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PDF Manual Excerpt: Operation Manual © 2018 ZOOM CORPORATION Copying or reprinting this manual in part or in whole without permission is prohibited. 02 Contents Contents ...........................................................................................................02 Usage and Safety Precautions ........................................................................04 Introduction ......................................................................................................05 Names of parts .................................................................................................06 Connecting mics/other devices to Inputs 1–8................................................08 LCD display ...................................................................................................... 11 Preparations Supplying power .............................................................................................15 Loading an SD card .........................................................................................17 Turning the power on and off .........................................................................18 Setting the date and time (Date/Time (RTC)).................................................19 Disabling the Automatic Power Saving function (Auto Power Off) .............21 Setting the power supply used (Power Source) ............................................22 Recording Recording process ...........................................................................................24 Enabling recording on SD cards and setting file formats ............................25 Selecting inputs and adjusting levels ............................................................27 Recording .........................................................................................................29 Setting the sampling rate (Sample Rate) .......................................................30 Setting WAV file bit depth (WAV Bit Depth) ...................................................31 Setting MP3 file bit rate (MP3 Bit Rate)..........................................................32 Simultaneously recording tracks at different levels (Dual Channel Rec) ....33 Capturing audio before recording starts (Pre Rec) .......................................35 Maximum file size (File Max Size) ..................................................................36 Showing total recording times for long recordings (Time Counter) ...........37 Folder and file structure ..................................................................................38 Moving the previously recorded take to the FALSE TAKE folder .................40 Recording take settings Changing the note for the next take recorded (Note) ...................................41 Setting how recorded scenes are named and numbered ............................43 Setting the take name reset condition and format .......................................46 Changing the track name of the next take recorded (Track Name) .............48 Changing the number of the next take recorded ..........................................50 Playback Playing recordings ...........................................................................................51 Mixing takes .....................................................................................................52 Monitoring the playback signals of specific tracks during playback ...........53 Changing the playback mode (Play Mode) ....................................................54 Take and folder operations Take and folder operations (FINDER) .............................................................55 Overview of take information (metadata) stored in files .............................62 Checking and editing take metadata ..............................................................64 Writing sound reports (Create Sound Report)...............................................71 Input settings Input and output signal flow...........................................................................74 Adjusting the input signal monitoring balance.............................................75 Setting the track knob function (Track Knob Option) ....................................76 Adjusting the L/R track volume.......................................................................78 Monitoring the input signals of specific tracks (PFL/SOLO) .........................79 Setting the input source (Input Source) .........................................................80 Setting the monitoring volume on the PFL screen (PFL Mode) ...................81 Cutting low-frequency noise (HPF) ................................................................82 Input limiter ......................................................................................................83 Inverting the input phase (Phase Invert) ........................................................89 Changing the phantom power settings (Phantom) ......................................90 Changing the plugin power setting (Plugin Power) ......................................93 Delaying input signals (Input Delay) ..............................................................94 Converting mid-side input to ordinary stereo (Stereo Link Mode)..............95 Adjusting the input levels of multiple tracks simultaneously (Trim Link) ...97 Adjusting the side level of a mid-side mic capsule (Side Mic Level) ..........98 Changing the automatic mixing setting (Auto Mix) ....................................99 Setting the format of Ambisonic Mode .......................................................101 Setting the mic position used for ambisonic recording (Mic Position) .....106 Output settings Setting signals sent to headphones (Headphone Routing) ........................108 Outputting alerts through headphones (Alert Tone Level) ..........................111 Setting the headphone output Volume Curve ............................................. 112 Setting signals sent to headphones (Headphone Routing) ........................108 Outputting alerts through headphones (Alert Tone Level) ..........................111 Setting the headphone output Volume Curve ............................................. 112 Boosting headphone output to alleviate interference from recorded sound (Digital Boost) ................................................................................................ 113 Disabling outputs (Output On/Off) ............................................................... 114 Setting the standard output level (Output Level) ........................................ 115 Setting output levels ..................................................................................... 116 Delaying output signals (Output Delay)....................................................... 117 Output Limiter ................................................................................................ 118 Selecting signals sent to the main outputs (MAIN OUT Routing) .............122 Selecting signals sent to the sub outputs (SUB OUT Routing) .................123 Timecode Timecode overview .......................................................................................124 Setting timecode functions ...........................................................................126 Setting automatic timecode recording delay (Auto Rec Delay Time) ........133 Setting timecode initialization used at startup (Start Timecode) ...............134 Slate mic/slate tone Slate mic and slate tone overview ...............................................................136 Recording with the slate mic (Slate Mic) .....................................................137 Recording a slate tone (Slate Tone) ..............................................................140 Using USB functions Exchanging data with a computer (SD Card Reader) .................................144 Using as an audio interface (Audio Interface) .............................................145 Using SD card recording and audio interface functions at the same time (Audio Interface with Rec) ............................................................................147 Audio interface block diagrams ....................................................................149 Audio interface settings ................................................................................151 Using an Using an as a controller (Connect) ...................................................152 Setting the type of keyboard connected to the (Keyboard Type) ...153 Setting fader and knob operation (Knob/Fader Mode) ...................154 Setting user keys for the (User Key).................................................155 Setting the power supply used by the (Power Source) ..................156 Powering the with USB bus power (USB Bus Power) ....................157 Setting the LED brightness (LED Brightness) ..................................158 Updating the firmware ......................................................................159 Various settings Setting how timecode is shown (Home Timecode Display Size) ...............161 Setting level meter appearance (Level Meter) ............................................162 Setting the LED brightness (LED Brightness) ..............................................167 Making display settings (LCD) ......................................................................168 Adding marks when pausing (PLAY Key Option) ........................................170 Setting the keys held (Key Hold Target) .......................................................172 Other functions Checking SD card information (Information) ..............................................173 Testing SD card performance (Performance Test) .......................................174 Formatting SD cards (Format) ......................................................................177 Checking the Shortcut List ...................................................................178 Backing up and loading settings (Backup/Load Settings) ..................179 Restoring default setting values (Factory Reset) .........................................181 Checking the firmware version (Firmware Version) ....................................182 Updating the firmware ..................................................................................183 Appendices Troubleshooting .............................................................................................184 Detailed product diagrams ...........................................................................185 Metadata list ..................................................................................................187 List of shortcuts .............................................................................................191 Specifications .................................................................................................193 F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 03 04 Operation with external DC power supply Use a 9V–18V external DC power supply. Carefully study the warning indications of the external DC power supply before use. Operation with batteries Use 8 commercially-available 1.5V AA bat- teries (alkaline dry cell batteries, nickel metal hydride batteries or lithium dry cell batteries). Carefully study the warning indications of the batteries before use. Always keep the battery cover closed during use. Alterations Do not open the case or modify the prod- uct. Install batteries with the correct +/− orien- tations. Use the specified batteries. Do not use new and old batteries together. Do not use batteries of different brands or types together. Remove the batteries when the unit will not be used for extended periods. If a leak occurs, thoroughly wipe the bat- tery case and battery terminals to remove the leaked fluid. Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type. A warning that batteries (battery pack or batteries installed) shall not be exposed to excessive heat such as sunshine, fire or the like. Interference with other electrical equipment In consideration of safety, the has been designed to minimize its emission of electro- magnetic waves and to suppress interference from external electromagnetic waves. How- ever, equipment that is very susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electro- magnetic waves could result in interference if placed nearby. If this occurs, place the and the other device farther apart. With any type of electronic device that uses digital control, including the , electromag- netic interference could cause malfunction, corrupt or destroy data and result in other unexpected trouble. Always use caution. Interference with other electrical equipment In consideration of safety, the has been designed to minimize its emission of electro- magnetic waves and to suppress interference from external electromagnetic waves. How- ever, equipment that is very susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electro- magnetic waves could result in interference if placed nearby. If this occurs, place the and the other device farther apart. With any type of electronic device that uses digital control, including the , electromag- netic interference could cause malfunction, corrupt or destroy data and result in other unexpected trouble. Always use caution. Interference with other electrical equipment In consideration of safety, the has been designed to minimize its emission of electro- magnetic waves and to suppress interference from external electromagnetic waves. How- ever, equipment that is very susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electro- magnetic waves could result in interference if placed nearby. If this occurs, place the and the other device farther apart. With any type of electronic device that uses digital control, including the , electromag- netic interference could cause malfunction, corrupt or destroy data and result in other unexpected trouble. Always use caution. Cleaning Use a soft cloth to clean the exterior of the unit if it becomes dirty. If necessary, use a damp cloth that has been wrung out well to wipe it. Never use abrasive cleansers, wax or solvents such as alcohol, benzene or paint thinner. Cleaning Use a soft cloth to clean the exterior of the unit if it becomes dirty. If necessary, use a damp cloth that has been wrung out well to wipe it. Never use abrasive cleansers, wax or solvents such as alcohol, benzene or paint thinner. Cleaning Use a soft cloth to clean the exterior of the unit if it becomes dirty. If necessary, use a damp cloth that has been wrung out well to wipe it. Never use abrasive cleansers, wax or solvents such as alcohol, benzene or paint thinner. Breakdown and malfunction If the unit becomes broken or malfunctions, immediately disconnect the AC adapter or DC power supply, turn the power off and discon- nect other cables. Contact the store where you bought the unit or ZOOM service center with the following information: product model, serial number and specific symptoms of break- Breakdown and malfunction If the unit becomes broken or malfunctions, immediately disconnect the AC adapter or DC power supply, turn the power off and discon- nect other cables. Contact the store where you bought the unit or ZOOM service center with the following information: product model, serial number and specific symptoms of break- Breakdown and malfunction If the unit becomes broken or malfunctions, immediately disconnect the AC adapter or DC power supply, turn the power off and discon- nect other cables. Contact the store where you bought the unit or ZOOM service center with the following information: product model, serial number and specific symptoms of break- Breakdown and malfunction If the unit becomes broken or malfunctions, immediately disconnect the AC adapter or DC power supply, turn the power off and discon- nect other cables. Contact the store where you bought the unit or ZOOM service center with the following information: product model, serial number and specific symptoms of break- Breakdown and malfunction If the unit becomes broken or malfunctions, immediately disconnect the AC adapter or DC power supply, turn the power off and discon- nect other cables. Contact the store where you bought the unit or ZOOM service center with the following information: product model, serial number and specific symptoms of break- Note: All trademarks and registered trade- marks in this document are for identifi- cation purposes only and are not intended to infringe on the copyrights of their respective owners. Recording from copyrighted sources, including CDs, records, tapes, live performances, video works and broadcasts, without permission of the copyright holder for any purpose other than personal use is prohibited by law. ZOOM CORPORATION will not assume any responsibility related to infringements of copy- rights. Recording from copyrighted sources, including CDs, records, tapes, live performances, video works and broadcasts, without permission of the copyright holder for any purpose other than personal use is prohibited by law. ZOOM CORPORATION will not assume any responsibility related to infringements of copy- rights. Recording from copyrighted sources, including CDs, records, tapes, live performances, video works and broadcasts, without permission of the copyright holder for any purpose other than personal use is prohibited by law. ZOOM CORPORATION will not assume any responsibility related to infringements of copy- rights. Recording from copyrighted sources, including CDs, records, tapes, live performances, video works and broadcasts, without permission of the copyright holder for any purpose other than personal use