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ZOOM F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder

ZOOM
Abel Code: ZOOM-ZF8
Mfr. Code: ZF8
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Description
Designed for filmmaking or sound design, this ZOOM F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder delivers 8-inputs and 10-track recording, low-noise preamps, and support for 24-bit/192 kHz audio.
Key Highlights
  • 8-inputs and 10-track recording
  • Low-noise preamps
  • Timecode
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Overview

Overview

Advances in video have made filmmaking accessible to creators everywhere. But the accessibility of professional audio devices has not kept pace. Field recorders, with essential features such as time code, may not be as available.

The ZOOM F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder offers serious filmmakers and sound designers a portable recorder with professional and necessary features. You can record high-quality audio with the F8 and its 8-input / 10-track recording, super low-noise preamps, and support for 24-bit, 192 kHz audio.

You can mount your F8 to your tripod or attach on-board your camera with the included mounting bracket adapter.

Download the latest firmware.

Features At-A-Glance:

  • 8-channel/10-track field audio recorder/mixer, plus a stereo* mix track, allow you to simultaneously record stereo and surround sound.
  • (8) discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Support SMPTE Timecode
  • Record up to (10) tracks simultaneously
  • Compact and lightweight aluminum chassis, weighing just 2 lb (without batteries)
  • High-quality mic preamps with up to 75 dB gain, less than -127 dBu EIN, and +4 dB line inputs
  • Support for up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording, as well as 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, and 44.1 kHz, plus 47.952 kHz/48.048 kHz for HD video compatibility; 16-/24-bit resolution
  • Accurate Time Code (0.2 ppm) I/O on standard BNC connectors; dropframe/non-drop formats with Jam Sync
  • (3) power supply options: 8x AA batteries, external DC battery pack with Hirose connector, or 12V AC adapter (AA’s and DC battery pack not included)
  • Automatic switching of power source from DC to batteries at user-defined voltage levels
  • Dedicated gain control knob, 6-segment LED level meter, and PFL/Solo switch for each channel
  • Phantom power (+48V/+24V) on every preamp, with flexibility to turn them on/off individually
  • Advanced on-board 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 (100 mW) 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 512 GB each
  • Records in BWF-compliant WAV or MP3 file formats
  • Support for extensive metadata (BWF and iXML); input time, date, project, scene number, etc.
  • On-board mixer with flexible routing of inputs and outputs (pre- and post-fader). Each channel has controls for pan, input/output delay, filtering, and limiting.
  • Built-in slate mic/slate tone with front panel switch
  • Built-in tripod mount; camera mount adapter also included
  • Plug into any optional ZOOM Mic Capsule
  • Use as an 8-in/4-out USB audio interface (@ 96 kHz)
  • Free Zoom F8 Control App for iOS allows wireless remote control, file renaming, and metadata entry

* NOTE: Stereo mix track not recorded when 192 kHz sampling rate is selected.

Mic Pre's

The F8 features an extremely low noise floor (−127 dBu EIN) and high gain (up to 75 dB), with +4 dB line inputs. ZOOM states the F8 is outfitted with their finest mic preamps to date.

High-Resolution Audio & Advanced Limiters

The F8 can record at 24-bit/192 kHz 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 10 dB of headroom and controls for setting threshold, attack, and release. 

Timecode with Pinpoint Accuracy

The F8's time code is state-of-the-art. It utilizes a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) that generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy, enabling rock-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.

Recording

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

Dual SD Card Recording - Record on (2) SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, up to 512 GB each, simultaneously. This allows you to backup or split recordings (for example, save 8 tracks onto 1 card and a stereo mix onto another). ZOOM lists compatible SD cards for their F8.

Dual-Channel Recording - 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 

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

File Protection - 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.

