Zoom R8Item ID: R8zoom
2-track Digital Recorder/USB Interface with 8-track Playback
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An All-in-one Recording SolutionA true studio-to-go, the Zoom R8 multitrack recorder gives you all of the tools you need to turn your ideas into finished tracks. This ultra-compact recorder packs many of the best features of Zoom's R series recorders into a road-ready format. Toss one into your gig bag and you're ready to record, wherever your music takes you! Loaded with the I/O, effects, and even a looper/sampler, the R8 gives you all the on-the-go recording options you need. And you get even more great options, when you hook your Zoom R8 up to your computer!
Zoom R8 Portable Multitrack Recorder at a Glance:
Fully loaded standalone recorded
It may be small, but the Zoom R8 is packed full of recording options. A pair of combo jacks give you the option of hooking up any microphones you have (even condenser mics), or going direct. Plus, there's a pair of fantastic-sounding mics onboard, so you don't need to carry any extra gear to record on the R8. Looking for effects? The R8 comes loaded with over 140 built-in studio-style effects you can use to enhance your sound. Best of all, even with tons of recording options, the R8 is still super easy to use!
Flexible options for your studio
The R8 isn't just an amazing battery-powered multitrack recorder, it's also an invaluable studio tool! When you hook your R8 up to your computer via USB, it instantly becomes a quality 2-channel audio interface. But that's not all - Zoom also designed the R8 to function as an excellent hands-on control surface. Compatible with almost any recording software, you'll love how flexible you Zoom R8 is in your studio!
Onboard sampler/looper lets you get creative
Looking for extra inspiration? Want to record along to more than just a click or a pre-canned drum loop? No problem! The Zoom R8 adds a full-fledged sampler/loop workstation to its already impressive bag of tricks. You can trigger the R8's eight sampler voices right from its built-in pads, allowing you to create fun and exciting new grooves. Plus, the R8 comes 500 drum patterns and 500MB of top-notch loops from Big Fish Audio to get you started.
Zoom R8 Portable Multitrack Recorder Features:
Record with serious flexibility, with the Zoom R8 multitrack workstation!
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Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
by Dan Chapin from New HampshireI received this as a christmas gift from my wife and I love it. I have owned several 4 tracks over the years (all them analog that use cassette tapes) and using the R8 has been awesome. It is easy to ... read more [+]learn, use and is portable. The effects that are available for post production are very good and--although I do not use them--the drum kits are very good and do not sound synthesized. The built in Microphones are far superior to any stand alone mics that have owned (of course I never spend much money on them in the past) and do a very good job of capturing depth. When used in conjunction with a direct instrument input the mics have added a nice bright quality and capture the sound of PLAYING the guitar, not just the internal elements that the pick-ups transmit. I would recommend this for anyone who is looking a fun, portable machine to do some quality home recording or even if you are looking to take it in the field. close [-]
January 10, 2012
Great value for a starter multitrack
by David Dean from NW MissouriFirst plus: This offers 8 discrete tracks of recording, plus unlimited virtual tracks. No ganged tracks 7/8 like with the old HD8CD.
November 4, 2011
Music Background: Hobbyist, Singer-Songwriter
Second, the use of SD memory cards. While I was not initi... read more [+]ally enthused about this, I've since changed my tune. No more annoying hum in the background because of a noisy hard drive. Plus when a memory card is full, it's a lot easier to swap out a memory card than it is to swap out a hard drive. That and given the small size of SD cards, I can probably archive more recordings in a smaller space than I could with a hard drive.
While the construction is not as solid as, say a Zoom A2 stomp box, it is sturdy enough if one uses reasonable care. This embraces the Portable studio concept pioneered by Tascam over 30 years ago with better execution than anything Tascam has brought to market to date.
If there is any drawback to this, it is that it only comes with a 2GB SD card, and 1/4 of that capacity is taken with drum machine patterns, leaving the user with roughly 3 hours of mono recording time at 24-bit/44.1kHz recording resolution. If one uses all 8 tracks plus mastering, that amounts to less than 20 minutes of total time per track. Packaging it with an additional 8GB card would be an improvement. close [-]
by Dwight Polk from Memphis, TN USAI cant believe that a recorder bought for under $300 dollars could sound so good and be so easy to use. The 8 track 24bit stand alone recording is great, but it is even better as a 16 channel control ... read more [+]surface for Cubase LE (included). Super easy for song writers. close [-]
October 11, 2011
Music Background: Song Writer, Musician
by Caetano Scatena from São Paulo-SP, BrazilI have a TASCAM 4224 PortsStudio, so I'm not completely new to mutltitrack recording, so the main deal here was to get used to digital technology.
October 15, 2011
Music Background: Musician
It takes a while till you get used to ... read more [+]the functions of the R8, but there's the pot of gold in the end of the rainbow: great sound, reliability, tons of effects for acoustic and electric instruments and very good final results.
I definetely recommend the R8: fair price, compact unit (take it wherever you go) and a great sound! close [-]
Zoom R8 purchase
by Shayne McElhoe from Fort Wayne, IN. USALove the zoom. Sound quality is great. Little bit of a learning curve for a novice like me but overall a great product!
November 26, 2011
Music Background: Musician
Rick, Gloucester, MA
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