is prohibited by law. ZOOM CORPORATION will not assume any responsibility related to infringements of copy- rights. Note about the Auto Power Off function The power will automatically turn off if unused for 10 hours. If you want the power to instead remain on, see "Disabling the Automatic Power Saving function" on P.21 and turn the function off. Note about the Auto Power Off function The power will automatically turn off if unused for 10 hours. If you want the power to instead remain on, see "Disabling the Automatic Power Saving function" on P.21 and turn the function off. Note about the Auto Power Off function The power will automatically turn off if unused for 10 hours. If you want the power to instead remain on, see "Disabling the Automatic Power Saving function" on P.21 and turn the function off. Note about the Auto Power Off function The power will automatically turn off if unused for 10 hours. If you want the power to instead remain on, see "Disabling the Automatic Power Saving function" on P.21 and turn the function off. Usage and Safety Precautions Safety Precautions Caution Mic handling Mic handling Always turn the power switch OFF before connecting a mic. Do not apply unneces- sary force when connecting a mic. Attach the protective cap when no mic is connected for extended periods. Always turn the power switch OFF before connecting a mic. Do not apply unneces- sary force when connecting a mic. Attach the protective cap when no mic is connected for extended periods. down or malfunction, along with your name, address and telephone number. down or malfunction, along with your name, address and telephone number. down or malfunction, along with your name, address and telephone number. In this operation manual, symbols are used to highlight warnings and cautions that you must read to prevent accidents. The meanings of these symbols are as follows. Something that could cause serious injury or death. Product handling Do not drop, bump or apply excessive force to the unit. Be careful not to allow foreign objects or liquids to enter the unit. Operating environment Always turn the power switch OFF before connecting a mic. Do not apply unneces- sary force when connecting a mic. Attach the protective cap when no mic is connected for extended periods. Always turn the power switch OFF before connecting a mic. Do not apply unneces- sary force when connecting a mic. Attach the protective cap when no mic is connected for extended periods. Always turn the power switch OFF before connecting a mic. Do not apply unneces- sary force when connecting a mic. Attach the protective cap when no mic is connected for extended periods. Connection cables and input/output jacks Always turn the power OFF for all equip- ment before connecting any cables. Always disconnect all connection cables and the AC adapter before moving the unit. Always turn the power OFF for all equip- ment before connecting any cables. Always disconnect all connection cables and the AC adapter before moving the unit. down or malfunction, along with your name, address and telephone number. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Something that could cause injury or damage to the equipment. Other symbols used An action that is mandatory. An action that is prohibited. Do not use in extremely high or low tem- peratures. Do not use near heaters, stoves and other heat sources. Do not use in very high humidity or where it could be splashed by water. Do not use in places with frequent vibra- tions. Do not use in places with much dust or sand. AC adapter handling Always turn the power OFF for all equip- ment before connecting any cables. Always disconnect all connection cables and the AC adapter before moving the unit. Always turn the power OFF for all equip- ment before connecting any cables. Always disconnect all connection cables and the AC adapter before moving the unit. Volume Volume Do not use at a loud volume for extended periods.Usage Precautions Do not use at a loud volume for extended periods.Usage Precautions Do not use at a loud volume for extended periods.Usage Precautions Interference with other electrical equipment In consideration of safety, the has been designed to minimize its emission of electro- magnetic waves and to suppress interference from external electromagnetic waves. How- ever, equipment that is very susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electro- magnetic waves could result in interference if placed nearby. If this occurs, place the and the other device farther apart. With any type of electronic device that uses digital control, including the , electromag- netic interference could cause malfunction, corrupt or destroy data and result in other unexpected trouble. Always use caution. Interference with other electrical equipment In consideration of safety, the has been designed to minimize its emission of electro- magnetic waves and to suppress interference from external electromagnetic waves. How- ever, equipment that is very susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electro- magnetic waves could result in interference if placed nearby. If this occurs, place the and the other device farther apart. With any type of electronic device that uses digital control, including the , electromag- netic interference could cause malfunction, corrupt or destroy data and result in other unexpected trouble. Always use caution. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Copyrights ◎ Windows® and Windows® 7 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft® Corpo- ration. ◎ Macintosh, Mac OS and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. ◎ The SD, SDHC and SDXC logos are trade- marks. MPEG Layer-3 audio compression tech- nology is licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Sis- vel S.p.A. ◎ Bluetooth and the Bluetooth logo are regis- tered trademarks of Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and are used under license by ZOOM CORPORATION. ◎ Other product names, registered trademarks and company names in this document are the property of their respective companies. Note: All trademarks and registered trade- marks in this document are for identifi- cation purposes only and are not intended to infringe on the copyrights of their respective owners. Note: All trademarks and registered trade- marks in this document are for identifi- cation purposes only and are not intended to infringe on the copyrights of their respective owners. Note: All trademarks and registered trade- marks in this document are for identifi- cation purposes only and are not intended to infringe on the copyrights of their respective owners. Warning Operation using an AC adapter Never use any AC adapter other than a ZOOM AD-19. When disconnecting the power plug from an outlet, always pull on the plug itself. Disconnect the power plug from the outlet when the unit will not be used for extended periods and whenever there is lightning. Battery handling Interference with other electrical equipment In consideration of safety, the has been designed to minimize its emission of electro- magnetic waves and to suppress interference from external electromagnetic waves. How- ever, equipment that is very susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electro- magnetic waves could result in interference if placed nearby. If this occurs, place the and the other device farther apart. With any type of electronic device that uses digital control, including the , electromag- netic interference could cause malfunction, corrupt or destroy data and result in other unexpected trouble. Always use caution. Interference with other electrical equipment In consideration of safety, the has been designed to minimize its emission of electro- magnetic waves and to suppress interference from external electromagnetic waves. How- ever, equipment that is very susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electro- magnetic waves could result in interference if placed nearby. If this occurs, place the and the other device farther apart. With any type of electronic device that uses digital control, including the , electromag- netic interference could cause malfunction, corrupt or destroy data and result in other unexpected trouble. Always use caution. Interference with other electrical equipment In consideration of safety, the has been designed to minimize its emission of electro- magnetic waves and to suppress interference from external electromagnetic waves. How- ever, equipment that is very susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electro- magnetic waves could result in interference if placed nearby. If this occurs, place the and the other device farther apart. With any type of electronic device that uses digital control, including the , electromag- netic interference could cause malfunction, corrupt or destroy data and result in other unexpected trouble. Always use caution. Interference