it has a bit of lag from adjusting a slider to the recorder responding. The FRC-8 controller works great with the F8n as well, with less lag than the IOS app (perhaps due to being connected by USB instead of bluetooth), and can be powered by the recorder, making for less batteries to have on hand/keep charged. I was kind of bummed that I cannot have the F8n connected to both the FRC-8 controller and a PC at the same time. I like being able to use the physical faders/buttons that the controller has, but at the same time I was hoping to be able to have the recorder set as an USB audio device so I could record a third set of backup files digitally (I'm already recording to both of the recorder's SD card slots) through Audition. I suppose that's overkill, but for me it's nice to visually monitor the recordings for clipping (which I guess is a non-issue with the limiters enabled). I also use the recorder to pass clean audio to 3 cameras via the main and sub outputs. Overall, the f8n and its accessories make for a great portable studio.
    Date published: 2018-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great. This recorder rocked when I was doing a multi-day, 1-man gig. I simultaneously ran 3 to 5 lavs plus a boom with no problem. Used the new limiter once with the boom and it did its job but also did dual recording just in case. Nice to have the dual recording option when have available spare tracks.  Used external batteries via hirose and it changed to using internal AAs without a problem when I swapped out external battery.  Had to use its time code clock as the master and no problems with sync reported by post - even without re-jamming at lunch (used a nanolockit box on cam). I used the auto mix as I was also booming most of the time. It worked ok for camera scratch, at least no complaints. Knobs are a bit small for serious mixing. Would want to use that separate zoom F-control mixer I think if I was mixing anything even slightly difficult. Wish the main outs were full sized and pro but made it work as had adapter cables.  Headphone pre-amp was fine to my ears. Good buy as I needed all those extra inputs!
    Date published: 2018-11-24
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