In the field recording becomes professional with ZOOM's F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder

There are those who think that all you need to get audio is a decent microphone. But ask anyone who has recorded on location and they’ll tell you that “in the field" recordings are fraught with problems. So in steps the ZOOM F8 MultiTrack Field Recorder to alleviate field recording woes with a solid performance backed up by a slew of technologies and a simplified menu optimized for quick access.

Recording in BWF-compliant WAV or MP3 file formats with support for 24-bit/192kHz, this ultra-portable (2.1 lb.) field recorder integrates 8 discrete inputs (locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors) and a 10-pin connector allowing the use of ZOOM mic capsules. Optional extension cable allow for positioning at a distance. Each preamp contains Phantom power (+48V/+24V) and features a dedicated gain control knob. The 2.4" color backlit LCD, which includes a monochrome mode, displays a 6-segment LED level meter and there is also a Record Ready and PFL switch. Audio can be inputted via a built-in slate mic and there is a variable frequency slate tone generator for level confirmation. Outputs consist of two Main for external mixers/processing devices (balanced TA3 mini-XLR jacks) and two Sub Outs for camera connectivity (on a single unbalanced 1/8” stereo mini-jack).

The onboard mixer can route signals from all inputs to all outputs, pre-or post-fader, with level, pan and input/output delay all user adjustable. Besides being able to apply advanced onboard limiters to all channels/tracks simultaneously, high-pass filtering can be utilized for reducing wind and other extraneous noise along with phase inversion and Mid-Side decoding.

There is also Time Code I/O via BNC connectors and a USB port for firmware updates and file transfers. Plus, there is the ability to use the F8 as a USB audio interface (8-in/4-out) with sampling rates of up to 96 kHz. Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC memory slots accomodating up to 512 GB cards each are used for storage.

As if this all isn't enough, the ZOOM F8 has Bluetooth built-in. This enables syncing with an iOS app for remote control functionality: monitoring input levels and battery status; renaming files and entering metadata; and accessing the mixer pan and fader level along with the recording controls. There is also a 1/4” headphone jack with dedicated volume control.

Power is supplied either by 8 “AA” batteries or an external DC battery pack (both optional) or an included 12V AC adapter. Availability will be in July at a retail price of $999.99.

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