with other electrical equipment In consideration of safety, the has been designed to minimize its emission of electro- magnetic waves and to suppress interference from external electromagnetic waves. How- ever, equipment that is very susceptible to interference or that emits powerful electro- magnetic waves could result in interference if placed nearby. If this occurs, place the and the other device farther apart. With any type of electronic device that uses digital control, including the , electromag- netic interference could cause malfunction, corrupt or destroy data and result in other unexpected trouble. Always use caution. Note: All trademarks and registered trade- marks in this document are for identifi- cation purposes only and are not intended to infringe on the copyrights of their respective owners. Note: All trademarks and registered trade- marks in this document are for identifi- cation purposes only and are not intended to infringe on the copyrights of their respective owners. Recording from copyrighted sources, including CDs, records, tapes, live performances, video works and broadcasts, without permission of the copyright holder for any purpose other than personal use is prohibited by law. ZOOM CORPORATION will not assume any responsibility related to infringements of copy- rights. Recording from copyrighted sources, including CDs, records, tapes, live performances, video works and broadcasts, without permission of the copyright holder for any purpose other than personal use is prohibited by law. ZOOM CORPORATION will not assume any responsibility related to infringements of copy- rights. Recording from copyrighted sources, including CDs, records, tapes, live performances, video works and broadcasts, without permission of the copyright holder for any purpose other than personal use is prohibited by law. ZOOM CORPORATION will not assume any responsibility related to infringements of copy- rights. Recording from copyrighted sources, including CDs, records, tapes, live performances, video works and broadcasts, without permission of the copyright holder for any purpose other than personal use is prohibited by law. ZOOM CORPORATION will not assume any responsibility related to infringements of copy- rights. Introduction Thank you very much for purchasing a ZOOM Multitrack Field Recorder. The has the following features: • 8 analog input channels with super high-quality preamps The 8 lockable XLR/TRS combo jacks provide high-quality analog inputs with EIN of −127 dBu or less, +75 dB maximum input gain and support for +4 dB input. • PCM recording at up to 192kHz/24-bit resolution • Recording of up to 10 tracks simultaneously Inputs 1–8 and a stereo mix (left and right) can be recorded at the same time (8 tracks when the sampling rate is 192 kHz). • Dual channel recording of separate files at lower levels simultaneously with ordinary recording (Inputs 1–4) Using dual channel recording at a lower input level, you can create backup recordings to use when unexpected loud noise causes regu- lar recordings to distort, for example. • Newly redesigned limiters for overload protection With 10 dB of headroom, this limiter prevents distortion even more than ordinary ones. The threshold can also be set to keep the signal below that level. • Time code with pinpoint accuracy The utilizes a high-precision oscillator that generates time-code with accuracy of 0.2ppm, ensuring rock-solid stability when syncing audio and video. • Outputs include a stereo headphone jack with a powerful 100mW amp as well as MAIN OUT 1/2 and SUB OUT 1/2 jacks This allows you to send the audio signal to a video camera or other device while monitoring with headphones. • Built-in digital mixer with flexible signal routing Prefader and postfader signals from inputs 1–8 can be freely routed to any outputs. • Phantom power (+24V/+48V) can be supplied This can be turned on/off for each input separately. • Three possible power sources—batteries, an AC adapter and an external DC power supply In addition to AA batteries and an AC adapter, a 9-18V external DC power supply can also be used. • Double SDXC card slots Simultaneous recording on 2 SD cards is possible, and support for SDXC cards up to 512 GB enables long-duration recording. In addi- tion, the can be used as a card reader by connecting to a com- puter using USB. • USB audio interface capabilities with up to 8 ins and 4 outs The can be used not only as a 2-in/2-out audio interface, but also as an 8-in/4-out audio interface (driver required for Windows). • Other useful features Other convenient functions include a built-in slate mic for voice memos and a variable frequency slate tone generator to confirm lev- els. There are also input and output delays and pre-recording of up to 6 seconds. • ZOOM mic capsules can be connected Use any ZOOM mic capsule instead of inputs 1/2. Please read this manual carefully to fully understand the functions of the so that you can make the most of it for many years. After reading this manual, please keep it with the warranty in a safe place. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 05 06 Names of parts Front Display Select Slate Track encoder switch indicator MENU key Headphone Search Stop Search Play/pause volume backward key forward key key key Back DC IN connector Timecode IN/OUT Battery cover MIC IN connectors connector Track key Record key Track knob LED level meter PFL key Slate mic POWER switch LED level meter −48 Green Orange Red −30 −18 −12 −6 0 (dBFS) F8n Multi Track Field Recorder Left side Right side EXT DC IN USB SD card Lock release SUB OUT 1/2 Headphone MAIN OUT 1/2 connector port slots buttonjack jack jacks Inputs 1–4 Inputs 5–8 EXT DC IN Inputs 1–8 MAIN OUT 4: + 1: − 2 1 3: NC 2: NC 1: GND 2: HOT 3: COLD XLR TRS TA3 TIP: HOT RING: COLD SLEEVE: GND 1 2 3 3 1: GND DC 9–18V 2: HOT 3: COLD HIROSE 4-pin 07 08 Connecting mics Connect dynamic and condenser mics with XLR plugs to Inputs 1–8. Phantom power (+24V/+48V) can be supplied to condenser mics. (→ P.90) Dynamic mic (XLR cable) Condenser mic (XLR cable) NOTE When disconnecting a mic, gently pull on the XLR plug while simul- taneously pushing the connector lock release button. The can record a total of 10 tracks simultaneously: 8 individual tracks with signals coming from Inputs 1–8 and a stereo mix of these inputs on left and right tracks. You can connect mics and the outputs of line-level devices such as keyboards, mixers, or instruments with active electronics to Inputs 1–8 and record them to tracks 1–8. Alternatively, Inputs 1 and 2 can instead receive input from a ZOOM mic capsule connected to the MIC IN connector. Connecting mics/other devices to Inputs 1–8 Connecting line level equipment Connect the TRS plugs of keyboards and mixers directly to Inputs 1–8. Direct input of passive guitars and basses is not supported. Connect these instruments through a mixer or effects device. Keyboard Mixer (TRS cable) (TRS cable) F8n Multi Track Field Recorder Connecting mic capsules

  1. While pressing the side buttons on the mic capsule or A ZOOM mic capsule can be connected to the MIC IN connec- tor on the back of the . NOTE • The mic capsule input is assigned to tracks 1/2. • When a mic capsule is connected, Inputs 1/2 cannot be used. Connecting and disconnecting mic capsules
  2. Remove the protective caps from the and the mic capsule or extension cable. extension cable, connect it to the main unit, inserting it completely.
  3. To disconnect the mic capsule or extension cable, pull it away from the main unit while simultaneously pressing the buttons on its sides. NOTE • Do not use too much force when disconnecting. Doing so could damage the mic capsule, extension cable or main unit. • Reattach the protective cap when a mic capsule is not connected. Stereo input By enabling the stereo link for tracks 1/2, 3/4, 5/6 or 7/8, the corresponding Inputs (1/2, 3/4, 5/6 or 7/8) can be handled as a stereo pair. (→ P.27) When linked, Input 1, 3, 5 or 7 becomes the left channel and Input 2, 4, 6 or 8 becomes the right channel. 09 10 While filming • Input 1: gun mic for main subject sound (XLR connection) • Inputs 2–5: wireless lavalier mics for performers (TRS connections) • Inputs 6-7: mics for ambient sound (XLR connections) Wireless lavalier mics Ambient mics Connection examples The allows you to record in a variety of situations, such as the following. Connecting mics/other devices to Inputs 1–8 (continued) Gun mic Lavalier receivers 234 1 67 5 Concert recording • Inputs 1-4: mics for stage performance (XLR connections) • Inputs 5-6: line-level PA mixer outputs (TRS connections) • Inputs 7-8: mics for audience sound (XLR connections) Vocal mic, etc. PA mixer Audience mics 1 26 37 45 8 LCD display Home Screen ■ Mixer Status icon Recording/playback timecode StoppedRecording Counter (playback/elapsed recording time) Power type and remaining power DC: AC adapter EXT: external DC power supply AA: batteries Full Paused Frame rate INT: internal timecode enabled Playing EXT: external input timecode enabled Empty Track number Red: input enabled Green: playback track enabled Grey: input disabled Stereo-linked inputs Clip indicators Level meters Limiter status Grey: disabled Input source (→P.80) Red: enabled Yellow: functioning Trim Playback card Green: used for playback Grey: no card L/R tracks Fader Recording/playback take name Press when stopped to show the name of the next track to be recorded. Limiter indicators Yellow: limiter functioning Phantom power status Lit: enabled Unlit: disabled When recording: remaining recordable time When playing: remaining playback time (by card) Recording/playback file format and sampling rate (by card) HINT When the Home Screen is not displayed, press and hold to return to the Home Screen. