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The Zoom F8 field recorder is designed to be used by filmmakers and sound designers and offers 8-input/10-track recording at 24-bit/192kHz.
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The Zoom F8 field recorder is designed to be used by filmmakers and sound designers and offers 8-input/10-track recording at 24-bit/192kHz. Outfitted with their finest mic preamps to date, the F8 features an extremely low noise floor (-127dBu EIN) and high gain (up to 75dB), with +4dB line inputs.

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The F8 can record at 24-bit/192kHz resolution and is equipped with onboard limiters designed to provide overload protection. Limiting can be applied to all 8 channels simultaneously at full resolution with 10dB of headroom and controls for setting threshold, attack, and release.

The F8 utilizes a precision oscillator that generates time code at 0.2ppm accuracy, enabling solid syncing of audio and video. The F8 supports all standard dropframe and non-drop formats, and can jam sync to time code being provided by external devices. An input and output are provided on standard BNC connectors, enabling easy integration into any rig.

Level meters with adjustable brightness and its 2.4" full-color backlit LCD (which can be set to monochrome mode), make the F8 easy to use in any environment.

The F8 records in BWF-compatible WAV format at 16 or 24-bit resolution, and at any standard sample rate up to 192k. When recording files in MP3 format, you can choose bit rates of 128, 192, or 320 kbps.

Record simultaneously onto two SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, up to 512GB each, allowing you to instantly backup or split recordings (for example, save eight tracks onto one card and a stereo mix onto another).

Files are saved periodically during recording. This provides an extra level of protection in the event of unexpected file interruption, for example, power loss or the removal of an SD card.

The F8's dual-channel recording mode allows you to create safety tracks on inputs 1-4, each with independent level, limiting, delay, phase inversion, and high-pass filtering.

The pre-record function allows you to capture up to 6 seconds of audio before you hit the RECORD button.

A 4-pin Hirose connector allows the use of external 9-16 volt DC battery packs. Internal power is provided by 8 AA batteries. The F8 can switch power sources from a DC battery pack to the AA batteries at a user-defined voltage level for uninterrupted recording. You can also use the supplied 12 volt AC adapter when not on the go.

The F8 features a single display that lets you monitor single or multiple tracks, as well as any of the Main or Sub outputs, via a dedicated 1/4" headphone jack with a front panel volume control. Signals can be freely routed to the left and/or right headphone channels, pre- or post-fader, and the headphone output can be switched to mono. You can set headphone alert tones for low battery, recording start/stop, or recording errors. The F8 comes equipped with a built-in 100mW headphone amplifier, allowing you to monitor in the noisiest of environments.

The F8 is the first field recorder to come with wireless Bluetooth control. The Zoom F8 Control App for iOS provides extensive wireless remote control of the F8 from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch (5th Gen) using Bluetooth LE protocol. Functions include Record, Play, Stop, Fast-Forward, and Rewind, plus mixer pan and fader level. You can also monitor input levels, current time code, and battery status. With Zoom F8 Control, you can rename files, enter metadata, and set date/time information directly from your iOS device.

The F8 provides 8 discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors. Each input has a dedicated gain control knob, a 6-segment LED level meter, and Record Ready and PFL switch. A 10-pin connector on the rear panel enables the use of Zoom mic capsules, with an optional extension cable that allows for remote positioning. There's also a built-in slate mic and a variable frequency slate tone generator to confirm levels.

In addition to its 1/4" headphone jack with dedicated volume control, the F8 provides four outputs: two Main Outs (on balanced TA3 mini-XLR jacks) for connection to external mixers and processing devices; and two Sub Outs (on a single unbalanced 1/8" stereo mini-jack) for connection to a camera.

Zoom F8 Includes:

  • Camera mount adapter
  • Zoom AD-19 12V AC Adapter
  • Operation manual
  • TA3 to XLR cable x2
  • Cubase LE and WaveLab LE download codes

Zoom F8 Features:

  • 10 tracks—8 input channels, plus a stereo mix track*—allow you to simultaneously record stereo and surround sound.
    *Stereo mix track not recorded when 192kHz sampling rate is selected.
  • An onboard mixer with flexible routing of all inputs and outputs (pre- and post-fader). Each channel has controls for pan, input/output delay, filtering, and limiting.
  • Advanced onboard limiters for input and output
  • High pass filter, phase invert, and Mid-Side decoder
  • Input delay of up to 30 msec per channel / output delay of up to 10 frames per output
  • Compatible with Zoom microphone capsules; optional extender cable enables remote positioning
  • Dual mini-XLR (TA3) balanced Main Outs plus 1/8" stereo mini-jack Sub Out
  • Dedicated headphone output (100mW) with front panel volume control
  • 2.4" full-color backlit LCD with monochrome mode
  • Dedicated PFL display with viewable trim settings
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, up to 512GB each 
  • Records in BWF-compliant WAV or MP3 file formats
  • Support for extensive metadata (BWF and iXML); input time, date, project, scene number, etc.
  • Built-in slate mic/slate tone with front panel switch 
  • Built-in tripod mount; camera mount adapter also included
  • Phantom power (+24V/+48V) can be turned on and off  for each input individually.
  • Use as an 8-in / 4-out USB audio interface (@ 96kHz)
  • Free Zoom F8 Control App for iOS allows wireless remote control, file renaming, and metadata entry

