Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler

Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler

Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler

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Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler

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  • 8-Track Recorder
  • Writes to SD Cards
  • 16 or 24-bit WAV files
  • XLR/TRS Combo Inputs with 48V Phantom
  • Integrated Stereo Mics
  • High-Definition USB Interface
  • Full Mixing and Transport Controls
  • 8-Voice Pad Sampler and Sequencer
  • Uses AA Batteries or USB Bus Power
  • Includes Software and Drum Loops
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Zoom R8 overview

  • 1Description

The R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler from Zoom is an ultra-portable music production solution, ideal for the musician on the go. The R8 packs the versatility of the larger R24 into a fresh compact design. Not only is the R8 an 8-track recorder that writes to SD flash memory cards, it's also a USB audio interface, a controller, and a pad sampler!

The R8 has 2-track simultaneous recording and 8-track playback. It can record WAV files at sample rates of 44.1/48kHz and bit rates of 16/24-bit. The files are captured to SD memory cards with capacities up to 32GB for making lengthy recordings. There are built-in stereo condenser mics for making recordings without extra equipment. There are also XLR/TRS combo inputs for connecting external microphones and instruments. There is 48V phantom power available on 2 tracks for supporting condenser mics. You can choose from over 140 DSP effects to add to your recordings, including guitar amp models and mastering effects.

The R8 has a USB connector, allowing you to use it as a high-definition audio interface with your computer. It supports rates up to 24-bit/96kHz and offers 2 x 2 in/out over the USB connection. Steinberg Cubase LE DAW software is included so you can record, mix, and edit on your computer right away. The R8's controls provide full mixing and transport options for Cubase, Logic, Sonar, and other popular DAW software options. The control surface uses Mackie Control emulation for wide compatibility.

Other features of the R8 include a pad sampler with 8 voices, as well as a loop-based audio sequencer for music creation. The R8 can operate on 4 standard AA batteries, USB bus power, or the included AC adapter for excellent versatility.


Compact design for ultimate portability, ideal for traveling musicians
Operates on 4 standard AA batteries, USB bus power, or the included AC adapter for excellent versatility


8-track recorder with 2-track simultaneous recording and 8-track playback
Records WAV files at sample rates of 44.1/48kHz and bit rates of 16/24-bit
Files are captured to SD memory cards with capacities up to 32GB for making lengthy recordings of up to 100 track hours. Flash memory is lightweight and reliable, with no concern of hard drive failure
Built-in stereo condenser mics are provided for making recordings without extra equipment
XLR/TRS combo inputs let you connect external microphones and instruments. The R8 also has a stereo 1/4" output for connecting external speakers, plus a 1/4" headphone jack for private monitoring. A 1/4" control input supports wired remote control
48V phantom power is available on 2 tracks for supporting condenser mics
You can choose from over 140 DSP effects to add to your recordings, including guitar amp models and mastering effects


The R8's USB connector allows you to use it as a high-definition audio interface with your computer
The USB connection supports rates up to 24-bit/96kHz and offers 2 x 2 simultaneous in/out. If you only work at a 44.1kHz sampling rate, you can also use the R8's internal DSP effects on your computer tracks
A dedicated control lets you adjust the mix balanced between DAW playback sound and direct sound for monitoring
Steinberg Cubase LE DAW software is included so you can record, mix, and edit on your computer right away


The R8's controls provide full mixing and transport options for Cubase, Logic, Sonar, and other popular DAW software options
The control surface uses Mackie Control emulation for wide compatibility

Sampler/Drum Machine

The R8 has 8 built-in pads that can trigger 8 different voices. Samples can be assigned to each pad for creating loops
There are 500 internal drum loops
UPC: 884354009977
In the Box
Zoom R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Cubase LE Installation DVD
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Zoom R8 specs

    Tracks 8 x Mono Recording Tracks
    2 x Simultaneous Recording Tracks
    8 x Simultaneous Playback Tracks + Metronome
    Recording Format 44.1/48kHz, 16/24-bit WAV
    Recording Time 200 Minutes per GB (Mono)
    Functions Projects: 1000
    Markers: 100/Project
    Locator: Hours/Minutes/Seconds/Milliseconds and Bars/Beats/Ticks
    File Editing: Divide, Trim
    Punch-In/Out (Manual, Auto)
    A-B Repeat
    Interface 2 x Recording Channels
    2 x Playback Channels
    24-bit, 44.1/48/88.2/96kHz
    Mixer 9 x Faders (8 Mono, 1 Master)
    3 Band EQ
    Pan (Balance)
    2 x Effect Sends
    Tracks 1/2 and 7/8 Selectable in Pairs for Stereo Link
    Effects Algorithms: 8 (Clean, Distortion, Aco/Bass Sim, Bass, Mic, Dual Mic, Stereo, Mastering)
    Patches: 310 Insert, 60 Send-Return
    Effect Modules: 7 Insert, 2 Send
    Tuner: Chromatic, Guitar, Bass, Open A/D/E/G, D Modal
    Rhythm Patterns Voices: 8
    Format: Linear PCM
    Drum Kits: 10
    Pads: 8, Velocity-Sensitive
    Precision: 48 ppqn
    Patterns: 511/Project
    Tempo: 40.0 to 250.0 BPM
    Sampling Playback Formats: 44.1/48kHz, 16/24-bit WAV
    Editing: Trim, Time-Stretch
    Recording Media SD Card (16MB - 2GB)
    SDHC Card (4GB - 32GB)
    AD/DA Conversion 96kHz, 24-bit, Delta-Sigma
    Display 128 x 64 Pixel Backlit LCD
    Microphone 2 x Omnidirectional Condenser Microphones (Stereo Pair)
    Gain: -50dBm < Continuous < +4dBm
    Connectors 2 x Balanced XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
    1 x Stereo 1/4" Output (2 Jacks, L/R)
    1 x Stereo 1/4" Headphone Jack (2 x 20mW, 32 Ohm Load)
    1 x 1/4" Control Input (FS01)
    1 x USB 2.0 Mini-B High-Speed Connector (Interface/Control and Mass Storage)
    1 x DC Power Input
    Input Level -50dBm < Continuous < +4dBm
    Input Impedance Balanced: 1 kOhm
    Unbalanced: 50 kOhms
    Hi-Z: 470 kOhms
    Signal to Noise Ratio 93dB
    Phantom Power 48V, 24V
    Power 4 x AA Batteries (Up to 5.5 Hours Operation with Backlight On and Phantom Power Off)
    USB Bus Power
    5VDC, 1A via AC Adapter (Zoom AD-17, Included)
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 10.1 x 7.48 x 2" (257 x 190 x 51mm)
    Weight 27.5 oz (780g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 3.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.4 x 8.2 x 3.5"

