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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #45 on: February 03, 2017, 07:11:58 AM »
Armed or not, I get these grey'ed out seemingly random.  I have the turn the knobs past the set point quite a bit for them to change and value and no longer remain greyed out. It feels like a some sort of safe mode.

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #46 on: February 03, 2017, 07:23:45 AM »
You need to move the trim knobs of these channels to the previous trim/fader/pan position (indicated by the position of the grey knob)  , so they activate, once activated they will become black  and you can adjust trims/faders/pan again
(remember the F8 trim knobs are not encoders or are motorized)

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #47 on: February 03, 2017, 11:25:12 AM »
This seems odd to me. At what point do they become deactivated and why? I still can't find anything about it in the manual.

I haven't used this out in the field yet, just testing at home. I just know that at a certain point I look over at the screen and the channels turn grey.

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #48 on: February 03, 2017, 11:36:46 AM »
if you adjust your trim on one channel and then change the trim to fader and move the pot to adjust the level when you get back to trim it will be in gray because you changed the physical position of the pot in the fader section, so to be able to adjust trim again you need to bring back the pot to the physical last position it was in the trim section and then it will become black (active)  and you will be able to change trim values again 
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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #49 on: February 03, 2017, 11:47:32 AM »
Understood! Thank you.

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #50 on: February 05, 2017, 02:34:35 PM »
The R-44 always had quite poor pre-amps. EIN is measured at -113 dBu (A weighted). Zoom F4/F8 are measured at -127 dBu.

Zoom needs to be compared to Sound Devices, Zaxcom, Sonosax, and Nagra. Unfortunately I don't have the resources myself to do that. Anyone?

R-44 is poor preamps???
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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #51 on: February 05, 2017, 04:27:12 PM »
will the F8 have a seamless transition from external battery to internal battery when the external goes dead?
Mics:
DPA 4028 (wide cards)
DPA 4023 (cards)
Earthworks TC25 (omnis) 
AT853u (cards, hypers)
Sound Professionals (omnis)


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bm2p+ Edirol UA-5
Sound Professionals 2 wire battbox w/ rolloff

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #52 on: February 05, 2017, 08:16:50 PM »
will the F8 have a seamless transition from external battery to internal battery when the external goes dead?

Yes, a charming transition

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #53 on: February 06, 2017, 02:48:30 AM »
will the F8 have a seamless transition from external battery to internal battery when the external goes dead?

Yes, a charming transition

Charming, even!  Better than just seamless!  ;)

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #54 on: February 06, 2017, 10:41:28 AM »
Zipless!
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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #55 on: February 08, 2017, 03:39:27 PM »
I posted the same message to the F4 thread, I post even here because, the units are practically the same design, so it could be useful:

I have a serious problem with my unit (F4), I will tell you after this test: I would like to know if it's only my unit or if it's a design flaw, so it could be an interesting test.

This is an empirically method to check the problem of my previous post (leakage current on the case):
Could you test this:

EDIT: test to be made with the unit powered by the transformer, without other cables connected.

get a multimeter, put at 20V AC, put black probe to connect the external metal hirose connector, and the red probe to the rear metal battery slot.
(Probably it's sufficient touching only with the black probe...)
What does it show the multimeter?
« Last Edit: February 08, 2017, 08:31:29 PM by frank10 »

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #56 on: February 10, 2017, 05:22:23 AM »
Hi, Hope I'm in the right place for this. Can anyone tell me how to set up a Cardioid Mic and a Bidirectional Mic to do Mid-Side recording  with the F8.
I have tried different ways and have to end up editing in post to achieve this.
According to the manual, it appears as though you need a dedicated MS Mic to do this. I bought the F8 after reading it can decode Mid-Side.

Thank you Brian

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #57 on: March 07, 2017, 10:54:52 AM »
What are people recommending these days regarding a external battery for the F8?

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #58 on: March 18, 2017, 02:37:51 PM »
So I've run my Zoom F8 for two different shows now. Both nights the meters read peaks close to 0 (because the mic inputs are so hot), but when I looked at the files later, peaks are actually like -12. Has anyone had a similar experience? Any way to get more accurate readings from the Zoom meters?

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Re: Zoom F8 Recorder Part 3
« Reply #59 on: March 31, 2017, 02:44:00 PM »
Are your meters set to Peak or VU? (Page 116 of the F8 manual)

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