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Zoom H8 - The COVID Zoom
« on: June 27, 2020, 08:37:22 PM »
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On July 2nd Zoom will debut the newest, most advanced, and most adaptable handheld recorder ever made. Get ready.

We’re Zoom. And We’re For Creators.

Thoughts? Speculation?

Edit:  Updated thread title.

https://www.zoom-na.com/products/field-video-recording/field-recording/zoom-h8-handy-recorder
« Last Edit: July 02, 2020, 10:10:14 PM by justink »
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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2020, 08:55:16 PM »
32 bit in a handheld size is my guess.  If it is the size of an M10/R05 and can do four channels, they'll likely do land office business around here.
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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2020, 11:29:20 PM »
i like the sound of that. hopefully its a good for for our needs

I wonder if hardware manufacturer Zoom has caught a wave in sales from the videoconferencing company that shares their name?

something that viral has gotta bring some free advertising
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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2020, 06:53:44 AM »
The teaser photo strongly suggests 6 mic inputs, or at least input flexibility.  Maybe a replacement for the H6?  If it is dual-ADC with 32-bit float, it seems like that would cut severely into F6 sales, which is already a crazy-small unit for 6 channels.  Some of the commenters are suggesting "H8" also.

https://www.facebook.com/ZoomNorthAmerica/photos/a.597748480298798/4020506494689629/?type=3&theater

I thought the photo was just a stylized arrangement until I saw the release latch on the top-right.  I can't imagine why they would angle the inputs like that.

A two-channel pocket-size F-series (F2?) would interest me much more.
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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2020, 07:18:42 AM »
A two-channel pocket-size F-series (F2?) would interest me much more.

i think ive asked about this every time i put in a support request ;)
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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2020, 03:56:17 AM »
My concern is that I'll be unable to resist buying whatever it is, even though I don't actually seem to record anything any more...

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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2020, 01:39:32 PM »
A 6 channel DR2d replacement please, no larger! ..with 5V PIP.  Not going to happen, but it's been a long time dream of mine.

It will presumably feature full sized XLRs considering that's what is pictured in the FB tease.  Pocketable no, handheld sure.
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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2020, 03:17:09 PM »
A 6 channel DR2d replacement please, no larger! ..with 5V PIP.  Not going to happen, but it's been a long time dream of mine.

It will presumably feature full sized XLRs considering that's what is pictured in the FB tease.  Pocketable no, handheld sure.

I was hoping the picture showed mini-XLRs held by elves.

Otherwise, I'm in the same boat as Ozpeter.

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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2020, 05:29:55 PM »
As far as we are in the "guess game"....

1) The tease shows 6 xlr
2) Zoom has recently made a H6 "make up", though just painted it black, so I don't think it's going to be discontinued right from now.
3) Must be an improvement over H6, while at the same time not killing F6 sales, so don't know wether it'll have 32 bits or not - think it'll be a feature of  F series only
4) The price is supposed to stay below F6


 I trow my dice and try:
1) 4 inputs xlr/trs + expansion for two more xlr inputs ( exactly like H6)
2) Improved preamps and converters over H6, 24/192Khz recording
3) USB C - iPad Pro connection
4) New form factor
5) Mic capsule options, but none comes stock ( like F4)
6) True line input?.....probably not
7) Price around 450 US

I'm not winning anything....just to spend 5 minutes, ahaha

Pity I just bought a brand new H6....not yet ready to sell it!





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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2020, 05:35:18 PM »
I'm in with the elves!
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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2020, 09:17:08 AM »
Welcome to the H8.
The Franken-recorder.

12 simultaneous recording tracks, interchangeable capsules, and an App-driven touchscreen interface, the H8 is designed to meet all your audio recording needs.



https://www.zoom-na.com/products/field-video-recording/field-recording/zoom-h8-handy-recorder

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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2020, 09:30:15 AM »
"..designed to meet all your audio recording needs"

https://youtu.be/dTRKCXC0JFg
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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2020, 09:50:46 AM »
It's not a real Frankenstein unit until you put the soon-to-be released capsule that looks like the H3VR ambisonic recorder on top.  Good lord.

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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2020, 10:52:52 AM »
Well.....I've seen cooler things in my life, have to say...
I expected something which wasn't meant to overlap to F series, that's why I had imagined 192khz but no 32 bits. It seems they haven't moved from h6 technology; same preamps I think, same converters. A lot more flexibility if it's what's needed; if not, no worth considering it.  As long as you need less than 6 inputs you can stay with your H6 ( or F series for best results) and call it a day.
Only interesting thing for me will be to check wether the new capsules will match also the other H series. In particular I wonder what a plus might be the new x-y / a-b capsule over the stock x-y, which I also got with my H6.

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Re: New Zoom recorder 2020-07-02
« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2020, 11:07:36 AM »
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