Zoom F8 8-Track 192kHz Field Recorder with Timecode and iOS Control
Jigsaw Code: G279AAI
Manufacturer Code: F8
- Microphone Inputs: 8 analogue inputs on XLR/TRS Combo
- Line Inputs: 8 analogue inputs on XLR/TRS Combo
- Line Outputs: 2 analogue outputs on TA3
- Sync In/Out: Timecode
- Recording Media: SD/SDHC Memory Card
- Built-in Microphone: Condenser Microphone Capsule
The Zoom F8 is a 10 track, 8-input portable field recorder designed for video professionals and sound designers. With super low-noise preamps, and support for 24-bit/192kHz audio, the F8 captures the highest-quality audio. Uniquely at this price point, the Zoom F8 features timecode over BNC and remote control from an iOS device over bluetooth
High-resolution audio and 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 10dB of headroom and controls for setting threshold, attack, and release. 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. It can also simultaneously record a stereo mix of all inputs.
Time code with pinpoint accuracy: The F8's time code is state-of-the-art. It utilizes a precision oscillator 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.
Display: Sound professionals sometimes work in dusty, hard-to-see environments. Level meters with adjustable brightness and its 2.4 inch 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.
Dual SD card recording: Record on two SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, up to 512 GB each, simultaneously, allowing you to instantly backup or split recordings (for example, save eight tracks onto one card and a stereo mix onto another).
Three power sources 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.
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.
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.
Comprehensive headphone monitoring Out 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.
iOS Control 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.
Inputs: 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.
Outputs: 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.
Time code and USB Time code I/O is provided on BNC connectors. 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.
The software The F8's menu is easy to navigate and has a simple file structure. Cataloging is straightforward, with extensive metadata (both BWF and iXML), which can be entered directly on the F8 or with the Zoom F8 Control App.
Onboard 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.
- Portable Field Recorder
- Number of Channels
- Recording Media
- SD/SDHC Memory Card
- Supported Audio File Formats
- WAV and MP3
- Maximum Supported Bit Depth (WAV)
- Maximum Supported Bit Rate (MP3)
- Maximum Supported Sample Rate
- Phantom Power
- Dynamic Range
- 106 dB typical (-60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
- Built-in Microphone
- Condenser Microphone Capsule
- Microphone Inputs
- 8 analogue inputs on XLR/TRS Combo
- Line Inputs
- 8 analogue inputs on XLR/TRS Combo
- Built-in Speaker
- Line Outputs
- 2 analogue outputs on TA3
- Headphone Outputs
- Additional Outputs
- Sub Mix out (3.5mm minijack)
- Sync In/Out
- Computer Connectivity
- USB 2.0
Power Options and Recording Time
- Power Requirements
- 8 x AA batteries AC Adapter AD-19 DC12V 2A (center plus) DC adapter HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: -, 4 pin: +), 9-16 V
Weight & Dimensions
- H 54mm W 178mm D 140mm
- Weight (kg)
- 1 Year Limited Hardware Warranty
What's in the Box
- Camera Mount Zoom AD-19 12V AC Adapter Operation Manual TA3 to XLR cable x2 Cubase LE and WaveLab LE download codes