    Zoom R8 reviews

    R8 8-Track Digital Recorder/Interface/Controller/Sampler is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from All-in-One! This recorder has everything you need in it to make professional-sounding audio recordings. I use it to record stereo keyboard, vocals, and some guitar and sax and the recordings come out sounding very well. The usage of the R8 seems intriguing at first but after going through the very easy-to-follow manual and playing around a bit, I figured out how to use it. It feels a bit cheap, though, and the button-feel is out-of-date, but don't let this fool you, as the inside has very high-quality stuff. The screen is rather small and the menus can be confusing, but again, the more you use it the easier it gets. Another thing that bothered me is the fact that you can't organize the folders to your liking, unless maybe you can and I don't know how... on the computer it won't work to create folders on the memory card. Speaking of which, the memory card slot is very convenient and the recorder itself is very portable and lighweight. All-in-all I am very satisfied with this purchase and don't regret not getting the TASCAM DP-008EX which I was deciding to get, since the R8 has so many more features packed into it... You won't regret your purchase of it.
    Date published: 2014-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive Package This is a powerful bundle though I purchased it based on its portability and features for the price. My main thing is to make quick demo's and record our band live. The instructions are excellent and clear, and the unit has been well thought out. Things are not too deep in menus and it remembers where you've been before. It's great that using a built rhythm is stereo but only takes one track. The on board mastering creates a new file for every master, and this is also a separate stereo track. All the audio including track takes are in wav format, (not proprietry like some brands) and I am impressed with the quality (given the price) of demos and band recordings so far. Sequencing is easy, drum sounds are excellent apart from the cymbals. The attention to detail has really been taken here and its out of box v1.00. - I haven't seen the need to check for updates. Although it only is an 8 track with 2 simultaneous recordings, everything has been done to ensure maximum tracks are available. So far drawbacks is the screen size, but at least it is clear, the cymbal sounds and it seems light weight, so don't drop it. All of these can be somewhat countered.
    Date published: 2012-03-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A GREAT alternative for indie filmmakers I use this for indie filmmaking instead of a 2 to 3 thousand dollar field mixer. I think for ten times less, it's a better buy considering that you have redundancy built right in. Not only can I record directly to my camera, but I can have a redundant backup via the R8's SD card slot. The fact that you can also record HD audio via a computer only makes it that much better. Currently, I only use it as a mixer to camera, but having options is always a plus. Sure on-location portability options are a bit limited with concerns toward live-event/ENG purposes, but for narrative filmmaking it's a very good option.One of the things that I think the R8 has over conventional lower to mid-range mixers is that you not only have volume, gain and pan control, but you also have access to a 3-channel EQ through the menu display, so you can get the best possible sound in-camera and on-location.It's very easy to use, if you're using it just as a field mixer, but requires a little manual reading and time to get familiar with the other options.The only con, I can think of, is that for an 8-track recorder, it only has two live inputs. However, this is perfectly fine for what I use it for.Overall, I think that this a great buy for indie filmmakers. I also think it's better than the Zoom H4n, because its small enough to be portable, but offers a bit more tactile control. I think if it were water-resistant, it would be perfect.
    Date published: 2012-09-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good! Very nice product. As a semi-professional composer and a song writer I find this product very good for my needs. I can use it as a stand-alone (44.1kHz with effects), or as an interface with the computer for a higher quality recording.
    Date published: 2012-09-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from It doesn't do separate channel output. It doesn't do separate channel output. This device is not ideal for location sound recording for a film set. You can record separate channels into the recorder, but if you need to send to camera, you can ONLY send a stereo mix, you can not separate the channels in the mix. This may be great for music, but is not sutable for use on a film set.
    Date published: 2013-01-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from great audio recorder this is a good audio recorder for fild work the only thing I cand find the low cut filterI used it one time for a movie and most for sound effects they told me you can plug to a camera but I dont see how its a good mixer the other thing is that it captures sound from around you like behind you for some reason
    Date published: 2014-10-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product. I am so happy I got it! I just love it. I am not an expert so for my the sound quality is excellent. It has more features than I need right now.
    Date published: 2013-03-14
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