On-Board Mixer

The F8's onboard mixer enables flexible signal routing from all inputs to all outputs, either pre- or post-fader, with user-adjustable level, pan, and input/output delay. In addition to advanced onboard limiters (which can be applied to all channels and tracks simultaneously), the F8 also provides high-pass filtering to reduce the sound of wind and other noise, plus phase inversion and Mid-Side decoding.

Weight & Build

The F8 is not only versatile and feature rich, it is the smallest field recorder with eight XLR combo preamps ever made. Weighing just 2.1 pounds (without batteries), its aluminum chassis is both rugged and durable.

Display

Sound professionals sometimes work in dusty, hard-to-see environments. 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 — from low-light to direct sunlight. 

(3) Power Sources

A 4-pin Hirose connector allows the use of external 9-16 volt DC battery packs.

Internal power is provided by 8x 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.

Comprehensive Headphone Monitoring

In the field, it's important to be able to quickly check levels as you're recording. With the F8, it's simple. A single display 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 100 mW headphone amplifier, allowing you to monitor in the noisiest of environments.

Wireless Bluetooth Control & the ZOOM F8 Control App

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.

Download the ZOOM F8 Control App via Apple's iTunes Store

I/O Connectors

Inputs

The F8 provides 8 discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors. Each preamp 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.

Outputs

In addition to its 1/4" headphone jack with dedicated volume control, the F8 provides (2) outputs:

  • 2x Main Outs (on balanced TA3 mini-XLR jacks) for connection to external mixers and processing devices
  • 2x Sub Outs (on a single unbalanced ⅛" stereo mini-jack) for connection to a camera

Timecode

Timecode I/O is provided on BNC connectors.

USB

A USB port enables firmware updates, file transfer, and allows the F8 to be used as an 8-in/4-out USB audio interface operating at sample rates up to 96 kHz.

Software

The F8's menu is easy to navigate and has a simple file structure. Cataloging is straightforward, with extensive metadata (both BEXT and iXML), which can be entered directly on the F8 or with the Zoom F8 Control App.

What's in the Box

  • Limited Warranty
  • Operation Manual
  • 2 x TA3 to XLR Cable
  • Cubase LE and WaveLab LE download Codes
  • ZOOM AD-19 12V AC Adapter
  • Camera Mount Adapter
  • ZOOM F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder
Specifications

Specifications

Key Highlights

  • 8-inputs and 10-track recording
  • Low-noise preamps
  • Timecode
  • On-board limiter, mixer, & slate tone
  • Dedicated headphone out
  • Runs on (8) batteries or DC power
  • Weight: 2 lb, without batteries

Audio

Frequency Response:
(for inputs, such as microphones) - 10 Hz – 80 kHz +0.5 dB/−1 dB (192 kHz sampling rate)
Output Level:
Maximum: Headphone - 100 mW + 100 mW (32Ω load)
Maximum: MAIN OUT 1/2 - +10 dBV (Normal Output Type), −20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 600Ω load
Maximum: SUB OUT 1/2 - +10 dBV (Normal Output Type), −20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load
Reference MAIN OUT 1/2 - −10 dBV (Normal Output Type), −40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 600Ω load
Reference: SUB OUT 1/2 - −10 dBV (Normal Output Type), −40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load
Timecode - 3.3 Vpp
THD+N:
MIC XLR - 0.009% max (1kHz, 22Hz-22kHz BW, Input Gain min, -10dBu input)
TRS LINE - 0.010% max (1kHz, 22Hz-22kHz BW, Input Gain min +10dBu input)
Max Input Range:
MIC XLR - +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
TRS LINE - +34 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
Impedance:
Input Impedance: MIC XLR - 3.3 kΩ
Input Impedance: TRS LINE - 28 kΩ
Input: Timecode - 4.6 kΩ
Output: Headphone - 15 Ω or less
Output Impedance: MAIN OUT 1/2 - 150 Ω or less
Output Impedance: SUB OUT 1/2 - 100 Ω or less
Output: Timecode - 50 Ω or less

