Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder

Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder Kit with PCF-8 Protective Case

Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder Kit with PCF-8 Protective Case

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Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder Kit with PCF-8 Protective Case

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  • Records up to 10 Tracks Simultaneously
  • 8 x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks with +75 dB Gain
  • Look-Ahead Limiters
  • Clear Window & Side Openings for Cables
  • Adjustable Strap & Shoulder Pad
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  • 1Description

Bundled together by B&H for your convenience, the Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder Kit with PCF-8 Protective Case gives you a portable multi-track recorder and a durable case designed to protect the recorder. The kit can be used for a wide variety of applications including field and dialog recording for video, film, and broadcast, or for capturing musical performances.

  • 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 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. 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.
    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 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: 884354019037
  • Zoom PCF-8 Protective Case For F8n, F8, and F4 Field Recorders

    The Zoom PCF-8 is a custom-tailored protective carry case for the F8n, F8, and F4 professional field recorders. The case is ideal for comfortably carrying your F8 and other gear, both out in the field, and indoors. The lightweight and versatile bag offers top, side, and bottom access to the unit, and with water-resistant construction and a removable clear-windowed cover, you can keep an eye on the F8 screen without the risk of getting it wet or covered in dust.

    Drawstring sleeves on the sides allow you to access the F8's inputs and outputs while protecting them from the elements. You can keep accessories and connectors in the zippered front pouch and side pockets while storing mics and cables in the main compartment. The bottom of the F8 is accessible through a hook-and-loop fastener flap underneath the bag, which can also be configured for additional cable routing.

    The PCF-8 includes adjustable dividers that allow you to customize your bag to your workflow. The main divider can be pulled out and inserted sideways, allowing you to work with the F8 on a table-like surface. Adjustable straps and three latch hooks per side allow you to comfortably carry the recorder on long shoots and roving sessions.

    Side openings with drawstring for XLR/TRS cable input and protection
    Detachable, water-resistant cover with clear window for visual monitoring, plus inlay opening for personal notes
    Adjustable strap and shoulder pad combined with three latch hooks per side for a customized carry position
    Hook-and-loop fastener inner divider which is removable to open up space or use as a table surface for F8 unit
    Front and side pockets for extra storage
    Removable bottom panel to access rear of F8 unit (BNC Time Code connectors, removable AA battery pack, and Zoom mic capsule input)
    UPC: 884354015497
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  • 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 PCF-8 Protective Case For F8n, F8, and F4 Field Recorders
    Dimensions 10.6 x 9.4 x 6.3" / 270.0 x 240.0 x 160.0 mm
    Weight 30.3 oz / 860.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.5 x 10.5 x 6.4"

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