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Zoom PodTrak P4 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder

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Zoom PodTrak P4 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder
Key Features
  • 4 x High-Gain XLR Mic Inputs with +48V
  • 4 x Independent Headphone Outputs
  • 4 x Sound Pads for Music and Samples
  • Simultaneous TRRS & USB Call-Ins
Purpose-built for producing polished multi-person podcasts anywhere you go, the Zoom PodTrak P4 is a cost-effective portable multitrack podcast recorder that lets you quickly record up to four mics, handle 2 echo-free remote call-ins simultaneously, trigger sound samples, and provide separate headphone feeds for all your guests, all at the same time and with refreshing simplicity.
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Zoom PodTrak P4 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Four High-Gain Mic Inputs
  • 3Headphone Mixes for You and Your Guests
  • 4Echo-Free Remote Call-Ins
  • 5Supports BTA-2 for Wireless Remote Guests
  • 6Assignable Sound Pads with Preset Sounds
  • 7Instant Access to Gain and Mute for Each Input
  • 8Record up to 10 Tracks Simultaneously
  • 9SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
  • 10Powered via AA Batteries, AC Adapter, or USB
  • 11Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish

Purpose-built for producing polished multi-person podcasts anywhere you go, the Zoom PodTrak P4 is a cost-effective portable multitrack podcast recorder that lets you quickly record up to four mics, handle 2 echo-free remote call-ins simultaneously, trigger sound samples, and provide separate headphone feeds for all your guests, all at the same time and with refreshing simplicity.

From the intuitive, tactile controls to the plentiful battery life and powerful audio processing functions, the PodTrak P4 is well equipped to help you record or stream pristine audio for panel podcasts. Dynamic and condenser mics, customizable sound pads, call-ins via your smartphone or computer, and independent headphone outs; the PodTrak P4 can manage everything you need a podcast production station to do.

Extra touches including built-in limiters and low-cut filters for enhancing your tracks, an integrated mix-minus function to prevent echo and feedback for remote guests, and multiple powering methods make the PodTrak a truly powerful all-in-one solution for podcasting.

Four High-Gain Mic Inputs
Whether you rely on announcer-style dynamic microphones such as the Zoom ZDM-1 (available separately) or prefer the sheen of crisp condenser mics, the PodTrak P4's four mic preamps are up to the task. Each features a balanced XLR input jack, selectable +48V phantom power, and up to 70 dB of gain, plenty of boost to ensure optimal recording levels with all kinds of mics, such as the venerable Shure SM7B.
Headphone Mixes for You and Your Guests
Outfitted with four 3.5mm stereo headphone outputs, the PodTrak P4 can provide you and your guests with independent headphone mixes, each with its own level control above the corresponding headphone jack. No matter the scenario—an exclusive interview or a raucous panel podcast, everyone will be able to clearly hear what's going on.
Echo-Free Remote Call-Ins
Knowing how frequently podcasters collaborate with remote guests, Zoom integrated two ways to accommodate call-ins—plug your smartphone directly into the 3.5mm TRRS phone port, connect a computer via USB to pipe in the audio from your conferencing software of choice, or do both at the same time to feature two remote guests.

Whether you use TRRS, USB, or both, the PodTrak P4 automatically prevents echo and feedback with its built-in mix-minus feature; your remote guests will never be distracted by hearing their own voice echo back to them.
Supports BTA-2 for Wireless Remote Guests
If you prefer to go wire-free for call-ins, connect the Zoom BTA-2 Bluetooth receiver (available separately) to the PodTrak P4 and use your smartphone to wirelessly pipe in your call audio via Bluetooth.
Assignable Sound Pads with Preset Sounds
The PodTrack P4 is equipped with four sound pads next to the LCD screen, perfect for elevating your podcast production quality with music, jingles, ads, sound effects, or pre-recorded interviews triggered at the push of a button. Use the 11 preset sounds or load your own samples for even more versatility. Plus, a dedicated knob allows easy adjustment of the sound pad output volume.
Instant Access to Gain and Mute for Each Input
Each mic input on the PodTrak P4 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. Additionally, a mute button is provided for every input, so you can quickly mute/unmute guests without having to navigate through menus.
Record up to 10 Tracks Simultaneously
With the PodTrak P4, you can simultaneously record up to 10 tracks to an SD card—four tracks from the input channels, four tracks from the sound pads, and two tracks from the overall stereo mix.
SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
Designed for truly convenient portability, the PodTrack P4 can record directly to an SDHC card (up to 32GB capacity) or an SDXC card (up to 512GB capacity). A 4GB card will yield over three hours of 16-bit / 44.1 kHz 4-channel 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 may increase startup times.

