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Zoom H8 8-Input / 12-Track Portable Handy Recorder

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Zoom H8 8-Input / 12-Track Portable Handy Recorder
Key Features
  • Podcast/Music/Field Recording Modes
  • Swappable X/Y Stereo Mic Capsule
  • 4 x XLR Mic Inputs with Pads and +48V
  • 2 x XLR-1/4" Mic/Line/Hi-Z Inputs
With three app-driven modes that instantly configure the color touchscreen for podcasting, music production, or location recording, the Zoom H8 portable handheld recorder lets you quickly record up to eight simultaneous input signals via a workflow that's highly optimized for your task. Plus, it's compatible with an array of capsules (available separately) for easy expansion into 10-input recording, Ambisonics 360-degree audio, and more.
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Zoom H8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2App-Driven Touchscreen
  • 3X/Y Stereo Microphone Capsule
  • 4Zoom Capsule System 2.0
  • 5Supports Existing Zoom Mic Capsules
  • 6Fast, User-Friendly Operability
  • 7Instant Access to Gain Adjustments
  • 8Eight Channels of Microphone/Line Inputs
  • 9Record All Channels Live or Overdub Layers
  • 10SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
  • 113.5mm Outputs for Simultaneous Hookup to a Camera and Headphones
  • 12Powered via AA Batteries or AC Adapter
  • 13Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
  • 14Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
  • 15Special Recording Functions
  • 16Supports External Remote Control
  • 17Includes Audio Software

With three app-driven modes that instantly configure the color touchscreen for podcasting, music production, or location recording, the Zoom H8 portable handheld recorder lets you quickly record up to eight simultaneous input signals via a workflow that's highly optimized for your task. Plus, it's compatible with an array of capsules (available separately) for easy expansion into 10-input recording, Ambisonics 360-degree audio, and more.

Like other H-Series Handy recorders such as the H5 and H6, you can hold the H8 in your hand, attach it to a mic stand or tripod, or mount it to a camera (shoe mount available separately); the H8 packs an impressive array of features into a lightweight body that's more than ready to meet the varied demands of podcasters, musicians, sound designers, and content creators. The bundled Cubase LE and WaveLab Cast software programs give you the tools you need to edit, refine, export, and upload your projects.

From the intuitive, tactile controls to the plentiful battery life and powerful audio processing functions, the H8 is well equipped for producing pristine audio for complete musical arrangements, independent films, and panel podcasts. It can supply phantom or plug-in power for condenser mics, or accept direct connections from guitars, keyboards, or drum machines. No matter the source, selectable auto-recording and pre-recording ensure that you'll never miss the start of a take, and stereo safety track recording provides duplicate tracks at a lower level to avoid distortion.

App-Driven Touchscreen
Operating the H8 is extremely intuitive and user-friendly thanks to the 2.4" color LCD touchscreen and the three app-driven modes optimized for podcasting, music, and field recording workflows at the touch of the screen.

  • Podcast App: With four mic channels and two sound pad channels readily available, the Podcast app makes high-quality podcast production easy. Use the 13 pre-loaded sounds or load your own from an SD card to trigger sound effects, music beds, and more from the dedicated Sound Pads.
  • Music App: Record up to 10 input tracks, overdub, mix, and enhance your recordings with EQ and compression, all while the Music app puts important controls such as audio levels, faders, and metering at your fingertips. Plus, you can connect to Zoom’s Guitar Lab via USB to access a vast assortment of amps and effects.
  • Field App: Designed for location sound, sound design, conferences, and more, the Field app gives you instant access to large meters for every track, so you can make sure your recordings never clip. It also lets you quickly adjust input type, lo-cut filtering, compression, limiting, the noise gate, and other key settings.
X/Y Stereo Microphone Capsule
Leave your external mics at home and travel light; the H8 includes a stereo microphone capsule equipped with two unidirectional mics. With nothing more than the H8, you're set to record speech, practice sessions, concerts, or ambient and environmental sounds, even ear-rattling ones up to 136 dB!
Zoom Capsule System 2.0
Zoom’s Capsule System 2.0 allows up to four channels of audio to be added to the H8's capsule connection, creating new ways to expand your recording capabilities through the addition of new separately available capsules.

