Zoom R20 Multitrack Digital Recorder

This standalone recorder has it all: a 4.3" touchscreen, 8 mic preamps, 16 tracks, onboard editing, effects, drum loops, MIDI synths, and an 8x4 interface.

With a familiar touchscreen interface, the Zoom R20 multi-track recorder makes it insanely simple to track, edit and mix your songs, letting you focus on the music.

The R20 has the best preamps and noise floor of any multi track recorder Zoom has ever designed. With six XLR inputs, two combo inputs, and 16 tracks of recording, the R20 is perfect for singer-songwriters to full bands.

Drag. Drop. Pinch. Swipe. Create.

Navigate and edit with ease, via the R20's 4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen interface.

Color-Coded for Clarity

Improve your workflow with color-coded faders, gain dials, and touchscreen track regions, making sure you are always adjusting the correct channel.

Put the Pieces Together

Cut, copy, combine and loop. The R20's interface provides intuitive editing. You'll immediately feel at home.

Spice Things Up

Polish your tracks and mixes with professional effects such as EQ, compression, and more. The R20 provides a full MFX processor compatible with Guitar Lab software.

The Rhythm is Gonna Get You

30 genres, 150 rhythm patterns and song form variations, it's hard to find a drummer this versatile.

18 Built-in Synth Sounds

Plug in a MIDI keyboard via USB-C or use the touchscreen to add sonic textures with the R20's internal synthesizer.

Backing Tracks

The R20 can import and playback standard MIDI files allowing you to import bass lines, melodies, piano parts, and more.

Record to SD

The R20 records directly to SDHC or SDXC cards read more up to 1TB, giving you plenty of space to track your next song or album.

Monitor and Playback

The R20 has a headphone jack for monitoring while recording and dedicated outputs for mixing on your favorite monitors.

Locking AC Adapter: The Zoom locking adapter ensures security against accidental unplugging.

Click: Access the fully adjustable click track with just a press of a button.

Inputs: Hi-Z is available on input 1, while 48V phantom power is available on input 5-8.

Wireless Control App: Use the optional Zoom BTA-1 Bluetooth Adapter, available separately, to control the R20 wirelessly from your iOS device.

Accessibility for the Visually Impaired: The first multi-track recorder that allows accessibility for the visually impaired, the R20 app features VoiceOver and VoiceOver Gestures.


- 4.3" Full-color LCD touchscreen display
- Easy-to-use DAW-inspired interface
- Record up to 16 tracks (8 simultaneously)
- Eight XLR mic preamps, including two mic/line/instrument combo jacks
- Hi-Z available on input 1 and 48V phantom power available on inputs 5-8
- Color-coded volume faders, gain knobs and tracks
- Onboard editing and built-in effects
- Pre-loaded drum loops
- Optional BTA-1 Bluetooth enables wireless control via the R20 Control App
- USB-C audio interface up to 8-in / 4-out
- Records directly to SDHC cards up to 32GB and SDXC cards up to 1TB
- Locking-type AC adapter (ZAD-1220)
- Up to 24-bit /44.1 kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV
- Compatible with Guitar Lab software for Mac/Windows PC
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- -Mic/Line (mono): 8
- -Master Out: 1
- -Phones: 1
-Mic/Line (mono):
- -Connectors:
- XLR/TRS combo jacks x 2
- XLR x 6
- -Input gain: '3 - +40 dB
- -Input impedance:
- -XLR: 3.9 kOhm
- -TRS: 5.3 kOhm/1 MOhm (when Hi-Z is ON, for INPUT 1 only)
- -Maximum input level: +4 dBu (@0 dBFS)
- -Phantom power: +48 V (INPUTS 5-8, switchable in pairs)
- -Equivalent input noise: -121 dBu or less (IHF-A) with +40dB/150Ohm input
- -Frequency response: -1.0 dB: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
-Master Out:
- -Connectors: 2 TRS phone jacks (balanced)
- -Maximum output level: +14 dBu
- -Output impedance: 200 Ohm
- -Connector: 1 standard stereo phone jack
-Maximum output level: 20 mW + 20 mW (into 32Ohm load)
-Output impedance: 33 Ohm
-Track Settings:
-Pan: N/A
- -High: 10 kHz, +/-12 dB, shelving
- -Middle: 2.5 kHz, +/-12 dB, peaking
- -Low: 100 Hz, +/-12 dB, shelving
-Send Effect: N/A
-Stereo Link: N/A
-Comp/Limiter/Gate: N/A
-Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 8
-Maximum simultaneous playback tracks: 16
-Recording format: 44.1kHz, 16/24-bit, mono/stereo WAV
-Recording media:
- 4-32GB cards compatible with the SDHC specification
- 64-512GB cards compatible with the SDXC specification
-Maximum number of simultaneous effects:
- 3 effects
- One insert effect on one channel or one send effect available to all tracks
-Patch memories: 50
-Guitar Lab compatible: N/A
- Chromatic/Guitar/Bass/Open
- A/Open
- D/Open
- E/Open
-Time signatures:
- 3/4,
- 4/4,
- 6/8
-Tempo range: 40.0-250.0 BPM
-Rhythm Loops:
-Sound source format: PCM
-Number of loops: 150 or more
-Polyphony: 8
-Sound source format: FM
-Number of sound types: 18 (including PCM drum kit)
-Display: 4.3" (480x272) full-color touchscreen LCD
-USB Connector:
- USB Type-C (Use a USB cable that supports data transfer. USB bus power is not supported.)
-Audio interface operation:
- -Stereo mix:
- USB 2.0 Full Speed
- 44.1kHz, 24-bit 2-in/2-out
- -Multitrack:
- USB 2.0 High Speed 44.1 kHz, 16/24-bit
- 8-in/4-out
-Mass storage operation:
- -Host/Device: USB 2.0 High Speed (5V/500mA power supplied when host)
-Guitar Lab connection: USB 1.1 Full Speed
-USB MIDI keyboard connection: USB 1.1 Full Speed (5V/500mA power supplied)
-DAW connection (control surface) function: USB 1.1 Full Speed
-Remote: Dedicated wireless adapter (ZOOM BTA-1)
-Power: AC adapter (ZOOM ZAD-1220): 12 V/2.0 A
-Power consumption: 11 W maximum
-External dimensions: 378 mm (W) X 206 mm (D) X 58 mm (H)
-Weight (unit only): 1.33 kg
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 4.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 10 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZOO ZR20
Shipping Weight: 4.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 10 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZOO ZR20
Warehouse Resealed
Shipping Weight: 4.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 20 x 10 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ZOO ZR20

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/

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. (5 ratings)
Submitted December 22, 2021 by a customer from gmail.com

"Missing basic functions"

Overall: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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I received the unit a few days ago and I‘m surprised that it doesn’t have a “punch-in/out” function. I don’t know of any other digital multitrack recorder that lacks this function. It also doesn’t have a “repeat” function - another very useful feature that is popular with other recorders. The touch screen is a bit “jerky” and usually takes me a few extra “taps” or “drags” to achieve the desired result. The screen itself is bright and clear although any vertical scrolling is hard to follow because of the poor screen refresh rate. The iOS controller app might help here but it’s not available yet and there is no release date (early 2022 says the manual). It has some helpful features - drum track templates with prerecorded drum parts are nice but I would gladly trade them for the basic functions I mentioned earlier. One last thing - only 2 of the 8 inputs accept 1/4 inch cable. All other recorders in this price range allow 1/4 inch for any of the tracks.
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