When developing the F8n, it was Zoom's mission to provide every sound professional with the tools to create something exceptional. With features such as Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters, Zoom AutoMix™, and mic/line options for both XLR and TRS inputs, the F8n is the next generation of professional field recording.
Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters
The F8n is equipped with Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters that provide overload protection no matter what comes your way. By adding a 1 millisecond delay, the limiters “look ahead” anticipating clipping before it’s recorded. Limiting is applied to each of the 8 channels simultaneously at full resolution, with 10 to 20 dB of headroom to ensure pristine audio on every take.
The F8n features a super-low noise floor (−127 dBu EIN) and high gain (up to 75 dB). Mic/line levels are selectable for both XLR and TRS inputs.
Meet your new assistant sound editor, the Zoom AutoMix™. This smart software automatically adjusts the levels of your mix to reduce the amount of ambient sound, so you can focus on what really matters – capturing a well-balanced mix.
State-Of-The-Art Time Code
The F8n utilizes a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) that generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy, enabling rock-solid syncing of audio and video. When powered off, the F8n will maintain up to 0.2 ppm accuracy. Time code I/O is provided on BNC connectors.
The F8n can record to an SD card and your computer via USB simultaneously. For use during livestreaming, file back-up and more. And you can easily back up your files and stream live while recording.
Safeguard Your Recordings
Dual SD Card Recording
Record simultaneously on two SD/SDHC/SDXC cards, up to 512 GB each, allowing for redundant recording.
Three Power Sources
A 4-pin Hirose connector allows the use of external 9-18 volt DC battery packs. Power can also be provided by 8 AA batteries or the AD-19 AC adapter included with your device. The F8n can switch power sources at a user-defined voltage level for uninterrupted recording.
The F8n’s dual-channel recording mode allows you to create safety tracks by doubling up the recordings from inputs 1-4 onto tracks 5-8. Tracks can be controlled independently, allowing you to customize each safety track with different gain, limiting, and more.
The pre-record function allows you to capture up to 6 seconds of audio before you hit the RECORD button.
Louder, Cleaner, and Clearer Monitoring
Volume, clarity, and immersion are equally important for proper monitoring in the field. That’s why updates have been made to the F8n’s headphone processing to maximize all three. A digital gain boost has been added to minimize ambient bleed, which can cause comb filtering resulting in poor audio quality.
Signals can be freely routed to the left and/or right headphone channels, pre- or post-fader. Additionally, the headphone output can be switched to mono. You also can set headphone alert tones for low battery, recording start/stop, or recording errors.
iOS Wireless Control
The Zoom F8 Control App for iOS provides extensive wireless remote control of the F8n from your iPhone or iPad using Bluetooth LE protocol. Functions include mixer pan and fader levels as well transport controls. It also monitors input levels, current time code, and battery status. When you’re finished, you can even enter file and metadata info directly from your iOS device.
Sold separately, the Zoom F-Control FRC-8 is the control surface that no serious rig is complete without. With 60mm faders and clear channel indicators, the F-Control’s simple, ergonomic design gives you complete authority over your workflow. Pair your F-Control with the Zoom F8 Control App to turn your iPhone or iPad into a large-scale meter monitor for easy reading.
File formats, resolution, and sample rates
The F8n records in BWF-compatible WAV formats up to 24-bit resolution and at sample rates up to 192 kHz. When recording files in MP3, you can choose bit rates of 128, 192, or 320 kbps.
Full Metadata entry is available including track name, scene names, notes, and more. Use your smartphone or tablet to enter your data via the Zoom F8 Control App for iOS or input it directly on the F8n.
The F8n features flexible signal routing from all inputs to all outputs. In addition to advanced hybrid limiters, the F8n also provides high-pass filtering to reduce the sound of wind and other noise, plus phase inversion and Mid-Side decoding. Input and output delays are also available.
360° Audio Ambisonics
Capable of recording 360-audio, the F8n is a must-have for engineers of the future. The F8n’s Ambisonics mode features A to B decoding, gain and settings linking, and a customized metering screen.
The VR Dream Team
For the ultimate VR rig, pair the Zoom F8n with a Sennheiser AMBEO mic. Built for mobility and backed by two quality names, this combination lets you capture premium 360-audio anywhere and everywhere.
It's time to make history.
