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Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler

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Product Highlights
  • 8-Track Recorder
  • Writes to SD Cards
  • 16 or 24-bit WAV files
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs with 48V Phantom
  • Integrated Stereo Mics
  • High-Definition USB Interface
  • Full Mixing and Transport Controls
  • 8-Voice Pad Sampler and Sequencer
  • Uses AA Batteries or USB Bus Power
  • Includes Software and Drum Loops

The R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler from Zoom is an ultra-portable music production solution, ideal for the musician on the go. The R8 packs the versatility of the larger R24 into a fresh compact design. Not only is the R8 an 8-track recorder that writes to SD flash memory cards, it's also a USB audio interface, a controller, and a pad sampler!

The R8 has 2-track simultaneous recording and 8-track playback. It can record WAV files at sample rates of 44.1/48kHz and bit rates of 16/24-bit. The files are captured to SD memory cards with capacities up to 32GB for making lengthy recordings. There are built-in stereo condenser mics for making recordings without extra equipment. There are also XLR/TRS combo inputs for connecting external microphones and instruments. There is 48V phantom power available on 2 tracks for supporting condenser mics. You can choose from over 140 DSP effects to add to your recordings, including guitar amp models and mastering effects.

The R8 has a USB connector, allowing you to use it as a high-definition audio interface with your computer. It supports rates up to 24-bit/96kHz and offers 2 x 2 in/out over the USB connection. Steinberg Cubase LE DAW software is included so you can record, mix, and edit on your computer right away. The R8's controls provide full mixing and transport options for Cubase, Logic, Sonar, and other popular DAW software options. The control surface uses Mackie Control emulation for wide compatibility.

Other features of the R8 include a pad sampler with 8 voices, as well as a loop-based audio sequencer for music creation. A 2GB SD card with 500MB of pre-loaded drum loops from Big Fish Audio is included so you can start creating your own unique drum creations immediately. The R8 can operate on 4 standard AA batteries, USB bus power, or the included AC adapter for excellent versatility.

General

Compact design for ultimate portability, ideal for traveling musicians
Operates on 4 standard AA batteries, USB bus power, or the included AC adapter for excellent versatility

Recorder

8-track recorder with 2-track simultaneous recording and 8-track playback
Records WAV files at sample rates of 44.1/48kHz and bit rates of 16/24-bit
Files are captured to SD memory cards with capacities up to 32GB for making lengthy recordings of up to 100 track hours. Flash memory is lightweight and reliable, with no concern of hard drive failure
Built-in stereo condenser mics are provided for making recordings without extra equipment
XLR/TRS combo inputs let you connect external microphones and instruments. The R8 also has a stereo 1/4" output for connecting external speakers, plus a 1/4" headphone jack for private monitoring. A 1/4" control input supports wired remote control
48V phantom power is available on 2 tracks for supporting condenser mics
You can choose from over 140 DSP effects to add to your recordings, including guitar amp models and mastering effects

Interface

The R8's USB connector allows you to use it as a high-definition audio interface with your computer
The USB connection supports rates up to 24-bit/96kHz and offers 2 x 2 simultaneous in/out. If you only work at a 44.1kHz sampling rate, you can also use the R8's internal DSP effects on your computer tracks
A dedicated control lets you adjust the mix balanced between DAW playback sound and direct sound for monitoring
Steinberg Cubase LE DAW software is included so you can record, mix, and edit on your computer right away

Controller

The R8's controls provide full mixing and transport options for Cubase, Logic, Sonar, and other popular DAW software options
The control surface uses Mackie Control emulation for wide compatibility

Sampler/Drum Machine

The R8 has 8 built-in pads that can trigger 8 different voices. Samples can be assigned to each pad for creating loops
There are 500 internal drum loops, as well as a 2GB SD card that's pre-loaded with 500 additional loops from Big Fish Audio is included so you can start creating your own unique drum creations immediately
Tracks 8 x Mono Recording Tracks
2 x Simultaneous Recording Tracks
8 x Simultaneous Playback Tracks + Metronome
Recording Format 44.1/48kHz, 16/24-bit WAV
Recording Time 200 Minutes per GB (Mono)
Functions Projects: 1000
Markers: 100/Project
Locator: Hours/Minutes/Seconds/Milliseconds and Bars/Beats/Ticks
File Editing: Divide, Trim
Punch-In/Out (Manual, Auto)
Bounce
A-B Repeat
Undo/Redo
Interface 2 x Recording Channels
2 x Playback Channels
24-bit, 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz
Mixer 9 x Faders (8 Mono, 1 Master)
3 Band EQ
Pan (Balance)
2 x Effect Sends
Invert
Tracks 1/2 and 7/8 Selectable in Pairs for Stereo Link
Effects Algorithms: 8 (Clean, Distortion, Aco/Bass Sim, Bass, Mic, Dual Mic, Stereo, Mastering)
Patches: 310 Insert, 60 Send-Return
Effect Modules: 7 Insert, 2 Send
Tuner: Chromatic, Guitar, Bass, Open A/D/E/G, D Modal
Rhythm Patterns Voices: 8
Format: Linear PCM
Drum Kits: 10
Pads: 8, Velocity-Sensitive
Precision: 48 ppqn
Patterns: 511/Project
Tempo: 40.0 to 250.0 BPM
Sampling Playback Formats: 44.1/48kHz, 16/24-bit WAV
Editing: Trim, Time-Stretch
Recording Media SD Card (16MB - 2GB)
SDHC Card (4GB - 32GB)
AD/DA Conversion 96kHz, 24-bit, Delta-Sigma
Display 128 x 64 Pixel Backlit LCD
Microphone 2 x Omnidirectional Condenser Microphones (Stereo Pair)
Gain: -50dBm < Continuous < +4dBm
Connectors 2 x Balanced XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
1 x Stereo 1/4" Output (2 Jacks, L/R)
1 x Stereo 1/4" Headphone Jack (2 x 20mW, 32 Ohm Load)
1 x 1/4" Control Input (FS01)
1 x USB 2.0 Mini-B High-Speed Connector (Interface/Control and Mass Storage)
1 x DC Power Input
Input Level -50dBm < Continuous < +4dBm
Input Impedance Balanced: 1 kOhm
Unbalanced: 50 kOhms
Hi-Z: 470 kOhms
Signal to Noise Ratio 93dB
Phantom Power 48V, 24V
Power 4 x AA Batteries (Up to 5.5 Hours Operation with Backlight On and Phantom Power Off)
USB Bus Power
5VDC, 1A via AC Adapter (Zoom AD-17, Included)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.1 x 7.48 x 2" (257 x 190 x 51mm)
Weight 27.5 oz (780g)
Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • SD Card
  • Cubase LE Installation DVD
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    ZoomR8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler
     
