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Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder

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Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder
Key Features
  • 6 x High-Gain XLR Mic Inputs with +48V
  • 6 x Independent Headphone Outputs
  • 9 Sound Pads, 4 Banks for Music/Samples
  • Mix-Minus for 2 Echo-Free Remote Callers
Purpose-built for recording, editing, and producing polished multi-person podcasts anywhere you go without the need for a computer, the Zoom PodTrak P8 is a portable multitrack podcast recorder that lets you quickly record up to six 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, thanks to the large full-color LCD touchscreen.
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Zoom PodTrak P8 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2PodTrack P8 vs P4
  • 3Six High-Gain Mic Inputs
  • 4Headphone Mixes for You and All Your Guests
  • 5Echo-Free Remote Call-Ins
  • 6Supports BTA-2 for Wireless Remote Guests
  • 7Assignable Sound Pads with Preset Sounds
  • 8Instant Access to Volume, On-Air, and Mute for Each Input
  • 9Record up to 13 Tracks Simultaneously
  • 10User-Friendly Editing
  • 11SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
  • 12Powered via AA Batteries, AC Adapter, or USB
  • 13Powerful Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
  • 14Extra Enhancements

Purpose-built for recording, editing, and producing polished multi-person podcasts anywhere you go without the need for a computer, the Zoom PodTrak P8 is a portable multitrack podcast recorder that lets you quickly record up to six 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, thanks to the large full-color LCD touchscreen.

From the intuitive, tactile controls to the powerful audio processing and editing functions, the PodTrak P8 is well equipped to help you record, stream, and export pristine audio for complex panel podcasts. Dynamic and condenser mics, customizable sound pads, call-ins via your smartphone or computer, and independent headphone outs; the PodTrak P8 can manage everything you need a podcast production station to do.

Extra touches including per-channel tone controls, compression/de-essing, limiters, low-cut filters, and noise reduction—all stellar tools for achieving professional-sounding tracks, an integrated mix-minus function to prevent echo and feedback for remote guests, and multiple powering methods make the PodTrak P8 a truly powerful all-in-one solution for podcasting.

PodTrack P8 vs P4
How does the PodTrak P8 differ from the smaller PodTrak P4? The P8 is made to handle even more complex podcasts with even more people. The P8 packs in more mic preamps, more headphone outputs (plus speaker outputs), more sound pads, more ways to sweeten your signal, a set of fluid editing functions, and a large 4.3" full-color touchscreen for intuitive access to all tweakable settings. Plus, with the P8, you can edit and export full podcasts without ever touching a computer.
Six 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 P8's six 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 All Your Guests
Outfitted with six 3.5mm stereo headphone outputs, the PodTrak P8 can provide you and your guests with independent headphone mixes, each with its own color-coded level control below the color-matched 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.

For optimal configuration in your home studio, the PodTrak P8 also has two balanced 1/4" speaker outputs with a dedicated volume control; just plug them into a pair of active monitors, turn up the volume, and listen away.
Echo-Free Remote Call-Ins
Knowing how frequently podcasters collaborate with remote guests, Zoom integrated two ways to accommodate call-ins through physical connections—plug your smartphone directly into the 3.5mm TRRS phone port (on channel 7), connect a computer via USB to bring in the audio from your conferencing software of choice to channel 6, or do both at the same time to feature two remote guests.

Whether you use TRRS, USB, or both, the PodTrak P8 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 P8 and use your smartphone to wirelessly pipe in your call audio via Bluetooth.
Assignable Sound Pads with Preset Sounds
The PodTrack P8 is equipped with nine sound pads next to the LCD touchscreen, 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 13 preset sounds or load up to 36 of your own samples (organized in four banks) for even more versatility. Plus, a dedicated fader allows easy adjustment of the sound pad output volume.
Instant Access to Volume, On-Air, and Mute for Each Input
Each channel on the PodTrak P8 has its own volume slider, mute, and on-air button. So not only can you quickly adjust volume and mute/unmute guests without having to navigate through menus, but a simple deselection of a channel's on-air button routes it only to the headphones, but not to the speakers, USB output, or recording—an ideal setup for conversing on the side or prepping your guests before the next segment.
Record up to 13 Tracks Simultaneously
With the PodTrak P8, you can simultaneously record up to 13 tracks to an SD card—six or seven tracks from the mic input channels (channel 6 can record stereo in USB mode), two tracks from the smartphone input, two tracks from the sound pads, and two tracks from the overall stereo mix.
User-Friendly Editing
Built-in edit functions let you trim, split, combine, and fade audio clips to produce a finished episode without ever leaving the P8, meaning you can edit and export full podcasts without ever touching a computer. All this is done intuitively through the P8's color touchscreen.
SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality
Designed for truly convenient portability, the PodTrack P8 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 P8 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 P8 via four AA batteries (available separately), plug it into a wall outlet with the included AD-14 AC adapter, or use an external USB battery. Alkaline batteries can keep the P8 running for up to two hours of continuous recording. When using the P8 in the stereo USB audio interface mode, USB bus powering is also possible.
Powerful Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish
The PodTrak P8's onboard effects allow you to add professional polish to your recordings without resorting to postproduction processing on a computer. Via the touchscreen, you can access each channel's easy-to-use settings.

