Zoom F8n Field Recorder Kit with Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone

Zoom F8n Field Recorder Kit with Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone
Key Features
  • Zoom F8n Recorder & 3D VR Microphone
  • Integrated Mixer, SMPTE Timecode I/O
  • Resolution: 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • 8x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks with +75 dB Gain
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.
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Zoom F8n Overview

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

The F8n utilizes advanced look-ahead hybrid limiters to provide reliable protection against overloading the A/D converters. By adding a small delay of just one millisecond, the limiters are able to "look ahead" at the input signal and anticipate clipping before it's recorded. Experienced recordists will surely appreciate the adjustable limiter settings such as knee, threshold, and attack and release times.

Configurable Recording Settings for Any Situation

The F8n boasts a slew of recording modes and resolutions to choose from—record all eight inputs at a maximum resolution of 24-bit / 192 kHz, record them at up to 96 kHz while printing a stereo mix, or simultaneously record the first four inputs at two different levels to produce safety tracks that can have independent gain, limiting, and more. Also, a pre-record function allows you to capture up to six seconds of audio before you press the record button!

Versatile Multitrack Modes

Maximize portability by recording directly to an SD/SDHC/SDXC card (available separately) for up to 512 GB of storage space. Select MP3 format if you're only recording the stereo mix and really need extended time and minimal file size. Use the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility, or select Ambisonics mode to capture four channels of Ambisonics-compatible audio and have four channels to spare for traditional mics.

Audio Interface Functionality

Alternatively, use the F8n as an 8-in/4-out USB 2.0 audio interface at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz. Connect it to your computer, launch your preferred audio recording program, then enjoy the combination of the F8n's premium mic preamps and A/D converters, plus the familiarity and features of your favorite software. For safe, redundant recording at up to 48 kHz, it is possible to operate the F8n as an audio interface while recording to an SD card.

Ambisonics Support for VR, AR, and 360-Audio

The F8n's Ambisonics mode offers precision A-to-B decoding and balanced gain linking, enabling you to capture professional spatial audio for VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), and more. Even while using the first four channels for Ambisonics recording, you can utilize channels 5-8 for other signals such as boom and lav mics or an alternate Ambisonics format. A built-in Ambisonics stereo monitor converter allows real-time monitoring of your Ambisonics recording. Download the free Zoom Ambisonics Player software to access user-friendly decoding and editing functions for your 360-audio.

Studio-Quality Performance for Discerning Professionals

The F8n can accommodate all manner of condenser microphones as well as balanced line-level signals via eight locking Neutrik XLR-1/4" combo inputs. Eight studio-quality microphone preamps boasting massive gain (up to 75 dB) and ultra-low noise (-127 dBu EIN) ensure that your sound sources will be amplified with sonic accuracy. Select mic/line-level per input, apply 24 or 48 VDC phantom power per input, adjust each input via a dedicated level knob, and handle hot signal levels (up to +4 dBu in mic mode, or up to +24 dBu in line mode).

Zoom Mic Capsule Input

A Zoom mic capsule input on the F8n accommodates Zoom's line of interchangeable capsules (available separately) in place of inputs 1-2. With mid-side, X/Y, and shotgun mic capsules to choose from, you can be ready to record music, dialog, or sound effects without carting an external microphone setup.

Headphone and Balanced Line Outputs for Flexible Routing and Monitoring

Outfitted with two TA3 balanced main outputs and an unbalanced 3.5mm submix out, the F8n is a capable field mixer. Since the main and sub outs can be fed from different or identical sources, you can easily route to multiple devices such as a camera, DSLR, mixer, or secondary recorder.

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

Whether you keep the F8n powered on all day, or shut it down during breaks, rock-solid sync with video cameras, master time code clocks, or additional audio recorders will be maintained. Accurate synchronization is made possible with the F8n's high-end time code features. Standard BNC jacks are dedicated for time code I/O, and a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) boasts super stable time code accuracy to ±0.2 ppm. You can even jam sync the F8n when constant external time code isn't present.

Efficient Remote Control Options

If you need extensive external control, Zoom has you covered. For fast and fluid hands-on remote control, the Zoom F-Control (available separately) is ideal. It features smooth 60mm faders, plus tactile controls for trim, pan, arming tracks, transport operations, and more.

