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Zoom F8n Multi-Track Recorder

Zoom's pro-quality field recorder gives you 8 mic preamps with 75 dB of gain, look-ahead limiters, pre-record, dual SD card capture, timecode I/O, and more. Rate and review this product
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Zoom F8n Multi-Track Recorder

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.

Get a closer look at the Zoom F8n recorder in this overview video:


See what industry pros have to say about the Zoom F8n's timecode tools and look-ahead limiters:


Zoom F8n Features:

- 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.

- Mic Preamps: 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.

- Zoom AutoMix: Meet your 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 a 0.2 ppm accuracy. Time code I/O is provided on BNC connectors.

- Simultaneous-Recording: The F8n can record to an SD card and your computer via USB simultaneously. And you can easily back up your files and stream live while recording.

- 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.

- Dual-Channel 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.

- Pre-Record: The pre-record function allows you to capture up to 6 seconds of audio before you hit the RECORD button.

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Recording Media:
Dual SD card slots supports: 16MB–2GB SD cards, 4GB–32GB SDHC cards and 64GB–512GB SDXC cards

Inputs 1-8:
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 ohms 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

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

D/A:
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

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: 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

Display:
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: 44.1/48 kHz 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

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: 2.2 pounds (1000 g)
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 4 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 12 x 11 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZF8N
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-542-5270
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