Zoom R16 Multi-Track Recorder & Mixer, Computer Interface & Controller

Zoom R16 Multi-Track Recorder & Mixer, Computer Interface & Controller

Zoom R16 Multi-Track Recorder & Mixer, Computer Interface & Controller

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Zoom R16 Multi-Track Recorder & Mixer, Computer Interface & Controller


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  • Stand-Alone Multi-Track Recorder
  • USB 2.0 Computer Interface & Controller
  • Field Recorder & Portable Mixer
  • AC or Battery Power for 5 Hours of Use
  • Built-In Stereo Condenser Microphones
  • Supports 32GB SD Cards
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
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Zoom R16 overview

  • 1Description

The R16 from Zoom unites many different audio tools into a single powerful unit; it's a stand-alone multi-track recorder, and a USB 2.0 computer audio interface/control surface, as well as a battery powered field recorder & mixer. Whether you're recording a full band, working on an indie film, or just using the built-in mics to demo a new song on your acoustic guitar, you'll always have a use for the Zoom R16.

Using the R16 as a stand-alone recorder could mean many different things to different people. If you're a musician, this means that you can record a full live band and overdub up to 16 tracks, without ever touching a computer. If you're a film maker, you can record all of your lavalier and shotgun microphones in the field, and mix them to camera as well. If you're a photographer, you can record ambient sounds for use in a slide show presentation, and use the R16 as the playback device at the installation.

Using the R16 as a USB 2.0 audio interface to record into a computer also opens up different possibilities. Musicians can use it to track and mix with their favorite music production program, or use the included Cubase 4 LE software. Film makers and photographers can record voice overs and ADR (additional dialog recording) directly into their favorite non-linear editing programs like Final Cut Pro.

The control surface capabilities of the R16 will also benefit Final Cut Pro users (and other NLE programs). Its dedicated transport controls and jog/shuttle can be used to control the software, allowing the user to be less dependent on their mouse and keyboard. This is a huge benefit for musicians as well. Control surfaces help people focus on their creative work, rather than make them feel like they're checking their email.

With all of the potential uses and creative possibilities the R16 provides, it truly stands in a class of its own. When you factor in its budget-friendly price-tag, it really becomes an incredible option for any aspiring creative person.

Note: This item does not support 64-bit computer operating systems.

Stand-alone multi-track recorder and mixer, USB 2.0 computer audio interface and control surface
Operates on AC or battery power, can be used as a field mixer & portable recorder
Features built-in stereo condenser microphones, as well as inputs for 8 external microphones
Supports up to 32GB SD Cards for over 100 hours of recording time
Operates on bus power from USB when used as a computer interface/control surface
Over 100 built-in effects, from guitar amp modeling to mastering effects
Effects can be used when recording in stand-alone mode, or when recording into a computer
USB port can be used to back-up projects on thumb drives
8 microphone preamps, 2 with phantom power, Hi-Z guitar/bass input
UPC: 884354008192
In the Box
Zoom R16 Multi-Track Recorder & Mixer, Computer Interface & Controller
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Steinberg Cubase LE Recording Software
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Zoom R16 specs

    Inputs 8 x XLR and 1/4" TRS Combo Inputs (with Hi-Z input for guitar & bass)
    Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS Master Outputs
    1 x 1/4" Headphone Output
    Digital I/O Options 1 x USB 2.0
    Memory Card 1 x SD Card Slot
    Compatible with up to 32GB SD Cards for over 100 hours of recording time
    Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz 16/24-bit WAV when recording to SD Card
    96 kHz 24-bit when recording into a computer
    Tracks 16 Tracks
    Records up to 8 tracks simultaneously when recording to SD Card
    Phantom Power Yes - 2 channels feature phantom power
    Metering 8 x 4-segment track meters
    1 x Stereo 4-segment master output meter
    Effects Over 100 built-in effects
    Can be used in stand-alone mode and when recording into a computer
    Control Protocol Mackie control emulation
    Power Operates on AC power or 6 AA batteries
    When used as a computer interface/control surface it operates on bus power from USB
    Dimensions Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.6 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.3 x 10.2 x 3.0"

