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OVERVIEW

8-track recorder, audio interface, DAW control surface, and sampler all-in-one.

There are times when you don't want to get bogged down with computers, software and other creative roadblocks, when all you really want to do is record and mix a quick demo for promotional or personal reference. That's where scaled-down, ultra-portable music production systems like the Zoom R8 make the most impact in your studio or on the road. Not only does the R8 offer 2-track recording with 8-track simultaneous playback, but you also get an 8-voice/8-pad sampler, 500MB of drum loops, built-in rhythm machine, built-in stereo microphones, DSP effects, and a built-in audio interface with control surface capabilities for the times that you do want to sync the R8 with your computer and host DAW.

Recorder
With 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 interface
When 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 surface
The 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.

Sampler
The 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 inside
The 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 machine
The R8's 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 R8's pads to start playback of patterns and use the R8's 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 microphones
The 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 32GB
The 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 easier
Set 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 2.0
The R8's 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 functions
The R8's 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 power
Power options provide flexibility for different situations. Power the R8 on its own in one of two ways-with 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 computer's USB bus.

Easy hands-free operation
Using 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 included
Cubase 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.

FEATURES
Simultaneous 2-track recording and 8-track playback
2x2 USB audio interface
Control surface compatible with most DAW software
8-voice sampler with 8 pads
500MB of drum loops from Big Fish Audio
Built-in rhythm machine lets you create you own beats
Built-in, high-sensitivity stereo microphones
Over 140 DSP effects including guitar and amp models
Supports SDHC cards up to 32GB
Locate function with 100 markers to make editing easier
Rapid file transfer with high-speed USB
Versatile inputs for guitars, mics, and line sources
Tuner and metronome functions
Powered by AC adapter, batteries (not included), or USB
Easy hands-free operation with optional ZOOM FS01 footswitch (sold separately)
Includes Cubase LE DAW software

Get all the recording functions and DAW control you need in one compact unit. Order your Zoom R8 today!

SPECIFICATIONS
R8 Audio Interface System Requirements:

Windows:
Windows XP SP3 or later/Vista SP1 or later/7
Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz or better
RAM1GB or more
USB2.0 compatible port

Intel Mac:
OS X 10.5.8/10.6.5 or later
Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or better
RAM1GB or more
USB2.0 compatible port

* USB hub is not supported. * Intel Chipset is recommended.

Recorder
Physical tracks: 8
Simultaneous recording tracks: 2
Simultaneous playback tracks: 8
Recording data format: 16-24bit/44.1-48kHz WAV
Maximum recordable time: 200 minutes / GB (44.1kHz 16-bit, mono tracks)
Projects: 1,000
Markers: 100 / Project
Locator: Hours / Min. / Sec. / msec or Bars / Beats / Ticks
File editing: Divide, trim
Other Functions: Punch-in/out (manual, automatic), bounce, marker, A-B repeat, undo / redo, metronome

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

Mixer
Faders: 9
Level Meters: 19-step LCD, post-fader
Track Parameters: 3-band equalizer, pan (balance), effect send x 2, invert
Stereo links track pairs: 1/2 to 7/8 selectable

Effects
Algorithms: 8 (clean, distortion, acoustic/bass sim, bass, mic, dual mic stereo, mastering)
Types: 146
Modules: 7 for Insert, 2 for Send / Return
Patches: 310 for Insert, 60 for Send / Return
Tuner: Chromatic, guitar, bass, open A/D/E/G, D modal
Playback Data Format: 16-24bit/44.1-48kHz WAV

Sampler
Voices: 8
Editing functions: Trim, time-stretch
Rhythm voices: 8
Sound format: 16-bit Linear PCM
Drum kits: 10
Pads: 8 (velocity-sensitive)
Precision: 48PPQN
Rhythm patterns: 511/project
Patterns: 511 (472 factory, 39 blank) / Project
Beat: 1/4-8/4
Tempo: 40.0 - 250.0 BPM

Hardware
Recording media: SD card (16MB-2GB), SDHC card (4-32GB)
A/D conversion: 24-bit/96kHz, delta-sigma ADC
D/A conversion: 24-bit/96kHz, delta-sigma DAC
Display: 128 x 64 pixel LCD (with backlight)
Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4'' phone combo jack / Input impedance: (balanced input) 1k ohm balanced, 2nd hot, (unbalanced input) 50k ohm unbalanced, (Hi-Z input) 470k ohm / Input level: -50dBm to +4dBm continuously variable
Built-in microphones: Omnidirectional condenser microphones / Gain: -50dBm to +4dBm continuously variable
Phantom power supply: 48V, 24V
Master output: 1/4" TRS phone (balanced) / Output impedance: 1k ohm / Rated output level: +4dBm
Headphone output: 1/4'' stereo phone jack, 20mW x 2 (at 32 ohm load)
USB: Mini-B type (USB2.0 high-speed compatible) audio interface / control surface or mass storage class operation
Power requirements: AC adapter (DC5V/1A/center positive) or 4 AA size (LR6) batteries (not included)
Battery life: 5.5 hours (with backlight on and phantom power off)
Dimensions: 10-1/8"(W) x 2"(H) x 7-1/2"(D) (257 x 190 x 51 mm)
Weight: 1.7 lb. (780g) without batteries

