Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder

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

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

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

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  • 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
  • High-Quality Preamps with Phantom Power
  • Mic Ideal for Capturing Audio Used in VR
  • 4 Matched KE 14 Cardioid Capsules
  • Tetrahedral Arrangement of Capsules
  • Includes Cubase LE and Wavelab LE
  • Includes A-B Format Converter Software
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Zoom F8n overview

  • 1Description

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 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
  • 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
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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"
  • Sennheiser AMBEO VR 3D Microphone
    Transducer Principle Externally-polarized condenser
    Pickup Pattern 4x 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 Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz
    Matrix Reference Center of the capsule holder
    Mixing to B-Format W: FLU + FRD + BLD + BRU
    X: FLU + FRD - BLD - BRU
    Y: FLU - FRD + BLD - BRU
    Z: FLU - FRD - BLD + BRU
    Sensitivity 31 mV/Pa (-30 dBV), free field, no load
    Impedance Nominal: approximately 200 Ohms
    Minimal Terminating Impedance: 1000 Ohms
    Equivalent Noise Level 18 dBA as per IEC 61672-1
    27 dB CCIR as per CCIR 468-3
    Maximum SPL 130 dBA for 1 kHz (for K = 1%)
    Power Supply 4x phantom powering (P48) as per IEC 61938 (48 ± 4 V), 2.2 mA each
    Microphone Connector DIN12M (use enclosed adapter cable to convert to 4x XLR3M)
    Polarity Pin1 (GND), Pin2 (+), Pin3 (-)
    Operating Temperature 14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C
    Relative Humidity Max 90% at 104°F / 40°C
    Dimensions (L x D) 8.5 x 1.9/1.0" / 215.0 x 49.0/25.0 mm
    Weight 14.1 oz / 400.0 g
    Packaging Infoxcqezdbfzqbtycwbczuyfq
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 10.8 x 3.0"

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