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

To keep up with the pace of on-location production, the F8n offers several methods of powering. Operate it via eight AA batteries (available separately), power it through a Hirose-connected DC battery pack (available separately), or plug it into a wall outlet with the included 12V power adapter. With up to 12 hours of battery life (AA lithium batteries, 16-bit / 48 kHz, 2-channel recording to SD card), you can rely on the F8n hour after hour.

Multifunction Mini-USB Port

A mini-USB port on the F8n serves several functions. Connect it to a computer for file backup or live audio streaming, or connect it to an FRC-8 controller (available separately).

Highly Visible Display

Day or night, view vital information such as audio levels, recording time, battery status, and more on the 2.4" full-color backlit LCD, which also offers a monochromatic mode. Transport controls (the play/pause and record buttons are illuminated), navigation buttons, and per-channel gain, PFL, and 6-segment meters are presented nearby for sound bag–friendly, hassle-free operations.

Zoom AutoMix Software Reduces Ambient Noise

Let Zoom's AutoMix function simplify your job. 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. Since you turn AutoMix on/off for each channel, you have complete control over where you want AutoMix to work.

Compact, Portable, and Durable

The rugged build quality and compact size make the F8n an excellent choice for location recording on set and in the field. It's equally well suited for placement in an audio bag or a camera-mounted configuration.

Metadata for Simplified Post Production

Add metadata such as notes and track/scene names in BWF and iXML formats to easily catalog your files in preparation for loading them into your video or audio editing workstation. Make it a habit to make organization and collaboration in post-production easy.

Built-In Slate Function and Tone Generator

The F8n has a built-in slate mic for recording comments, as well as the ability to output a variable frequency tone signal for synchronization with miscellaneous video equipment.
UPC: 884354019037

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

Zoom F8n 8-Input / 10-Track Multitrack Field Recorder Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of TracksWAV:
10 (8 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 24-Bit
MicrophoneBuilt-In Slate Mic
Built-In SpeakerNo
DisplayColor LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card SupportSD (16 MB to 2 GB)
SDHC (4 to 32 GB)
SDXC (64 to 512 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Audio File FormatsBWF, ID3v1, MP3, WAV, iXML
Sample RatesWAV:
44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 88.2 / 96 / 192 kHz
44.1 / 48 kHz
Bit Depth16 / 24-Bit
Bit Rates128 to 320 kb/s
Signal ProcessingLimiter
Timecode SupportYes
Frame Rates Supported23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 29.97 DF / 30 / 30 DF
Clock Accuracy±0.2 ppm
Recording TimeWAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
57.8 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 192 kHz/24-Bit:
14.4 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Analog I/O8 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Female Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1 x Proprietary Mic Capsule Input
2 x TA3 3-Pin Male Balanced Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
Digital I/O1 x BNC Timecode Input
1 x BNC Timecode Output
Phantom Power+24 / 48 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Phantom Power Current≤ 10 mA per Channel
Host Connection1 x Mini-USB (USB 2.0)
Frequency Response10 Hz to 80 kHz +0.5/-1 dB (At 192 kHz)
Gain RangeMic Inputs:
+10 to +75 dB
Line Inputs:
-10 to +55 dB
Max Input LevelMic Inputs:
+14 dBu (Limiter On, at 0 dBFS)
Line Inputs:
+24 dBu (Limiter On, at 0 dBFS)
Max Output LevelOutputs:
+24 dBu
Aux Outputs:
+10 dBV
Headphone Output Power100 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Dynamic RangeA/D Converters:
120 dBA
D/A Converters:
106 dBA
ImpedanceMic Inputs:
2 Kilohms
Line Inputs:
2.6 Kilohms
Balanced Outputs:
≤150 Ohms
Aux Outputs:
≤100 Ohms
Headphone Outputs:
≤15 Ohms
BNC Inputs:
4.6 Kilohms
BNC Outputs:
≤50 Ohms
EIN≤-127 dBu (A-Weighted)
Power OptionsBatteries or AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type8 x AA (Not Included)
Approximate Battery Life48 kHz/16-Bit:
6 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels)
8.5 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels)
12 Hours (Lithium, 2 Channels)
48 kHz/24-Bit:
3.5 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels)
6 Hours (NiMH, All Channels)
8 Hours (Lithium, All Channels)
192 kHz/24-Bit:
1 Hour (Alkaline, All Channels)
2 Hours (NiMH, All Channels)
3 Hours (Lithium, All Channels)
AC/DC Power Adapter12 VDC at 2 A (Included)
Dimensions7 x 5.5 x 2.1" / 178.2 x 140.3 x 54.3 mm
Weight2.2 lb / 1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.26 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.7 x 10.35 x 4.05"

Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone Specs

Transducer PrincipleExternally-polarized condenser
Pickup Pattern4x 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 Response20 Hz to 20 kHz
Matrix ReferenceCenter of the capsule holder
Mixing to B-FormatW: FLU + FRD + BLD + BRU
Sensitivity31 mV/Pa (-30 dBV), free field, no load
ImpedanceNominal: approximately 200 Ohms
Minimal Terminating Impedance: 1000 Ohms
Equivalent Noise Level18 dBA as per IEC 61672-1
27 dB CCIR as per CCIR 468-3
Maximum SPL130 dBA for 1 kHz (for K = 1%)
Power Supply4x phantom powering (P48) as per IEC 61938 (48 ± 4 V), 2.2 mA each
Microphone ConnectorDIN12M (use enclosed adapter cable to convert to 4x XLR3M)
PolarityPin1 (GND), Pin2 (+), Pin3 (-)
Operating Temperature14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Storage Temperature-4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C
Relative HumidityMax 90% at 104°F / 40°C
Dimensions8.5 x 1.9/1.0" / 215.0 x 49.0/25.0 mm
Weight14.1 oz / 400.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.785 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16.05 x 11.05 x 3.05"
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Is there a tone generator within this mixer? (I need one that will produce a tone so I may sync levels with video equipment.)
Asked by: Jay O.
Yes the Zoom F8 has a built-in slate mic for recording comments andthe ability to output a variable frequency tone signal. The slate mic and slate tone cannot be used simultaneously.
Answered by: John P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

I can not find a suitable remote battery system ...

I can not find a suitable remote battery system for this. I plan on using it in the field so the AA battery is a deal breaker for me. I cannot find a system w/ 2 batteries, charger and an adapter to use with this machine. Any direction?
Asked by: Daniel
I use NP-1 batteries with a Battery Buddy hub. Works like a charm.
Answered by: Eric
Date published: 2020-11-26


what cables are included? if none. What do I need? XLR CABLES: 1.) 12 pin to 12 pin and 2.) 12 to 3 pin breakout cable. If yes where are these XLR cables on your website. Costing a purchase for Classroom.Thank you
Asked by: Anonymous
No XLR cables are included with the F8n. The F8n does not feature any 12 pin connections, nor do we manufacture 12-pin cables. I would recommend looking into companies and brands that specialize in these types of cables for more information.
Answered by: Zoom Customer Support
Date published: 2018-11-09

Is it possible to use Zoom F8n as a realtime ...

Is it possible to use Zoom F8n as a realtime capture device to stream 8 digital channels to a PC?
Asked by: Marcus
Yes, this field recorder can recorder can also act as an 8 -channel USB audio interface.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2021-02-22

Does this unit have phantom power on all eight ...

Does this unit have phantom power on all eight channels?
Asked by: joe
Yes all 8 XLR inputs have phantom power, you can select individually which channels to turn on Phantom power to in the settings.
Answered by: leticia
Date published: 2021-03-09

How do you monitor camera return (l and r ...

How do you monitor camera return (l and r channels)?
Asked by: Anthony
There is no dedicated camera return. You could bring the audio in on two unused channels and monitor those.
Answered by: James Cruz
Date published: 2020-11-02

Can this dual record across the two SD cards so ...

Can this dual record across the two SD cards so you have a backup?
Asked by: Luke
Answered by: RIchard
Date published: 2021-07-27

Can you record a USB signal coming into the F8n? ...

Can you record a USB signal coming into the F8n? I have a mixer that allows direct recording to USB so I was wondering if I could record right to the F8n. Thanks!
Asked by: Devon
Yes, there is a USB return.
Answered by: Zoom Customer Support
Date published: 2020-11-27
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