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OVERVIEW

8-track simultaneous recording, audio interface with 8 in/2 out, and DAW controller in one.

Zoom revolutionizes recording with the first digital recorder with 16-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording that uses Secure Digital (SD) memory. The R16 recorder is three production tools in one incredibly versatile device. It's a digital multi-track recorder, an audio interface and a control surface, providing you with all the tools necessary to create studio-quality recordings anywhere.

The R16 combines a remarkable level of functionality with intuitive design. For recording purposes, the unit supports up to 32GB SD cards (includes 2GB card), allowing over 100 track hours of recording. The flexibility of SD recording not only makes the R16 lighter and more portable, it also ensures increased reliability with no concern for a crashing hard drive. You can even have respective SD cards dedicated to specific recording sessions. Back up your project on a USB memory stick.

With the ability to record up to 8 tracks simultaneously, it's easy to capture a live band or even a complete drum kit. The R16 features built-in stereo condenser microphones for field recording or quick, convenient "sketch-pad" capturing of ideas and rehearsals. It also provides 8 combination XLR-1/4-inch inputs along with one Hi-Z input for direct connection of guitar or bass. And the R16 also runs on 6 AA batteries for the ultimate in multi-track portability.

USB operation means you can control each function of your favorite DAW software from the R16 for easy mixing with fine-tuned control. Incorporate any of the 100+ built-in studio effects to enhance your recording and use the pro-quality mastering effects to complete that studio sound. You can even connect two R16s via USB for synchronized operation and 16 tracks of simultaneous recording.

With the Zoom R16, versatility, control and comprehensive features come together in a single device that puts the power to produce professional recordings right at your fingertips.

FEATURES
  • Multitrack Recorder
  • Over 100 studio-quality effects including guitar amp models and mastering effects
  • Records on up to 32GB SDHC cards for maximum recording time
  • 8 balanced XLR-1/4-inch combination inputs
  • Records in WAV 48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
  • Easily viewable 4-segment LED meter bridge
  • 2-channel simultaneous 48V phantom power supply capability
  • Over 4 hours of operation using 6 AA alkaline batteries (AC adapter included)
  • Sync two R16s via USB for 16 tracks of simultaneous recording
  • Audio Interface
  • High-definition 24-bit/96kHz recording capability using digital audio software
  • 8 in / 2 out (8 x 2) via USB
  • Control Surface
  • Full mixing and transport controls for Cubase, Logic, Sonar and more!
  • USB Control Surface uses Mackie Control emulation
  • Included Accessories
SPECIFICATIONS

R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller

  • Recorder
    Physical Tracks: 16
    Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 8
    Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 16
    Recording Data Format: 44.1kHz, 16/24-bit WAV
    Maximum Recordable Time: 200 min. / GB (referred to mono tracks)
    Projects: 1,000
    Markers: 100 / Project
    Locator: Min./Sec./ msec. or Meas./Beat/Tick
    File Editing: Divide
    Other functions : Punch-In / Out (Manual, Automatic), Bounce, A-B Repeat, UNDO / REDO

    Audio interface
    Input Channels: 8
    Output Channels: 2
    Quantization: 24-bit
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz

    Mixer
    Faders: 9
    Level Meters: 4-Segment LED
    Track Parameters: 3-Band Equalizer, Pan (Balance), Effect Send x 2, Invert Stereo Links Track pairs: 1/2 to 15/16 selectable

    Effects
    Algorithms: 9 (CLEAN, DISTORTION, ACO / BASS SIM, BASS, MIC, DUAL MIC, STEREO, 8 x COMP EQ, MASTERING)
    Types: 135
    Modules: 7 for Insert, 2 for Send / Return
    Patches: 330 for Insert, 60 for Send / Return
    Tuner: Chromatic, Guitar, Bass, Open A/D/E/G, D modal

    Metronome
    Sounds: 5
    Beat: 1/4-8/4, 6/8, Unaccented
    Tempo: 40.0-250.0BPM

    Hardware
    Recorder
    Recording Media: SD Card (16MB-2GB), SDHC Card (4-32GB)
    A/D Conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma ADC
    D/A Conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma DAC
    Display: 20-digit 2-line custom LCD (with backlight)
    Inputs: 8 x XLR-1/4" Phone Combo Jack / Input Impedance: (Balanced input) 1kÎ balanced, 2nd hot, (Unbalanced input) 50kÎ unbalanced, (Hi-Z Input) 470kÎ / Input Level: -50dBm to +4dBm continuously variable
    Built-in microphones: Omnidirectional condenser microphones Gain: -50dBm to +4dBm continuously variable
    Phantom Power Supply: 48V (with On/Off switch)
    Master Output: 1/4"TRS Phone (balanced)/Output Impedance: 1kÎ / Rated Output Level: +4dBm
    Headphones Output: 1/4" Stereo Phone Jack, 20mW x 2 (at 32&Omega: load) USB: [B type (USB2.0 High-Speed compatible)] Audio Interface / Control Surface or Mass Storage Class operation [A type (USB2.0 High-Speed compatible)] USB Host capability
    Power Requirements: AC adaptor (DC5V/1A/center positive) or AA size (LR6) battery x 6
    Battery Life: 4.5 hours (with backlight on and phantom power off) Dimensions (mm): 376(W) x 237.1(D) x 52.2(H)
    Weight: 1.3kg (without batteries)