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 11 USB1-4 12 ■ Level meters NOTE Turn to switch the mixer display (Tracks 1–8, MAIN OUT 1/2, SUB OUT 1/2, USB1−4) or level meter display (Views 1–4 can be set → P.164) shown on the LCD. LCD display (continued) Status Recording/playback icon Counter Frame ratetimecode Recording/playback take name Playback card Power type and remaining power Limiter indicators Tracks 1–8 MAIN OUT 1/2, SUB OUT 1/2 tracks Clip indicators L/R tracks Level meters Recording/playback file format and sampling rate (by card) When recording: remaining recordable time When playing: remaining playback time (by card) Character input screen Text box Keyboard Instructions : MENU: ■ Editing operations Move cursor in box: and Character selection: Turn the to move horizontally and turn it while pressing to move verti- cally Automatic input keys Confirm character: Press Complete editing: Move cursor to “Enter” and press Cancel editing: Press NOTE • The following characters can be used in project names: HINT (space) ! # $ ' ( ) + , - 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ; = @ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U • Press + to delete the previous character. V W X Y Z [ ] ^ _ ` a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z { } • Press + to move the cursor to “Enter”. 13 F8n Multi Track Field Recorder Number of characters input/ Maximum number of characters Press Press Press ABC abc #+= 14 LCD display (continued) ■ Automatic input keys (Date): Automatically inputs the date. Example: 180210 (Time): Automatically inputs the time. Example: 130950 (Project): Automatically inputs “Project*” in the field. (Scene): Automatically inputs the scene name. Using AA batteries
  4. Turn the power off and then loosen the screw in the battery cover to open it. Supplying power
  5. Install the batteries. ɹ ɹɹ ɹ ɻ ɻ 3. Close the battery cover and tighten the screw. NOTE • Be careful because the battery case could become loose unex- pectedly if the cover screw is not tightened firmly. • Use only one type of batteries (alkaline, NiMH or lithium) at a time. • After loading batteries, set "Power Source" to the correct type of battery. (→ P.22) • If the remaining battery power indicator turns red, turn the power off immediately and install new batteries. ɻ ɻ ɹɻ ɻ ɻ ɹ ɹ ɹ ɻ F8n Multi Track Field Recorder Preparations 15 Using an AC adapter
  6. Connect the dedicated AC adapter to the DC IN connector.
  7. Plug the dedicated AC adapter into an outlet. 16 Supplying power (continued) Using an external DC power supply
  8. Connect the external DC power supply equipment to the EXT DC IN connector. Connect a 9–18V direct-current power supply.
  9. If there is an adapter, plug the adapter into an outlet. NOTE • When connecting an external DC power supply, be sure to make the power supply settings. (→ P.22) Loading an SD card
  10. Turn the power off and then open the SD card slot cover.
  11. Insert the SD card into the SD CARD 1 or 2 slot. To eject an SD card: Push the card further into the slot until it clicks and then pull it out. NOTE • Always turn the power off before inserting or removing an SD card. Inserting or removing a card while the power is on could result in data loss. • When inserting an SD card, be sure to insert the correct end with the top side up as shown. • If an SD card is not loaded, recording and playback will not be possible. • To format an SD card, see P. 177. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 17 18 Turning the power on and off Turning the power on
  12. Press and hold briefly. The LED will light. NOTE • The first time you turn the power on after purchase, you must set the date/time (→ P. 19). You can also change this setting later. • If “No Card!” appears on the display, confirm that an SD card is inserted properly. • If “Card Protected!” appears on the display, the SD card write-pro- tection is enabled. Slide the lock switch on the SD card to disable write-protection. • If “Invalid Card!” appears on the display, the card is not format- ted correctly. Format the card or use a different card. To format an SD card, see P. 177. Turning the power off
  13. Press and hold briefly. NOTE Keep pressing it until the ZOOM logo appears on the LCD. The will automatically turn off if it is unused for 10 hours. To keep the power on continuously until powered off, see "Dis- abling the Automatic Power Saving function" on P.21 and set Auto Power OFF to Off.
  14. Press .
  15. Use to select SYSTEM, and press .
  16. Use to select Date/Time (RTC), and press . ▶ Continue to one of the following procedures. Setting the date and time .................................................P.19 Setting the date format .....................................................P.20 Setting the date and time
  17. Use to select Set
  18. Change the setting. The date and time set on the are used when recording files, for example. You can also set the date format (order of year, month and day). Setting the date and time (Date/Time (RTC)) Preparations The first time you turn the on after purchasing it, you must set the date/time. Date/Time, and press . Select item to change: Press ■ Changing settings Move cursor or change value: Turn F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 19 20
  19. Use to select Enter, and press . This completes setting the date and time. Setting the date format
  20. Use to select Date Setting the date and time (Date/Time (RTC)) (continued) Format, and press .
  21. Use to select the format, and press . Setting value Explanation mm/dd/yy Month, day, year order dd/mm/yy Day, month, year order yy/mm/dd Year, month, day order Disabling the Automatic Power Saving function (Auto Power Off) The power will automatically turn off if the is unused for 10 hours. If you want the power to stay on continuously until powered off, disable the Automatic Power Saving function.
  22. Press .
  23. Use to select SYSTEM, and press .
  24. Use to select Auto Power Off and press .
  25. Use to select Off, and press . F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 21 Set the external DC power supply shutdown voltage, nominal voltage and type of batteries so that the remaining power supply charge can be shown accurately. On this menu page, you can also check the voltage of each power supply and the remaining battery capacity. 22
  26. Press .
  27. Use to select SYSTEM, and press .
  28. Use to select Power Source, and press . ▶ Continue to one of the following procedures. Setting the external DC power supply (EXT DC) shutdown voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.22 Setting DC power supply (Ext DC) nominal voltage. . . . . P.23 Setting the AA battery type (Int AA). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.23 Setting the external DC power supply (EXT DC) shut- down voltage When an external DC power supply is being used, if the voltage drops below the value set here, the will automatically stop re- cording and turn off. If AA batteries (Int AA) are installed, however, the power supply will switch to Int AA and operation will continue.
  29. Use to select Shutdown HINT • The shutdown voltage is the voltage when the external DC power supply runs out and can no longer supply power.
  30. Use to select the voltage, and press . Setting the power supply used (Power Source) Voltage, and press . • See the manual for the external DC power supply for the shut- down voltage value. Setting DC power supply (Ext DC) nominal voltage
  31. Use to select Nominal Voltage, and press .
  32. Use to select the voltage, and press . HINT • The nominal voltage is the voltage of the external DC power sup- ply under normal conditions. This value should be indicated on the outside of the external DC power supply. • This can be set from 12.0 to 15.0 V in 0.2 V intervals. Setting the AA battery type (Int AA)
  33. Use to select Battery Type, and press .
  34. Use to select the type, and press . NOTE • When multiple power supplies are connected, they will be used in the following order of precedence.