    Zoom R16 reviews

    R16 Multi-Track Recorder & Mixer, Computer Interface & Controller is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cheap field audio I kept finding myself saying I wish Zoom made a big brother to the H4N. I finally decided to google that question, and here it is. Pros: Affordable. Only $100 more than the H4N. Intuitive for non-experts. Records to SD cards Runs on batteries (if you're desperate) Doubles as a hardware interface for your computer (I haven't used it for that, but it's a cool concept) Cons: The menu system is kludgy, but it works. It's sort-of portable. Granted, I'm using it for something it isn't really designed to do. It chews through batteries very quickly. It doesn't feel very rugged. But for the price, it was exactly what I needed.
    Date published: 2012-04-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from zoom r 16 I use this as a portable mixer for my video productions. Set up is quick I can plug it directly into my sony ex1 for stereo and I can dub voice overs in sycn at a later time. I have run it over 2 hrs on the 2a batteries. The sound quality is as good my camera. I like recording on sdhc cards because I can use the same cards as I use on the camera. This unit is built good but it is not built like a tank so I am careful not to bump it around. I have not used it as a control surface because it does not have drivers for a 64bit software. All and all it does what I need with ease and speed of work flow
    Date published: 2009-10-19
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK but noisy.... have used this and the R24 for 6 months now, in various situations, with ac, as well as batts only, with at least 14 different mics, half dynamic and half condenser... but unfortunately...this is NOT a CLEAN way to record...due to the PRE AMP noise, no matter which mic u use, and what wires you use and how you set up... the pre amp noise is just about always there, on all channels, some more, some less,, and after 2 pm position, it gets worse... for kidding around, cheap and fast home recording, these machines are great... to use nero and make your own CD, good... but if you wish to really make even a semi quality LOW HISS CD, PLS LOOK ELSEWHERE. thanks
    Date published: 2012-04-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product... Could be better I purchased this product to record interviews for our weekly podcast. I love the fact that you can record 8 tracks simultaneously. The audio quality is clean. However, I find that the channel sensitivity is a little too low and there's no way to increase it. In order to get a halfway decent recording I have to bring the channel input gain almost to the maximum and the volume slider to 0dB. Anything higher than this will produce hiss. These levels will give me a recording that I have to normalize in post. This adds more work to the process. I've tried with hi Z lavalier mikes, low Z dynamic mikes and even with large capsule condensers. Maybe it's a software thing and they'll fix it in the future. In any case, being able to record panel discussions with up to 8 people at a time alone is worth every penny.
    Date published: 2010-10-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just don't Mainly, I purchased this product cause I needed a recorder with at least six xlr inputs and didn't have the cash for a Sound Devices. I thought this was gonna be something like an H4n with multiple channels but what I got was the least efficient piece of equipment I have ever owned or even used. I started using it to record a guitar and to set things up took me an hour and once I recorded and passed it onto a computer it didn't sound like what I was recording and it didn't record any of my effects. After a while of figuring out what I was doing wrong, I still don't feel it's got what it promises and regret buying it. Save up and buy anything else, even a donkey.
    Date published: 2013-07-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding Piece of Equipment This mixer/recorder does a great job of live recording. The effects and patches need a lot of work in that there is no metering, for example, on limiting or compression. The extremely poor user manual make using the effects and patches a real learning experience. (Why won't mfgs hire someone who can communicate with people to write user manuals?) A good product that deserves a better manual.
    Date published: 2010-05-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not what we needed The product is advertised as use by musicians and to use to record music, which I am sure it is very good at. We purchased it, hoping it would also function well as a field mixer and recorder for video productions, seeing that it has battery power options, we figured it should work, and 16 channels is pretty awesome! It probably would have worked, but the biggest issue we had was that when you stop or pause recording you can't tell the mixer to record to a new file when you start recording again. Once again for music this is probably great, but for video productions it makes it virtually useless.
    Date published: 2012-02-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Future This is a bridge for future multi-tracks. Why doesn't the maker provide us consumers with everything we need at once??? because they would rather ration the product to provide themselves with longevity. The Zoom R-16 is a good product. However, it has its problems. Such as not syncing with video very well. If you roll with video it will drift a bit every minute. Plus it only records remotely at 44.1khz, but it also records simultaneously at 24bit which is different and good quality. I wish it had time=code. I wish it recorded at 48/24. I wish i could wait for roland tascam and korg to catch up but I can't. The R-16 is socialism because it gives us what we need for basically no charge. good luck sound techs!
    Date published: 2009-11-08
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