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Zoom F6 6-Input / 14-Track Multitrack Field Recorder

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Zoom F6 6-Input / 14-Track Multitrack Field Recorder
Key Features
  • Location Recording & Production Sound
  • 32-Bit Float Recording Avoids Clipping
  • 6 x High-Gain, Low-Noise Mic Preamps
  • Records 6 Inputs & Stereo Mix
Forget about digital clipping and focus on the shot with the Zoom F6, an ultra-compact, multitrack field recorder with 32-bit float technology for distortion-free dynamic range, and up to 14 tracks of simultaneous recording for professional and enthusiast applications on set and in the field. Slide it in a sound bag, sling it over your shoulder, or mount it to a camera; the F6 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).
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Zoom F6 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 232-Bit Float Recording Avoids Digital Clipping
  • 3Configurable Recording Settings for Any Situation
  • 4Versatile Multitrack Modes
  • 5Audio Interface Functionality
  • 6Ambisonics Support for VR, AR, and 360-Audio
  • 7Studio-Quality Performance for Discerning Professionals
  • 8Hybrid Limiters Prevent Overloading for 24-Bit Mode
  • 9Line and Headphone Outputs for Flexible Routing and Monitoring
  • 10Precision Timecode and Synchronization Features
  • 11Efficient Remote Control Options
  • 12Power for Hours
  • 13Multifunction USB Type-C Port for Power or Audio
  • 14Highly Visible Display
  • 15Zoom AutoMix Software Reduces Ambient Noise
  • 16Ultra-Compact, Portable, and Durable
  • 17Metadata for Simplified Post Production
  • 18Includes Extras

Forget about digital clipping and focus on the shot with the Zoom F6, an ultra-compact, multitrack field recorder with 32-bit float technology for distortion-free dynamic range, and up to 14 tracks of simultaneous recording for professional and enthusiast applications on set and in the field. Slide it in a sound bag, sling it over your shoulder, or mount it to a camera; the F6 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 timecode functionality, the F6 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 F6 has the modes, resolutions, and media support to handle your crucial audio tasks.Plus, its operational versatility ensures that the F6 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.

32-Bit Float Recording Avoids Digital Clipping

The F6 is designed to handle the reality of real-world dynamics. Since source levels can change unexpectedly, you need a system that can capture everything from pin-drop quiet to roaring loud without compromise or clipping. With 32-bit float resolution and dual-path A/D converters, the F6 delivers immense dynamic range to cover the audible spectrum with ease. Digital clipping is a thing of the past.

Configurable Recording Settings for Any Situation

The F6 boasts a slew of recording modes and resolutions to choose from—record all six inputs at a maximum resolution of 192 kHz in 24-bit linear or 32-bit float, or (thanks to Zoom's dual-path A/D converters) record them simultaneously in at up to 96 kHz in 24-bit and 32-bit float while printing a stereo mix.

Versatile Multitrack Modes

Maximize portability by recording directly to an SD/SDHC/SDXC card (available separately) for up to 512GB of storage space. Select MP3 format if you're only recording the stereo mix and really need extended time and minimal file size. Using the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility, you can run the F6 in 6-track mode (six inputs recorded in 24-bit or 32-bit float), or 14-track mode (six inputs recorded in 24-bit and 32-bit float, plus a stereo mix). Or select Ambisonics mode to capture four channels of Ambisonics-compatible audio and have two channels to spare for traditional mics.

Audio Interface Functionality

Alternatively, use the F6 as a 6-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 F6'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 F6 as an audio interface while recording to an SD card.

Ambisonics Support for VR, AR, and 360-Audio

The F6'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 5-6 for other signals such as boom and lav mics. 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 F6 can accommodate all manner of condenser microphones as well as balanced line-level signals via six locking Neutrik 3-pin XLR inputs. Six 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).

Hybrid Limiters Prevent Overloading for 24-Bit Mode

In 24-bit recording mode, the F6 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.

Line and Headphone Outputs for Flexible Routing and Monitoring

To use the F6 as a field mixer, simply connect its 3.5mm stereo line output into your camera, DSLR, mixer, or secondary recorder. Your audio mix will be fed through the unbalanced line, ready to be recorded.

With a transparent and high-output 100mW headphone amplifier tied to a 3.5mm stereo output, the F6 provides clean, efficient monitoring of pre- or post-fader levels and alerts for battery and recording status.