Batteries

Operating Time:
Continuous recording of (2) channels @ 48kHz/16-bit, without headphones - 8.5 hours or more, Alkaline batteries
Continuous recording of (2) channels @ 48kHz/16-bit, without headphones - 8.5 hours or more, Alkaline batteries
Continuous recording of (2) channels @ 48kHz/16-bit, without headphones - 8.5 hours or more, Alkaline batteries
Continuous recording of (8) channels @ 192kHz/24-bit - with headphones, Phantom Power, Display Backlighting: 3 hours or more, Lithium batteries
Continuous recording of (8) channels @ 192kHz/24-bit - with headphones, Phantom Power, Display Backlighting: 3 hours or more, Lithium batteries
Continuous recording of (8) channels @ 192kHz/24-bit - with headphones, Phantom Power, Display Backlighting: 3 hours or more, Lithium batteries
Continuous recording of (8) channels @ 48kHz/24-bit, with headphones - 8.5 hours or more, Lithium batteries
Continuous recording of (8) channels @ 48kHz/24-bit, with headphones - 8.5 hours or more, Lithium batteries
Continuous recording of (8) channels @ 48kHz/24-bit, with headphones - 8.5 hours or more, Lithium batteries

Connectors

Output Connector/Port:
USB - Class: USB 2.0 High Speed, 44.1/48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-in/2-out. - During Stereo Mix Audio Interface Operation (No driver required)
Headphone Jack - 3.5mm stereo mini, unbalanced
TA3-male - MAIN OUT (1 GND, 2 HOT, 3 COLD), balanced
Input Connector/Port:
XLR - (MIC)
1 x Hirose - 4-pin, EXT DC IN
8 x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks - (XLR: 1 GND, 2 Hot, 3 Cold) (TRS: TIP Hot, RING Cold, SLEEVE GND)

Inputs & Outputs

Headphone Out:
Headphone Out (1/4") - Stereo, unbalanced
Timecode In/Out:
BNC connector - Frame Rates: 23.976ND, 24ND, 25ND, 29.97ND, 29.97D, 30ND, 30D, Precision: ±0.2 ppm, Supported Input Levels: 0.2 – 5.0 Vpp

Microphones

Gain:
Input Gain: MIC XLR - +10 – +75 dB
Input Gain: TRS LINE - −10 – +55 dB
Microphone Notes:
MIC IN - ZOOM mic capsule (sold separately) input (use disables Inputs 1/2)
SLATE MIC - Built-in mic for voice memos can freely be assigned to tracks
Equivalent Noise Level:
(for inputs, such as microphones) - −127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150Ω input)

Monitors

Monitor Size:
5.0" and Under - 2.4" Full-Color LCD Display

Power

Power Input:
AC - via AC Adapter: AD-19 DC12V 2A (center plus)
DC - via External DC Power Supply.HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9–16 V
Battery Pack
Battery Accepted:
8 x AA Battery

Recorders

Media Rec Options:
SD Card - 16MB - 2GB
SDHC Card - 4GB - 32GB
SDXC Card - 64GB - 512 GB
Phantom Power:
Yes - MIX XLR: +24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel
Dynamic Range:
D/A - 106 dB typical (−60dBFS input, A-weighted)
(for inputs) - 120 dB typ (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)

Recording

Recording Format:
WAV - 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/192kHz, 16/24-bit, mono/stereo/2-10 ch poly, BWF and iXML
MP3 - 128/192/320 kbps, 44.1/48 kHz, ID3v1 tags
Max Record Time:
Using a 32GB card - 30:51:00 (48 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV), 7:42:00 (192 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
Simultaneous Recording:
8 x Yes - (with 192 kHz sampling rate) - When WAV format selected

Special Features

General Notes:
Crosstalk - −90 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)

Timecode

Timecode Modes:
Off, Int Free Run, Int Record Run, Int RTC Run, Ext, Ext Auto Rec - (audio clock can be synchronized to timecode)
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