Zoom R8 Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 6 customer reviews
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from New Hampshire
January 10, 2012
excellent toolI 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 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.
from NW Missouri
November 4, 2011Music Background:
Great value for a starter multitrackFirst plus: This offers 8 discrete tracks of recording, plus unlimited virtual tracks. No ganged tracks 7/8 like with the old HD8CD.
Second, the use of SD memory cards. While I was not initially 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.
from Memphis, TN USA
October 11, 2011Music Background:
Song Writer, Musician
Amazing Sound.I 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 surface for Cubase LE (included). Super easy for song writers.
from São Paulo-SP, Brazil
October 15, 2011Music Background:
Excellent cost/benefit!I 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.
It takes a while till you get used to 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!
from Fort Wayne, IN. USA
November 26, 2011Music Background:
Zoom R8 purchaseLove the zoom. Sound quality is great. Little bit of a learning curve for a novice like me but overall a great product!
from Los Angeles, CA
August 24, 2011Music Background:
works wellThe produce works just fine as advertised. No bugs or hiccups. I'm new to the recording process so I had to refer to the manual a lot. But once I got the hang of it, I was able to lay down tracks quite easily. The sampling features were useful if somewhat limited. The effects were nice (delays, chorus, flange, reverb etc...) but the guitar sounds weren't that good. I just used my Line 6 combo amp and went directly into the R9 and it recorded it well. I would definitely recommend this product based on my needs.