Product Highlights
  • 8 Channels
  • TA-3 Connectors/3.5mm Stereo Connection
  • 16/24-bit Sample Rate
  • 10 Hz – 80 kHz Sample Frequency
Zoom F8n MultiTrack Field Recorder Zoom F8n MultiTrack Field Recorder
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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, have been unobtainable for most. Until now. With 8-input/10-track recording, super low-noise preamps, and support for 24-bit/192 kHz audio, the F8 captures the highest-quality audio.

Key Features:

  • Phantom power (+24V/+48V) can be turned on and off for each preamp individually.
  • Plug in any Zoom mic capsule.
  • 10 tracks—8 input channels, plus a stereo mix track*—allow you to simultaneously record stereo and surround sound.
  • 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.
  • The F8 can be mounted to a tripod and attached to your camera using the included mounting bracket.

Mic pre's

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

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 10 dB of headroom and controls for setting threshold, attack, and release.

Time code 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. 

Weight and 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 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.

File formats, resolution, and 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.

Redundancy is always good… Always.

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).

* View a list of confirmed compatible SD cards.

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 ¼" 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. 

A first in the field

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 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 ¼" 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 ?" 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 BEXT 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.

The VR Audio Dream Team

Pair your F8 with the Sennheiser AMBEO VR Microphone for a complete VR audio production experience. With the F8’s gain linking capability, you can evenly adjust the gain on all four capsules of the AMBEO mic in one fell swoop. Lightweight, portable, and easy to mount, the F8 and AMBEO mic combination lets you capture 360-degree audio anywhere.

What's Included

Camera mount adapter
Zoom AD-19 12V AC Adapter
Operation manual
TA3 to XLR cable x2

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Product Specifications

Zoom f8n Multitrack Field Recorder

Recording Media

 
Dual SD card slot supports 16 MB-2 GB SD cards

Inputs: 1-8

 
Connectors XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP

Inputs: XLR [MIC]

 
Input gain +10 - +75dB
Input impedance 3.3 kΩ
Maximum input level +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
Phantom power +24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel
THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) 0.009% max (1kHz, 22Hz-22kHz BW, Input Gain min, -10dBu input) 

Inputs: TRS [LINE]

 
Input gain −10 – +55 dB
Input Impedance 28 kΩ
Maximum input level +34 dBu (at 0dBFS, limiter ON)
 THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) 0.010% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz-22kHz BW, Input Gain min +10dBu input)

Inputs: Additional Info

 
Equivalent input noise -127 dBu or less
(A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150Ω input)
Frequency characteristics 10 Hz – 80 kHz +0.5 dB/−1 dB (192 kHz sampling rate)
A/D dynamic range 120 dB typ (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
Crosstalk -90 dB or less
(between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)
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 TA3 connectors, balanced output (2: hot)
Input impedance 150 Ω or less
Reference output level

-10 dBV (Normal Output)
-40 dBV  (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 600Ω load

Maximum output level +10 dBV (Normal Output Type)
-20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 600Ω load

Outputs: Sub Out 1/2

 
Connector 3.5 mm sterero mini unbalanced output jack
Output imepdance 100Ω or less
Reference output level -10dBV (Normal Output Type)
Maximum output level +10 dBV (Normal Output Type)
-20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load

Headphone

 
Connector 1/4" unbalanced stereo output jack
Output impedance 15Ω or less
Maximum output level 100 mW + 100 mW
(32Ω load

D/A

 
D/A dynamic range 106 dB typical (-60dBFS input, A-weighted)

Recording Formats: 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 & iXML
Maximum simultaneous recording tracks 10 (8 inputs + stereo mix)
8 (with 192 kHz sampling rate)

Recording Formats: When MP3 Selected

 
Supported formats 128/192/320 kbps, 44.1/48 kHz, ID3v1 tags
Maximum simultaneous recording tracks 2

Recording Time

 
Using a 32GB card 30:51:00 (48 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
7:42:00 (192 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)

Time Code

 
Connector BNC
Modes Off, Int Free Run, Int Record Run, Int RTC Run, Ext, Ext Auto Rec (audio clock can be synchronized to timecode)
Frames rates 23.976ND, 24ND, 25ND, 29.97ND, 29.97D, 30ND, 30D
Precision ±0.2 ppm
Input impedance 4.6 kΩ
Output level 3.3 Vpp
Output impedance 50 Ω or less

Power Supplies

 
Batteries 8 AA
AC adapter AD-19 DC12V 2A
External DC power HIROSE HR10A-7RS-4S 4-pin connector
(1 pin:-4 pin: +), 9-16 V

Continuous Recording Time: When Recording 2 Channels at 48 kHz/16-bit without 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 48kHz/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 192kHz/24-bit with Headphones, Phantom Power and Display Backlighting

 
Alkaline Battery 1 hour or more
NiMH (2450mAh) 2 hours or more
Lithium batteries 3 hours or more

Display

 
2.4" Full-Colour LCD 320x240

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 kHz, 16/24-bit, 8-in/4-out

External Dimensions

 
Main Unit (W x D x H) 178.2 x 140.3 x 54.3 mm

Weight

 
Main unit 960 g (2.1 lbs)

 

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Zoom F8n MultiTrack Field Recorder

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