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Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder

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  • 8 x XLR/TRS Combo Jacks with +75 dB Gain
  • Up to 192 kHz/ 24-Bit PCM Recording
  • Record up to 10 Tracks Simultaneously
  • Look-Ahead Limiters Eliminate Clipping
  • Zoom AutoMix: Automatic Level Adjustment
  • 2 x SD Card Slots
  • Built-In Slate Microphone
  • 8 x AA Batteries, AC, External Power Pack
  • Time Code at 0.2 ppm Accuracy
  • Simultaneous Recording to SD Card & USB

The Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder is a recorder designed to deliver professional audio on set and in the field. Carry this Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder with you via a shoulder strap or in a bag and use it when recording music, for filmmaking, and Electronic News Gathering (ENG). The Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder has eight analog input channels. Each channel has XLR/TRS combo jacks, which offer +75 dB maximum input gain, as well as a support for line-level inputs. With the Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder, you can record up to 10 tracks simultaneously (channels 1 through 8 plus a stereo mix), or up to eight channels when recording at the A/D converter's maximum 24-bit 192 kHz resolution. 

The Zoom F8n boasts options like Zoom's AutoMix, which automatically adjusts the levels to reduce ambient sound, ensuring a clean and well-captured sound. If you're working on a one- to four-track project, you can utilize dual-channel recording to create safety tracks. Capture signal loudly with one, and have the other set to low gains as a backup should the louder mic feel over-saturated from too much level.

You'll also note the advanced lookahead limiters, which add 1 ms of delay to the signal. This is imperceptible to the person listening and does not affect the final product, but this millisecond makes all the difference in the digital world, as it protects against clipping before it's ever recording. For time code generation, the F8n makes use of a temperature-compensated crystal oscillator that generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy, making sure audio and video stay synced.

Power to the recorder can be supplied in one of three ways: via AA batteries, an AC adapter, or a 9 to 18 VDC external power pack. Two SD card slots can be used simultaneously for recording even longer sessions and can also be used as card readers when connected to a computer via USB.

When operating via USB, the unit can be used in a 2-in/2-out configuration as well as an 8-in/4-out audio interface (driver required for windows). A built-in slate mic allows you to make voice memos and the unit's slate tone can be used to confirm specific levels. Proprietary Zoom capsules can be plugged into the unit, so you can record stereo straight to the F8n.

Analog Inputs

Provides two sets of lockable XLR/TRS combo jacks with EIN of -127 dBu or less, +75 dB maximum input gain and support for +4 dB input.

Audio Resolution

Records up to 192 kHz at 24-bit resolution.

Zoom AutoMix

This smart software automatically adjusts the levels of your mix to reduce the amount of ambient sound, so you can focus on capturing a well-balanced mix.

Time Code Generation

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, and Time code I/O is provided on BNC connectors.

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; these limiters "look ahead" to anticipate clipping before it's recorded and are applied to each of the 8 channels simultaneously at full resolution—and 10 to 20 dB of headroom to ensure clean audio on every take.


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.

Louder, Cleaner, and Clearer Monitoring over Zoom F8

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.

Onboard Features for Ambisonics and VR

Capable of recording 360-audio, the F8n sports an Ambisonics mode that features A to B decoding, gain and settings linking, and a customized metering screen.


Allows you to send the audio signal to a video camera or other device while simultaneously monitoring.

Mixer Functionality

Allows for inputs 1-8 to be routed to outputs freely.

Phantom Power

Supports +24V and +48V phantom power.

Three Possible Power Supplies

Can operate on AA batteries, an AC adapter (included), or a 9 to 18 VDC external power pack (not included) with automatic switching between power supplies.

Two SDXC Card Slots

Allows for SD card recording, and the use of SDXC cards enables extended recording capability. The unit can also be used as a card reader by connecting it to a computer via USB.

USB Audio Interface Capabilities with up to 8 Ins and 4 Outs

Allows the unit to be used as a 2-in/2-out audio interface as well as an 8-in/4-out audio interface (driver required for Windows, not required for Mac).

Built-In Microphone

Works as both a slate mic as well as a tool for voice memos.

Zoom Mic Capsule Functionality

Supports the company's line of interchangeable mic capsules that can be used instead of inputs 1/2.

