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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #120 on: January 19, 2016, 03:09:54 PM »
^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Those are TS not TRS, don't you want to keep your signals balanced?

Sorry about that.  Yes, I bought foot long TS cables to run between my preamp and my F8.

This seems like a big mistake to me. Why own balanced equipment only to forgo all the benefits by buying the wrong cable?

LOL.  You'd think.  I run the older Schoeps VMS preamps that have RCA outs, so my only option is unbalanced between my preamp and the F8.  Anyway, they're only a foot long. 

But yeah, most people would want to go with the balanced version of the cables that Jon Bell linked to, not those I mistakenly linked to.

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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #121 on: January 19, 2016, 03:36:00 PM »
I bought the 1' version's too, I'm not concerned about them being unbalanced at that length. Sure, had I known they offered a balanced version I would have bought those but oh well, I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #122 on: January 26, 2016, 01:58:47 PM »
Checking in, on the way from B&H to me.  Excited to give the F8 a go. 
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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #123 on: January 26, 2016, 08:08:12 PM »
Stuipd question of the day:
How can I enable the unit to record stereo wav files?
like 1 & 2  one stereo wav, and 3 & 4 a second stero wave.... like I can on my Tascam decks, and others.
I don't need 4 mono waves only 2 stereo waves.

Thanks in advance
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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #124 on: January 26, 2016, 08:42:02 PM »
Stuipd question of the day:
How can I enable the unit to record stereo wav files?
like 1 & 2  one stereo wav, and 3 & 4 a second stero wave.... like I can on my Tascam decks, and others.
I don't need 4 mono waves only 2 stereo waves.

Thanks in advance
--Ian

I believe you can.  You have to hold the arm buttons down at same time.
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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #125 on: January 28, 2016, 09:20:53 AM »
Checking in, on the way from B&H to me.  Excited to give the F8 a go.
I was just at BH and the audio guys there are super high on the F8. I trust their judgement because they don't work on commission :)

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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #126 on: January 28, 2016, 04:46:08 PM »
Stuipd question of the day:
How can I enable the unit to record stereo wav files?
like 1 & 2  one stereo wav, and 3 & 4 a second stero wave.... like I can on my Tascam decks, and others.
I don't need 4 mono waves only 2 stereo waves.

Thanks in advance
--Ian
You don't have to hold down multiple arm buttons each time - you can create one stereo pair and it'll stay the whole time until you change it. As to how it saves files (paired vs individual wavs vs a poly), there is a setting in the menus -- I don't recall off the top of my head, but you can read Steve's guide or the manual and figure it out.
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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #127 on: February 01, 2016, 06:02:43 PM »

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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #128 on: February 02, 2016, 06:43:25 AM »
The F8 won the award for the best recording device in the NAMM Tec awards, beating the Sound devices 688, Aaton Cantar X3, and others.

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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #130 on: February 03, 2016, 09:47:06 AM »
I have dealt with them and have purchased Guitars off their site.  It's similar to any online selling site who hosts sellers...eBay, Amazon and so on.

Never had any issue buying from them and am always looking there.  The seller, like on any other site is what is to question. 

The seller is "William's Gear Bazaar" and they have 1 ***** Star review and they are selling from Australia.
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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #131 on: February 03, 2016, 09:32:53 PM »
First run last night.  Room sounded like crap but recording is as good as could be expected.

First and foremost it is power hungry.  Fresh AAs running 4 channels with 48v Phantom and I was sweating after 2 hours, love the detail of battery voltage but it makes you sweat when it is low.  Everything turned out fine but it consumes some power.  Hirose cable on the way to build an external pack.

Love the metering and control.  Wish there was a better implementation of gain through the app.  maybe a tap moves it up/down 1db.

I had right angle XLRs and it was tight on the side, ordered some of the TRS 90 degree stubbie cables to free up some space and keep things clean.

Show was not all that loud and I was only running maybe 16db gain with my MBHOs so I think moving to line input will also help with some input headroom.

Had some issues with reconnecting Bluetooth when waking iPad back up while recording.  the iPad just did not connect on the 2dn or 3rd time I woke it up.  Once you are recording if you turn off Bluetooth you can't re-enable until you stop.  I'm guessing a safety feature.  Not sure if it is also perhaps a power saving "feature"  as both times where when battery was getting down a bit.

Overall though it is a great deck for the $.  Think im going to like it a lot.  I
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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #132 on: February 04, 2016, 01:27:36 AM »
Next Question I have is:
Is there a pad or attenuation in the deck somewhere?  I don't think so but I'm just asking.

The maiden voyage was last Friday at the Wood Brothers at the McDonald here in Eugene.  I was 7 th row dead center head high with my Milab DC 196's NOS & VM 44's DIN, no preamps just direct into the F8. I usually don't need to or like to run the pads on the mics, but at this show which was not really that loud I had the gain knobs at about 9:00 for both sets of milabs. It seemed low and made the knobs a bit sensitive to movements.

I'll be going to see Lettuce this Saturday and will like run the  same set up , and I suppose I'll flip the -12 and -10 pads on each set of mics, though previously I've only need to do this way FOB at a few really loud shows.

Any ideas or suggestions would be great.

PS I like the sound and ran one of my Naztec power bank - at 12 it didn't eve seem to drain the power at all, that their set was only a bit longer than 90 minutes.

thanks in advance
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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #133 on: February 04, 2016, 07:22:23 PM »
Has anyone ordered from Tai Audio in Fla.? Thinking about picking up a Zoom F8 bundle there: http://www.taiaudio.com/zoom-f8-8-channel-multitrack-recorder-with-time-code-bundle/
Are they legit?

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Re: Zoom F8 - Part 2
« Reply #134 on: February 04, 2016, 07:59:10 PM »
They are legit.  That is an excellent deal.  Cans are worth $100 alone.  Works out to a lot of free goodies at that price. 

 

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