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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
Form Factor
Handheld Recorder
Primary Use Applications
Music Recording, Podcasting
Number of Tracks
WAV:
10 (4 Inputs + Stereo Mix)
Number of Input Channels
4
Maximum Sampling Rate
44.1 kHz / 16-Bit
Microphone
No
Number of Microphone Inputs
4
Built-In Speaker
No
Display
Monochrome LCD
Memory Card Support
SDHC (4 GB to 32 GB)
SDXC (64 GB to 512 GB)
Internal Storage
No
Special Features
No
Recording
Audio File Formats
WAV
Sample Rates
44.1 kHz (Record/Playback)
Bit Depth
16-Bit (Recording)
Signal Processing & FX
Limiter, Low-Cut Filter
Timecode Support
No
Included Software
No
Connectivity
Analog I/O
4x XLR 3-Pin Female Balanced Mic Input
4x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Unbalanced Headphone Output
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Female Unbalanced Aux Input
1x 2.5 mm TRRS Female Unbalanced Remote Input
Digital I/O
No
Phantom Power
+48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
System Connection
1x USB-C (I/O)
1x USB-C (Bus-Power Only)
Audio Interface Capability
Multi-Track
Wireless
Bluetooth
*Via Optional Adapter
Mobile App Compatible
No
Performance
Gain/Trim Range
Mic Inputs:
Up to 70 dB
Power
Power Options
Battery, USB Bus Power, or AC/DC Power Adapter
Battery Type
2x AA (Included)
Approximate Battery Life
WAV 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 Adapter
5 VDC at 1 A (Not Included)
Physical
Included Accessories
No
Mounting Options
No
Dimensions
4.4 x 1.9 x 6.1" / 112 x 47 x 155 mm
Weight
10.2 oz / 290 g (without Batteries)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.21 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.3 x 6.4 x 2.4"

Zoom PodTrak P4 Reviews

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Can I use this system to livestream webinars and ...

Can I use this system to livestream webinars and lectures through a computer, as the audio solution?
Asked by: Hamad
Yes, this can be used to live stream a mix of all channels.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-10-05

How does this unit interface with telephone ...

How does this unit interface with telephone lines? Analog or digital.
Asked by: Wayne
You can connect smartphones to the recorder using a 3.5mm TRRS cable.
Answered by: daniel
Date published: 2021-02-23

Is there any way to enable and configure ...

Is there any way to enable and configure noisegate in Zoom P4? If yes, can you do this through built controls, or do you need an app or computer program to configure it?
Asked by: Andrzej
The Zoom P4 does not have a specific noise reduction option. For a recorder with built in noise reduction features, the Zoom P8 would be a better choice.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-10-12

Can you use this to record non podcast audio? ...

Can you use this to record non podcast audio? Example for recording audio via shotgun mic for commercial video work?
Asked by: Jarod
yes you can use it as a multi track recorder without podcasting
Answered by: George
Date published: 2021-07-09

How is this unit for connecting to a vid cam? ...

How is this unit for connecting to a vid cam? less sync work on the back end!
Asked by: Damon
The Zoom PodTrak P4 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder does not have any dedicated main outputs for sending signal to a camera or other source, however if a headphone jack output could be spared, it could in theory be used for this purpose with the proper cabling.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2024-01-30

If I use rechargeable batteries will they ...

If I use rechargeable batteries will they recharge in the unit or do I need a separate battery charger?
Asked by: Richard
No. Separate charger required.
Answered by: Ian
Date published: 2021-01-21

I use a podcast software called Spreaker. Can I ...

I use a podcast software called Spreaker. Can I use the podtrak 4 to connect to my MAC? The biggest problems I have is echo.
Asked by: Brother
The Zoom PodTrak P4 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder can serve as a 2-input, 2-output audio interface, allowing you to record directly to your computer, Android or iOS device.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2022-03-14

Can I use this with Spreaker? I currently use ...

Can I use this with Spreaker? I currently use Spreaker to record. I’m looking for a better options.
Asked by: Brother
You can use any podcast DAW, but if you want to have multitrak capabilities you need to first record the session on the SD card and then transfer it to the software. Also I believe that you have to load each track manually into the DAW.
Answered by: Marc
Date published: 2020-10-12
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