In the field, fluctuating dynamics can prove challenging. Loud sounds can cause clipping and quiet sounds can get lost in the noise. The F6 uses 32-bit float recording with dual A/D converters to capture both explosive and subtle sounds at full audio quality – without ever adjusting gain!
Hard to Reach
Rugged enough to withstand the most demanding scenarios and small enough to fit into the tightest spaces, the F6 will become your go-to recorder.
Checks All the Boxes
The F6 is equipped with six professional-grade preamps. Featuring a super-low noise floor (-127 dBu EIN), high gain (up to 75 dB), and selectable mic/line levels for each input, the F6 is built for location sound.
Precision Time Code
Keep your tracks perfectly synced even when you power down for lunch. On or off, the F6’s Temperature Compensated Crystal Oscillator (TCXO) generates time code at 0.2 ppm accuracy.
Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters
When recording in 24-bit, the F6 uses advanced look-ahead hybrid limiters to provide overload protection. By adding a 1-millisecond delay, the limiters “look ahead” anticipating clipping before it’s recorded.
Zoom AutoMix™ lets you keep your eyes on the action by automatically adjusting the levels of your mix to reduce ambient sound.
A Closer Look
A DISPLAY: A 1.54" full-color backlit LCD with monochromatic mode gives you full visibility night and day.
TRANSPORT CONTROLS: Record, Stop, Pause and Play are front and center for easy access in the field.
LEVEL CONTROLS: Each input has a dedicated level knob.
D USB PORT: The F6 features a USB-C connection allowing you to back up your files to a computer, live stream while recording and more. The USB port also doubles as a power port.
LINE OUT: The F6 is equipped with a 3.5mm stereo mini unbalanced line out jack for quickly connecting to external mixers, cameras, recording devices and more.
BTA-1 ADAPTER SLOT: Sold separately, Zoom’s BTA-1 Bluetooth Adapter provides wireless capability to this ultra-portable field recorder.
INPUTS: The F6 features six discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR connectors.
H HEADPHONE OUTPUT: The F6 is equipped with a neutral-sounding 100 mW headphone amplifier with plenty of volume for noisy environments.
TIME CODE IN/OUT: A dedicated 3.5mm stereo mini jack offers flexible time code I/O for external audio or video devices.
J SD CARD SLOT: Record up to 512 GB on an SD card while streaming or recording to your DAW.
L-SERIES BATTERY CONNECTION: Count on the F6 through take after take when paired with a Sony L-Series battery. And for shorter shoots, record up to 7.5 hours with just four AA batteries.
Files and Formats
The F6 can record in 24-bit and 32-bit float up to 192 kHz, or both simultaneously at up to 96 kHz.
Cataloging files with the F6 is quick and easy. Enter track name, scene names, notes, and more in both BWF and iXML.
Monitor What Matters
Use the F6 and your headphones to keep tabs on your tracks pre- or post-fader. Check levels, route signals to the left or right and set alert tones for battery and recording status.
iOS Wireless Control
The F6’s F Control APP lets you monitor signals, adjust levels, trigger transport controls, enter metadata and more from your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth.*
*Optional BTA-1 required
The optional Zoom F-Control (FRC-8) gives you more flexibility in the field. With 60 mm faders and controls for trim, pan and track-arming, the FRC-8 is a must-have for any professional filmmaker.
* To use the F-Control with F6, an optional Sony® L-Series battery and USB C to A cable are required
The F6’s Ambisonics mode offers precision A-to-B decoding and balanced gain linking, enabling you to capture spatial audio for VR, AR and more. Download the FREE Zoom Ambisonics Player software to decode and edit your 360-audio with ease.
6-channel/14-track field audio recorder/mixer
6 discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR connectors
High quality mic preamps with up to 75 dB gain and less than -127 dBu EIN
Switchable +4dB inputs with mic/line options
Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters
Zoom AutoMix™ software
Accurate Time Code (0.2 ppm when on and when powered off) I/O on 3.5mm stereo mini; dropframe/non-drop formats with Jam Sync
Three different power supply options: 4x AA batteries, Sony L-Series batteries, or Zoom AD-17 12V AC Adapter (L-Series batteries not included)
3.5mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack
Dedicated headphone output (100 mW) with volume control SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot, up to 512 GB
Use as an 6-in/4-out USB audio interface (up to 96kHz)
Use as an audio interface and record to SD card simultaneously (up to 48kHz)
Free Zoom F Control App for iOS allows wireless remote control, file renaming, and metadata entry
What's in the Box
What's included with the F6
F6 Field Recorder
Camera mount adapter
AA batteries (x4)
Cubase LE and WaveLab LE download codes
Quick Start Guide
Optional F6 Accessories
Zoom AD-17 5V AC Adapter
BTA-1 Bluetooth Adapter
F-Control : FRC-8 F-series Remote Controller
SCU-20 Universal Soft Shell Case
PCF-6 Protective Case for F6
Protective Case for F6
If you record with a ZOOM F6 and need an easy way to carry it on location, then the PCF-6 Protective Case is the perfect companion. Durable and lightweight, this protective case is suitable for any indoor or outdoor environment. It offers top, side, and bottom access to the unit as well as a clear-windowed top cover so you can monitor the recorder’s screen in all production conditions.