  • XAH-8: The XAH-8 capsule delivers pristine stereo recordings via its two condenser microphones. Easily rotate the capsules from a tight X/Y pattern to a wide AB pattern to enhance the stereo image of your recordings.
  • VRH-8: The VRH-8 is an Ambisonic mic capsule that utilizes four condenser microphones to deliver immersive 360-audio recordings. A built-in accelerometer helps ensure the capsule is always perfectly aligned, while the onboard Ambisonic decoder automatically handles the necessary conversions, saving you time in post-production.
  • EXH-8: The EXH-8 capsule provides four additional XLR inputs, giving you a total of 10. Each additional input has a dedicated gain knob and pad switch. You can even use your favorite condenser microphones—just connect a power source to the EXH-8 capsule to supply phantom power.
Supports Existing Zoom Mic Capsules
The Zoom mic capsule input on the H8 accommodates Zoom's existing line of separately available interchangeable capsules, which can be swapped out as easily as the lenses of a camera. With shock-mounted X/Y, Mid-Side, and mono or stereo shotgun mic capsules to choose from, you can be ready to record music, dialog, or sound effects without carting an external microphone setup. Opt for the EXH-6 combo input capsule to accept two additional mic/line signals via XLR-1/4" jacks.
Fast, User-Friendly Operability
The H8's front panel is ergonomically arranged with its most essential and commonly used controls—transport buttons for record, play/pause, and stop, individual record-arm buttons that double as mute switches during playback, large gain knobs, and pad switches. For added safety, a hold switch disables all front-panel buttons to prevent accidental operation during recording.
Instant Access to Gain Adjustments
Each H8 input has its own dedicated gain control knob. There's no track selection or button pressing required to optimize your recording levels; just turn the dials (clearly labeled from 0 to 10) anytime you need to adjust the gain. If your XLR input sources are so loud that you need even less gain than the preamps provide at the "0" setting, use four front-panel pad switches to attenuate the XLR inputs by 20 dB.
Eight Channels of Microphone/Line Inputs
Equipped with four XLR inputs, two XLR-1/4" combo inputs, and a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input (on the XYH-6 capsule), the H8 can accommodate condenser microphones (via 12, 24, or 48 VDC phantom power), +4 dB balanced line-level sources, or signals from unbalanced instruments with active electronics. Whether you plan on recording studio condenser mics, feeds from wireless receivers, or a lavalier and shotgun mic combo for an interview, the H8's preamps are ready to deliver low-noise performance.
Record All Channels Live or Overdub Layers
The H8 boasts multichannel recording at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz resolution; up to 12 tracks (mic capsule, backup recording, XLR 1-4, XLR-1/4" combo A and B, and LR stereo mix) are available.

Record all channels simultaneously or utilize the overdubbing function to add layers of instruments after an initial recording. Adjust levels and pans for your tracks, then use the H8's internal mixdown function to blend your tracks down to a stereo file.
SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
Maximize portability by recording directly to an SD card (up to 2GB capacity), SDHC card (up to 32GB capacity), or SDXC card (up to 512GB capacity). A 2GB card will yield over three hours of 16-bit / 44.1 kHz stereo recording time using the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility. Note that media cards are available separately, and larger capacity cards will increase startup times.

Alternatively, use the H8 as a 12-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface (at up to 24-bit / 96 kHz) with your Mac or Windows computer. For audio interface operation with an iPad, an Apple Camera Connection Kit is required and available separately.
3.5mm Outputs for Simultaneous Hookup to a Camera and Headphones
The H8 boasts 3.5mm line and headphone mini-jack outputs for simultaneously feeding your camera/DSLR and a pair of headphones. For quick playback reference, a built-in monophonic speaker is also provided.
Powered via AA Batteries or AC Adapter
Power the H8 via four AA batteries, or plug it into a wall outlet with an AD-17 AC adapter (available separately). Alkaline batteries can keep the H8 running for over 20 hours of continuous recording. When using the H8 in the stereo USB audio interface mode, USB bus powering is possible.
Rugged and Portable, Handheld or Mounted
The durable, ergonomic body lends itself naturally to handheld use. Should you need to mount it on a mic stand or tripod, a threaded hole on the back of the H8 obviates the need for stand adapters. Obtain a hot shoe adapter (available separately) to attach the H8 directly to a DSLR.
Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
The H8's onboard effects allow you to add polish to your recordings. Compression and limiting compensate for fluctuations in input level, while a low-cut filter helps eliminate wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low-frequency rumble.
Special Recording Functions
The H8 offers selectable recording functions designed to prevent you from accidentally missing the start of a performance. By keeping moments of audio that happen prior to you pressing the record button, the pre-record option ensures that you'll never cut off the beginning of a great take. Auto-record can automatically start recording when a user-set sound level is detected, making it great for voice-activated recording.

