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Zoom F8n

Post by still_fiddlin » Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:58 am

Updated F8 is being released in summer/fall ("July" seems to be the latest rumor). It's not available anywhere that I could see, but lots of footage of it in use at some high profile beta users.
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I've been staring at the F8 since it came out, but now I've got a reason to wait another year while the reviews come in on this one, and maybe it drops in price at least a little! ($1k USD MAP)
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Re: Zoom F8n

Post by Jim_Fogle » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:07 pm

It's a really nice unit.

I'm guessing the biggest differences between the F8 and F8n would be the 1 millisecond look ahead limiter feature and that surround sound is a firmware add-on with the F8 while the F8n was planned to support surround sound from the beginning.

I noticed one of the supported file formats is iXML. That's new to me. I found out it is an emerging standard for the inclusion of location sound metadata in broadcast wave files (BWF). There is more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IXML
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Post by still_fiddlin » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:20 pm

The two other features mentioned that seemed to get folks excited were the ability to have a line/mic switch on the XLR inputs (instead of only having the TRS part of combo set the Line level) and some change in the headphone amp. Never used the F8 so not sure about that latter change but I've had to pack a couple XLR->TRS adapters plugs for situations where I had an XLR send a standard mic cable, and only only a 1/4" TRS line level to plug into, or a DI connected to a 1/4" keyboard but no Pad giving the same problem, so I think the combo jack flexibility is very worthwhile.

Honestly, when the level is loud enough to clip, with what I do, it's not anything I'm probably going to be using. But I can see how it's important in a lot of documentary stuff where cameras are rolling and $ flying away. Of course, I'd have that limiter turned on for all channels, just like it is on the H6, but I suspect the F8's version wouldn't have given me a problem.

But, still, $1k. Gotta ponder that one for a while. I could get another H6+XLR extender and have 12 tracks, unsync'd, but probably Ok for my use, for less than half that. Or, just go set up the old MacBook + interface and ADAT for up to 12, which I've done, but all the pieces aren't racked and it takes up a lot more space - a figurative "stack of BBs" as a friend describes these things - that's what the F8[n] solves.

P.S. Just remembered the external DC input is more flexible on this model, so probably allows more options for using existing batteries some of these pro folks may have acquired for other devices.
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Post by Jim_Fogle » Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:30 pm

The F8 and accessories are interesting to drool over but such equipment is wa a a a y outside a price I can afford.
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Re: Zoom F8n

Post by still_fiddlin » Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:36 am

It's only money :). Well, money I don't have, so it'll be a while before it becomes a reality, but it's really tempting for the kind of stuff I do now. The H6 covers me in 95% of the uses, but even then I'm doing some cable swapping from an 8x splitter as folks walk in/out of the picture and something different plugs in or another mic goes in use and something gets unplugged. If I had 8 channels I could eliminate that, plus the feature on the F8n that's probably the clincher is it can record and work as an interface at the same time. No more transferring tracks to the DAW afterward. Today, if I want to record direct to the DAW, I have to set up the "stack of BBs" and keep my fingers crossed.
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