Zoom R8 Multitrack SD Recorder Interface and Controller

Record 2 simultaneous tracks and play back 8 on the Zoom R8. Plug it into your computer, and you've got a 2x2 USB audio interface and DAW control surface.

Do all your recording in the box with the Zoom R8 multitracker, and tap in to even more recording options when you connect it to a computer! This portable SD recorder and controller packs a real punch for mobile musicians -- since it's a recorder, audio interface, controller, and sampler in one. You get two channels of simultaneous recordings and eight channels of playback, with a 2x2 audio interface, a powerful effects engine, an onboard looper, and more. It even has high-quality microphones built in, eliminating the need to tote your own mics and cables to your recording location. But if you insist on using your own, the Zoom R8 can accommodate any mic type, condensers included, with its combination XLR-1/4-inch jacks. Because Zoom's battery/USB bus-powered R8 uses SDHC/SD memory cards for storage, you can record and transfer over a hundred hours of track recording, all on the go. The R8 is your best bet as a studio outside the studio. Capture high-quality audio anywhere!

Powerful, Portable Recording Buddy

If you just want to plug and play, you'll like the R8. On the R8, you can field record, make a quick demo, and capture a live show with two channels of simultaneous recording, both capable of running on 48V phantom power, in your choice of resolution: 96/48/44.1 kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit quality. The R8 also offers eight playback channels for monitoring and blending your recording.

Two balanced XLR-1/4" inputs give you the option of using your own microphones to record read more with the R8. But if you really must grab and go, the R8 features high-sensitivity stereo microphones that fit the bill for live recording.

The R8 conveniently records to SDHC/SD cards, which can be easily swapped out, stored, and backed-up on USB memory sticks and other memory devices. Pop in a 32 GB card for up to 100 hours of track recording!

Compact Audio Interface and DAW Controller

Designed to be portable, ultra light, and super easy to use, the R8 is your one-stop recording station that just so happens to double as a 2-channel, 96 kHz/24-bit audio interface. When connected to a Mac or PC via USB, the R8 can also serve as a handy hardware controller for any standard DAW software. The R8 comes with Steinberg Cubase LE. Dedicated controls make it easy to adjust the blends and balances when mixing down your latest recording in your digital audio workstation.

It's a Sampler/Looper Workstation, Too

As with Zoom's other R Series recorders, the R8 can easily loop audio data, enabling you to sample and loop tracks on the fly. Want to make beats? That's easy to do on the R8, too -- the portable recorder sports touch-sensitive drum pads with 10 different kit sound models, which you can use to build and store over 500 of your own drum patterns. If you're crunched for time, you can get your beats from the R8's 500 MB of preprogrammed drum loops from Big Fish Audio.

In designing the R8, Zoom really did think of everything: the R8 also comes with a built-in tuner and metronome. Stay on the beat and stay in tune, no matter what or where you record.

Loaded with DSP Effects

When it's time to sweeten your tracks, turn to the R8's loaded effects engine equipped with more than 146 types of DSP effects and 370 patches. As a bonus, the R8 includes 18 guitar amp models and 6 bass amp models, plus 7 insert modules, each with their own effects for guitars, basses, vocals, and other instruments and special sounds. Have a blast using one insert effect and two send-return effects simultaneously.


- Multifunctional audio recorder, controller, sampler, and audio interface
- 8-Channel playback, 2-channel simultaneous recording
- 48V phantom power available on 2 tracks
- Over 150 DSP effects, including guitar amp models and mastering effects
- Records on up to 32GB SDHC cards for maximum recording time
- Built-in stereo microphones
- Two balanced XLR-1/4-inch inputs for external microphones
- Records in WAV 96 kHz/48 kHz/44.1 kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
- Over 4 hours of operation using four AA batteries/USB bus power (AC adapter included)
- 96 kHz/24-bit, 2 in/2-out audio interface for seamless integration with a Mac or PC
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Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 8 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZOO R8

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 631-542-5270
Email: info@zoom-na.com
Web: https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/contact/

Zoom R8 Multitrack Recorder Interface

The Zoom R8 Multitrack SD Recorder Controller and Interface is everything you need to start recording today! Zoom takes the turbocharged design of the R24 and reduces the footprint for a portable, powerful music production solution. Like its predecessor, the Zoom R8 combines four production tools in one incredibly versatile device. In addition to being a multitrack recorder with 8-track playback and 2-track simultaneous recording using SD memory cards, the R8 is an audio interface, a control surface and a pad sampler.


- 8-channel playback, 2-channel simultaneous recording
- 48V phantom power available on 2 tracks
- Over 150 DSP effects including guitar amp models and mastering effects
- Records on up to 32GB SDHC cards for maximum recording time
- Two balanced XLR-1/4-inch combination inputs
- Records in WAV 48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
- Over four hours of operation using four AA batteries/USB bus power (AC adapter included)
- High-definition 24-bit/96kHz recording capability using digital audio software
- 2 in / 1 out (2 x 1) via USB

Control Surface:
- Full mixing and transport controls for Cubase, Logic, Sonar and more!
- USB Control Surface uses Mackie Control emulation

- Pad sampler with 24 voices (8 pads x 3 banks)
- Loop-based audio sequencer for music creation

Also Includes:
- 1.5GB drum loops
- Built-in stereo condenser microphones for instant recording

The R8's sampler function consists of 24 built-in voices that can be triggered using 8 pads and 3 bank keys to assign sounds to each track and create loops. Also, you can use the unit's drum machine and the 1.5GB of included rhythm patterns to create original backing beats, or simply output a metronome for tempo control. More than ever before, you have all the tools necessary to create high-quality recordings anywhere.

The Zoom R8 supports up to 32GB SDHC cards for a maximum of 100 track hours. Using SD media for recording not only makes the R8 lighter and more portable, it also ensures increased reliability with no concern for a crashing hard drive.

Take your Zoom R8 into your studio and record additional tracks using its USB audio interface. Then when you're ready to mix, use the Zoom R8's control surface capabilities to manage each function of your favorite DAW software. Incorporate any of the150+ DSP effects to enhance your recording and use the pro-quality mastering effects to complete that studio sound.

With the Zoom R8, versatility, control and comprehensive features come together in a single device that fits in a guitar case and makes on-the-go multitracking a breeze.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (21 ratings)
Submitted January 13, 2016 by Kali K in Prince George, VA
"Zoom R8 Recorder"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Zoom 8 Recorder is quite a tool for creating music. Although I haven't explored all the features, I know it will be a real boost to my recording projects. The sound quality is excellent and for my humble projects, at the moment is more than enough for recording several tracks, including midi effects, percussion and vocals. It comes with a trial or light version of Cubase, which is also a plus for creating material with computer. Excellent little machine! I hope I don't ever need manufacturer support although I may call for tips if available by phone.
Musical Background:
I play some guitar, keyboard and, yes, accordeon.
Musical Style:
Whatever I'm inspired with! From simple rock, Christian, whatever!
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