  • Mic Preamp Gain: A simple slider adjusts the mic preamp gain while the meter is divided into Low, Good, and Over sections to help you set the level properly
  • Limiter: Prevents distortion from sudden spikes in level
  • Low-Cut Filter: Reduces wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low-frequency rumble
  • Tone: Drag the slider to make the sound brighter or warmer
  • Compresser/DeEsser: Provides more presence and impact


Plus, a selectable Noise Reduction setting automatically lowers the volume of silent mic tracks to reduce overall background noise.

Extra Enhancements
  • Ideal for international use, the PodTrak P8’s touchscreen can be set to one of six languages—English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, or Japanese
  • Color-coded inputs, outputs, and controls make on-the-fly adjustments a breeze and keep you focused on the discussion
  • Transfer track files to your computer to do a final mix in your favorite DAW software
UPC: 884354023454

Zoom PodTrak P8 Specs

Form FactorDesktop
Display Touchscreen
Channels of I/OAnalog:
8 Input / 2 Output at 44.1 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate44.1 kHz / 16-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps6 Preamps
Input Level Adjustment6 x via Touchscreen
Signal Processing
PadNone
Gain/Trim RangeMic Inputs:
0 dB to +70 dB
Solo/MuteMute per Input Channel
Connectivity
Analog Audio I/O6 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Mic Input
6 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Unbalanced Aux In/Out
Phantom Power48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Digital Audio I/ONone
Host Connection / USB1 x USB Type-C (Class-Compliant)
Host Connection ProtocolUSB 2.0
Performance
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
Maximum Input LevelXLR Mic Inputs:
+5 dBu for 0 dBFS
1/8" / 3.5 mm Aux Inputs:
+2.5 dBu
Maximum Output LevelMonitor Outputs:
+5.5 dBu
Headphone Output Power20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
ImpedanceXLR Mic Inputs:
3 Kilohms
1/8" / 3.5 mm Aux Inputs:
3 Kilohms
1/4" Monitor Outputs:
320 Ohms
1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Outputs:
27 Ohms
EIN-124 dBu (150-Ohm Source, +70 dB Gain)
Digital Audio
Sample Rates44.1 kHz
Bit Depths16-Bit
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card Slot1 x SDXC
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS
Windows
iOS
*As of November, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Included SoftwareNone
Compatible Software (Not Included)Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Required HardwareAvailable USB 2.0 Port
USB Cable (Not Included)
Power
Power RequirementsAC/DC Power Adapter (Included), Battery, or USB Bus Power
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A
Power Consumption5 W
Battery Type4 x AA
Approximate Battery Life2 Hours (AA Alkaline, Phantom Off, Recording, with Headphones)
3.5 Hours (AA NiMH, Phantom Off, Recording, with Headphones)
6.5 Hours (AA Lithium, Phantom Off, Recording, with Headphones)
Physical
Anti-Theft FeaturesKensington Security Slot
Dimensions11.6 x 9.8 x 2.4" / 29.5 x 24.8 x 6.1 cm
Weight3.1 lb / 1.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight4.595 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.8 x 11.2 x 3.3"

