Bundled together by B&H for your convenience, the Zoom F8n Kit with Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone gives you two essential pieces in capturing 3D audio suitable for VR. For instance, the Zoom F8n 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 F8n 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 F8n 8-Input / 10-Track Multitrack Field Recorder
Capture every location recording cleanly and redundantly with the Zoom F8n, a sound bag–friendly, multitrack field recorder with look-ahead limiters for distortion-free 24-bit audio, and up to 8-input / 10-track recording for professional and enthusiast applications on set and in the field. Like other F-Series recorders such as the F4 and F6, you can slide it in a sound bag, sling it over your shoulder, or mount it to a camera; the F8n packs quantity and quality into a rugged frame that's more than ready for filmmaking, production/location sound mixing, sound effects recording, and electronic news gathering (ENG).From the large, informative color display and user-friendly controls to the flexible powering options and precision time code functionality, the F8n is properly equipped to please novices and demanding veterans alike. Whether you need long-duration stereo recording for an interview, redundant capture of multi-mic setups for a video shoot, or Ambisonics sound files for virtual reality and 360-audio projects, the F8n has the modes, resolutions, and media support to handle your crucial audio tasks. Plus, its operational versatility ensures that the F8n will always enhance your workflow, be it simple, complex, or always changing. You can feel confident using it as your main recorder, a USB audio interface for your dedicated computer rig, or a backup unit for added safety. Since it supports dual SD card recording, 4-channel safety recording, and 6-second pre-recording, you can stop worrying about losing takes.
Look-Ahead Limiters Prevent Clipping
Configurable Recording Settings for Any Situation
Versatile Multitrack Modes
Audio Interface Functionality
Ambisonics Support for VR, AR, and 360-Audio
Studio-Quality Performance for Discerning Professionals
Zoom Mic Capsule Input
Headphone and Balanced Line Outputs for Flexible Routing and Monitoring
With a transparent and high-output 100mW headphone amplifier tied to a dedicated 1/4" stereo output, the F8n provides clean, efficient monitoring of pre- or post-fader levels, independent left/right signals, and alerts for battery and recording status.
Precision Time Code and Synchronization Features
Efficient Remote Control Options
For convenient wireless remote control from an iOS mobile device, use the free F-Control app to quickly monitor and tweak levels, operate transport controls, add metadata, and more.
Power for Hours
Multifunction Mini-USB Port
Highly Visible Display
Zoom AutoMix Software Reduces Ambient Noise
Compact, Portable, and Durable
Metadata for Simplified Post Production
Built-In Slate Function and Tone Generator
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
Ambisonic Capsule Structure
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).