  35. Dedicated AC adapter (DC IN)
  36. External DC power supply (Ext DC)
  37. AA batteries in unit (Int AA) • The voltages of each power supply are shown on the display. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 23 24 Recording process Recording with the follows the process shown below. The data created for each recording occurrence is called a "take". Connect Turn power on (→ P.18) Play back and check (→ P.51) Check take information (→ P.63) • Connect mics, instruments, audiovisual equipment and other devices to Inputs 1–8. (→ P.8) • Connect a mic capsule to the MIC IN connector. (→ P.9) Prepare before Record recording (→ P.29) • Check and edit metadata.
  38. Set the SD card and file format for recording. (→ P.25) • Set the recording file format for each SD card separately. • Press to start and • Press to start playback to stop recording. and or to stop it. • You can also set marks. • Marks, for example, can also • Press to start be set. recording a new track. • Press to pause
  39. Select the recording tracks
  40. Make recording settings
  41. Adjust the input levels (→ P.27) (→ P.28) • Use track keys to select. • The side mic level can also be The indicators for selected tracks light adjusted when using a mid-side mic red and you will be able to monitor capsule. input sounds. • Press two track keys simultaneously • Make other settings, including for the following functions: - dual channel recording (→ P.33) - pre recording (→ P.35) - high pass filter (→ P.82) - limiter (→ P.83) to link them as a stereo track. The recording file format can be set independently for SD CARD slots 1 and 2. HINT • Recording the same content to two cards is possible by using the same settings for both card slots. This function can be used to create a backup in case the sound skips on one card, for example. • You can also record tracks 1–8 unmixed on one SD card while recording all tracks mixed together as MP3 or WAV data with left and right tracks.
  42. Press .
  43. Use to select REC, and press .
  44. Use to select Rec to SD1 or Rec to SD2, and press . Enabling recording on SD cards and setting file formats
  45. Use to select the file type, and press . Setting value Tracks recorded Explanation None – Nothing is recorded on the SD card. Track1-8 (Poly WAV) Selected tracks 1–8 A single (multitrack) file is created that contains audio for multiple tracks. Track1-8 (Mono/Stereo WAV) A single mono file is created for each mono track and a single stereo file is created for each stereo track. Track1-8 + L/R (Poly WAV) All selected tracks A single (multitrack) file is created that contains audio for multiple tracks. Track1-8 + L/R (Mono/Stereo WAV) A single mono file is created for each mono track and a single stereo file is created for each stereo track. L/R (Stereo WAV) L/R (Stereo MP3) L/R tracks A stereo file is created based on the mix created by the internal mixer. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 25 Recording 26 NOTE • When recording with a Mono/Stereo WAV setting, the audio files are saved in a take folder that is created. (→ P.38) • When recording to 2 SD cards simultaneously, files will be saved in take folders with the same name on both cards. Folders will be created automatically if they do not already exist. • If recording should stop on one SD card because, for example, it runs out of space, recording will continue on the other SD card. At such times, do not remove the card that has stopped recording from the slot. Doing so could damage the card or data. Enabling recording on SD cards and setting file formats (continued) You can select which of Inputs 1–8 to use. Inputs will be recorded on tracks with the same numbers. For example, Input 1 will be recorded on track 1 and Input 2 will be recorded on track 2. Selecting inputs
  46. Make the track indicator light by pressing the track key for the number of the input to record. The background color of the track number on the LCD also changes at this time. Track indicator background Track number color Explanation Lit red Red The input is enabled. Unlit Gray The input is disabled. NOTE The signals from the inputs selected this way will also be sent to the L/R tracks. Linking inputs as a stereo pair
  47. While pressing track key 1, press track key 2. Tracks 1 and 2 will be linked as a stereo track (stereo link). Repeat the same procedure to disable the stereo link. HINT • The 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 track pairs can also be stereo-linked in the same way. • When a mic capsule that allows independent L and R input selec- tion is connected, stereo-linking can also be enabled and dis- abled for those tracks. Selecting inputs and adjusting levels F8n Multi Track Field Recorder Recording 27 Recording 28 Adjusting input levels
  48. Use to select a trim, and press .
  49. Use to adjust the input level, and press . NOTE When a mic capsule is connected, the input levels of Input 1/2 can- not be adjusted with the . Use the level control on the mic cap- sule to adjust its input volume. Selecting inputs and adjusting levels (continued) HINT HINT • This can be set in a range from +10 to +75 dB when the input • This can be set in a range from +10 to +75 dB when the input source is set to "Mic", from –10 to +55 dB when set to "Line", and source is set to "Mic", from –10 to +55 dB when set to "Line", and from –35 to +30 dB when set to USB. • If the sound distorts even when you lower the input level, try • If the sound distorts even when you lower the input level, try changing mic positions and adjusting the output levels of con- nected devices. • Using the limiter (→ P.83) • Using the high pass filter (→ P.82) • Using the high pass filter (→ P.82) Recording
  50. Press . This starts recording. HINT If the timecode function is enabled, recording will start from frame 00 (00 or 02 when using drop frame) and files will always end exactly on a second. This makes synchronization easy when editing later.
  51. Press to start a new take when recording. This will end the current take and start a new take while continuing to record without interruption. NOTE Pressing during recording is only possible after recording for at least a second.
  52. Press to pause. HINT • During playback, you can press and to jump to points where marks have been added.
  53. Press to stop. NOTE • If the maximum file size is exceeded during recording (→ P.36), recording will continue in a new take with a number that is one higher. No gap in sound will occur between the two takes when this happens. • When recording on 2 SD cards simultaneously, if recording should stop on one because it runs out of space, recording will continue on the other SD card without interruption. HINT • Files are automatically saved at regular intervals during record- ing. Even if the power is interrupted or another unexpected prob- lem occurs during recording, an affected file can be restored to normal by playing it with the . NOTE • When pausing, pausing will occur at a whole second increment. • When recording is paused, a mark is added at that point. Press to resume recording. • A maximum of 99 marks can be added to a take. • You can also add marks without pausing. (→ P. 170) • Press and hold when the HOME screen is open to check the name that will be given to the next take recorded. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 29 30 Setting the sampling rate (Sample Rate) You can set the sampling rate used to record files.