What's In The Box:
|Dual SD card slots supports:||16MB–2GB SD cards, 4GB–32GB SDHC cards and 64GB–512GB SDXC cards|
|Connectors:||XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)|
|INPUT SOURCE SET TO MIC|
|Input gain:||+10 – +75 dB|
|Input impedance:||2 kΩ|
|Maximum input level:||+14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)|
|Phantom power:||+24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel|
|INPUT SOURCE SET TO LINE|
|Input gain:||-10 – +55 dB|
|Input impedance:||2.6 kΩ|
|Maximum input level:||+24 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)|
|INPUTS: ADDITIONAL INFO|
|Equivalent input noise:||−127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75dB input gain, 150Ω input)|
|Frequency characteristics:||10 Hz – 80 kHz +0.5dB/−1dB (192kHz sampling rate)|
|A/D dynamic range:||120 dB typ (−60dBFS input, A-weighted)|
|Crosstalk:||−90 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1kHz)|
|MIC IN:||ZOOM mic capsule input (use disables Inputs 1/2)|
|SLATE MIC:||Built-in mic for voice memos can be assigned to tracks freely|
|OUTPUTS : MAIN OUT 1/2|
|Connectors:||TA-3 connectors, balanced output (2: hot)|
|Output impedance:||150 Ω or less|
|Reference output level:||−10 dBV (normal output level), +4 dBu (Output Level: Line), 1 kHz, 600Ω load|
|Maximum output level:||+10 dBV (normal output level), +24 dBu (Output Level: Line), 1 kHz, 600Ω load|
|OUTPUTS: SUB OUT 1/2|
|Connector:||3.5mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack|
|Output impedance:||100 Ω or less|
|Reference output level:||−10 dBV (normal output level), −40 dBV (mic output level), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load|
|Maximum output level:||+10 dBV (normal output level), -20 dBV (mic output level), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load|
|Connector:||1/4" unbalanced stereo output jack|
|Output impedance:||15 Ω or less|
|Maximum output level:||100mW + 100mW (32Ω load)|
|D/A dynamic range:||106 dB typ (−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//2-10ch poly, BWF and iXML|
|Maximum simultaneous recording tracks:||10 (8 inputs + stereo mix)
8 (at 192kHz sampling rate)
|RECORDING FORMATS: WHEN MP3 SELECTED|
|Supported formats:||128/192/320kbps, 44.1/48kHz, ID3v1 tags|
|Maximum 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)
|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|
|Supported input levels:||0.2 – 5.0 Vpp|
|Input impedance:||4.6 kΩ|
|Output level:||3.3 Vpp|
|Output impedance:||50 Ω or less|
|AC adapter:||AC adapter: AD-19 DC12V 2A (center plus)|
|External DC power supply:||HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector
(1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9–18 V
|Power consumption:||15 W|
|CONTINUOUS RECORDING TIME WHEN RECORDING 2 CHANNELS AT 48KHZ/16-BIT TO SD1 WITH MAIN/SUB OUT OFF, TIME CODE OFF, LED/LCD BRIGHTNESS 5, 32Ω HEAD- PHONES, PHANTOM OFF|
|Alkaline batteries:||6 hours or more|
|NiMH (2450mAh):||8.5 hours or more|
|Lithium batteries:||12 hours or more|
|CONTINUOUS RECORDING TIME WHEN RECORDING 8 CHANNELS AT 48KHZ/24-BIT TO SD1 WITH MAIN/SUB OUT OFF, TIME CODE OFF, LED/LCD BRIGHTNESS 5, 32Ω HEAD- PHONES, PHANTOM OFF|
|Alkaline batteries:||3.5 hours or more|
|NiMH (2450mAh):||6 hours or more|
|Lithium batteries:||8 hours or more|
|CONTINUOUS RECORDING TIME WHEN RECORDING 8 CHANNELS AT 192KHZ/24-BIT TO SD1 WITH MAIN/SUB OUT ON, TIME CODE INT FREE RUN, LED/LCD BRIGHTNESS 60, 32Ω HEADPHONES, PHANTOM 48V|
|Alkaline batteries:||1 hour or more|
|NiMH (2450mAh):||2 hours or more|
|Lithium batteries:||3 hours or more|
|2.4" full-color LCD:||320x240|
|USB: MASS STORAGE OPERATION|
|Class:||USB 2.0 High Speed|
|USB: MULTI TRACK AUDIO INTERFACE OPERATION (DRIVER REQUIRED FOR WINDOWS, NOT REQUIRED FOR MAC)|
|Class:||USB 2.0 High Speed|
|Specifications:||44.1/48/88.2/96kHz sampling rate, 16/24-bit , 8 in/4 out|
|USB : STEREO MIX AUDIO INTERFACE OPERATION (NO DRIVER REQUIRED)|
|Class:||USB 2.0 Full Speed|
|Specifications:||44.1/48kHz sampling rate, 16-bit , 2 in/2 out|
|AUDIO INTERFACE WITH REC. (DRIVER REQUIRED FOR WINDOWS, NOT REQUIRED FOR MAC)|
|Class:||USB 2.0 High Speed|
|Specifications:||44.1/48 kHz sampling rate, 16/24-bit , 10 in/4 out
*Note: iOS device audio interface operation supported (stereo mode only)
|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)|
|Main unit only:||2.2 pounds (1000 g)|