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14 minutes ago, Eric Toline said:

Phantom stays on until you turn it off. It makes no sense to have phantom turn off for a disable then you have to turn it back on for the next time you have to record on that track.

I think it makes sense...

You could disable one track to unplug safely a phantom powered microphone.

Another plus, if phantom power turns off in a disabled track the consumption of your batteries would be optimized

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So...

I have already checked it with a volt meter.

And, yes. F8 stops feeding the microphone with the pantom power when you disable a track for recording.

the only thing is that it takes a while to go from 48v (in fact it has 46v) to 0v. When you enable the track it starts to phantom power again.

I think it has good reasons to do it. You can unplug the microphone safely and the power consumption of the batteries is optimized.

 

 

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On 5/11/2018 at 11:52 PM, Sprotnik said:

Hi. old topic but I have a doubt about the Zoom f8 that I can´t solve reading the manual or searching in the web (maybe I´m not searching the appropiate words...)

the question is:

when the phantom power in one track is activated, is it turned off automatically when you push the button of "disable for recording" of that track?

when you disable for recording one track it goes mute, but i don´t know if it stops giving phantom power to the microphone.

 

regards!

 

Why would you want this feature?

 

Edit: heh, saw the responses above now. 

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On 5/11/2018 at 10:08 AM, Sprotnik said:

So...

I have already checked it with a volt meter.

And, yes. F8 stops feeding the microphone with the pantom power when you disable a track for recording.

the only thing is that it takes a while to go from 48v (in fact it has 46v) to 0v. When you enable the track it starts to phantom power again.

I think it has good reasons to do it. You can unplug the microphone safely and the power consumption of the batteries is optimized.

 

 

I imagine that feature is to save on power consumption, the thought being that if the track is disabled, there is no need to have the 48V DC-DC converter on. Regarding the safety of plugging and unplugging a mic with phantom power turned on, there is no need for concern. 

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On 5/13/2018 at 10:33 AM, Glen Trew said:

 Regarding the safety of plugging and unplugging a mic with phantom power turned on, there is no need for concern. 

 

Like others, I've connected and disconnected phantom microphones many times without any harm or concern.

 

But there is an issue I think worth mentioning. With XLR connectors, there is no reason to be concerned. And, ordinarily there is no reason that a phantom microphone would be connected with anything else. However, when I was having a patch panel fabricated for my cart, I was advised to use XLR connections in that panel instead of the more usual phone connections. With the phone connections, it is possible to have a momentary short on the phantom power lines when inserting or removing the connector. That doesn't happen with XLR connectors with pins that keep the connections discrete.

 

David

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While microphones are fine being plugged and unplugged with phantom power on, other equipment may not be, such as wireless receivers. The SRa version of Lectro for example had that problem for a while, so it may be good practice to always turn phantom off when unplugging a mic

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