  54. Press .
  55. Use to select REC, and press .
  56. Use to select Sample Rate, and press .
  57. Use to select the sampling rate, and press . Setting value Explanation 44.1kHz, 88.2kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz, 192kHz These are standard sampling rates. 47.952kHz Select this when recording video at 23.976 frames per second if you want to edit at 24 frames per second later. 48.048kHz Select this when recording video at 24 frames per second if you want to edit at NTSC 29.97 or 23.98 HD later. 47.952kHz (F), 48.048kHz (F) These function the same as the two above, but the sampling rate metadata will be recorded as 48kHz. This enables playback and editing with devices and software that do not support 47.952kHz and 48.048kHz WAV files. Playback, however, will occur at the ±0.1% speed at which the file was recorded. NOTE • When the recording file format is MP3, only 44.1kHz and 48kHz can be selected. • When 192 kHz is selected, L/R tracks will not be recorded. The Input Delay and Output Delay are also disabled. Moreover, Auto Mix, Ambisonic Mode, and Input Limiter > On/Off > On (Advanced) cannot be set. • Audio Interface with Rec cannot be used when values other than 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz are selected. Setting WAV file bit depth (WAV Bit Depth) You can set the bit depth of WAV files.
  58. Press .
  59. Use to select REC, and press .
  60. Use to select WAV Bit Depth, and press .
  61. Use to select the bit depth, and press . HINT This can be set to 16-bit or 24-bit. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 31 32 Setting MP3 file bit rate (MP3 Bit Rate) You can set the bit rate of recorded MP3 files.
  62. Press .
  63. Use to select REC, and press .
  64. Use to select MP3 Bit Rate, and press .
  65. Use to select the bit rate, and press . HINT This can be set to 128 kbps, 192 kbps or 320 kbps. Along with regular recording, the can capture a second recording set to a different input level (dual channel recording). For example, by using dual channel recording to record at an input level 12 dB below that of the regular recording, you have an immediate replacement if the regular recording distorts because the track level is too high. Dual channel recording can be used with tracks 1–4.
  66. Press .
  67. Use to select REC, and press .
  68. Use to select Dual Channel Rec, and press . 33 F8n Multi Track Field Recorder
  69. Use to select the track, and press . and press . When dual channel recording is on, the name of the correspond- ing second track (5–8) changes. Simultaneously recording tracks at different levels (Dual Channel Rec)
  70. Use to select On, 34
  71. Open the mixer on the Home Screen.
  72. Adjust its dual channel recording track input level. For example, when track 1 is se- lected, adjust the input level of track 5.(→P.28) HINT Dual channel recording increases the amount of space used on SD cards. NOTE • When using dual channel recording, the track that is numbered 4 higher than the original track is used for the second recording. For example, track 5 is used for the dual channel recording of track 1 and track 6 is used for track 2. Dual channel recording tracks cannot be used independently. • When dual channel recording is enabled, if stereo-linking is enabled or disabled for tracks 1/2 or 3/4, the same setting will be applied to tracks 5/6 or 7/8. • The limiter, high pass filter and other functions can be set inde- pendently for the regular and dual recording tracks. • When a mic capsule is connected, its dual recording track input level is fixed at –12 dB compared to the regular track. Simultaneously recording tracks at different levels (Dual Channel Rec) (continued) Capturing audio before recording starts (Pre Rec) The input signal can be captured for up to 6 seconds before is pressed (pre-recording). This is useful if, for example, is pressed too late.
  73. Press .
  74. Use to select REC, and press .
  75. Use to select Pre Rec, and press .
  76. Use to select On, and press . File format Sampling rate Maximum pre-recording time WAV 44.1kHz 6 seconds 47.952kHz 6 seconds 47.952kHz(F) 6 seconds 48kHz 6 seconds 48.048kHz 6 seconds 48.048kHz(F) 6 seconds 88.2kHz 3 seconds 96kHz 3 seconds 192kHz 1 second MP3 44.1kHz 48kHz 6 seconds 6 seconds NOTE Pre-recording will be disabled if MENU > TIMECODE > Timecode > Mode (→ P.126) is set to Int Record Run, Ext or Ext Auto Rec. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 35 36 Maximum file size (File Max Size) The maximum size of recording files can be set. If a recording file exceeds the maximum file size, recording will continue in a new take with a number that is one higher. No gap will occur in the sound between the two takes when this happens.
  77. Press .
  78. Use to select REC, and press .
  79. Use to select File Max Size, and press .
  80. Use to select Size, and press .
  81. Use to select the maximum size of recording files, and press . HINT Setting the maximum size to 640MB or 512MB is convenient for backing up to CDs. Showing total recording times for long recordings (Time Counter) When recording for a long time, if the file size set with "File Max Size" is reached, recording will continue in a new take and the recording time will reset. You can change this, however, so that it is not reset and the total recording time is shown.
  82. Press .
  83. Use to select REC, and press .
  84. Use to select File Max Size, and press .
  85. Use to select Time Counter, and press .
  86. Use to select Continuous, and press . Setting value Explanation Continuous When recording, even if the file size set with "Size" is reached, the counter shown on the Home Screen will not be reset. Reset When recording, if the file size set with "Size" is reached, the counter shown on the Home Screen will be reset to 000:00:00. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 37 HINT When recording with the , folders and files are created on SD cards as shown below. Folders and files are used to manage scenes and takes. • A "take" is a unit of data created for a single recording. • A "Scene" is a unit containing multiple files and takes that com- prise a single scene. Folder and file structure NOTE The folder and file structure differs according to the recording • Enabling recording on SD cards and setting file formats (→ P.25) file format. In addition, the names of folders and files depend • Setting how scenes are named (mode) (→ P.43) on how scenes are named. Root Order recorded → First scene Next scene User created folder 180101 180102 Scene001 180101-T003.WAV Scene001-T001.WAV 180101-T001.WAV 180101-T002.MP3 Scene 180101 Scene 180101 (1st take) (2nd take) WAV format MP3 format Poly file Stereo file 180101-T003_Tr2.WAV 180101-T003_Tr3.WAV 180101-T003_Tr4.WAV Scene 180101 (3rd take) WAV format Mono files (tracks 1–4) 180102-T001.WAV 180102-T001_Tr1_2_D.WAV Scene 180102 (1st take) WAV format Stereo file (track 1–2) Dual channel recording file (tracks 1–2) Stereo file (L/R tracks) 180102-T002.WAV Scene 180102 (2nd take) WAV format Poly file 38 180101-T003_Tr1.WAV 180102-T001_Tr1_2.WAV Scene001-T001_Tr1.WAV Scene001-T001_Tr2.WAV 180102-T001_TrL_R.WAV Scene001-T001_Tr3.WAV Scene001-T001_Tr4.WAV Scene Scene001 (1st take) WAV format Mono files (tracks 1–4) Folder and file structure Take namesStructure Explanation Scene001-T001 Take number (001–999) Scene number (1-9999) Scene name Scene name: Select none, the folder name, the date or a name input by the user (→ P.43). Scene number: Press + to advance the number by one. Take number: This number increases by 1 for each recording made with the same scene name and number. Audio file names File names are given by the according to the file for- mat—poly, mono or stereo. Track numbers and other data are added to file names. File names File names are given according to the following formats. Type Structure Explanation Poly file Scene001-T001.wav Take name This is a file created by poly recording. Audio for multiple tracks is recorded to a single file. Mono file Scene001-T001_Tr1.wav Track number This is a file created by mono recording. Take name Stereo file Scene001-T001_Tr1_2.wav Track number This is a file created by stereo recording. Take name Dual channel record- ing file Scene001-T001_Tr1_D.wav Take name Track number Letter added to This is a file created dual channel by dual channel recording file recording. HINT When recording with a Mono/Stereo setting, the audio files are saved in the take folder that is created. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder Recording 39 40 Moving the previously recorded take to the FALSE TAKE folder If the just recorded take was a failure, you can use a shortcut to move the recording to the FALSE TAKE folder.