Zoom F8 Specifications:

  • Recording Media:
    • Dual SD card slot supports:
      • 16MB–2GB SD cards
      • 4GB–32GB SDHC cards
      • 64GB–512GB SDXC cards
  • Inputs: 1-8
    • Connectors: XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)
  • Inputs: XLR (Mic)
    • Input gain:  +10 – +75 dB
    • Input impedance: 3.3 kOhm
    • Maximum input level:  +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
    • Phantom power:  +24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel
  • Inputs: TRS (Line)
    • Input gain: -10 – +55 dB
    • Input impedance: 28 kOhm
    • Maximum input level: +34 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
  • Inputs - Additional Info:
    • Equivalent input noise: -127 dBu or less  (A-weighted, +75dB input gain, 150 Ohm input)
    • Frequency characteristics: 10 Hz – 80 kHz +0.5dB/-1dB (192kHz sampling rate)
    • A/D dynamic range: 120 dB typ (-60dBFS input, A-weighted)
    • Crosstalk: -90 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1kHz)
    • Mic IN:  ZOOM mic capsule input (use disables Inputs 1/2)
    • Slate Mic: Built-in mic for voice memos can freely be assigned to tracks
  • Outputs - Main Out 1/2:
    • Connectors: TA-3 connectors, balanced output (2: hot)
    • Output impedance: 150 Ohms or less
    • Reference output level:
      • -10 dBV (Normal Output Type),
      • -40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 600 Ohm load
    • Maximum output level:
      • +10 dBV (Normal Output Type),
      • -20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 600 Ohm load
  • Outputs - Sub Out 1/2:
    • Connector: 3.5mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack
    • Output impedance: 100 ohms or less
    • Reference output level:
      • -10 dBV (Normal Output Type),
      • -40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10kOhm load
    • Maximum output level:
      • +10 dBV (Normal Output Type),
      • -20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10kOhm load
  • Headphone:
    • Connector: 1/4" unbalanced stereo output jack
    • Output impedance: 15 Ohms or less
    • Maximum output level: 100mW + 100mW  (32 Ohm load)
  • D/A:
    • D/A dynamic range: 106 dB typical (-60dBFS input, A-weighted)
  • Recording Formates when WAV selected:
    • Supported formats: 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/192kHz, 16/24-bit, mono/stereo/2-10 ch poly, BWF and iXML
    • Maximum simultaneous recording tracks:
      • 10 (8 inputs + stereo mix)
      • 8 (with 192kHz sampling rate)
  • Recording Formats when MP3 selected:
    • Supported formats:  128/192/320kbps, 44.1/48kHz, ID3v1 tags
    • Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 2
  • Recording time using a 32GB card:
    • 30:51:00 (48kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
    • 7:42:00 (192kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
  • Timecode:
    • 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:  23.976ND, 24ND, 25ND, 29.97ND, 29.97D, 30ND, 30D
    • Precision: +/-0.2 ppm
    • Supported input levels: 0.2 – 5.0 Vpp
    • Input impedance: 4.6 kOhm
    • Output level: 3.3 Vpp
    • Output impedance: 50 Ohms or less
  • Power Supplies:
    • Batteries: 8 AA
    • AC adapter: AD-19 DC12V 2A (center plus)
    • External DC power supply: HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: -, 4 pin: +), 9–16 V
  • Continuous Recording Time: When Recording 2 channels at 48 kHz/16-bit with headphones
    • Alkaline batteries: 8.5 hours or more
    • NiMH (2450mAh): 10 hours or more
    • Lithium batteries:  12.5 hours or more
  • Continuous Recording Time: When Recording 8 channels at 48 kHz/24-bit with headphones
    • Alkaline batteries: 4.5 hours or more
    • NiMH (2450mAh): 6 hours or more
    • Lithium batteries: 8.5 hours or more
  • Continuous Recording Time: When Recording 8 channels at 192 kHz/24-bit with headphones, phantom power and display backlighting
    • Alkaline batteries: 1 hours or more
    • NiMH (2450mAh):  2 hours or more
    • Lithium batteries:  3 hours or more
  • Display: 2.4" full-color 320x240 LCD
  • USB: Mass Storage Operation
    • Class: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • USB: Multitrack Audio Interface Operation (Driver required for Windows, not required for Mac)
    • Class:  USB 2.0 High Speed
    • Specifications:  44.1/48/96kHz, 16/24-bit, 8 in/4 out
  • USB: Stereo Mix Audio Interface Operation (No driver required)
    • Class:  USB 2.0 Full Spee
    • Specifications:  44.1/48kHz, 16-bit, 2 in/2 out
      Note: iPad audio interface operation supported (Stereo Mix mode only)
  • Dimensions: 7" W x 5.5" D x 2.1" H (178.2 x 140.3 x 54.3mm)
  • Weight:  2.1 lbs (960 g)
  • Optional F8 Accessories:
    • Zoom F8 Field Bag
    • Zoom mic capsule extender cable
    • XYH-5 X/Y mic capsule
    • XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule
    • MSH-6 Mid-Side mic capsule
    • SGH-6 Shotgun mic capsule
    • SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun mic capsule
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