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    At last!

    This is a really nice little thingy. :)


    It appears it’s yet another mono recorder…


    F2 FEATURES
    • Light and compact audio recorder
    • 32-Bit Float recording for full dynamic range and clip free recording
    • No gain adjustment necessary
    • Records 44.1kHz/32-bit float or 48kHz/32-bit float audio files
    • Rec Hold function to avoid accidental operation of buttons
    • Stereo ⅛" Mic/Line In mini phone jack with Plug-in power (2.5V)
    • Stereo ⅛" Phone/Line Output jack with dedicated volume control
    • 80 Hz low cut filter
    • High precision internal clock (±0.5ppm) to avoid audio and video syncing issues
    • Wireless timecode synchronization (F2-BT model only)*
    • Records directly to micro SD and SDHC cards up to 512 GB
    • USB-C for connection to F2 Editor for settings
    • Built-in Bluetooth for connection to the F2 Control app for settings adjustment and remote transport control (F2-BT model only)
    • Runs on only 2 standard AAA alkaline, Lithium, or NiMH rechargeable batteries, or AC adapter (AD-17)
    • Up to 15 hours of operation (14 hours on the F2-BT) with two AAA alkaline batteries
    *F2-BT connection to UltraSync BLUE device by Timecode Systems is required.
    https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/field-recorders/field-recorders/zoom-f2/



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    « Last Edit: November 10, 2020, 01:13:11 PM by justme »

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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #1 on: November 10, 2020, 12:29:03 PM »
    Amazing. Everything I wanted!
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #2 on: November 10, 2020, 12:35:02 PM »
    https://www.newsshooter.com/2020/11/11/zoom-f2-ultracompact-32-bit-float-portable-field-recorder/

    Saw this write-up that it only records in mono--can anybody confirm?
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #3 on: November 10, 2020, 12:39:04 PM »
    Stereo ⅛” Mic/Line In mini phone jack with Plug-in power (2.5V)
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #4 on: November 10, 2020, 12:57:51 PM »
    But does it record in stereo?

    Video I saw with BT only had one level bar.
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #5 on: November 10, 2020, 01:04:04 PM »
    It’s a bit fuzzy on the stereo or mono part.
    This is from the manual.

    Recording formats:
    WAV
    44.1kHz/32-bit float, 48kHz/32-bit float Mono, BWF format supported

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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #6 on: November 10, 2020, 01:27:26 PM »
    Live chat/Q&A with Zoom reps happening right now:

    https://youtu.be/lYlSFvyqKKY
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #7 on: November 10, 2020, 01:43:44 PM »
    Records mono wav/bwf files, but the input will accept a stereo 1/8" plug.  Does that mean it mixes down internally to mono if input stereo?
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #8 on: November 10, 2020, 01:50:12 PM »
    Two concerns brought up by a quick glance of the owner's manual:

    https://zoomcorp.com/media/documents/E_F2.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2GxejLMaSLvnu5AycwLh0zE56YikhzrLpSx_CtgLXZkvKSGarkxz6VMR8

    Page 7:  2.5v PIP is constantly provided by the input jack. There isn't a way to turn it off, when using an external BB.

    Page 12 WAV: 44.1/32 and 48/32. mono BWF supported. I'm hoping this means in addition to stereo files. It would be silly to have a stereo input, but only record to mono....
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #9 on: November 10, 2020, 01:55:09 PM »
    B&H use the following wording:
    The F2 boasts two high-quality recording resolutions to choose from—32-bit / 44.1 kHz or 32-bit / 48 kHz, both in mono uncompressed BWF (Broadcast Wave File) format. (my emphasis)
    :-(
    Well - crossing fingers for an F3
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #10 on: November 10, 2020, 02:55:39 PM »
    From wharfratjoe, who reached out to Zoom's customer service department:

    Zoom support clarified it is a mono file even if you use stereo mics. It will only record the left channel.

    So...a stereo input that only records to mono. Lame. Super lame.

    It's basically just a less expensive Tentacle TRACK-E, which also isn't built for our purposes. And obviously a deal breaker.
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #11 on: November 10, 2020, 03:10:36 PM »
    TRS can be used for a balanced signal also.
    No idea if that is why this accepts a "stereo" input??.
    .....got a blank space where my mind should be.....

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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #12 on: November 10, 2020, 04:44:26 PM »
    boo. another tentacle track E basically

    they’re always so close, yet so far away
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #13 on: November 10, 2020, 06:36:51 PM »
    boo. another tentacle track E basically

    they’re always so close, yet so far away

    Ugh, so close.

    My ideal would be something like this just with two stereo inputs.
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    Re: Zoom F2 & F2-BT Ultracompact Portable Field Recorder (32-bit float)
    « Reply #14 on: November 10, 2020, 07:18:03 PM »
    My ideal would be something like this just with two stereo inputs.

    I'll settle for one stereo input...as long as the thing, you know, records two tracks.

    I wonder if they have the "stereo" input on this just as a supply chain sort of thing.  Like, they're already buying tons of the stereo input jacks and it's cheaper to just use those than to buy a bunch of mono input jacks  :shrug:
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