Zoom F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder

8-channel/10-track field audio recorder/mixer

Zoom F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder

8-channel/10-track field audio recorder/mixer

SKU: ZRCF8

Cat no: 16143

  • 8 discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • 2.4" full-color backlit LCD with monochrome mode
  • Compact and lightweight aluminum chassis
  • Phantom power (+48V/+24V) on every preamp
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£699.00 (ex vat) £838.80 (incl vat)

Zoom F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder


8-channel/10-track field audio recorder/mixer

The F8 is made for serious filmmakers and sound designers. With 8-input/10-track recording, super low-noise preamps, and support for 24-bit/192kHz audio, the F8 captures the highest-quality audio.



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 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.

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.

The F8 provides every option you need to create professional field recordings:

  • 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.

* Stereo mix track not recorded when 192 kHz sampling rate is selected

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 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.

The Hardware

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 ⅛" 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.

Key Features -

  • 8-channel/10-track field audio recorder/mixer 
  • 8 discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Compact 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 inputs
  • Support for up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording as well as 96 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48k, and 44.1 kHz, plus 47.952 kHz / 48.048 kHz for HD video compatibility; 16-/24-bit resolution
  • Accurate Time Code (0.2 ppm) I/O on standard BNC connectors; dropframe/non-drop formats with Jam Sync
  • Three 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 levels
  • Dedicated gain control knob, 6-segment LED level meter, and PFL/Solo switch for each channel
  • Phantom power (+48V/+24V) on every preamp 
  • Advanced onboard limiters for input and output
  • High pass filter, phase invert, and Mid-Side decoder
  • Input delay of up to 30 msec per channel / output delay of up to 10 frames per output
  • Compatible with Zoom microphone capsules; optional extender cable enables remote positioning
  • Dual mini-XLR (TA3) balanced Main Outs plus ⅛" stereo mini-jack Sub Out
  • Dedicated headphone output (100 mW) with front panel volume control
  • 2.4" full-color backlit LCD with monochrome mode
  • Dedicated PFL display with viewable trim settings
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, up to 512 GB each 
  • Records in BWF-compliant WAV or MP3 file formats
  • Support for extensive metadata (BWF and iXML); input time, date, project, scene number, etc.
  • Built-in slate mic/slate tone with front panel switch
  • Built-in tripod mount; camera mount adapter also included
  • Use 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

Product Specification

 


 Recording Media
 
 Dual SD card slot supports  16 MB–2 GB SD cards
 4 GB–32 GB SDHC cards
 64 GB–512 GB SDXC cards 
 
 Inputs 1-8 
 
 Connectors  XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)
 
 Inputs: XLR (MIC) 
 
 Input gain  +10 – +75 dB
 Input impedance  3.3 kΩ
 Maximum input level  +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
 Phantom power   +24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel
 
 Inputs: TRS (LINE) 
 
 Input gain  −10 – +55 dB 
 Input impedance  28 kΩ
 Maximum input level  +34 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)

 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)
 Output impedance  150 Ω or less
 Reference output level  −10 dBV (Normal Output Type),
 −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 stereo mini unbalanced output jack
 Output impedance  100 Ω or less
 Reference output level  −10 dBV (Normal Output Type),
 −40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load 
 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  15 Ω 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 and iXML 
 Maximum simultaneous recording tracks  10 (8 inputs + stereo mix)
 8 (with 192 kHz sampling rate) 
 
 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) 
 Frame rates  23.976ND, 24ND, 25ND, 29.97ND, 29.97D, 30ND, 30D
 Precision  ±0.2 ppm
 Supported input levels  0.2 – 5.0 Vpp
 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 (center plus)
 External DC power supply  HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector
 (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9–16 V 
 
 Continuous Recording Times: When
 Recording 2 Channels At 48KHZ/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 Times: When
 Recording 8 Channels At 48KHZ/16-BIT
 Without Headphones 
 
 Alkaline batteries  4.5 hours or more
 NiMH (2450mAh)  6 hours or more
 Lithium batteries  8.5 hours or more
 
 Continuous Recording Times: When
 Recording 8 Channels At 192KHZ/16-BIT
 Without Headphones
 
 Alkaline batteries  1 hour or more
 NiMH (2450mAh)  2 hours or more
 Lithium batteries  3 hours or more 
 
 Display 
 
 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 Speed
 Specifications  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 Speed
 Specifications  44.1/48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-in/2-out
   Note: iPad audio interface operation supported (Stereo Mix mode only)
 
 External Dimensions 
 
 Main unit  7.0 in. (W) × 5.5 in. (D) × 2.1 in. (H)
 178.2 mm (W) × 140.3 mm (D) × 54.3 mm (H) 

 Weight
 
 Main unit only  2.1 pounds (960 g)
  • Camera mount adapter
  • Zoom AD-19 12V AC Adapter
  • Operation manual
  • TA3 to XLR cable x2
  • Cubase LE and WaveLab LE download codes

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