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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Zoom About To Release 8 track Field Recorder

Zoom is about to release what amounts to a mini SD 788T. Retail $999 and Pre Orders as  being taken. Specs are impressive:

  • 8-channel/10-track field audio recorder/mixer
  • 8 discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Compact and lightweight aluminum 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; dropframe/non-drop formats with Jam Sync
  • Three different power supply options: 8x AA batteries, external DC battery pack with Hirose connector, or 12V AC adapter (AA’s and DC battery pack not included)
  • Automatic switching of power source from DC to batteries at user-defined voltage levels
  • Dedicated gain control knob, 6-segment LED level meter, and PFL/Solo switch for each channel
  • Phantom power (+48V/+24V) on every input
  • Advanced onboard limiters for input and output
  • High pass filter, phase invert, and Mid-Side decoder
  • Input delay of up to 30 msec per channel / output delay of up to 10 frames per output
  • Compatible with Zoom microphone capsules; optional extender cable enables remote positioning
  • Dual mini-XLR (TA3) balanced Main Outs plus ⅛" stereo mini-jack Sub Out
  • Dedicated headphone output (100mW) with front panel volume control
  • 2.4" full-color backlit LCD with monochrome mode
  • Dedicated PFL display with viewable trim settings
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, up to 512 GB each
  • Records in BWF-compliant WAV or MP3 file formats
  • Support for extensive metadata (BWF and iXML); input time, date, project, scene number, etc.
  • Built-in slate mic/slate tone with front panel switch
  • Built-in tripod mount; camera mount adapter also included
  • Use as an 8-in/4-out USB audio interface (@ 96 kHz)
  • Free Zoom F8 Control App for iOS allows wireless remote control, file renaming, and metadata entry
  • Aluminum case, 2.1 lbs 

All that said, its REALLY small. No way one could actively mix with those tiny knobs with much accuracy. However, The solution is to use your iPad. Thats right - using the BT connection and app on iDevice you can use an iPad as a control surface. Thats pretty crazy. With an iDevce this might work surprisingly well. Did I say this  is all in a product selling for $999. Sound Devices just got competition for sure. While busy working pro's, especially when doing live TV will want the SD mixer controls, for less demanding work this new unit may do the job well. In fact you could pair it as an ISO recorder to your 552 and use the TC out to lock the 552 to this unit. Its quite surprising to find TC on anything that doesn't cost a couple grand.So I think this little unit might shake the world up a little !