Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder
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What's in the Box
- Zoom F4 Multitrack Field Recorder with Timecode - 6 Inputs / 8 Tracks
- Camera-Mount Adapter
- Zoom AD-19 12 VAC Adapter
- Cubase LE Download Code
- Wavelab LE Download Code
- Limited 1-Year Warranty
Designed to provide big Hollywood sound on an affordable indie budget, Zoom F4 is a 6-input / 8-track professional field recorder featuring super-low-noise preamps and timecode with pinpoint accuracy. The unit provides recording and playback resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz with impressive audio specs including an extremely low noise floor (-127 dBu EIN) and high gain (up to +75 dB), with +4 dB line-level inputs. The on-board temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) generates timecode at 0.2 ppm accuracy and supports all standard drop-frame and non-drop formats, as well as jam sync for external devices.
The advanced on-board limiters provide overload protection for all inputs and outputs, which lets you capture audio in a wide range of environments. Limiting can be applied simultaneously at full resolution with 10 dB of headroom and features controls for setting threshold, attack, and release.
The F4 offers four combo XLR-1/4" inputs, a 1/8" stereo input, and includes a Zoom mic-capsule input for recording six discrete tracks with an additional stereo mix, all at full 24-bit/192 kHz resolution. Additionally, inputs 5/6 can function as a camera return for audio-monitoring only for confidence checks. The dual-SD card slot features simultaneous recording to both cards allowing you to make a backup or split recording with all eight tracks on one card and a stereo mix on the other.
Each of the four XLR-1/4" inputs offers a dedicated preamp with gain control, phantom power, a six-segment LED level meter, plus a Record Ready and PFL switch. In addition to the 1/4" headphone output with a dedicated volume control, the F4 provides two main balanced XLR outputs, as well as two sub outs on a single unbalanced 1/8" stereo mini-jack, enabling easy connection to a camera. All timecode I/O is provided on BNC connectors and the unit includes a variable-frequency slate-tone generator to confirm levels.
The front panel offers an output button, which provides quick access to the unit's outputs, while the option button offers quick access to TC Jam, Trim Link, Clear Clip and other important shortcuts. An easy-to-read 1.9" LCD display is suitable for use in all lighting environments including dark low-light sets to bright sunlight. The on-board mixer not only provides user-adjustable level, pan, and input/output delay, but also offers high-pass filtering for noise and wind reduction, phase inversion, and Mid-Side decoding. The F4 ships with a camera-mount adapter, AC power adapter, and download codes for Cubase LE and Wavelab LE.
We didn't change the industry.
By putting high-quality sound front and center, you've changed how audiences experience film. That's why we created the Zoom F4. So professional quality sound is always within reach.
Super-low-noise microphone preamps
The F4 is equipped with our highest-quality mic preamps. Like the F8, the F4’s mic preamps enable pristine recording and playback at resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz. Its impressive audio specs include an extremely low noise floor (-127 dBu EIN) and high gain (up to 75 dB), with +4 dB line-level inputs.
TCXO Time Code
For precise audio/video syncing, the F4 utilizes a Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) that generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy—a first for this price point. The F4 supports all standard drop frame and non-drop formats, and can jam sync to time code provided by external devices. Standard BNC connectors enable easy integration into any rig.
Advanced onboard limiters
Advanced onboard limiters provide overload protection which lets you capture audio in a wide range of dynamic sound environments. Limiting can be applied to all four channels simultaneously at full resolution, with 10 dB of headroom and controls for setting threshold, attack, and release.
Rock-solid build and lightweight design
A compact metal chassis makes the F4 both rugged and durable, and keeps its weight down to just 2.27 pounds without batteries.
Add Two Additional Mic/Line Inputs
The F4 is outfitted with a 10-pin Zoom mic capsule input to expand your recording capabilities even further. Connecting the optional EXH-6 XLR/TRS Combo Input Capsule adds two extra mic/line inputs to your F4, giving you a total of six discrete XLR/TRS combo inputs.
