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Zoom F4 MultiTrack Field Recorder


The Zoom F4 is a 6-input/8-track MultiTrack Field Recorder with super-low-noise mic preamps, and time code with pinpoint accuracy. Thanks to the Zoom F4, professional field recording has never been so accessible. 


    • Zoom F4 Product Features:

      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. (US Patent 10033344)

      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.

      Features:

      • 6-input/8-track multitrack field recorder with integrated mixer
      • 6 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 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 48 kHz, and
      • 44.1 kHz, plus 47.952 kHz/48.048 kHz for HD video compatibility; 16-/24-bit resolution
      • Accurate time code (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 12V AC Adapter with
      • DHC-1 DC-HIROSE cable (included)
      • Dedicated gain control knob, 6-segment LED level meter, and PFL/Solo switch for
      • each channel
      • Phantom power (+48V/+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 msec 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 (100 mW) 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 512 GB 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)

      The F4 can also be mounted to a tripod and attached to your

      camera using the included mounting bracket.

      *The F4 does not have Bluetooth capabilities and

      is not compatible with the Zoom F8 iOS app.

      What's included with the F4:

      • Camera mount adapter
      • Zoom AD-19 12V AC Adapter
      • DHC-1 DC-HIROSE cable
      • Cubase LE and WaveLab LE download codes
      • Operation manual

      Optional F4 Accessories:

      • PCF-4 field bag for F4 and F8 MultiTrack Field Recorders
      • PCF-8 field bag for F8 and F4 MultiTrack Field Recorders
      • BCF-8 battery case for F4 and F8 MultiTrack Field Recorders
      • ECM-3 mic capsule extender cable
      • XYH-5 shockmounted X/Y mic capsule
      • XYH-6 X/Y mic capsule
      • MSH-6 mid-side mic capsule
      • SGH-6 shotgun mic capsule
      • SSH-6 stereo shotgun mic capsule
      • EXH-6 dual XLR/TRS combo input capsule

    • Zoom F4 Technical Specifications:

      RECORDING MEDIA

      Dual SD card slot supports:

      16 MB – 2 GB SD cards

      4 GB – 32 GB SDHC cards

      64 GB – 512 GB SDXC cards

      INPUTS 1-4

      Connectors:

      XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)

      INPUTS: XLR (MIC)

      Input gain:

      +10 – +75 dB

      Input impedance:

      3.0 kΩ or more

      Maximum input level:

      +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)

      Phantom power:

      +24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel

      INPUTS: TRS (LINE)

      Input gain:

      −10 – +55 dB

      Input impedance:

      22 kΩ or more

      Maximum input level:

      +24 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)

      INPUTS: ADDITIONAL INFO

      Equivalent input noise:

      −127 dBu or less

      (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150Ω input)

      Frequency characteristics:

      10 Hz – 80 kHz +0.5 dB/−1.5 dB

      (192 kHz sampling rate)

      A/D dynamic range:

      120 dB typ (−60 dBFS input, A-weighted)

      Crosstalk:

      −90 dB or less

      (between adjacent channels, 1 kHz)

      MIC IN:

      ZOOM mic capsule input

      (use disables Inputs 5/6)

      RTN IN

      Connectors:

      3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack

      Reference input level:

      +10 dBV (Level: -10 dBV setting),

      +4 dBu (Level: +4 dBu setting)

      Input impedance:

      10k Ω or more

      Maximum input level:

      -10 dBV (Level: -10 dBV setting)

      +24 dBu (Level: +4 dBu setting)

      OUTPUTS: MAIN OUT 1/2

      Connectors:

      XLR balanced output (2: hot)

      Output impedance:

      150 Ω or less

      Reference output level:

      −10 dBV, 1 kHz, 600Ω load

      Maximum output level:

      +10 dBV, 1 kHz, 600Ω load

      OUTPUTS: SUB OUT 1/2

      Connector:

      3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack

      Output impedance:

      1k Ω or less

      Reference output level:

      −10 dBV (Normal Output Type),

      −40 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load

      Maximum output level:

      +10 dBV (Normal Output Type),

      −20 dBV (Mic Output Type), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load

      HEADPHONE

      Connector:

      1/4" unbalanced stereo output jack

      Output impedance:

      15 Ω or less

      Maximum output level:

      100 mW + 100 mW

      (32Ω load)

      D/A

      D/A dynamic range:

      106 dB typical (−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/2-10 ch poly, BWF and iXML

      Maximum simultaneous recording tracks:

      8 (6 Inputs + L/R MIX recording at 192kHz sampling rate)

      RECORDING FORMATS: WHEN MP3 SELECTED

      Supported formats:

      128/192/320 kbps, 44.1/48 kHz, ID3v1 tags

      Maximum simultaneous recording tracks:

      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:

      23.976ND, 24ND, 25ND, 29.97ND, 29.97D, 30ND, 30D

      Precision:

      ±0.2 ppm

      Supported input levels:

      0.2 – 5.0 Vpp

      Input impedance:

      4.3k Ω or more

      Output level:

      3.0 Vpp ±10%

      Output impedance:

      50 Ω or less

      POWER SUPPLIES

      Batteries:

      8 AA

      AC adapter:

      Zoom AD-19 DC12 V 2A (center plus) via DC-HIROSE cable adapter (both included)

      External DC power supply:

      HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector

      (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9–16 V

      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 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 hours or more

      NiMH (2450mAh):

      3.5 hours or more

      Lithium batteries:

      6 hours or more

      DISPLAY

      1.9" monochrome LCD with white backlight

      USB: MASS STORAGE OPERATION

      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 High Speed

      Specifications:

      44.1/48 kHz, 16-bit, 2-in/2-out


      Note: iPad audio interface operation supported (Stereo Mix mode only)

      EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS

      Main unit:

      7.0 in. (W) × 5.5 in. (D) × 2.1 in. (H)

      177.8 mm (W) × 141.1 mm (D) × 54.3 mm (H)

      WEIGHT

      Main unit only:

      2.27 pounds (1030g)

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