Zoom - R8 Recorder / Interface / Controller

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.

Multitrack Recording Made Easy
The R8 provides eight tracks for recording and playback (up to two tracks can be recorded simultaneously) in full fidelity WAV format, making it ideal for both professional production and for use as a musical sketchpad. Battery operation allows for field recording and enables you to capture your musical ideas quickly.

You can connect external microphones or line-level sources directly to the R8, or use the built-in stereo mic pair for minimal setup. You can also plug instruments such as electric guitar or bass right into the R8. When your multitrack recording is complete, you can use the R8's internal mixer, complete with real faders, equalization, panning, and over 140 built-in DSP effects-including amp models and mastering effects like multi-band compression-to create a stereo mix with studio-quality sound.

Create music any way you like!
The R8 is a pad sampler and rhythm machine too. Eight velocity-sensitive pads allow the triggering of up to 24 samples, drum sounds, or loops. Over 500 internal loops and drum patterns are provided, In addition, you can create your own custom samples and loops from recorded audio tracks. Quantization and time-stretching can be applied to ensure perfect synchronization.

Three playback modes are available for each pad (Repeat, Gate, and 1Shot), and the onboard audio sequencer allows step entry when absolute precision is required. Best of all, the R8's multitrack recorder is fully integrated with the pad sampler and rhythm machine, allowing a wide variety of production styles to be accommodated. However you choose to build your productions, you'll find the R8 to be the ultimate creative tool.

Control Your DAW
If you use DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software, you probably love mixing in the box but hate mixing with a mouse. The R8's Mackie ControlT emulation enables it to act as a full-featured control surface for popular DAWs such as Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live and Sonar, adding real faders and transport/status buttons that streamline the process of creating the perfect mix.

In addition, five assignable function keys allow you to set marker points and initiate advanced editing operations.


  • 8-track playback, 2-track simultaneous recording
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB
  • Records 16-bit/24-bit, 44.1kHz/48kHz 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
  • 2-in/2-out USB audio interface
  • High-definition 24-bit/96kHz 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


  • Recorder
  • Track count: 8 (mono)
  • Max. Simultaneous Rec Tracks: 2
  • Max. Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 8 audio & metronome
  • Rec Data Format: 44.1/48kHz, 16/24-bit WAV format
  • Max. Rec Time: 200 min./1GB (44.1kHz 16-bit, mono tracks)
  • Projects: 1000
  • Markers: 100/project
  • Locator: Hours/minutes/seconds/milliseconds and bars/beats/ticks
  • File Editing: Divide, trim
  • Track Parameters: 3-band equalizer, pan (balance), effect send x2, invert
  • Stereo Link: Tracks 1 2 ~ 7/8 selectable in pairs
  • Other Functions: Punch-in/out (manual, auto), Bounce, A-B repeat, Undo/Redo

  • Playback Formats: 44.1/48kHz, 16/24-bit WAV files
  • Editing Functions: Trim, time-stretch

  • Recording Media: SD card (16MB - 2GB), SDHC card (4 - 32GB)
  • Analog-Digital Conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma ADC
  • Digital-Analog Conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma DAC
  • Display: 128 x 64 pixel LCD (w/ backlight)
  • Inputs 1-8: 2 XLR/TRS combo jacks
  • Input impedance: 1kΩ balanced (2 hot), 50kΩ unbalanced
  • Phantom Power: 48V, 24V
  • Input level: -50dBm<continuous<+4dbm< li="">
  • Built-In Stereo Mics: Omnidirectional condenser microphones
  • Gain: -50dBm<continuous<+4dbm <="" li="">
  • Output: TRS phone (balanced)
  • Phones: Standard stereo phone jack 20mW x2
  • Mixer faders: 9
  • Pads: 8
  • S/N Ratio: 93dB
  • Control Input: FS01

    USB Audio Interface
  • Rec & Playback Channels: 2 each
  • Bit Rate: 24
  • Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
  • Compatibility: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.5.8/10.6.5

  • AC Adapter: DC 5V 1A
  • Batteries: 4 AA 

  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 2.01" x 10.12" x 7.48"
  • Weight: 1.72lbs

Item Includes:

  • Operation manual
  • AC adapter
  • USB cable
  • Steinberg Cubase LE software

    Optional accessories
  • FS01 foot switch

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