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With the F8n, Zoom offers an excellent and extremely flexible 8-channel/10-track field recorder & mixer, which has just ...  All product info

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Zoom F8n

Flexible 8-Channel/10-Track Field Recorder/Mixer

With the F8n, Zoom offers an excellent and extremely flexible 8-channel/10-track field recorder & mixer, which has just about everything a sound designer's heart desires. This includes not only a robust housing with many mic/line options, but also intuitive and effective features such as Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiter and Zoom AutoMix, which optimize workflow and sound. Despite the compact design, every controller, every socket and every button is easily accessible, while the LCD display provides the necessary information on the respective signals. Practically, the F8N can also be used as an 8-in/4-out USB audio interface (@96kHz), making work even more flexible. In general Zooms F8n works in 192 kHz/24 bit format and delivers excellent results for every project. Filter, mid-side decoding, Mp3 export and compatibility with iOs devices are just a few of the many useful things you can use to achieve your goal without much trouble.

"When you're putting together a kit, you shouldn't have to compromise. I don't think there's anything that I couldn't do with the F8n."

- Anne Tolkkinen | Sound Designer

Housing without compromises

Starting with the robust, roadworthy case, the F8n scores with many connections: These include combo jacks, a USB port, SD card slots, a headphone out, TA3 Mini-XLR Outs, Time Code I/O and a 10-pin mic connector - enough to be prepared for all common applications. All functions are clearly visible and easy to operate and reach, so that even in hectic situations you won't sweat.

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A - Display: 6.09cm color display with monochromatic mode for working in bright and dark situationsB
- Slate Switch: Activates a built-in microphone for recording comments or a sound signalC
- Transport Controls: Stop, search forward and search backward buttons. Illuminated play/pause and record buttonsD
- Input Controls: Each input has a preamp with its own gain knob and a 6-segment LED level meter


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E - USB Port: enables firmware updates, data transfer and use as 8-in/4-Out USB Audio Interface @ 96kHzF
- Inputs: 8 discrete inputs with combo jacks for microphones, wireless packs or line level devices. Inputs can also be used as camera returns.
G - SD Card Slots: It can record up to two SD/SDHC/SDXC cards with up to 512 GB each simultaneously. (e.g. backup or split recordings)

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H - Headphone Out: 1/4" headphone output with own volume controlI
- Main Outputs: 2 outputs (symm. TA3 mini XLR jacks) to connect to external mixers and processing devices, 2 sub outs (via an unsymm. 1/8" stereo mini jack) to the camera. In addition there is a selectable +4dBu Out.

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J - DC Power IN: F8n can be operated via an external 9-18V DC power supplyK
- Time Code In/OUT: Time code can either be generated internally or used by external devices.
L - 10-Pin Mic Connector: Allows the use of interchangeable Zoom Mic capsules with optional extension cables for remote positioning.

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Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limters

Equipped with an Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiter, the F8n prevents overdriving - no matter what. With an additional delay time of one millisecond, the limiters look ahead and start working before the signal is even recorded. Limiting is also used in all 8 channels simultaneously and in full resolution plus 10-20 dB headroom to get the best out of every take.

Mic Preamplifier

To ensure crystal clear images even at high input levels, the F8n has extremely low background noise (-127 dBu ON), while gain of up to 75 dB can be achieved. Mic/Line levels can also be controlled via XLR and jack sockets.

Zoom AutoMix

Zoom AutoMix is a wizard that automatically mixes the volume ratios of unwanted ambient sounds. So you can fully concentrate on a balanced mix.

State-Of-The-Art Time Code

Thanks to the Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO), the F8n generates a time code with an accuracy of 0.2 ppm, ideal for hair out syncing audio and video. Even when switched off, the accuracy continues at 0.2 ppm.

Three Power Sources

In addition to the 4-pin Hirose connector, which allows you to work with external 9-18V DC battery packs, you can also use 8AA batteries or the included AD-19 AC AA adapter. The power sources can be changed by a user-set voltage level to allow recordings to run without interruption.

dual-channel recording

This mode allows you to create security tracks by doubling recordings from input 1-4 to 5-8. The tracks can be individually controlled and thus also changed in gain, limiting and more.

pre-record

Often you wish you had pressed play for a few seconds to capture the last spontaneous words of an interviewee. The Pre-Record function helps and takes 6 seconds before you even press the Record button!

360° Audio / VR

For all 360° audio fans, the F8n offers an Ambisonics mode including A-B decoding, gain and settings linking as well as a metering screen. And if you need the ultimate VR rig, you can easily combine the Zoom F8n with the Sennheiser AMBEO Mic. This mobile setup enables premium 360° audio anytime, anywhere.

Recording & Processing

The F8n works with the BWF compatible WAV format up to a resolution of 192 kHz and 24 Bit. Recording to MP3 can also be done in no time at bit rates of 128, 192 or 320kbps.

In addition there is a flexible signal routing of all inputs and outputs. In addition to the hybrid limiters, the F8n high-pass filter reduces unwanted noise, provides phase reversal and mid-side decoding. Input and output delays are also available.

iOS Wireless Control

Those who like to mix over iPads will be happy about the Zoom F8 Control App for iOS devices. Pannings, fader levels and transport controls can be controlled via Bluetooth LE Protocol, while input levels, time codes and battery status can be displayed at any time. Even file and metadata information can be subsequently entered.

Zoom F8n Overview

  • 8-Channel/10Track Field Recorder/Mixer
  • 8 discrete inputs with locking combo jack (XLR & jack)
  • compact, lightweight aluminium housing
  • high-quality preamps with up to 75dB gain and less than -127 dBu ON
  • Switchable +4dB inputs with Mic/Line options for XLR and Jack
  • Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters
  • Zoom AutoMix Software
  • 24-bit/192kHz support, 44.1kHz, plus 47.952/48.048kHz for HD video compatibility
  • Accurate Time Code (0.2ppm), I/O via BNC Connector; dropfram/non-drop formats with Jam Sync
  • Three power supply options: 8x AA batteries, external DC battery pack with Hirose connector and 12V AC adapter (AAs and DC battery pack not included)
  • Gain Knobs, 6 Segment LED Level Meter and PFL/Solo Switch per Channel
  • Highpass Filter, Phase Invert and Mid-Side Decoder
  • Input Delay up to 30ms per channel/output delay up to 10 frames per output
  • compatible with Zoom microphone capsules; optional extender cable allows remote positioning
  • Dual min-XLR Main Outs (sym.) and 1/8" Stereo Mini Jack Sub-Out
  • Headphone output (100mW) with Front Panel Volume Control
  • 2.4" LCD with Monochromatic Mode
  • PFL Deisplay with Trim Settings
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, up to 512GB each
  • WAV/MPR3 recording format
  • Supports metadata (BWF and iXML); input time, date, project, scene number, etc.
  • built-in slate mic, built-in slate tone generator
  • Can be used as 8in/4Out USB Audio Interface @96kHz
  • free Zoom F8 Control App for iOS for remote control, data renaming etc.
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