Zoom F8N field recorder is a multi-track, portable SD/SDHC/SDXC card recorder designed for audio recordists in film, television, and broadcast. F8N provides up to 12 hours of operation using the caddy-less 8x AA battery cell drawer, and can simultaneously record up to ten tracks of audio, recording to two SD/SDHC/SDXC cards if desired. This field recorder can be used as an 8-in/4-out USB audio interface, operating at 96kHz. A 10-pin connector positioned on the rear of the unit allows the user to connect optional and interchangeable audio input capsules to provide a number of differing input methods including X/Y or mid-side pickup, or additional audio inputs.
Internal processing allows the user to employ look-ahead ‘hybrid limiters’ that adds a 1ms delay to anticipate input signal clipping, high pass filtering, phase inversion, mid-side decoding, and Zoom AutoMix software. Time code I/O on BNC connectors can be adjusted to frame rate of 23.976ND/24ND/25ND/25.97ND/25.97D/30ND/30D with a precision of +/-0.2ppm. An Ambisonics mode can be used to achieve A to B decoding when combining with the Sennheiser AMBEO microphone, see SENNHEISER MICROPHONES - Multichannel, Ambisonic Surround Sound. Bluetooth LE protocol enables the wireless connection of the iOS Zoom F8 Control app to remotely monitor and adjust input levels, start/stop recording or playback, or monitor battery status.
The recorder can be powered via 8x AA battery cells, external DC battery pack via Hirose connection, or included AD-19 12V DC power supply.
(1) Recording 2 channels at 48kHz/16-bit to SD1 with MAIN/SUB OUT OFF, TIME CODE OFF, LED/LCD Brightness 5, 32Ω headphones, PHANTOM OFF.
(2) Recording 8 channels at 48kHz/24-bit to SD1 with MAIN/SUB OUT OFF, TIME CODE OFF, LED/LCD Brightness 5, 32Ω headphones, PHANTOM OFF.
(3) Recording 8 channels at 192kHz/24-bit to SD1 with MAIN/SUB OUT ON, TIME CODE Int Free Run, LED/LCD Brightness 60, 32Ω headphones, PHANTOM 48V.
The front facing panel of the F8N has transport buttons, including backlit play/pause and record buttons. A green backlit power LED is positioned in the lower right-hand corner and a rotary headphone output level controller is positioned to the centre of the recorder. Above the transport buttons each of the eight input channels has a dedicated rotary input level control, PFL switch, and 6-stage LED level meter. Above the headphone volume control, a menu button and jog wheel allows the user to adjust settings as well as scroll through the menu that is displayed on the 2.4inch, 320x240 pixel full colour backlit LCD that can be set to monochrome mode if desired.
The left side of the recorder has four locking balanced Neutrik XLR/TRS combo inputs for channels 1-4, Hirose connection, USB port, and two SD media slots. The right side of the F8N has four more balanced Neutrik XLR/TRS combo inputs (channels 5-8), sub output on 3.5mm unbalanced jack socket, 6.3mm headphone output connection, and two TA3 connections for main out. These TA3 outputs can be converted to 3-pin male XLR connectors using the optional TXF-8 breakout cable. The rear of the field recorder has BNC I/O connections for time code, 10-pin MIC IN for optional capsules listed below, DC power supply connection, and access to the caddy-less battery tray.
Included accessories: Zoom AD-19 12V AC power adapter, Cubase LE and Wavelab LE download codes, operation manual.
Supported format: 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/192kHz, 16/24bit, BWF and iXML; 128/192/320kbps, 44.1/48kHz, mp3. Recording media: SD card, 16MB to 2GB; SDHC card, 4GB to 32GB; SDXC card, 64GB to 512GB. Input gain: +10 to +75dB, mic; -10 to +55dB, line. Input impedance: 2kohm, mic; 2.6kohm, line. Maximum input level: +14dBu, XLR; +24dBu, line (at 0dBFS, limiter on). Phantom power: +24/+48V, 10mA maximum, mic inputs. Equivalent input noise: -127dBu or less, A-weighted, +75dB input gain. A/D dynamic range: 150ohm typical. Crosstalk: -90dB or less. Output connectors: 2x balanced TA3, main out 1/2; unbalanced 3.5mm jack, sub out 1/2. Output impedance: 150ohms or less, main; 100ohm or less, sub. Headphone output: 15ohm unbalanced 6.3mm stereo jack socket, 100mW + 100mW into 32ohm load. USB: Class 2.0, high speed. Power requirements: 8x AA battery cells/AD-19 DC adapter/DC-HIROSE cable. Consumption: 15W. Dimensions (W x D x H): 178.2 x 140.3 x 54.3mm. Weight: 1000g.
This capsule is designed for live broadcast and podcast applications and provides two unidirectional condenser microphones, each fixed at a 90degree angle. Capable of handling input levels up to 140dB SPL, this capsule is also well equipped to capture audio from live concerts or electronic news gathering (ENG) applications.
The SSH-6 microphone capsule features a ‘super-directional’ microphone element for capturing audio in the front or centre, and a bi-directional microphone element to capture audio from the left and right of the capsule. This results in a ‘mono-compatible’ stereo image that can be adjusted in post-production, often desired in film, video and television applications. Includes hairy windscreen.
SGH-6 is a shotgun microphone capsule designed to capture audio front the front of the microphone and reject audio from the side or rear.
The MSH-6 capsule contains a unidirectional forward-facing microphone element as well as a bi-directional, side-facing microphone element to capture audio otherwise known as ‘mid-side’. The compatible recorder’s MS (mid-side) decoder allows the capture of a stereo image that can be later adjusted – particularly handy for film, video and television application.
Like the XYH-5, the XYH-6 is an X/Y audio capturing microphone capsule however it doesn’t have shock mounting properties. The angle of the microphone capsules can be altered from 90 to 120 degrees for a wider stereo image.
This module has two balanced 6.3mm/XLR combination inputs to give the user additional inputs to their compatible Zoom recording device. Each input has a 0/20dB pad switch along with rotary input level controller.
These items are extension cables designed to give the user the option of remote mounting their Zoom microphone/input capsules for better placement. ECM-3 is a 3m extension, and ECM-6 is a 6m extension, both include a hot shoe adapter to allow the user to mount to a tripod or boom pole.
Designed for the F8N, this breakout cable connects the two balanced TA3 outputs to two balanced male XLR plugs to connect to the input of other compatible devices.
The Zoom F-Control FRC8 mixing control surface is compatible with the Zoom F4 and F8N and has been designed to give the user ‘more control and flexibility’ when recording in the field. This compact controller has 9x 60mm faders (8x channel and 1x master) with controls for trim, pan, and track arming. 12-segment LED meters gives a visual indication of each channels levels. An external USB keyboard can be connected to enable the user to type track information such as name, scene name, notes, and ‘false take’. A 6.3mm jack headphone socket allows the connection from the headphone output of the F4 or F8N to enable the user to monitor.
Power options: 4x AA batteries, 4-pin HIROSE connector with external battery pack, or USB bus power (F4 and F8N only). Power consumption: 2.5W. Dimensions (W x D x H): 243.8 x 180.6 x 45.7mm. Weight: 980g