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Zoom R8 Multitrack Recorder, Interface, Controller, & Sampler

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  • Regular price $299.99


Get 8-Tracks And Numerous Features With The Zoom R8 Multitrack Recorder, Interface, Controller, and Sampler

The Zoom R8 combines multiple audio production tools in one compact device. In addition to being an 8-track recorder, it's a pad sampler and a rhythm machine, and can even serve as a DAW control surface and computer audio interface. Advanced features such as built-in stereo condenser microphones, dual mic/line/instrument level inputs, onboard DSP effects and chromatic tuner complete the picture, making the R8 a great choice for home recordists and road warriors alike.

Multitrack Recording Has Never Been Easier

The R8 provides eight tracks for recording and playback (up to two tracks can be recorded simultaneously) in full fidelity WAV format, making it ideal for both professional production and for use as a musical sketchpad. Battery operation allows for field recording and enables you to capture your musical ideas quickly. You can connect external microphones or line-level sources directly to the R8, or use the built-in stereo mic pair for minimal setup. You can also plug instruments such as electric guitar or bass right into the R8. When your multitrack recording is complete, you can use the R8's internal mixer, complete with real faders, equalization, panning, and over 140 built-in DSP effects-including amp models and mastering effects like multi-band compression-to create a stereo mix with studio-quality sound.

Create Music Any Way You Like

The R8 is a pad sampler and rhythm machine too. Eight velocity-sensitive pads allow the triggering of up to 24 samples, drum sounds, or loops. Over 500 internal loops and drum patterns are provided, along with a 2 GB SD card which contains 500MB of loops and patterns from Big Fish Audio.Best of all, the R8's multitrack recorder is fully integrated with the pad sampler and rhythm machine, allowing a wide variety of production styles to be accommodated. However you choose to build your productions, you'll find the R8 to be the ultimate creative tool.

Control Your DAW

If you use DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, you probably love mixing in the box but hate mixing with a mouse. The R8's Mackie Control emulation enables it to act as a full-featured control surface for popular DAWs such as Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, and Sonar, adding physical faders and transport/status buttons that streamline the process of creating the perfect mix. In addition, five assignable function keys allow you to set marker points and initiate advanced editing operations.

The R8 provides dual inputs on combo connectors which can accept either XLR or ¼" balanced or unbalanced cables. Both can handle mic- and line-level signals, and Input 1 can also handle instrument-level signals from passive or active electric guitars and basses. Phantom power of +24 or +48 volts can be applied to both inputs, allowing the use of external condenser microphones. There are also dual balanced ¼" TRS output jacks and a headphone output with a dedicated volume control.

Over 140 studio-quality DSP effects are provided. These include insert effects such as equalization/dynamics processing and send-return effects such as reverb and chorus/delay. In addition, there are guitar amp, bass amp, and mic preamp models and effects specially designed for use on vocals and stereo instruments such as electronic keyboards, plus mastering algorithms like multi-band compression. Effects can be applied during recording and mixdown, or can be used for playback only.

The R8 records directly to SD cards, with support for both standard SD and SDHC cards up to 32 gigabytes, for a maximum of 100 track hours. Using SD media for recording ensures increased reliability and means that you never have to be concerned about hard drive failure.

  • 8-track playback, 2-track simultaneous recording
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB
  • Records 16-bit/24-bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz mono and stereo WAV files
  • Dual mic/line/instrument level inputs on XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • +24 and +48V phantom power
  • Dual balanced 1/4" TRS output jacks
  • Headphone output with dedicated volume control
  • Control input for foot switch start/stop/rewind, punch-in/out, and patch up/down
  • Built-in metronome and chromatic tuner
  • Over 140 send-return and insert DSP effects, including amp/preamp models and mastering algorithms
  • User editing of effects parameters, with 370 patch memories for storage
  • Independent level, pan, and EQ for each track
  • Internal track bouncing and mixdown of multitrack to stereo
  • Flexible overdubbing and both manual and automatic punch-in/out
  • Loop playback with waveform zoom and user-defined start/stop points
  • Variable playback speed from 50% to 150%, without affecting pitch
  • Up to 100 marks per recording
  • Invert track phase function
  • Trim and Divide file editing
  • 8-voice pad sampler with adjustable sensitivity
  • Rhythm machine with 160 drum and percussion sounds
  • Storage for 100 user-created rhythm patterns of up to 100 bars each
  • Manual play or step entry of rhythm patterns with adjustable quantization
  • Loop-based audio sequencer integrates recorder, rhythm machine, and pad sampler
  • Backlit LCD with contrast control for easy viewing in low-light environments
  • 2-in/2-out USB audio interface for PC/Mac computers
  • High-definition 24-bit/96 kHz playback capability with DAW software
  • Control Surface functionality (Mackie Control emulation)
  • Full mixing and transport controls for Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, and other DAWs
  • USB bus power
  • SD card reader function
  • Runs on 4 AA batteries, with alkaline battery life of more than 5 hours
  • AC adapter included
  • Steinberg Cubase LE DAW software included
  • Pads: 8 (velocity-sensitive)
  • S/N ratio: 93 dB
  • Control input: FS01
  • Dimensions: 257 mm (W) x 190 mm (D) x 51 mm (H)
  • Weight: 780 g



