Product Code: 1759713

Zoom R8 Recorder Interface Controller Sampler

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The Zoom R8 is a portable and compact all-in-one solution for both musicians on the road as well as home recordists. The super-versatile R8 is not only a feature-packed eight-track recorder, but also a pad sampler, a controller, and a USB audio interface. The eight-track recorder allows you to record WAV files at up to 16/24-bit, 44.1/48kHz sample rates and capture SD card files up to 32GB. Moreover, the R8 features 140 DSP effects to enhance the quality of your recording. Its high-definition audio interface allows you to connect it to your PC via a USB connection. The R8's controls offer full mixing and transport options for Sonar, Cubase, and other DAW software options. The control surface uses Mackie Control emulation for wide compatibility. Packing in a sampler/drum machine that offers 500 internal drum loops and can trigger 8 different voices and the R8 is one powerful music production tool.

Zoom R8 Recorder Interface Controller Sampler Key Features:

  • Allows eight-track playback, two-track simultaneous recording
  • Provides 150+ DSP effects like mastering effects and guitar amp models
  • Allows you to record on up to 32GB SDHC (available separately)
  • Equipped with two balanced XLR-1/4-inch combination inputs for easy connectivity
  • Allows you to record in WAV 48kHz/44.1kHz at 24-bit or 16-bit
  • Provides full mixing and transport controls for Sonar, Logic, Cubase, and more
  • Features a USB Control Surface that uses Mackie Control emulation for wide compatibility
  • Integrated stereo condenser microphones for direct recording
  • Designed with a loop-based audio sequencer for music creation
  • Operates on USB bus power, 4 standard AA batteries, or the supplied AC adapter
  • Expanded Zoom R8 Recorder Interface Controller Sampler Key Features:

    Multitrack Recording Has Never Been Simpler

    The Zoom R8 offers 8 tracks for playback and recording (up to 2 tracks can be recorded at the same time) in full fidelity WAV format. This makes it perfect for use as a musical sketchpad as well for professional production. Thanks to its battery operation, you can capture your musical ideas easily and quickly even when you are out in the field. You can connect line-level sources or external mics directly to this unit or utilise the integrated stereo microphone pair for minimal setup. Moreover, instruments like bass or electric guitar can also be plugged right into the Zoom R8. After your multitrack recording is completed, you can use its internal mixer, complete with panning, equalisation, real faders, and 140+ built-in DSP effects to produce a stereo mix with studio-quality sound.

    Create Music Any Way You Like

    The versatile Zoom R8 is a rhythm machine and pad sampler too. 8 velocity-sensitive pads enable the triggering of up to twenty-four samples, loops, or drum sounds. It comes with over 500 internal loops and drum patterns along with 500MB of patterns and loops from Big Fish Audio for added versatility. Moreover, it allows you to create your own custom samples and loops from recorded audio tracks. Time-stretching and quantisation can be applied to ensure excellent synchronisation. 3 playback modes are available for each pad (1Shot, Gate, and Repeat), and the onboard audio sequencer enables step entry when absolute precision is needed. Also, its multitrack recorder is integrated with the rhythm machine and pad sampler, so you can accommodate a huge range of production styles.

    Control your DAW

    If you utilise DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, you will enjoy mixing in the box but dislike mixing with a mouse. Its Mackie Control emulation allows it to act as a full-featured control surface for a wide variety of DAWs including Ableton Live, Sonar, Logic, and Cubase. Moreover, it features 5 assignable function keys that let set marker points and initiate advanced editing operations.

    What's in the box?

    • 1 x Zoom R8 Recorder Interface Controller Sampler
    • 1 x USB Cable
    • 1 x AC Adapter
    • 1 x Cubase LE Installation DVD
    • 1 x Limited 1-Year Warranty


    Is the Zoom R8 be powered by batteries or an adapter?

    Just 4 AA batteries—either rechargeable NiMH or alkaline—are required for power. Even during continuous recording, the battery life is more than 5 hours when using alkaline batteries. Alternatively, the supplied AD-17 AC adapter can be used to power the Zoom R8 from any standard wall socket. This unit can also be powered via USB when connected to a PC.

    Can I apply the effects during mixdown or recording, or can I use them for playback only?

    Effects can be applied during mixdown and recording or can be used for playback only. The Zoom R8 provides over 140 studio-quality DSP effects including send-return effects like reverb and chorus/delay and insert effects like equalisation/dynamics processing. Moreover, there are bass amp, guitar amp, and mic preamp models and effects specially created for use on vocals and stereo instruments like electronic keyboards.

    Can I import a stereo WAV file onto two tracks via USB?

    The Zoom is designed with a 2x2 interface that enables you to send two tracks in and two tracks out via USB.

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    Product Specification

    Channels 2x Omnidirectional Condenser (Stereo Pair)
    Dimensions H51 x W257 x D190mm
    Frequency response 20Hz - 20kHz
    Included Accessories 1x Operation manual, 1x AC Adapter (Zoom AD-17), 1x 2GB SD card containing 500MB of drum loops from Big Fish Audio, 1x USB cable, 1x Steinberg Cubase LE software
    Inputs XLR/TRS Combo Inputs
    Phantom Power Yes
    Recording Formats 16-bit/24-bit, 44.1 kHz/48 kHz mono and stereo WAV
    Size H51 x W257 x D190mm
    Type Interface Controller Sampler
    Weight 780g
    Manufacturers Link Zoom
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    Product Code: 1759713-wex Manufacturers Part Number: R8