In the Box
  • Zoom F8n Multi-Track Field Recorder
  • AD-19 12 VDC Power Adapter
  • Set of Download Codes for Cubase LE and WaveLab LE
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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Recording Media Dual SD card slots support 16 to 2 GB SD cards, 4 to 32 GB SDHC cards, and 64 to 512 GB SDXC cards
Input Connectors 8 x Combination XLR-1/4" TRS jacks
1 x Zoom mic (disables inputs 1 and 2)
1 x Built-in mic for voice memos
Input Gain Mic: +10 to +75 dB 
Line: -10 to +55 dB
Input Impedance Mic: 2 kOhms 
Line: 2.6 kOhms
Maximum Input Level Mic: +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON) 
Line: +24 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
Phantom Power +24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel
EIN −127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150-Ohm input)
Frequency Characteristics 10 Hz to 80 kHz +0.5 dB/−1 dB (192 kHz sampling rate)
Crosstalk −90 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)
Output Connectors 2 x TA-3 connectors, balanced main output 
1 x 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack
1 x 1/4" unbalanced stereo headphone jack
Output Impedance Main: ≤ 150 Ohms
Sub: ≤ 100 Ohms
Headphones: ≤ 15 Ohms
Output Level Main (Reference): −10 dBV (normal output level), +4 dBu (output level: line), 1 kHz, 600-Ohm load
Sub (Reference): −10 dBV (normal output level), −40 dBV (mic output level), 1 kHz, 10-kOhm load
Maximum Output Level Main: +10 dBV (normal output level), +24 dBu (output level: line), 1 kHz, 600-Ohm load
Sub: +10 dBV (normal output level), -20 dBV (mic output level), 1 kHz, 10-kOhm load
Headphones: 100 mW + 100 mW (32-Ohm load)
Dynamic Range A/D: 120 dB typical (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
D/A: 106 dB typical (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)
Recording Formats WAV: 44.1 / 47.952 / 48 / 48.048 / 88.2 / 96 / 192 kHz, 16-/24-bit, mono / stereo / 2-10 ch poly, BWF, and iXML
MP3: 128 / 192 / 320 kb/s, 44.1 / 48 kHz, ID3v1 tags
Tracks Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks, WAV: 10 (8 inputs + stereo mix), 8 at 192 kHz sampling rate
Maximum Simultaneous Recording Tracks, MP3: 2
Recording Time Using a 32 GB 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: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 ND; 29.97, 30 D
Precision: ±0.2 ppm 
Supported Input Levels: 0.2 to 5.0 V p-p 
Input Impedance: 4.6 kOhms 
Output Level: 3.3 V p-p
Output Impedance: ≤ 50 Ohms
Power Supplies 8 x AA batteries
AD-19 12 VDC power supply (2 A)
HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S external power pack (4-pin, 9 to 18 VDC)
Power Consumption 15 W
Continuous Recording Time 2 Channels at 48 kHz / 16-bit to SD1
Alkaline Batteries: ≥ 6 hours
NiMH (2450 mAh): ≥ 8.5 hours
Lithium Batteries: ≥ 12 hours

8 Channels at 48 kHz / 24-bit to SD1
Alkaline Batteries: ≥ 3.5 hours
NiMH (2450 mAh): ≥ 6 hours
Lithium Batteries: ≥ 8 hours

8 Channels at 192 kHz / 24-bit to SD1
Alkaline Batteries: ≥ 1 hour
NiMH (2450 mAh): ≥ 2 hours
Lithium Batteries: ≥ 3 hours
Display 320 x 240, 2.4" Full-Color LCD
USB Class Mass Storage Operation: USB 2.0 high speed
Multi-Track Audio Interface Operation: USB 2.0 high speed, 
Stereo Mix Audio Interface Operation: USB 2.0 full speed 
Audio Out from USB: USB 2.0 high speed
USB Specifications Multi-Track Audio Interface Operation: 44.1 to 96 kHz, 16-/24-bit, 10-in/4-out
Stereo Mix Audio Interface Operation: 44.1/48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-in/2-out 
Audio Out from USB: 44.1/48 kHz, 16-/24-bit, 10-in/4-out
Dimensions (W x D x H) 7.0 x 5.5 x 2.1" / 178.2 x 140.3 x 54.3 mm
Weight 2.2 lb / 1.0 kg

Packaging Info

Package Weight 4.5 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.7 x 10.2 x 4.1"
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