    Audio Interface System Requirements
    Windows:
    Windows XP SP2 or later / Windows Vista SP1 or later / Windows 7
    Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz or better
    1GB RAM or more
    Intel Mac
    OS X 10.4.11 or later / 10.5 / 10.6
    Intel Core Duo processor 1.83GHz or better
    1GB RAM or more
    * USB 2.0 compatible port
    * 64-bit operating system is not supported
    * USB hub is not supported
    * Intel Chipset is recommended
    Cubase 5LE System Requirements
    Windows
    OS: Windows XP (SP2 or later) / Vista / 7
    CPU: 2GHz or higher (Dual Core CPU recommended)
    RAM: 1GB or higher (1GB or higher recommended)
    HDD: 4GB of free disk space
    DVD-ROM drive
    Internet access required for license activation

    Macintosh
    OS: OS X 10.5.5 or later / 10.6
    CPU: PowerPC G5 or higher (Intel Core Duo CPU recommended)
    RAM: 1GB or higher
    HDD: 4GB of free disk space
    DVD-ROM drive
    Internet access required for license activation
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ZoomR16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller
 
4.5

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (22)
  • Versatile (18)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Low distortion (10)

Cons

  • Poor quality construction (5)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (22)
  • Home studio (20)
  • Performances (10)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (8), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Zoom is the word for this device!

There are a few short comings with the R16 such as it not having 1 thousand dollar ADA's (lolz!) and less than 48 inputs~ but for the average music fan trying to get...Read complete review

There are a few short comings with the R16 such as it not having 1 thousand dollar ADA's (lolz!) and less than 48 inputs~ but for the average music fan trying to get tracks down with a minimum of wasted time,cash and maximum results, this is the answer I was looking for. With the Musician's Friend fast delivery and guarantee I felt confident buying this. I like the solid feel of the control surface, the flexible design and the look of this machine.
I got my R16 from Musician's Friend a few days ago and discovered that setting it up was pretty easy. I bought several sound cards and break out recording devices over the last few years and some of them never really worked well. Cash has been an issue for myself but I do know what quality is about, having recorded on every thing from a Fostex 4 track cassette, Otari 4 track reel to reel and on up to to a Trident 48 Channel mixer. (I was just helping with the Trident, it was pretty intense to even look at!) For about the cost of a half day in a pro studio you can buy a full stereo Zoom R16 that has a built in Controller and audio interface. (Maybe a laptop too)

I have been a Cubase fan since the days of the Atari st 1040, so using the included Cubase LE 5 was not very hard at all. I know that with gear lust the temptation is always there to have the latest and greatest but for the "average" real world user such as myself having ANY digital recording is satisfying. The R16 controls the Cubase LE 5 in a direct manner and was easy to install and operate. I easily spent dozens of hours trying to get various sound cards and break out boxes to sync up, one of these I bought here on Amazon. I gave it a really bad review after the stupid thing turned out to be pretty worthless. A Yamaha model was almost 200$ and it was such a hassle, the included effects were very difficult to program, utilize and sort out. The Zoom effects are very nice IMHO and get to the point.

When I first took recording and synthesizer classes at LCC's lab back in about 1984 when MIDI was quite new, instructor Ed McManus told us that keeping things simple was a real objective. Over the years I have become interested in results, not in tedious sample tweaking and fiddling with numerous settings, or of saving up for the day I could get state of the art gear. This recorder is easy to set up, easy to use and makes no sound. A battery? Nice. Built in mics? Convenient for grabbing stuff. You can sample in the field with this or do great recordings. Boot leg albums have been recorded on far less.

If you are considering this machine you probably realize that this is the result of a mature digital technology. It offers a lot of features and value. I would compare it to the early 4 track cassette machines in ease of use but add that it sounds very. very nice and goes far beyond being a simple recorder. Instead of dreaming of an effective mini/MIDI home studio- make it a reality.The R16 has NO MIDI but you can be creative about using MIDI with it. I am very glad I sometimes have the chance to use high end gear but even happier to afford something useful, powerful and nice sounding. I use sequencers, synthesis of different types, drum machines and a computer. This is one of my best additions in years!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good machine, if you're not old school!!

