I finally managed to get the Zoom F8N recorder going this morning and the process was easy enough though you will certainly need sighted assistance to start the ball rolling The first thing that needs to be done when you turn the F8N on is to set the date and the time, there seems to be no way of skipping this step but given time and date stamping is just so useful then why not spend the extra seconds it takes to complete this task. Next you will need at least 1 SD card to be inserted into one of the 2 SD card slots on the left-hand side of the recorder. The SD cards are immediately identifiable by the magnetic doors that allow easy access to each slot, the front slot with the front of the recorder facing you is SD 1. You then need your sighted assistance to go through the menu system to SD Card and from there select Format. You then select the SD card you wish to format - SD Card 1 or 2 - and move to “Yes”, pressing the jog-dial in to start the formatting process which takes a couple of seconds. So now you’re ready to record and you can monitor the microphones using the headphones socket which is on the right-hand side of the recorder and identified by the hexagonal nut at the base of the quarter inch headphone output jack. The Headphone output has its own dedicated analogue control which is easily found on the control panel below the jog-dial and menu button. The menu system is a ripper to use because the menu system doesn’t appear to wrap anywhere thus if you keep turning the jog-dial to the left in the main menu then you’re going to stay on the folder option which is the first option in the main menu so all I have to do now is to go through the menu system at some stage when we have more time. I recorded some voice with the Zoom H6 X/Y capsule plugged into the rear of the F8n without any difficult. There is a built-in microphone on the F8N which I wasn’t aware of. It appears you can’t record from this so the idea must be for monitoring purposes. The F8N delivers distinct tones to indicate that functions have worked when you press a key or an error has happened, I’ve not heard the battery alert tones as yet. The volume for these alert tones can be adjusted to suit your taste.
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