Precision Timecode and Synchronization Features

Whether you keep the F6 powered on all day, or shut it down during breaks, rock-solid sync with video cameras, master timecode clocks, or additional audio recorders will be maintained. Accurate synchronization is made possible with the F6's high-end timecode features. A 3.5mm TRS mini jack is dedicated for timecode I/O, and a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) boasts super stable timecode accuracy to ±0.2 ppm. You can even jam sync the F6 when constant external timecode 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, connect a Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth adapter (available separately), then 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 F6 offers several methods of powering. Operate it via four included AA batteries or a Sony L-Series type battery (available separately), power it through a USB Type-C connection, or plug it into a wall outlet with the Zoom AD-17 AC adapter (available separately). With up to 16.5 hours of battery life (AA lithium batteries, 16-bit / 48 kHz, 2-channel recording to SD card), you can rely on the F6 hour after hour.

Multifunction USB Type-C Port for Power or Audio

A USB Type-C port on the F6 serves several functions. Use it to hook up a power source, or connect a computer for file backup or live audio streaming.

Highly Visible Display

Day or night, view vital information such as audio levels, recording time, battery status, and more on the 1.54" full-color backlit LCD, which also offers a monochromatic mode. Transport controls and navigation buttons 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.

Ultra-Compact, Portable, and Durable

The rugged build quality and compact size make the F6 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.

Includes Extras

The F6 includes not only four AA batteries, but also a camera-mount adapter, and download codes for Cubase LE and WaveLab LE, ensuring that you can get started right away regardless of your workflow.
UPC: 884354020804

Zoom F6 Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of TracksWAV:
8 (6 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Maximum Sampling Rate192 kHz / 32-Bit
MicrophoneNone
Built-In SpeakerNo
DisplayColor LCD (Backlit)
Memory Card SupportSD, SDHC, SDXC (Up to 512 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Recording
Audio File FormatsBWF, MP3, WAV, iXML
Sample RatesWAV:
44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 88.2 / 96 / 192 kHz
Bit Depth16 / 24 / 32-Bit
Bit Rates128 to 320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FXLimiter
Timecode SupportYes
Frame Rates Supported23.976 / 24 / 25 / 29.97 / 29.97 DF / 30 / 30 DF
Clock Accuracy±0.2 ppm (Timecode)
Recording TimeWAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
57.69 Mins per GB (Stereo)
WAV 192 kHz/24-Bit:
14.41 Mins per GB (Stereo)
Connectivity
Analog I/O6 x XLR 3-Pin Female Balanced Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
Digital I/O1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Timecode In/Out
Phantom Power+24 / 48 V
Phantom Power Current≤ 10 mA per Channel
Host Connection1 x USB Type-C (I/O, USB 2.0)
Gain/Trim RangeMic Inputs:
+12 to +75 dB
Line Inputs:
+8 dB to +55 dB
Max Input LevelMic Inputs:
+4 dBu
Line Inputs:
+24 dBu
Max Output LevelLine Outputs:
+10 dBV
Headphone Output Power100 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Dynamic RangeLine Outputs:
95 dB
Headphone Outputs:
108 dB
ImpedanceMic Inputs:
≥3 Kilohms
Line Inputs:
≥5 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
≤100 Ohms
Headphone Outputs:
≤15 Ohms
Timecode Input:
4.6 Kilohms
Timecode Output:
≤50 Ohms
EIN≤-127 dBu (A-Weighted)
Power
Power OptionsBattery or AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type4 x AA (Included)
1 x L Series (Not Included)
Approximate Battery LifeWAV 48 kHz/16-Bit:
7.5 Hours (Alkaline, 2 Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom Off, with Headphones)
10.5 Hours (NiMH, 2 Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom Off, with Headphones)
16.5 Hours (Lithium, 2 Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom Off, with Headphones)
WAV 48 kHz/24-Bit:
5 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom Off, with Headphones)
7 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom Off, with Headphones)
10.5 Hours (Lithium, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom Off, with Headphones)
WAV 192 kHz/24-Bit:
0.5 Hours (Alkaline, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom On, with Headphones)
1.5 Hours (NiMH, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom On, with Headphones)
3.5 Hours (Lithium, All Channels, Backlit Display, Phantom On, with Headphones)
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC (Not Included)
Dimensions3.9 x 2.5 x 4.7" / 100 x 62.9 x 119.8 mm
Weight1.2 lb / 530 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.7 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10 x 7.5 x 5"

Zoom F6 Reviews

Antiquated user interface and no Bluetooth

By Bruce
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-30

The user interface is like something from 40 years ago before there were touch screens and emphasis on good design. Some of this can be avoided by using an iPhone and buying the optional Sound Devices Bluetooth adapter but it is a half measure. Having use the Sound Devices Mixpre-3 II recorder the Zoom F6 seems primative by comparison. The F6 does provide additional inputs but it still requires an external power source or L type batteries for long recording sessions. When using the L type batteries they are mounted directly to the rear of the F6 the NP-F battery will block access to the SD card. Similar problem with the MixPre-3 but this recorder can be operated without AA or the L batteries and using only a USB-C power source. The mechanical build of the F6 is superior to that of the Mixpre-3 II but good hardware and no touch sensitive screen as with the Sound Devices recorder negates that to a considerable degree. After using both recorders I have decided to go with the Mixpre-3 and external USB-C power banks for my own projects.