Got this unit a year ago (along with a separate 3rd party instruction DVD) and am still having a heck of a time recording much. The initial recording end isn't THAT bad, but...Read complete review

Got this unit a year ago (along with a separate 3rd party instruction DVD) and am still having a heck of a time recording much. The initial recording end isn't THAT bad, but mixing and mastering are just TOO COMPLICATED with the layers and layers of menus in this thing. I guess I wasn't aware that this machine requires a basic knowledge of digital recording to even being to understand how to use it. As hard as it is to believe, there are a LOT of us folks out there who don't get menus and never will, who basically grew up with analogue 4-track machines and are comfortable in that form of recording with real knobs, buttons, and meters that you can feel, see, and control. DAW's are not in my vocabulary, either, other than Audacity, so that's where I'm coming from here with this review. So it's fair to say that I'm a novice when it comes to digital recording and it's techno-speak.

However, I consider myself a somewhat intelligent person, but being from that old school of simple analogue recording, this unit is about as far from simple as it gets. The manual that comes with the R16 is very complex and incredibly confusing, and in fact is even somewhat contradictory in a place or two, especially in when, how, and why you add effects. After finally going on the internet (believe it or not) to find out how to add effects on this thing, there were several different answers from user forums and people who had the same problem, but still no simple explanation!! Are you kidding?? And the separate instructional DVD I bought to help learn this machine's many functions was straight-forward enough in the beginning, but it, too fell short when explaining simple, step-by-step mixing and mastering techniques on the ZOOM R16 - - it quickly jumped all around and went much too fast for the novice. It just assumed too much about the previous digital recording experience of the user, a common trait of instructional videos.

Like I said, this thing would be totally awesome for younger, more tech-savvy folks who instinctively "get" the newer digital terminology and language, but for us older, simpler 4-track folks it's just too darn complicated - - listen, I've been a pro musician for over 30 years and have had lots of experience in the studio, produced and recorded my own music for decades, but on analogue equipment with real faders, buttons, and switches - - this ZOOM unit is just too complicated for me - - there, I admit it. I've used it to record a few songs, but the time it takes just to put them down is ridiculous and you constantly have to go back through the many different levels of the menu for different effects, eq's, and they are often over-lapping to the point you can screw up your initial idea and have to start over - - just too confusing. Lightweight, powerful, compact, and feature-laden, YES. Easy to use and intuitive for the novice to digital recording, NO!! Oh for the days of just pushing a button and recording - - is that too much to ask??

I'm not sure how the thing will hold up physically, either - - very lightweight plastic housing, cheap faders, and fragile-feeling controls just don't seem very study to me. The included Cubase LE software is useless, too, so I'm just totally fed up and am going with something more user-friendly and familiar like the Tascam DP-02 - - that thing is awesome, and at least it's much more intuitive and even I can use it without much trouble. It's not like I'm going to do a whole cd on the thing at once - - just simple acoustic arrangements and a few tracks at a time to take to my studio guy to mixdown - - without jumping through all the endless hoops in the tiny, menu-driven display of the ZOOM R16 - - which is a great, feature-rich unit no doubt for the experienced techno-head, but for old-school folks I wouldn't recommend it. It's just not right for my use, period. Life's too short for all this stuff, and recording should be easy, quick, and above all FUN, like in the old days. At least with the Tascam, it's a lot closer than trying to figure out the ZOOM menus.

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5.0

Great portable mixer

By R2H

from Kentucky

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

    Great as a control surface for DAW recording. Comes with CuBase but works great with Reaper. Make sure you download the latest drivers for the R16. If you don't want to lug a lot of gear, the small form factor and 8 XLR inputs make the R16 a perfect portable mixer for performances. I would have liked the stereo outputs to support XLR but the 1/4-in. outputs are OK for powered speakers with TRS inputs.

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    4.0

    Works great in the kitchen studio.

    By Dognose Productions

    from Albany, Oregon

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Once Learned, It Does A Lot
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Menus are Weird
    • No knobs for L/R Pan

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

    I haven't used it as a controller, yet. But as a stand alone it's great. The only drawback is the lack of knobs to pan in real time during mastering.
    It also helps if you're fluent in "Menu", as you have to figure out a lot of them if you really want to use this things to it's full potential. But again, I haven't used it to control my software yet. It may be easier that way.
    The only issues I've had are with some freeze ups, but they might be due to old SD cards. I haven't contacted anyone about it so far.

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    5.0

    Great product easy to use

    By Tom

    from Dayton ohio

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

      Recording own band

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Hardware with software bells and whistles.

