Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder

Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder Kit with F-Control

Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder Kit with F-Control

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Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder Kit with F-Control Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder Zoom F-Control for F8n, F8, and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders

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  • Includes Zoom F8n Field Recorder
  • Record Up to 10 Tracks Simultaneously
  • 8 x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks with +75 dB Gain
  • Look-Ahead Limiters Eliminate Clipping
  • Includes Zoom F-Control
  • Mixer Control for Field Recorder
  • 9 Faders (8 Channel + 1 Master)
  • Durable Metal Chassis
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Zoom F8N overview

  • 1Description

Bundled together by B&H for your convenience, this Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder Kit provides you with the aforementioned field recorder and the Zoom F-Control, a remote control in a mixer form factor. Among other distinguishing features, the F8n sports look-ahead limiters that eliminate clipping, eight XLR inputs with +75 dB of gain, and the ability to record up to 10 tracks of audio simultaneously. The F-Control sports nine faders (eight for channels and one for the master) in a durable metal chassis.

  • Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder

    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
  • Zoom F-Control for F8n, F8, and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders

    Designed for the location sound recordist, the F-Control from Zoom is a mixing control surface designed for the F8n, F8, and F4 multitrack field recorders. It creates a complete and professional audio rig that offers a broad spectrum of creative possibilities with complete control over sound design and mixing.

    The interface provides nine 60mm faders (eight + Master) and hands-on input/output control for trim, pan, and track arming. Monitoring channel and output levels is simple with 12-segment LED meters, three user-programmable buttons, and a dedicated timecode button.

    Additional controls include Track Scene Edit buttons which provide shortcut commands to Track Name, Scene Increment, Scene Name, Notes, and False Take. The unit connects to the F8/F4 recorder via USB for a seamless and uncluttered setup, while an additional USB port lets you connect an external keyboard to quickly enter metadata while out in the field. An included 1/4" stereo cable connects the F8/F4 phone out to F-Control's phone in, so you can monitor audio via F-Control's headphone jack.

    The durable metal chassis is robust enough to go anywhere, and yet small and light enough to fit into gear bags and backpacks. The F-Control can be powered by an optional DC power supply or via the included four AA batteries. Additionally, the unit can be USB-powered when using the F4 (not available with the F8). The F-Control ships with a stereo audio cable and a USB cable.

    • Nine faders (eight + Master), each 60mm
    • 1/4" headphone jack
    • USB port for external keyboard connection
    • Hands-on input/output control for trim, pan, and track arming
    • 12-segment LED meters for monitoring channel and output levels
    • Dedicated timecode buttons
    • Track Scene edit buttons: Shortcut commands to Track Name, Scene Increment, Scene Name, Notes, and False Take screens
    • Power options: 4 x AA batteries, 4-pin Hirose connector with external battery pack, and USB bus power via the F4 (not available with the F8)
    • Durable metal chassis
    • Compatible with Zoom F8n, F8, and F4 multitrack field recorders
    UPC: 884354017606
In the Box
Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder
    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
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.7 x 10.2 x 4.1"
  • Zoom F-Control for F8n, F8, and F4 Multitrack Field Recorders
    Controls Faders: 9 x 2.4" / 60.0 mm
    Trim/Pan Knobs: 8     
    Active Track: 8 buttons
    Pre-Fade Listen: 8    
    User Buttons: 3
    Dedicated Function Buttons: Scene Inc, Scene Name, Note, Track Name, False Take, and Timecode
    Transport Controls: Play/Pause, Rec, REW, Stop, FF
    Headphone Knob: Volume control
    Output Button: Toggles L/R, Main, and Sub
    Menu: Button and endless encoder
    Display & Indicators Channels: 8 x 12-segment LED display
    Main Output: Stereo 12-segment LED display
    Connectors To F Series: USB Type-A
    Keyboard: USB Type-A
    Headphone In: 1/4" unbalanced stereo
    Headphone Out: 1/4" unbalanced stereo
    9-16 VDC IN: Hirose HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +)
     
    Power Requirements 4 x AA (LR6) batteries
    External Power Supply: 9-16 VDC
    Power Consumption 2.5 W
    Battery Operation Time Using 8 channels at once, LED Brightness at 60, without keyboard:
    Alkaline Batteries: 8.5 hours or more
    NiMH (2450 mAh): 10 hours or more
    Lithium Batteries: 18 hours or more
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 9.6 x 7.1 x 1.8" / 243.8 x 180.6 x 45.7 cm
    Weight 2.2 lb / 1.0 kg (without batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.8 x 10.3 x 3.1"

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