Backup record enables the H8 to automatically record a duplicate of the L/R input with less input gain. Even if your original track is distorted, chances are the backup version will be fine!
Supports External Remote Control
You can use your iPhone or iPad to monitor level meters and press record, play, and stop in each H8 application mode. Just insert the BTA-1 Bluetooth module (available separately) to your H8 and connect to your iOS device.
Includes Audio Software
The H8 comes with free download licenses for Steinberg's Cubase LE music production software and WaveLab Cast audio editing software, representing a complete audio production toolkit.

  • Podcasting: WaveLab Cast connects you directly with podcast directories such as Spreaker or Podbean. You can upload episodes quickly, plus directly create and publish RSS feeds.
  • Audio for Video: Import your video file and WaveLab Cast will automatically extract the audio. You can use the editing tools to lower unwanted noise, change levels, and remove loud sibilants. Metering options allow you to build new tracks, fade-in your music, and use EQ and compression. Re-attach the audio to the video file using WaveLab Cast’s export functions.
  • Field Recording: WaveLab Cast supports up to 96 kHz audio quality and includes a high-end re-sampler. RestoreRig removes noise and unwanted sounds. You can assemble new files using the snap functions and crossfade options. Once you’re done, export your sound files in any popular audio format.
UPC: 884354023102

Zoom H8 Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of TracksWAV:
12 (8 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Maximum Sampling Rate96 kHz / 24-Bit
MicrophoneInterchangeable Cardioid Condenser Stereo Pair, X/Y Configuration
Built-In SpeakerYes, 400 mW Mono
Display2.4" / 6.1 cm Color LCD Touchscreen
Memory Card SupportSD (Up to 2 GB)
SDHC (4 GB to 32 GB)
SDXC (64 GB to 512 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Recording
Audio File FormatsBWF, MP3, WAV
Sample RatesWAV:
44.1 / 48 / 96 kHz
Bit Depth16 / 24-Bit
Bit Rates128 kb/s
192 kb/s
320 kb/s
Signal Processing & FXCompressor, Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode SupportNo
Connectivity
Analog I/O4 x XLR 3-Pin Female Balanced Mic Input (Lockable)
2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Female Balanced Instrument/Line/Mic Input (Lockable)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line/Mic Input
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
Digital I/ONone
Phantom Power+12 / 24 / 48 V (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Host Connection1 x Micro-USB
Power
Power OptionsBattery, USB Bus Power, AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type4 x AA (Not Included)
Approximate Battery Life20 Hours
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Physical
Mounting Options1/4"-20 Female (Bottom)
Dimensions4.6 x 1.9 x 6.4" / 116.4 x 48.6 x 163.3 mm (Recorder)
3.1 x 1.8 x 2.4" / 78.9 x 45.2 x 60.2 mm (X/Y Mic)
Weight12.5 oz / 354 g (Recorder)
4.6 oz / 130 g (X/Y Mic)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.88 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.5 x 6.4 x 2.8"

Zoom H8 Reviews

Worth The Money!

By Clay
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-02

This is a great audio capturing device. It has a lot of features so you may need some time to use it before you get familiar with it. Also, the X/Y capsule does a great job for recording voice and instruments (guitar in my case). If you're looking for a quality audio recorder, look no further.

Great update to reliable tool

By Rurik
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-10

By price, this is the best portable recorder and podcasting solution I have ever used. It looks large and feels slightly oversized for portable recording but then, when you consider what it can do, it feels absolutely tiny. The H8 fits in with mid-range camera gear in terms of sturdiness - if you are recording where travel may abuse it - get a case. Quick start-up, touch screen was a little finicky but easy to get oriented to - card formatting was a little messy too. All together the setup was quick, easy, intuitive, and trouble-free. Field recording was easy - bundles I already had worked well enough. I especially appreciate the cover on the expansion port. Great quality with the mic capsule. Be aware, while handling it directly, there is some case noise. Try to set-up a hands-free situation. Music app is fun - I will have to explore the potential later. Podcasting is impressive. The sound pads were fun and I look forward to customizing them. Sound Pads can be adjusted level-wise but it is for all of them so I need to adjust my custom sounds before loading them. Sounds also need to be in .wave and match your show recording bitrate. They also disable input 3&4. I could use more headphone outputs rather than carrying another piece of gear but I suppose that means more intrusion points. I also used it for a multi-channel audio interface. I have some things to learn before that works as I want. Great little audio multi-tool!

great portable audio device

By Brent
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-19

solid unit with many improvements from its predecessors, which i also love. my h4n has served me well for nearly a decade. was time to upgrade. very happy with this purchase

Fat But Not Happy

By Stephan
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-07

This is an oversize (read no way am I taking this out in the field - way too big and cumbersome) octopus-like creature that is not the intuitive easy to operate unit I hoped it would be. The quality of recording is excellent and as a recording device for an expert in the studio it will work well. But portable and handy it's not.

