Getting the Most from Your Recorder

Introduction by Curtis Judd

The Zoom F8 & F8n are amazingly capable field recorders designed primarily for film production and film sound design, but can also be used for podcasting, music recording, and many other types of recording.

They are deep products with lots of settings and nuances.

This can be daunting at first, but we’ll cover the things you need to know to get up to speed and making some great recordings for your film projects!

In this course, we’ll help you understand the settings and nuances you need to know about to make great recordings

  • Fundamentals of recording sound like where should I set my gain trim/input level for dialogue?
  • Basic settings such as trim, phantom power, high pass filters, limiters, faders, pan, phase invert, etc.
  • Recording settings such as what to record to each SD card (Poly vs L/R), sample rate, bit depth, and dual-channel recording
  • Sending audio to a camera from the F8
  • Basics of using the F8 as an audio interface with your computer or laptop
  • Setting up timecode
  • How to use the iOS control app
  • How to use the F-Control physical control surface
  • Headphone and output routing


Curtis Judd has been recording and processing video sound for over 14 years. He specializes in corporate and short film production and post production. He is a self-professed audio enthusiast and a passionate instructor.