      By Rainy daze

      from PDX, OR

      About Me Novice

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

        Having never made the jump to full on P.C. recording, I am so glad this came along. After limited success and cosiderable frustration trying to record on a computer, this is so easy, intuitive, and instantly gratifying, that now I am recording music instead of struggling to do so.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        I would not but this product again

        By Smitty

        from Detroit Mi.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

          I've been recording close to 20 yrs. now in my home studio, my Korg D1600 would not burn cd's anymore so after much research I bought the R16 (i own the Zoom Q2 Handy Cam & love it) the R16, wish I'd never bought it! It comes with Cubase 6LE which is way over complicated, (to register it is such a pain that there are youtube tutorials showing how) the Cubase 6 and the R16 software & drivers come on a CD so if U wanna run the program threw a laptop (which I did ) the R16 only comes with Cd's, no SMD card which means you have to upoad the programs in your PC then transfer them to the laptop. I found it odd that the R16 itself doesn't have a CD input but it comes with the program on a CD as opposed to SMD (both would be nice). I play out from March -September so when I got it last spring I didn't have the time to really work with it. When I got down to serious recording 2 months ago the phantom 48 was inop so a condenser mic could not B used without a mic pre-amp. I contacted Zoom about the phantom 48 problem & their response was did i have the 48 switch in the on posistion (duh ya, after research I found others who said the Zoom technical support was suspect @ best) I was thrilled with the prospect of recording on an SMD card & not having to mess with CD's unless someone requested one (which I could burn on my PC after uploading the SMD). My studio is in a office attached to my garage therefore my PC is not available. Bottom line until it comes with the programs & drivers on an SMD card & with a more user friendly program than Cubase, I'd look for something else.

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          4.0

          Everything I thought it would be

          By Jazzzimp

          from Indiana, PA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Great price
          • Low Distortion
          • Powerful
          • Quality Product
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Limited Phantom Power
          • Phantom Power
          • Poor User Manual

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

          I'm amazed at the quality of the R16 for such a reasonable price. I've used in the studio and in the field for live performances. It's everything you hope for and more. I suggest someone offer more online tutorials because the manual is very poor. This unit can be confusing at times and the manual makes it worse.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I LOVE THIS UNIT

          By Ed

          from Philly

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

            I use the R16 as an interface and control surface for R.E.A.P.E.R. (DAW). It is dead simple and as a control surface is indispensable. I used to use a Behringer USB board and had to get the manual out every time I went to use it. With the R16 it is literally 3 presses of the enter key, start my DAW and I'm good to go. Totally worth it.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Buy !

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            By Rodney Wallace

            from Earth

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Construction

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

            I am very pleased with this recorder...it is exactly what it says it is, and for the price you wont find a better product...keep in mind it IS plastic and WILL break if dropped or anything falls on it and if you are a newbie in the digital recording world you might be put off by its interface (scroll menus)if you plan on using the internal effects and editing functions,ect...but everything you need to just record a track is a simple as plugging in a mic, "arming" the track u want to record to and pushing record/play...just like the old tape machines.

            I also love the fact it is truly portable and its onboard mics sound pretty good if the levels and proximity is correct....makes "field recording" a breeze.

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Not reliable

            By Louder1978

            from wv

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • 16 Tracks
            • 8 Inputs

            Cons

            • No Customer Support
            • Poor Quality Construction
            • Short Life Span

            Best Uses

            • Paper weight

            Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

            Bought mine in October 2012 and it died in October 2013, 11 days past the warranty. It had less than 20hrs. of use and was well taken care of. When it worked the sound quality was fair. The USB port made it easy to transfer files to your computer. It had a ton of features, but could be a straight forward recorder for the guy's who like it simple. None of that means anything if its a lemon like mine. Still no reply from the manufacturer on a repair. I don't think it matters much because I opened it up since there isn't a warranty left on it and was dissapointed more in the construction once opened. I don't think its worth dropping any more money into it.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Can't make a better investment

            By Todd

            from Ventura, CA

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Complex Menus
            • Display Limited

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Record Live Or Studio

            Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

            This device is an amazing multi-track recording device. As soon as I brought this out to record our shows live, I became the most popular local musician! Everyone wants to borrow this thing.

            For live recording, I set up a pair of cheap CAD condenser mics near the board and get a few lines out and I can record some great tracks.

            For studio recording, I bring this to our studio and record 8 tracks live off the floor - either to a laptop & DAW or just to the card (mostly to the SD card). I have a big drum kit, so when we're doing more formal recording, all 8 tracks are drums. But for demos, I record 1 guitar, 1 bass, 1 vocal, 4 drums and 1 room mic.

            The included Cubase is quite good, but I upgraded it to Cubase 7 Artist and I'm super happy.

            The downside is that this is not a very user friendly mixer, nor is it a good stand-alone DAW. Without using a computer/software, you're going to hate it. The menus are so unwieldy that I don't even bother naming the tracks.

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