Cool but tiny

By Albert
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-03-03

I must admit that it does about everything everyone says about it. BUT! It is just to small. Smaller than my old standby - DR60MKII. At twice the cost I would expect a little more robust a unit. If I drop this - as I have my DR60's - this is going to SHATTER! Should have come with a case like on your iPhone.

Great recorder!

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-31

I've known of Zoom recording devices for a while, but once I discovered this unit, I ordered it instantly. I have been using a Tascam DR-07 for mobile recordings for a few years now, but to see portable units with XLR inputs was not something I knew about until I discovered the Zoom H8. I had not been really looking for a new digital recorder until recently, so I am happy I discovered this! I have done several test recordings with this unit in the first 24 hours i have had it. I'm super tech savvy, so the H8 was super simple to setup and use, but I think that even less tech savvy people will have no issues getting this up and running. The mic capsule included with the unit is a solid condenser style mic that picks up a lot in it's surroundings. It's a solid choice for general recordings. But the XLR inputs are where H8 shines. With 4 XLR inputs and 2 XLR-1/4 combo inputs, this unit is loaded with options. And with the Capsule 2.0 system, you can purchase not only other mics, but an additional unit to add more XLR inputs. I was able to connect a Shure Sm58 and a Seinhausser MKE 600 shotgun mic to the unit and record them onto individual tracks along with the XYH Capsule mic. The shotgun mic requires phantom power, which the H8 has for all inputs. Everything worked flawlessly. The clarity and quality is amazing from the pre-amps. You have a couple options for compression and limiters inside the unit, but moving the tracks to a PC hard drive to edit in a DAW was the option I made, and after applying my plugins and doing a little mixing, everything sounds amazing. It's as high quality as my Focusrite 18i20 is. That's something I find impressive for a portable battery powered device. Our technology has come a long way since my first digital recorder! I've read reviews from others saying they dislike look of the unit. While it can be a little odd at first glance, the design serves it's purpose. Especially if you plan on using it for a multi-mic pod cast session. Place in the middle of the tale, plug in, and go. To me, the design is fine. It performs well and does what I need it to, and if the look is really a concern to you, with longer XLR cables and the ability to mount it to a tripod or stand, it can easily be out of site if need be. I personally have no issues with the design or how it looks. The lighter plastic it is amde of can be a concern if it gets dropped, however. I thought a heavier plastic or even a metal chassis would have been better, but at this price point, I can't complain. I will say, the micro USB connector over USB-C is an odd choice for a unit manufactured in 2020-2021. To me, this is not a deal breaker. I have all types of USB cables on hand for all sorts of situations in my cable bag. I love the fact that you can run it on a USB port bus power as well. So if you have a computer near by, or a USB power bank, you can power the unit just by plugging in the USB cable. The other impressive feature with this is, as long as you have 4 AA batteries installed, there is no interruption with your recordings if you remove the USB cord. And once you plug a USB cord in, it automatically uses the USB bus power over the batteries. Very useful to save on the AA batteries if you USB ports nearby, but can quickly go mobile and unplug the USB cable if you are on the go. An odd issue I experienced that is worth mentioning. If you use this unit to close to a Wi-Fi router, you will get an audible recording of the Wi-Fi's radio signal. I was not sure at first what this odd noise was when I was editing the recorded tracks in my DAW, but I later discovered the noise got louder/weaker as I moved the unit around my desk. When i got right next to the router, the sound was loud and clear in my headphones and in the recordings. So keep the unit a good distance from wireless routers. So far I am very pleased with this recorder. I'll be trying it with my GoPro this weekend in some longer recording sessions to sync it's audio with the GoPro video in my editor.

Even better than I expected

By Tafadzwa
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-22

I have used this amazing recorder to make podcast shows, radio adverts, acapella hymn recordings, and voiceovers for animated shows. And it has been a loyal and very capable all-rounder. I won't bother you with the pros, cause we would be here all day. So I'll just list some of the cons: 1. It doesn't come with a deadcat/wind-blocker for the XY capsule. 2. I wish it had some built in storage, even just a little bit. For those days when one disasterly forget to bring a card. 3. The playback process.... doesn't always seem to work. Maybe it shall be fixed with a firmware update. But then again, I rarely ever need to playback anything. I love this recorder. Its pros/strengths far out-weigh the cons I gave above.

Just as advertise

By Angel
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-27

Good product

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