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    To buy or not to buy?: Zoom F8


    Hello community

    As the title says I am currently hovering my finger (so to speak) over the purchase button for a Zoom F8 8-channel field recorder.

    Does anyone own one who can vouch for it after using it for a while? I've been endlessly researching and i've heard very good things about it for the price. I'm pretty certain I will buy it because I'm going to be doing a lot of ambisonics and 3D video in the coming months and SoundDevices and Nagra are just far too expensive for what i'm going to be using it for. I wanted to check to see if anyone has any extreme criticism of the F8 from first-hand use. I wanted to hear it from the horses mouth.

    Thanks

    dp


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    If you aren't going to be actively mixing (i.e. many tracks going to a mono camera feed for example) it will be fine. The whole thing is tiny, and the knobs are small, but you can control the thing from a table which is nice if you are stationary, but just one more thing to juggle when you have to move around. The way the cables come out from the side I found really annoying as it makes the whole thing big, and at that point they might as well have just made it bigger and put proper knobs on it. Workflow problems aside, it seems like a fine thing for the cost.

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    Corsica_S wrote:
    If you aren't going to be actively mixing (i.e. many tracks going to a mono camera feed for example) it will be fine. The whole thing is tiny, and the knobs are small, but you can control the thing from a table which is nice if you are stationary, but just one more thing to juggle when you have to move around. The way the cables come out from the side I found really annoying as it makes the whole thing big, and at that point they might as well have just made it bigger and put proper knobs on it. Workflow problems aside, it seems like a fine thing for the cost.

    Yeah, i'm not going to be doing on the fly mixing. But if I am I would get the control surface to go with it, of which I was aware.

    by the way, cables come out of the side on the majority of portable field recorders so I don't see this being a thing about the F8 specifically.

    Thanks for your comment, appreciate it!


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    Even though I do not own a Zoom F8, I have been using the great Zoom H4N for 9 years now and it has been FANTASTIC. I am a radio producer for a Midwestern public radio station, and the amps on the Zooms are great--both for interviews AND for more arts/creative recording that I often do out in nature.
    I'm pretty sure that you will tremendously be satisfied with the F-8.

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    Late arrival here...

    I guess it depends whether/not you need 8-tracks... I have a Zoom F4 which I'm pleased with - exceptional value for money.

    I know you've said that the Sound Devices Gear is too expensive, but have you seen their new 'mini' recorders?

    https://www.sounddevices.com/products/recorders/mixpre-6

    https://www.sounddevices.com/products/recorders/mixpre-3

    If I was buying now.... smile

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