Excellent Choice for Single-Shooter Video Rig

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-15

I'm using this recorder as part of a single-shooter video rig shooting gymnastics events for a YouTube channel called Grips. Chalk. Flip. This recorder works well with my setup, which includes a Nikon Z6 connected via HDMI to a BlackMagic Video Assist 12g shooting in 10-bit N-Log in ProRes HQ. I'm using 5-6 of the inputs on the Zoom, feeding the mix to the Z6 via one stereo channel and a free run clock timecode from the Zoom F6 to the other stereo channel. Both audio channels are then fed to the BMVA via HDMI. Feeding through the camera rather than direct to the BMVA helps with the HDMI latency from the Z6 by keeping the audio and video in sync. I sync my dailies using Tentacle Sync Studio, which is quick and exports easily into Final Cut Pro X. The 32-bit float is great, too, because in this setup, I can't pay much attention to the audio levels apart from what I hear in the mix, so I don't have to worry about clipping as I can fix it later.

Wow, very nice

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-09

Powerful, complex and very well made

32-Bit Rec

By Jose
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-20

What else can be said? Anyone serious about audio work knows the value of this format. At this price point, this is fantastic value. I will say that the form factor leaves a bit to be desired - unsure about the cubical design.

32 bit is where it is at!

By Isaac
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-03

Like all of Zoom's products it is very simple to use. I have used two of Sennheiser's AVX-MKE2 wireless mics and a Rode NTG3 shotgun mic all connected at the same time and the F6 works great!! If I need to use more than these three mics I'll have to get some XLR adapters to take my receivers out away from the F6 otherwise they won't fit. A bit cramped as is. The reason to get the F6 is for the 32 bit floating audio recording. I recently did a shoot with the above setup. I had one sound guy to help me out on the shoot. We set the recording level about where we thought would work well. The files were set to record separate tracks. Not all mixed together. My sound guy had to run boom so it would have been impossible to run boom and mix audio at the same time. We'll with 32-bit floating we didn't have to worry about it. When I got back to the studio and did my edits there were a few sections of the audio recordings that had peaked when people were laughing or talked really loud. No problem. I just dropped the gain down on that section of the waveform and the audio sounds great. No distortion. Love this device! It is a real game changer!

Me encanta

By Jose Orlando
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-02

Me encanto, muy buena mquina para trabajar.

Warning Audio STOPS Recording

By Christen
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-04

I used this on a professional job recently where the audio skipped ahead during a recording making a portion of an interview with a celebrity client unusable. Zoom knew this was an issue, but did not notify its user base adequately. Supposedly, it has to do with recordings done using 32 bit and 24 but at the same time. A firmware patch supposedly fixed it...but how do i know that? Fortunately, I'm also doing post on this, job and was able to cut around it and save face - but in two sections of the interview this problem occurred. So it's literally a crap shoot on whether you're going to hear your recording or not. Epic failure on Zoom's part. I developed trust for the brand based on prior reliable use of the H6 line...this caused all that goodwill to evaporate. If using on a shoot that you're relying on this recorder - buyer BEWARE. Do a google search on WARNING: Audio jumps in Zoom F6 recording and you'll see another user illustrating the exact problem i had.

Great little machine!

By Arnis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-01

Everything about this little machine is very good, indeed. The fact that it is small by itself presents minor challenges, such as being able to press the menu buttons etc. since they are so closely spaced. To save space, line out, timecode and headphone outputs are tiny 3.5 mm instead of a hefty XLR, but no bid deal. My only real negative is that the headphone volume switch also has other functions if it is pressed, which is so easy to do accidentally. Though no fault of the machine itself is the instruction manual. Very very few manufacturers give you a real one, expecting you to go online. Even an included disc would be appreciated. It does come with a quick guide, covering all the functions. Again, Zoom being no exception, some functions are mentioned but not given detail as to actual use. Case in point: linking. Likewise, it would be nice to expand on any accessories and how to use them, beyond how to find the features in a menu. If people understood what's available and how to fill their need - and how to use it - I'm sure customers (like me!) would be more likely to be happier, use the features more, and buy more accessories. Looking at the reviews, even the bag/case made for the F6 isn't as well thought out, including those from third party vendors. This may or may not be an issue for you. Bottom line, accessories are often afterthoughts, so look critically before you buy, because features and specs on paper don't mean much if you find it difficult to actually use your equipment. For it's price, it's so hard to beat - I bought this instead of other brands... with no regrets!

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