Zoom Interchangeable Mic Capsules
Use the proprietary Zoom capsule input to connect any of the available Zoom mic capsules—such as the SGH-6 Shotgun Mic Capsule or the XYH-6 Stereo X/Y Mic Capsule—to add an on-board microphone to your F4. The optional ECM extension cable allows for remote positioning of all capsules.
An LCD For All Lighting Conditions
An easy-to-read 1.9-inch white backlit monochromatic LCD display makes the F4 suitable for all lighting environments — from low light to direct sunlight. It also performs well in harsh conditions, like dusty and hard-to-see environments.
Monitor Your Recordings
Flexible options help you easily monitor recordings in the field. Route any input, as well as the stereo track (pre- or post-fader), to the left or right headphone channels. A built-in 100 mW headphone amplifier provides plenty of volume for noisy environments. You can even set headphone alert tones for low battery, recording start/stop, or recording errors.
Onboard Mixer And Effects
An onboard mixer allows for flexible signal routing from all inputs to all outputs (pre- or post-fader) with user-adjustable level, pan, and input/output delay. Built-in limiters can be applied to all channels and tracks simultaneously. The F4 also includes built-in high-pass filtering to reduce the sound of wind and other noise, plus phase inversion and Mid-Side decoding.
The Nitty Gritty
The F4 records in BWF-compatible WAV format at 16-bit or 24-bit resolution, and at any standard sample rate up to 192 kHz. When recording MP3 files, you can choose bit rates of 128, 192, or 320 kbps.
Easy to Navigate Menus and Metadata
Thanks to simple menu navigation, cataloging with the F4 is easy and straightforward. The F4 features a simple file structure and allows you to enter extensive metadata (both BWF and iXML) directly onto the device.
Your Time is Now
Creators are redefining what’s possible in film. Let the F4 elevate your creations with professional quality audio that brings your filmmaking efforts full circle.
- Six-input/eight-track multitrack field recorder with integrated mixer
- Six discrete inputs, including with 4 locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors, a stereo 3.5mm input, and Zoom mic-capsule input
- Input 5/6 can be used as a camera return for monitoring only
- Compact and lightweight metal chassis, weighing just 2 pounds (without batteries)
- High-quality mic preamps with up to 75 dB gain, less than -127 dBu EIN, and +4 dB line inputs
- Support for up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording as well as 96, 88.2 , 48, and 44.1 kHz, plus 47.952/48.048 kHz for HD-video compatibility; 16-/24-bit resolution
- Accurate timecode (0.2 ppm) I/O on standard BNC connectors; drop-frame/non-drop formats with Jam Sync
- Three different power supply options: 8x AA batteries, external DC battery pack with 4-pin HIROSE connector, and Zoom AD-19 12 VAC Adapter with DC-HIROSE cable (included)
- Dedicated gain-control knob, 6-segment LED level meter, and PFL/Solo switch for each channel
- Phantom power (+48/+24V) on every preamp
- High-pass filter, phase invert, and Mid-Side decoder
- Advanced onboard limiters for input and output
- Input delay of up to 30 ms per channel / output delay of up to 10 frames per output
- Compatible with all Zoom mic capsules; optional ECM extender cable enables remote positioning
- Dedicated headphone output (100mW) with front-panel volume control
- Dual XLR-balanced Main Outs plus 1/8" stereo mini-jack Sub Out
- Front-panel OPTION button gives quick access to important shortcuts
- 1.9” white, backlit monochrome LCD
- Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, up to 512GB each
- Support for extensive metadata (BWF and iXML); input time, date, project, scene number, etc.