Zoom PodTrak P8 Reviews

Simply Awesome

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-23

I haven't had a lot of time on it but it's a huge step up from my previous set up, the Zoom H6. The H6 is great for remote podcasts and it's simple to travel but you need so much more if you want to do remote podcasts. I wish the Zoom Podtrak P8 was available 4 years ago when we started our podcast. While I can't compare it to other models or brands, it's easy to use and set up. I didn't read any instructions and was up and running in minutes. It's very intuitive and I love the layout. Since I have a dedicated desk and studio, this stays set up all the time and I use it even for video conference calls. For the most part, we're doing remote podcasts (not video podcasts) using Riverside.fm but I had my first in studio guest yesterday and it was so easy to set up. Plug in the guest mic, adjust levels, hit record and you're good to go. The display makes it is easy to monitor levels which is good when you're the host and working the board at the same time. For now, it's a little more than I need, but it provides opportunity to expand when the time comes. I love the H6 but it has limitations since it wasn't designed specifically for podcasting. I may still keep it for remote type of set ups. Then again, I may just end up selling it down the road if I don't find that I need it as much.

Easy to use and sounds great

By Brandon
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-18

It took minutes to set up and it is very straightforward to use. I watch one 10 minute video and had a very good understanding of the system and audio fine-tuning.

Just what I need.

By Hung-Chieh
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-04-22

Machine is compact. Microphone sets are perfect for setting up interview. I love how you can run the P8 with four AA batteries! The touch screen is very responsive. Just want I need for interview project.

I'm not a verified buying but ...

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-14

One review said the Zoom Podtrak p-8 only sampled at 24khz. That is untrue. It is 44.1khz which is cd quality. Plenty enough for podcasting. It also has far superior preamps to the Rodecaster. Both are fine pieces of equipment. But as with most things, there is always a tradeoff choosing one unit or the other.

Buy the Rodecaster instead

By Alex
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-12

I bought this, and the Roadcaster Pro. This is TOUTED as more user friendly, and has some great quality of life features, but Roadcaster has higher bitrate and double the frequency rate. This is 16 bit 24kHz, and the Rodecaster is 24bit 48kHz. Also, when used as a USB based mixer this only mixes two channels maximum, Rodecaster can mix 4 over USB. This doesn't have built in bluetooth and the module isn't cheap. This is all plastic, and cheap feeling plastic. Rode's a lot of metal. Where this wins out, is it has more vocal modifiers, one more customised pad, the ability to run this off (for a short time) batteries, also needs less power to run it. This runs it at 5v 2.4A, where the Rodecaster is 12v 1A made easier with their usb adapter which is an extra $30. So, if you're making a more Whacky podcast or production, then the extended pitch and voice modifiers this offers might be up your ally. I do like that this has 6xlr inputs and 6 3.5mm TRS outputs, where Rode thinks 4's more than enough, also the dials on these are color coded and right by the inputs. As I said, this has more quality of life features, but this is more intermediate in output quality, you're going to need to run this through Audacity, Reaper, ProTools, Audition, or whatever your software of choice is. Especially at 16bits 24kHz. Conclusion, this is a great beginner, sub-pro and sub-prosumer piece of kit for a lot of money. A cheaper alternative if you're married to Zoom is the PodTrak P4, that's something to dip your toes into at $200. Limits the features a bit, but is nearly pocketable. Rodecaster is more Prosumer, and is why I would recommend them more. I run a mature podcast, so I don't need the larger effects and sound effects library. Though, to be honest I'd take full SD over microSD of the Rodcaster. Though, realistically, you shouldn't need anything above a V30 grade SD card for this device, even running all 8 channels at 16bit 24kHz PCM recording format. Also, this guy out of the box is set up to do phone calls and neat things with that, like letting one crewmember play phone screener, and give you onair messages that go through their headphones but not over the airwaves. I don't think Rodecaster can do that. I'm getting the Behringer XAir xr18 soon, to play with since who doesn't love options. This wasn't for me, might be for you. I'd pass on this. Zoom's recent line of products have had a weird quality drop in build and execution.

Fantastic Zoom pod track P8

By Jeison
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-01-30

This is amazing it works perfectly, but I have a few things to add. It would be better with the headphones jack in the back of the zoomp8

so nice

By Ryuichi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-11

very very good and easy

Simplesmente excelente

By Allan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-28

Quero congratular a loja B&H pela seriedade e compromisso com seus clientes. Produtos rigorosamente conforme o descrito e entregues dentro do prazo estipulado muito bem embalados. O kit Zoom Podtrak P8 excepcional. O equipamento principal possui muitos recursos disponveis e tima qualidade de construo. Os fones de ouvido, microfones e suportes para microfones seguem o mesmo princpio. Estou muito satisfeito com a compra. Parabns B&H! At a prxima!

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