Alternatively, use the PodTrak P4 as a 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface (at 16-bit / 44.1 kHz) with your Mac/Windows computer or iOS/Android mobile device (separately available Apple Camera Connection Kit is required for use with iOS devices).
Powered via AA Batteries, AC Adapter, or USB
Power the PodTrak P4 via two AA batteries, plug it into a wall outlet with an AD-17 AC adapter (available separately), or use an external USB battery. Alkaline batteries can keep the P4 running for up to four hours of continuous recording. When using the P4 in the stereo USB audio interface mode, USB bus powering is also possible.
Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
The PodTrak P4's onboard effects allow you to add polish to your recordings without resorting to postproduction processing on a computer. Built-in limiters compensate for fluctuations in input level, while low-cut filters help eliminate wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low-frequency rumble.
UPC: 884354023522

Zoom PodTrak P4 Specs

Portable Recorder
Number of TracksWAV:
10 (4 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Maximum Sampling Rate44.1 kHz / 16-Bit
MicrophoneNone
Built-In SpeakerNo
DisplayMonochrome LCD
Memory Card SupportSDHC (4 GB to 32 GB)
SDXC (64 GB to 512 GB)
Internal StorageNone
Recording
Audio File FormatsWAV
Sample Rates44.1 kHz (Record/Playback)
Bit Depth16-Bit (Recording)
Signal Processing & FXLimiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode SupportNo
Connectivity
Analog I/O4 x XLR 3-Pin Female Balanced Mic Input
4 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Female Unbalanced Aux Input
1 x 2.5 mm TRRS Female Unbalanced Remote Input
Digital I/ONone
Phantom Power+48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Host Connection1 x USB-C (I/O)
1 x USB-C (Bus-Power Only)
Performance
Gain/Trim RangeMic Inputs:
Up to 70 dB
Power
Power OptionsBattery, USB Bus Power, or AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type2 x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery LifeWAV 44.1 kHz/16-Bit:
4 Hours (AA Alkaline, Phantom Off)
4.5 Hours (AA NiMH, Phantom Off)
9 Hours (AA Lithium, Phantom Off)
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Physical
Mounting OptionsNone
Dimensions4.4 x 1.9 x 6.1" / 112 x 47 x 155 mm
Weight10.2 oz / 290 g (without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.21 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.3 x 6.4 x 2.4"

Zoom PodTrak P4 Reviews

Great portable recorder and interface!

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-23

As advertised, this is a great portable recorder. It has the flexibility of other recorders in that it's lightweight and doesn't take up a lot of room, but has the downside of lacking onboard mics that other Zoom devices have. Its lighter weight also concerns me since it doesn't have a tough feel to it. All I needed was a mini-mixer to tie in mics for my livestream, and it works wonderfully for that. I even connected it to my phone with a USB-C adapter and recorded directly to it rather than to the SD card. It performed flawlessly. Beyond using it for work, my kids and I have had hours of fun producing radio shows and podcasts just for fun. It's definitely a win win for me.

Great service!

By Kelly
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-14

Product just landed to me and one of the microphone parts had a damaged arm inside the packaging. I emailed their customer service department and they were right on it, sending paperwork and emailing instructions over to get a replacement sent. Thanks! Kelly

Too Much Humming Sound

By Nelson
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-12

I really wanted to like this product but we couldn't get the humming (buzzing) sound out of the equation. Customer Service was AMAZING from both Zoom and B&H. Product: For me, it didn't work. The humming sound interfered with the recording and we tested it and tried everything we were instructed but, we weren't able to get the humming out of the equation (very loud I may add). We tried: 1. Changing the XLR cables (3 different brands) 2. Changing batteries 3. Plugging into AC (no batteries) 4. Changing Mics, Zoom to EV 5. Changing the settings, to all possible combinations, on the P4 Podcast unit 6. Turn off the electrical brakers of the building. 7. Try the unit in another location 8. Try the unit outside across the street from the building 9. Used a different headset 10. Exchange the Mics and P4 Podcaster for similar item. And the result was NADA.... Now in worse position than what were we started. Had to move all the interviews and spent over 6 hours trying to get the product to work to no avail. BUT: I really appreciate the great customer service provided by both B&H and Zoom. I will definitely buy more from them due to their great and professional service. But this product didn't work for me after even after we exchanged the product. So maybe a bad batch?

PodTrak is great but the Mics were not

By Dave
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-23

When we received the Zoom PodTrak P4 and played around with it, we really loved it. I especially appreciate the fact that it is fully portable and takes an external battery input. More than that, it has the ability to run off the USB power of a PC or laptop. The headphones of the kit were acceptable but have virtually no adjustability. The down side to this kit were the Mic's. There was a constant buzz in the recordings when we used the included mics with the included XLR cables. When we switched to a the noise went away. We tried different cables with the kit mics and still had the noise. This was the case in both passive and active mode. So, I give the PodTrak P4 a 5 star, the headphones a 3 star, and the mics a 1 star.

Most Bang-For_Your-Buck For Podcasters, Social Audio Stream

By Chance
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-07

I'd love better build quality, 48K sample rate and multi-track USB output... but for everything you get for around $200, you won't find a better option than the Zoom Podtrak P4. Don't drop it and make sure you know how to use the features it does come with, and you won't be disappointed. Don't just buy a Rodecaster Pro like so many people tell you to -- the vast majority of podcasters and social audio streamers will be better off buying this (and thus saving $400) than the otherwise capable Rodecaster Pro.

Great recorder.

By Netanel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-11-01

I'm using this as a recorder for a small studio. The podcast features are no interest for me. This is just a great solution for recording 4 separate channels.

44.1 kHz / 16-Bit a bummer.

By Alex
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-13

For those who want to sync the audio file which is at 44.1 kHz with the video file which is usually at 48 kHz things will get complicated. Just be aware. PS: Hey Zoom, why not include a higher sample rate and bit rate for a modern piece of hardware? I'm still hoping for a firmware update that could fix this. Thanks

Great investment

By Patrick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-06

Overall. This is a great product. Only drawback is the battery life. So walk with a case of double A batteries if you don't have a battery pack for it. But other than that, this thing is phenomenal

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