Zoom F8: Gain Staging and Getting the Most Out of the Digital Limiters

So the other day I posted a pic of the kit setup I was using on a 16 day feature film.

A lot of people wanted to know how I was running my boom. So here is a step by step video from the Mic used, to the preamp settings, to the F8 overall settings, to the digital limiter settings that are used on ever channel.

The other part of this equation is that in the notes in the sound report I remind post that all audio has been mastered to -20db. They then can compress, normalize and add gain quietly with their fancy protools setups and only be raising the quiet noise floor in the F8… which is nearly silent. Then they will add a background soundscape and music and ANY noise from the Zoom F8 PreAmps caused by the low metering will be masked. I’ve done this since “low meter mode” was added to the F8 and post has never complained.


About the Author

Andrew Jones is a location sound mixer based in Los Angeles. He started in the TV and Film industry in 2004. You can email him at  Andrew@HoldForSound.com



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