- Built-in tripod mount; camera-mount adapter also included
- Use as a 6-in/4-out USB audio interface (@ 96 kHz)
|Recording Media||16 MB to 2 GB SD cards 4 to 32 GB SDHC cards 64 to 512 GB SDXC cards|
|Input Connectors||Input 1-4: XLR-1/4" / 6.35 mm combo jacks
Input 5-6: 1/8" / 3.5 mm stereo mini jack
|Input Gain||XLR (Mic): +10 to +75 dB
TRS (Line): -10 to +55 dB
Mini Jack Input: -10 dBV (Level: -10 dBV setting), +4 dBu (Level: +4 dBu setting)
|Input Impedance||XLR (Mic): 3.0 kOhms
TRS (Line): 22 kOhms
Mini Jack Input: 10 kOhms or more
|Maximum Input Level||XLR (Mic): +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
TRS (Line): +24 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
Mini Jack Input: -10 dBV (Level: -10 dBV setting), +24 dBu (Level: +4 dBu setting)
|Phantom Power||+24 / +48 V 10 mA maximum for each channel|
|THD||XLR (Mic): 0.009% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz - 22 kHz BW, Input Gain min, -10 dBu input)
TRS (Line): 0.010% max (1 kHz, 22 Hz - 22 kHz BW, Input Gain min +10 dBu input)
|EIN||−127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150 Ohms input)|
|Frequency Characteristics||10 Hz - 80 kHz +0.5/−1 dB (192 kHz sampling rate)|
|Dynamic Range ADC||120 dB typical (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)|
|Crosstalk||−90 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)|
|Mic Input||ZOOM mic-capsule input (use disables Inputs 1/2)|
|Output Connectors||Main: Balanced XLR (2-pin hot)
Sub Output: 1/8" / 3.5 mm
Headphone: 1/4" / 6.35 mm unbalanced stereo jack
|Output Impedance||Main: 150 Ohms or less
Sub Output: 1 kOhms or less
Headphone: 15 Ohms or less
|Reference Output||Main: −10 dBV, 1 kHz, 600 Ohms load
Sub: −10 dBV (Normal Output Type), −40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10 kOhms load
|Maximum Output Level||Main: +10 dBV, 1 kHz, 600 Ohms load
Sub Output: +10 dBV (Normal Output Type), −20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10 kOhms load
Headphone: 100 + 100 mW (32 Ohms load)
|Dynamic Range DAC||106 dB typical (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)|
|Recording Formats||WAV: 44.1, 47.952, 48, 48.048, 88.2, 96, 192kHz, 16/24-bit, mono/stereo/2-10 ch poly, BWF and iXML
MP3: 128, 192, 320 kbps, 44.1/48 kHz, ID3v1 tags
|Number Of Simultaneous Record Tracks||WAV: 8 (6 inputs + stereo mix)
|Recording Time||32 GB: 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
Precision: ±0.2 ppm
Supported Input Levels:0.2 to 5.0 Vpp
Input Impedance: 4.3 kOhms
Output Level: 3.0 Vpp ±10%
Output Impedance: 50 Ohms or less
|Power||Batteries: 8 AA
Zoom AD-19 12V AC Adapter
DC-HIROSE Cable HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9-16 V
|Battery Life (Recording)||Continuous Recording Time: When recording 2 channels at 48 kHz/16-bit without headphones
Alkaline Batteries: 9.5 hours or more
NiMH (2450mAh): 11.5 hours or more
Lithium Batteries: 17.5 hours or more
Continuous Recording Time: When recording 8 channels at 48 kHz/24-bit with headphones
Alkaline batteries: 9.0 hours or more
NiMH (2450mAh): 10.5 hours or more
Lithium Batteries: 16.5 hours or more
Continuous Recording Time: When recording 8 channels at 192 kHz/24-bit with headphones, phantom power, and display backlighting
Alkaline Batteries: 2 hour or more
NiMH (2450mAh): 3.5 hours or more
Lithium Batteries: 6 hours or more
|Display||1.9" / 48.3 mm Monochrome LCD: 128 x 64|
|USB||USB: Mass Storage Option
Class:USB 2.0 high speed
USB: Multitrack audio-interface operation (driver required for Windows, not required for Mac)
Class:USB 2.0 High Speed
Specifications: 44.1, 48, 96 kHz, 16/24-bit, 6-in/4-out
USB: Stereo Mix audio-interface operation (no driver required)Class: USB 2.0 Full Speed Specifications: 44.1, 48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-in/2-out
Note: iPad audio-interface operation supported (Stereo Mix mode only)
|Dimensions (W x D x H)||7.0 x 5.5 x 2.1" / 177.8 x 139.7 x 53.3 mm|
|Weight||2.3 lb / 1.0 kg|
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