Zoom R8 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.



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