Zoom ZR8 Portable Multi-Track Recorder, Sampler with USB Interface

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Zoom takes the turbocharged design of the R24 and scales it down for an ultra-portable music production solution. Like its predecessor, the R8 combines four production tools in one versatile device. In addition to being an 8-track recorder that utilizes SD memory, the R8 is an audio interface, a DAW control surface and a sampler complete with drum pads and a rhythm machine.RecorderWith 2-track simultaneous recording and 8-track playback, the R8 is the perfect tool for capturing audio on-the-go. Record live music performances, rehearsals, songwriting sessions or even audio for film and video. Playback up to eight tracks of audio at up to 24-bit/48kHz resolution as WAV files. If you make a mistake, use the Undo/Redo function to cancel the last recording operation and restore the previous state. You can even mix down completed songs inside the R8 and save a mix for each project.Audio interfaceWhen combined with your computer, the R8 becomes a powerful audio interface. Connect the R8 to your computer via USB, launch your favorite DAW or use the included Cubase LE software and start laying down your tracks. Simultaneous 2-in/2-out capability allows you to record up to 24-bit/96kHz high definition audio. If you use the 44.1kHz sampling rate, the internal DSP effects of the R8 are also available for your computer tracks. A dedicated control lets you adjust the mixing balance between the DAW playback sound and the direct sound for monitoring.Control surfaceThe R8 can be used as a control surface for DAW transport functions (play, record, stop) and mixing operations. Through a USB connection, you can control the transport and mixing functions of major DAWs such as Cubase, Logic, and Sonar from the R8. In addition, you can easily move multiple faders at the same time. No more mixing with a mouse! The R8 makes mixing a pleasure.SamplerThe built-in, 8-voice/8 pad sampler functions allow you to loop audio data on any track. You can play the pads in realtime and combine loops to create a performance for an entire song. When setting loop intervals, you can see the waveforms for visual confirmation. Time-stretching, which allows you to change the tempo without changing the pitch, and trimming the unneeded parts of loops, is also possible. You can use the sampler and recorder functions together seamlessly to play back loop tracks while recording instrumental performances on other tracks.500 MB of drum loops insideThe included 2GB SD card contains 500 MB of drum loops from Big Fish Audio, one of the top producers of sample libraries. With an emphasis on rock, the collection of standard drum phrases can be used to create professional-sounding rhythm tracks just by lining them up.Create your own beats with the powerful rhythm machineThe R8s rhythm machine includes 10 types of drum kits that use linear PCM audio samples. Use the touch-sensitive drum pads to program up to 511 of your own beats, and use the rhythm patterns that you create just like audio loops. Use the R8s pads to start playback of patterns and use the R8s sequencer to arrange them into songs. You can start fast with the 472 preset patterns, which include intros, fills, endings, and other phrase variations.Built-in stereo microphonesThe built-in high-sensitivity stereo microphones are convenient for recording sketches of musical phrases and melodies as they come to mind. Use these mics for clear recordings of vocals and acoustic instruments.Supports SDHC cards with capacities of up to 32GBThe R8 uses compact and readily available SD and SDHC memory cards as recording media. Unlike tape and disk recorders, this unit has no motor, making it more resistant to physical interference and concerns about mechanical noise.Locate functions make editing easierSet up to 100 markers and directly move to them whenever you want. Also, use the A-B repeat function to play or re-record a designated interval and use auto punch-in and punch-out for efficient editing.Rapid file transfer with Hi-Speed USB 2.0The R8s Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port allows WAV-format audio files recorded on the R8 to be sent to a computer smoothly and rapidly. Use the R8 with a computer for additional music production, including editing with DAW software, creating original CDs and importing WAV files.Tuner and metronome functionsThe R8s built-in tuner is great for quickly tuning instruments and checking vocal pitch. The metronome can provide a click track for a drummer during recording and is also useful in practice settings. The metronome can also be sent to just the headphones. This allows you to play along to backing tracks previously recorded on the R8.Powered by an AC adapter, batteries or USB bus powerPower options provide flexibility for different situations. Power the R8 on its own in one of two wayswith the included AC adapter or four alkaline AA batteries (not included). The R8 operates for over 5 hours on batteries, plenty of time for most field recordings. When using the audio interface or control surface functions, the R8 can be powered by the computers USB bus.Easy hands-free operationUsing a ZOOM FS01 footswitch (sold separately), you can control the recorder transport (play, stop, rewind), punch-in for recording and change effect patches with your foot. With the R8, you can easily record without ever taking your hands off your guitar.Steinberg Cubase LE DAW software includedCubase LE is powerful music production software for recording, editing, and mixing both audio and MIDI tracks. Cubase LE uses an audio engine that is equivalent to software that has received numerous awards and is an ideal introduction to computer-based music production.Simultaneous 2-track recording and 8-track playback2x2 USB audio interfaceControl surface compatible with most DAW software8-voice sampler with 8 pads500MB of drum loops from Big Fish AudioBuilt-in rhythm machine lets you create you own beatsBuilt-in, high-sensitivity stereo microphonesOver 140 DSP effects including guitar and amp modelsSupports SDHC cards up to 32GBLocate function with 100 markers to make editing easierRapid file transfer with high-speed USBVersatile inputs for guitars, mics, and line sourcesTuner and metronome functionsPowered by AC adapter, batteries (not included), or USBEasy hands-free operation with optional ZOOM FS01 footswitch (sold separately)Includes Cubase LE DAW software


Manufacturer Zoom
Mfg Part# ZR8
SKU 222441540
UPC 884354009977
UPC 14 00884354009977
2 balanced XLR-1/4 combination inputs
2 in/1 out (2 x 1) via USB
48V phantom power available on 2 tracks
8-channel playback, 2-channel simultaneous recording
Built-in stereo condenser microphones for instant recording
Full mixing and transport controls for Cubase, Logic, Sonar and more!
High-definition 24-bit/96kHz recording capability using digital audio software
Includes 2GB SD card, 1.5GB drum loops, Steinberg Cubase E DAW software
Loop-based audio sequencer for music creation
Over 150 DSP effects including guitar amp models and mastering effects
Over 4 hours of operation using 4 AA batteries/USB bus power (AC adapter included)
Pad sampler with 24 voices (8 pads x 3 banks)
Records in WAV 48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
Records on up to 32GB SDHC
Sync 2 R8s via USB for 4 tracks of simultaneous recording
USB Control Surface uses Mackie Control emulation
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