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Zoom R8 Multi-Track Recorder
Zoom R8 Multi-Track Recorder

Zoom R8 Multi-Track Recorder

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The Zoom R8 combines multiple audio production tools in one compact device. In addition to being an 8-track recorder, it's a pad sampler and a rhythm machine, and can even serve as a DAW control surface and computer audio interface. Advanced features such as built-in stereo condenser microphones, dual mic/line/instrument level inputs, onboard DSP effects and chromatic tuner complete the picture, making the R8 a great choice for home recordists and road warriors alike.

The R8 provides eight tracks for recording and playback (up to two tracks can be recorded simultaneously) in full fidelity WAV format, making it ideal for both professional production and for use as a musical sketchpad. Battery operation allows for field recording and enables you to capture your musical ideas quickly. You can connect external microphones or line-level sources directly to the R8, or use the built-in stereo mic pair for minimal setup. You can also plug instruments such as electric guitar or bass right into the R8. When your multitrack recording is complete, you can use the R8's internal mixer, complete with real faders, equalization, panning, and over 140 built-in DSP effects-including amp models and mastering effects like multi-band compression-to create a stereo mix with studio-quality sound.

Zoom R8 Features

  • 8-track playback, 2-track simultaneous recording
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Records 16-bit/24-bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz mono and stereo WAV files
  • Dual mic/line/instrument level inputs on XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Headphone output with dedicated volume control
  • Control input for foot switch start/stop/rewind, punch-in/out, and patch up/down
  • Built-in metronome and chromatic tuner
  • Over 140 send-return and insert DSP effects, including amp/preamp models and mastering algorithms
  • User editing of effects parameters, with 370 patch memories for storage
  • Independent level, pan, and EQ for each track
  • Internal track bouncing and mixdown of multitrack to stereo
  • 8-voice pad sampler with adjustable sensitivity
  • Rhythm machine with 160 drum and percussion sounds
  • Storage for 100 user-created rhythm patterns of up to 100 bars each
  • Manual play or step entry of rhythm patterns with adjustable quantization
  • Loop-based audio sequencer integrates recorder, rhythm machine, and pad sampler
  • Backlit LCD with contrast control for easy viewing in low-light environments
  • 2-in/2-out USB audio interface for PC/Mac computers
  • High-definition 24-bit/96 kHz playback capability with DAW software
  • Control Surface functionality (Mackie Control emulation)
  • Full mixing and transport controls
  • Runs on 4 AA batteries, with alkaline battery life of more than 5 hours
  • R8 Multi-Track Recorder1
  • AC adapter1
  • Recorder
    • Track Count: 8 (mono)
    • Maximum Number of Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 2
    • Maximum Number of Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 8 audio + metronome
    • Recording Data Format: 44.1 / 48 kHz, 16 / 24-bit WAV format
    • MAximum Recording Time: 200 minutes/1 GB (44.1 kHz 16-bit, mono tracks)
    • Projects: 1000
    • Markers: 100/project
    • Locator: Hours/minutes/seconds/milliseconds and bars/beats/ticks
    • File Editing: Divide, trim
    • Track Parameters: 3-band equalizer, pan (balance), effect send ×2, invert
    • Stereo Link: Tracks 1 / 2 ~ 7 / 8 selectable in pairs
    • Other Functions: Punch-in/out (manual, auto), Bounce, A-B repeat, Undo/Redo
  • Effects
    • Patches: 310 insert, 60 send-return
    • Effect Modules: 7 insert , 2 send
  • Tuner TypeChromatic, guitar, bass, open A/D/E/G, D modal
  • Rhythm
    • Voices: 8
    • Format: 16-bit linear PCM
    • Drum Kits: 10
    • Precision: 48 PPQN
    • Rhythm Patterns: 511/project
    • Tempo: 40.0 ~ 250.0 BPM
  • Sampler
    • Playback Formats: 44.1 / 48 kHz, 16 / 24-bit WAV files
    • Editing Functions: Trim, time-stretch
  • Hardware
    • Recording Media: SD card (16MB - 2 GB), SDHC card (4 - 32 GB)
    • Analog-Digital Conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma ADC
    • Digital-Analog Conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma DAC
    • Display: 128 x 64 pixel LCD (with backlight)
    • Inputs: Input 1-8 Type: 8 XLR/TRS combo jacks Input impedance: (Balanced input) 1KΩ balanced (2 hot), (Unbalanced input) 50 KΩ unbalanced (1 with Hi-Z input impedance 470 kΩ (Hi-Z on), 2 with phantom power) |Phantom Power: 48V, 24V | Input level: -50 dBm < continuous < +4 dBm Built-in stereo microphones Type: Omnidirectional condenser microphones | Gain: -50 dBm < continuous < +4 dBm
    • Outputs: Output |Type: TRS phone (balanced) Phones | Standard stereo phone jack 20 mW x 2 (32 Ω load)
    • Mixer Faders: 9 (mono × 8, master × 1)
    • Pads: 8 (velocity-sensitive)
    • S/N Ratio: 93 dB
    • Control Input: FS01
  • USBMINI-B Type (USB 2.0): Operation as audio interface/control surface and mass storage
  • USB Audio Interface
    • Number of Recording Channels: 2
    • Number of Playback Channels: 2
    • Bit Rate: 24
    • Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    • Compatibility: Windows® 10 /11 32-bit: Intel® Pentium® 4 1.8 GHz or faster, RAM 1 GB or more 64-bit: Intel® Pentium® Dual Core 2.7 GHz or faster, RAM 2 GB or more macOS 10.14 ~ 12 with Intel® Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster and RAM 1 GB or more USB 2.0 compatible port, Intel chipsets recommended
  • Power
    • AC Adapter DC 5V 1A (ZOOM AD-17)
    • Batteries: 4 AA batteries (5.5-hour continuous operation time with backlight on and phantom power off)
  • Dimensions (WxDxH)10.12" × 7.48" × 2.01"
  • Weight 1.72 pounds

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