Get major motion picture audio quality without breaking your indie film budget with the Zoom F4, a sound bag–friendly, multi-track field recorder with look-ahead limiters for distortion-free 24-bit audio, and up to 6-input / 8-track recording for filmmaking and video content creation on set and in the field. Like other F-Series recorders such as the F6 and F8n, you can slide it in a sound bag, sling it over your shoulder, or mount it to a camera; the F4 packs quantity and quality into a rugged frame that’s more than ready for filmmaking, production/location sound mixing, sound effects recording, and electronic news gathering (ENG).
From the large, informative display and user-friendly controls to the flexible powering options and precision time code functionality, the F4 is properly equipped to please novices and demanding veterans alike. Whether you need long-duration stereo recording for an interview, redundant capture of multi-mic setups for a video shoot, or Ambisonics sound files for virtual reality and 360-audio projects, the F4 has the modes, resolutions, and media support to handle your crucial audio tasks. Plus, its operational versatility ensures that the F4 will always enhance your workflow, be it simple, complex, or always changing. You can feel confident using it as your main recorder, a USB audio interface for your dedicated computer rig, or a backup unit for added safety. Since it supports dual SD card recording, 2-channel safety recording, and 6-second pre-recording, you can stop worrying about losing takes.
Look-Ahead Limiters Prevent Clipping
Configurable Recording Settings for Any Situation
Versatile Multi-Track Modes
Audio Interface Functionality
Ambisonics Support for VR, AR, and 360-Audio
Studio-Quality Performance for Discerning Professionals
The F4 can accommodate all manner of condenser microphones as well as balanced line-level signals via four locking Neutrik XLR-1/4″ inputs. Four studio-quality microphone preamps boasting massive gain (up to 75 dB) and ultra-low noise (-127 dBu EIN) ensure that your sound sources will be amplified with sonic accuracy. Select mic/line-level per input, apply 24 or 48 VDC phantom power per input, adjust each input via a dedicated level knob, and handle hot signal levels (up to +14 dBu in mic mode, or up to +24 dBu in line mode).
Additionally, inputs 5-6 can utilize the stereo 3.5mm input for confidence checks of your camera’s audio return signal, or can accept two additional mic/line signals via the EXH-6 combo input capsule (available separately).
Zoom Mic Capsule Input
Headphone and Balanced Line Outputs for Flexible Routing and Monitoring
Outfitted with two 3-pin XLR balanced main outputs and an unbalanced 3.5mm submix out, the F4 is a capable field mixer. Since the main and sub outs can be fed from different or identical sources, you can easily route to multiple devices such as a camera, DSLR, mixer, or secondary recorder.
With a transparent and high-output 100mW headphone amplifier tied to a dedicated 1/4″ stereo output, the F4 provides clean, efficient monitoring of pre- or post-fader levels, independent left/right signals, and alerts for battery and recording status.