April 14, 2015
NAB 2015

Zoom Teases an 8-Track Field Recorder & Shows Off the Q8 Camera

Hot on the heels of their Q8 camera announcement, Zoom tantalizes us with a very serious looking field mixer.

Here are some specs:

  • 4 XLR Combo Jacks on each side
  • AA Batteries
  • Dual SD Card Slots
  • Aluminum Chassis
  • Color Screen
  • Interchangeable Mic capsules
  • Price TBD
  • Available by the end of the year
Zoom's 8-Track Recorded Unveiled at NAB 2015

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Please make it bare alloy and I will buy one.

Hating the anodised colours :(

April 15, 2015 at 2:10AM

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How about the file names?

That's a serious problem with zoom

April 15, 2015 at 5:31AM, Edited April 15, 5:31AM

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Ruben Pauwesl
Sound engineer
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Price to be determined, not even a ball park figure?... :-(

April 15, 2015 at 6:41AM

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Matt Carter
VFX Artist / Director / DP / Writer / Composer / Alexa Owner
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Yeah, that sucks. I wonder where it will fall in comparison to Sound Devices units

April 15, 2015 at 9:21AM

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Torrey Rogers
Filmmaker
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Ok, I hate it when people focus on the negative.. but you would think a NoFilmSchool interviewer would know to speak into the mic...

April 15, 2015 at 9:44AM

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Brenton Potts
1 man band
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hey, this looks pretty cool! If it lands at the 1K price point and does 24bit 192Khz, It'd be a no brainer for me. Better still if they(or another outfit) made a user replaceable tube pre-amp module for their field recorder - especially for the larger size models like the zoom 8-track

April 15, 2015 at 2:20PM

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Daniel Reed
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Zoom hasn't exactly set the world on fire with their design acumen thus far. For example, their H6 (like competing models) lets you record a safety pair of tracks at a lower level than the main pair; if the main pair clips, you have a backup.

But inexplicably, this feature can't be used on the XLR inputs. It can only be used on the cheeseball built-in mics. WTF? Tascam and Sony both implement this feature properly, with Tascam even allowing you to set the level of the backup recording.

April 15, 2015 at 11:48PM

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David Gurney
DP
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Looks nice but how good will be the preamps? That's the big question.

April 16, 2015 at 10:12AM

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AvdS
Filmmaker
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is nobody bothered by the fact it again runs on AA batteries? the H4n doesn't even last an hour on them. with an 8 track recorder like this one, you would have to change them every 10 minutes!?

April 16, 2015 at 10:25AM, Edited April 16, 10:25AM

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Robert
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