    4.1

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Excellent sound (4)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Easy to use (3)
    • Low distortion (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Home studio (3)
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      4.0

      great audio recorder

      By mike

      from toronto

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            Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

            this is a good audio recorder for fild work the only thing I cand find the low cut filterI used it one time for a movie and most for sound effects they told me you can plug to a camera but I dont see how its a good mixer the other thing is that it captures sound from around you like behind you for some reason

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            4.0

            All-in-One!

            By JZ14

            from Brooklyn, NY

            Verified Buyer

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                  Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                  This recorder has everything you need in it to make professional-sounding audio recordings. I use it to record stereo keyboard, vocals, and some guitar and sax and the recordings come out sounding very well. The usage of the R8 seems intriguing at first but after going through the very easy-to-follow manual and playing around a bit, I figured out how to use it. It feels a bit cheap, though, and the button-feel is out-of-date, but don't let this fool you, as the inside has very high-quality stuff. The screen is rather small and the menus can be confusing, but again, the more you use it the easier it gets. Another thing that bothered me is the fact that you can't organize the folders to your liking, unless maybe you can and I don't know how... on the computer it won't work to create folders on the memory card. Speaking of which, the memory card slot is very convenient and the recorder itself is very portable and lighweight. All-in-all I am very satisfied with this purchase and don't regret not getting the TASCAM DP-008EX which I was deciding to get, since the R8 has so many more features packed into it... You won't regret your purchase of it.

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                  5.0

                  Great Product. I am so happy I got it!

                  By Cata

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Events
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                    I just love it. I am not an expert so for my the sound quality is excellent. It has more features than I need right now.

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                    2.0

                    It doesn't do separate channel output.

                    By Leo

                    from Burbank, CA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Cheap

                    Cons

                    • Cheap

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording

                    Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                    It doesn't do separate channel output. This device is not ideal for location sound recording for a film set. You can record separate channels into the recorder, but if you need to send to camera, you can ONLY send a stereo mix, you can not separate the channels in the mix.

                    This may be great for music, but is not sutable for use on a film set.

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                    5.0

                    Very good!

                    By Yaniv

                    from Israel

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Low Distortion
                    • Powerful
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                      Very nice product. As a semi-professional composer and a song writer I find this product very good for my needs. I can use it as a stand-alone (44.1kHz with effects), or as an interface with the computer for a higher quality recording.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      A GREAT alternative for indie filmmakers

                      By Q the filmmaker

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Low Distortion
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indie Film Field Mixer

                        Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                        I use this for indie filmmaking instead of a 2 to 3 thousand dollar field mixer. I think for ten times less, it's a better buy considering that you have redundancy built right in. Not only can I record directly to my camera, but I can have a redundant backup via the R8's SD card slot. The fact that you can also record HD audio via a computer only makes it that much better. Currently, I only use it as a mixer to camera, but having options is always a plus. Sure on-location portability options are a bit limited with concerns toward live-event/ENG purposes, but for narrative filmmaking it's a very good option.One of the things that I think the R8 has over conventional lower to mid-range mixers is that you not only have volume, gain and pan control, but you also have access to a 3-channel EQ through the menu display, so you can get the best possible sound in-camera and on-location.It's very easy to use, if you're using it just as a field mixer, but requires a little manual reading and time to get familiar with the other options.The only con, I can think of, is that for an 8-track recorder, it only has two live inputs. However, this is perfectly fine for what I use it for.Overall, I think that this a great buy for indie filmmakers. I also think it's better than the Zoom H4n, because its small enough to be portable, but offers a bit more tactile control. I think if it were water-resistant, it would be perfect.

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                        5.0

                        Impressive Package

                        By RockyRacoon

                        from Auckland, New Zealand

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Low Distortion
                        • Powerful
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler:

                          This is a powerful bundle though I purchased it based on its portability and features for the price.
                          My main thing is to make quick demo's and record our band live. The instructions are excellent and clear, and the unit has been well thought out. Things are not too deep in menus and it remembers where you've been before. It's great that using a built rhythm is stereo but only takes one track. The on board mastering creates a new file for every master, and this is also a separate stereo track. All the audio including track takes are in wav format, (not proprietry like some brands) and I am impressed with the quality (given the price) of demos and band recordings so far. Sequencing is easy, drum sounds are excellent apart from the cymbals. The attention to detail has really been taken here and its out of box v1.00. - I haven't seen the need to check for updates. Although it only is an 8 track with 2 simultaneous recordings, everything has been done to ensure maximum tracks are available.
                          So far drawbacks is the screen size, but at least it is clear, the cymbal sounds and it seems light weight, so don't drop it. All of these can be somewhat countered.

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