  • Track count: 8 (mono)
  • Maximum number of simultaneous recording tracks: 2
  • Maximum number of simultaneous playback tracks: 8 audio + metronome
  • Recording data format: 44.1 / 48 kHz, 16 / 24-bit WAV format
  • Maximum recording time: 200 minutes/1 GB (44.1 kHz 16-bit, mono tracks)
  • Projects: 1000
  • Markers: 100/project
  • Locator: Hours/minutes/seconds/milliseconds and bars/beats/ticks
  • File editing: Divide, trim
  • Track parameters: 3-band equalizer, pan (balance), effect send x2, invert
  • Stereo link: Tracks 1 / 2 ~ 7 / 8 selectable in pairs
  • Other functions: Punch-in/out (manual, auto), Bounce, A-B repeat, Undo/Redo


  • Patches: 310 insert, 60 send-return
  • Effect modules: 7 insert , 2 send


  • Type: Chromatic, guitar, bass, open A/D/E/G, D modal


  • Voices: 8
  • Format: 16-bit linear PCM
  • Drum kits: 10
  • Precision: 48 PPQN
  • Rhythm patterns: 511/project
  • Tempo: 40.0 ~ 250.0 BPM


  • Playback formats: 44.1 / 48 kHz, 16 / 24-bit WAV files
  • Editing functions: Trim, time-stretch


  • Recording media: SD card (16MB - 2 GB), SDHC card (4 - 32 GB)
  • Analog-digital conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma ADC
  • Digital-analog conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma DAC
  • Display: 128 x 64 pixel LCD (with backlight)

Inputs: Input 1-8

  • Type: 8 XLR/TRS combo jacks
  • Input impedance: (Balanced input) 1K ohms balanced (2 hot), (Unbalanced input) 50 K ohms unbalanced (1 with Hi-Z input impedance 470 k ohms (Hi-Z on), 2 with phantom power)
  • Phantom Power: 48V, 24V
  • Input level: -50 dBm continuous +4 dBm

Built-in stereo microphones

  • Type: Omnidirectional condenser microphones
  • Gain: -50 dBm continuous +4 dBm


  • Output Type: TRS phone (balanced)
  • Phones: Standard stereo phone jack 20 mW x 2 (32 ohms load)
  • Mixer faders:9 (mono x 8, master x 1)


  • Mini-B type (USB 2.0): Operation as audio interface/control surface and mass storage

USB Audio Interface

  • Number of recording channels: 2
  • Number of playback channels: 2
  • Bit rate: 24
  • Sampling frequency: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz

Computer Requirements

  • Windows XP SP3 or later (32-bit)
  • Windows Vista SP1 or later (32-bit, 64-bit)
  • Windows 7 (32-bit, 64-bit) 32-bit: Intel Pentium 4 1.8 GHz or faster, RAM 1 GB or more, 64-bit: Intel Pentium Dual Core 2.7 GHz or faster, RAM 2 GB or more
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later/10.6.5 or later with Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster and RAM 1 GB or more, USB 2.0 compatible port, Intel chipsets recommended


  • AC adapter: DC 5V 1A (ZOOM AD-17)
  • Batteries: 4 AA batteries (5.5-hour continuous operation time with backlight on and phantom power off

Manufacturer: Zoom Corporation
Model: R8
Warranty: See manufacturer website for details
SKU: I275589-N-2-B
UPC: 884354009977

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