  87. Open the Home Screen.
  88. Press and hold . HINT • Moving the take recorded most recently to the FALSE TAKE folder will reduce the number of the take recorded next by 1. • Even during recording, you can move the previously recorded take to the FALSE TAKE folder.
  89. Use to select Yes, and press .
  90. Press .
  91. Use to select META DATA (for Next Take), and press .
  92. Use to select Note, and press . ▶ Continue to one of the following procedures. Editing notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.41 Selecting notes from the history list . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.42 Editing notes
  93. Use to select Edit, and press . See "Character input screen" (→ P.13) for how to input characters. Changing the note for the next take recorded (Note) You can input characters for a note to use as metadata in the file.
  94. Edit the note. NOTE This note is written to the metadata. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 41 42 Changing the note for the next take recorded (Note) (continued) Selecting notes from the history list
  95. Use to select History, and press .
  96. Use to select the item to use, and press . NOTE The history list will be erased if the Factory Reset function is used.
  97. Press .
  98. Use to select META DATA (for Next Take), and press . ▶ Continue to one of the following procedures. Setting how scenes are named (mode). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.43 Changing scene names. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.44 Selecting a scene name from the history list . . . . . . . . . . P.45 Setting how scene numbers advance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.45 Setting how scenes are named (mode)
  99. Use to select Scene Name Mode, and press .
  100. Use to select the mode, and press . Setting how recorded scenes are named and numbered You can set how scenes are named (name mode), the base scene name and how scene numbers advance. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 43 44 Setting how recorded scenes are named and numbered (continued) Setting value Explanation Changing scene names If Scene Name Mode is set to User Name, set the scene name used like this. None
  101. Use to select User Scene Name, and press .
  102. Use to select Edit, and press .
  103. Edit the scene name. See "Character input screen" (→ P.13) for how to input characters. NOTE The scene name is written to the metadata. You cannot put a space or an @ mark at the beginning of the name. The scene name and number are not used. When recording files are created, they are named only with the take number, such as "T001", "T002", "T003" and so on.+ cannot be used to advance the scene number by 1. Example: T001.wav Current Folder The name of the currently selected folder is used as the scene name.
  104. can be used to advance the scene number by 1. After advancing the scene number by 1, the cor- responding folder will be used as the recording des- tination. If that folder does not already exist, it will be created. Example: FOLDER001-T001.wav Date The date is used as the scene name.
  105. cannot be used to advance the scene number by 1. If recording occurs after the date changes, a scene folder with the date will be created. Example: 20150101-T001.wav User Name A scene name input by the user is used.
  106. can be used to advance the scene number by 1. No folder is created in this case. Example: MYSCENE001-T001.wav Selecting a scene name from the history list
  107. Use to select User Scene Name, and press .
  108. Use to select History, and press .
  109. Use to select the item Setting how scene numbers advance
  110. Use to select Scene Increment Mode, and
  111. Use to select how scene numbers advance, Numeric Press + on the Home Screen to increase the scene number by one. Example: Scene → Scene1 → Scene2 → ... → Scene9999 Press + on the Home Screen to increase the scene number by one. Example: Scene → Scene1 → Scene2 → ... → Scene9999 to use, and press . NOTE The history list will be erased if the Factory Reset function is used. Character Press + on the Home Screen to advance the capital letter at the end of the scene name by one. If the scene name does not have a capital letter at its end, one will be added. Example: Scene1 → Scene1A → Scene1B → ... → Scene1Z → Scene1AA → Scene1AB → ... press . and press . Setting value Explanation F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 45 46 Setting the take name reset condition and format You can set the take name reset condition and format used when recording.
  112. Press .
  113. Use to select META DATA (for Next Take), and press . ▶ Continue to one of the following procedures. Setting the take name reset condition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.46 Setting the take name format. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.47 Setting the take name reset condition
  114. Use to select Take Reset Mode, and press .
  115. Use to select the reset mode, and press . Setting value Explanation Off The take number will not be reset. However, if the folder is changed and that folder con- tains a number higher than the current take number, the take number will be set to one higher than the highest existing take number. Folder Change If the destination folder is changed, the take number will be set to one higher than the highest take number in that folder. Setting the take name format
  116. Use to select Take Name Format, and press .
  117. Use to select the format, and press . Setting value Explanation "Scene"-T "Scene"-T Take name Scene name Example: Scene001-T001 "Scene"- "Scene"_ Take name Scene name Example: Scene001_001 F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 47 48
  118. Press .
  119. Use to select META DATA (for Next Take), and press .
  120. Use to select Track Name, and press . HINT On the Home Screen, + can be used to open the Track Name screen.
  121. Use to select the track, and press . Editing the track name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . P.49 Selecting a track name from the History list . . . . . . . . . . . P.49 Changing the track name of the next take recorded (Track Name) The track name set with the following procedure will be given to the next recorded track. ▶ Continue to one of the following procedures. Editing the track name
  122. Use to select Edit, and press .
  123. Edit the track name. See "Character input screen" (→ P.13) for how to input characters. NOTE The track name is written to the metadata. Selecting a track name from the history list
  124. Use to select History, and press .
  125. Use to select the item to use, and press . NOTE The history list will be erased if the Factory Reset function is used. F8n Multi Track Field Recorder 49 50 Changing the number of the next take recorded The number given to the next recorded take can be changed when the Home Screen is open.
  126. Press and hold . NOTE This function cannot be used during recording and playback or when the scene naming method (Scene Name Mode) is set to Date.
  127. Use to increase or You can change how scenes are named with the following menu item. MENU > META DATA (for Next Take) > Scene Name Mode decrease the take number by one, and press .

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