The F8 is made for filmmakers & sound designers. 8-input/10-track recording, super low-noise preamps & support for 24-bit/192 kHz audio, the F8 captures the highest-quality audio
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
8-channel/10-track field audio recorder/mixer8 discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectorsCompact and lightweight aluminum chassis, weighing just 2 pounds (without batteries)High quality mic preamps with up to 75 dB gain, less than -127 dBu EIN, and +4 dB line inputsSupport 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 resolutionAccurate Time Code (0.2 ppm) I/O on standard BNC connectors; dropframe/non-drop formats with Jam SyncThree different 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 levelsDedicated gain control knob, 6-segment LED level meter, and PFL/Solo switch for each channelPhantom power (+48V/+24V) on every preampAdvanced onboard limiters for input and outputHigh pass filter, phase invert, and Mid-Side decoderInput delay of up to 30 msec per channel / output delay of up to 10 frames per outputCompatible with Zoom microphone capsules; optional extender cable enables remote positioningDual mini-XLR (TA3) balanced Main Outs plus " stereo mini-jack Sub OutDedicated headphone output (100 mW) with front panel volume control2.4" full-color backlit LCD with monochrome modeDedicated PFL display with viewable trim settingsDual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, up to 512 GB eachRecords in BWF-compliant WAV or MP3 file formatsSupport for extensive metadata (BWF and iXML); input time, date, project, scene number, etc.Built-in slate mic/slate tone with front panel switchBuilt-in tripod mount; camera mount adapter also includedUse 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
Dual SD card slot supports
16 MB-2 GB SD cards4 GB-32 GB SDHC cards64 GB-512 GB SDXC cards
Connectors: XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)
INPUTS: XLR (MIC)
Input gain: +10 - +75 dBInput impedance: 3.3 kMaximum input level: +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)Phantom power: +24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channelTHD (Total Harmonic Distortion): 0.009% max (1kHz, 22Hz-22kHz BW, Input Gain min, -10dBu input)INPUTS: TRS (LINE)Input gain: 10 - +55 dBInput impedance: 28 kMaximum input level: +34 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): .010% max (1kHz, 22Hz-22kHz BW, Input Gain min +10dBu input)INPUTS: Additional InfoEquivalent input noise: 127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150 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)
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)Output impedance: 150 or lessReference output level: 10 dBV (Normal Output Type), 40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 600 loadMaximum output level: +10 dBV (Normal Output Type), 20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 600 load
OUTPUTS: SUB OUT 1/2
Connector: 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output jackOutput impedance: 100 or lessReference output level: 10 dBV (Normal Output Type), 40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10k loadMaximum output level: +10 dBV (Normal Output Type), 20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10k load
Connector: 1/4" unbalanced stereo output jackOutput impedance: 15 or lessMaximum output level: 100 mW + 100 mW (32 load)
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 and iXMLMaximum 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 tagsMaximum simultaneous recording tracks: 2
Using a 32GB card: 30:51:00 (48 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV), 7:42:00 (192 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
Connector: BNCModes: 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, 30DPrecision: ±0.2 ppmSupported input levels: 0.2 - 5.0 VppInput impedance: 4.6 kOutput level: 3.3 VppOutput impedance: 50 or less
Batteries: 8 AAAC 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 48kHz/16-bit without headphones)
Alkaline batteries: 8.5 hours or moreNiMH (2450mAh): 10 hours or moreLithium 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 moreNiMH (2450mAh): 6 hours or moreLithium 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 batteries: 1 hour or moreNiMH (2450mAh): 2 hours or moreLithium batteries: 3 hours or more
2.4" full-color 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 SpeedSpecifications: 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit, 8-in/4-out
USB Stereo Mix audio interface operation (no driver required)
Class: USB 2.0 Full SpeedSpecifications: 44.1/48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-in/2-outNote: iPad audio interface operation supported (Stereo Mix mode only)
Main unit: 7.0 in. (W) x 5.5 in. (D) x 2.1 in. (H), 178.2 mm (W) x 140.3 mm (D) x 54.3 mm (H)Weight (Main unit only): 2.1 pounds (960 g)
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