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 
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 
The volume for these alert tones can be adjusted to suit your taste.

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