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ZoomR8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface
 
4.6

(based on 28 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (16)
  • Compact (15)
  • Excellent sound (15)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Good power output (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Performances (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Total Package Even For Full Blown Pro Production

The Zoom R8 is unbelievable. I was expecting an easy and portable solution to record quick song ideas down on tape before I would lose them. But I found myself actually getting far more...Read complete review

The Zoom R8 is unbelievable. I was expecting an easy and portable solution to record quick song ideas down on tape before I would lose them. But I found myself actually getting far more than I bargained for and the ideas were much more than a reference and in many instances the flavor of the mini takes became the heart and soul of the song ideas. Since sound plays a very important role in what draws a listener into a song, the production level begins to take on a life of its own. Even cooler is how you can have many virtual takes which run in a parallel sub track. In other words you can have for instance 8 different vocal tracks under track 2, serving as sub takes and play back any instance of them or bounce them around with no quality loss whatsoever. You can record your guitar clean while hearing a distortion mix that does not get recorded so you can keep playing with different fx and fine tuning the guitar mix. Can be done with vocals as well. Drums can be a used as a sync without actually recording them so they can be edited later to add fills or change completely. You just cannot find a better production tool for writing that is more complete than Zoom recorders. The built in mics are just fantastic and I recorded a live band and there was not one bit of distortion recorded. Singing and playing guitar 3 feet from the recorder and then adding fx sounded like a studio recording. This a seriously well thought out unit and a must have for every musician that feels the need to be productive on the fly or for full blown mastering. I like to bounce 8 tracks to the master stereo track and then copy the original tracks to sub tracks and then free up 6 more tracks now I have 14 tracks to again master to stereo 2 track. All tracks having full blown fx processing. Tight short gate reverb is the key to lively tight mixing. The fx are not to be outdone and the compressors and excites are as good as any I've used. Hands down best recording fx for the money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

R8 Is acceptable, however the sofware Cubase LE5 is terrible long installation process and it does not work

I really dislike the long installation process for Cubase LE5 and the poor instructions almost none it actually does not have an instruction manual. At the end of hours of installation the program still...Read complete review

I really dislike the long installation process for Cubase LE5 and the poor instructions almost none it actually does not have an instruction manual. At the end of hours of installation the program still does not work with the Zoom R8. Contacting the manufactor is impossible and they never repond. Zoom R8 i thought it will be better.

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(59 of 59 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Total Package Even For Full Blown Pro Production

By Marky Mark

from Pittsburgh PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

    The Zoom R8 is unbelievable. I was expecting an easy and portable solution to record quick song ideas down on tape before I would lose them. But I found myself actually getting far more than I bargained for and the ideas were much more than a reference and in many instances the flavor of the mini takes became the heart and soul of the song ideas. Since sound plays a very important role in what draws a listener into a song, the production level begins to take on a life of its own. Even cooler is how you can have many virtual takes which run in a parallel sub track. In other words you can have for instance 8 different vocal tracks under track 2, serving as sub takes and play back any instance of them or bounce them around with no quality loss whatsoever. You can record your guitar clean while hearing a distortion mix that does not get recorded so you can keep playing with different fx and fine tuning the guitar mix. Can be done with vocals as well. Drums can be a used as a sync without actually recording them so they can be edited later to add fills or change completely. You just cannot find a better production tool for writing that is more complete than Zoom recorders. The built in mics are just fantastic and I recorded a live band and there was not one bit of distortion recorded. Singing and playing guitar 3 feet from the recorder and then adding fx sounded like a studio recording. This a seriously well thought out unit and a must have for every musician that feels the need to be productive on the fly or for full blown mastering. I like to bounce 8 tracks to the master stereo track and then copy the original tracks to sub tracks and then free up 6 more tracks now I have 14 tracks to again master to stereo 2 track. All tracks having full blown fx processing. Tight short gate reverb is the key to lively tight mixing. The fx are not to be outdone and the compressors and excites are as good as any I've used. Hands down best recording fx for the money.

    (32 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Full Blown Vocal Processor For Live Band

    By Marky Mark

    from Pittsburgh PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

      Just needed to cover new discoveries about the R8. First of all there are the seven best guitar effects that are currently being offered in their Zoom Ms50 pedal so you get these fx as a bonus the pedal. There are multi fx set up in groups for each type of effect, for instance guitar. You can select a compressor a modulation effect a delay and a reverb and eq in a vocal type multi fx. Reamping is a popular studio technique where you record clean, then copy the track and try different fx. You could have 4 or more guitar mixes and punch them in as you like on a bounce take. So all that is necessary is playing with a reference mix all the way thru then mixing it down later to a master 2 tracks. The Vocal fx are absolutely awesome. Right down to Mic types and exciters and compressors. Easy to ride the mix and have vocals float on the surface of the mix for pure presence. Best compressors and Limiters. The mastering section uses sonic maximizing that uses 2 band compression that really polishes a mix. These fx are not subtle when turning them on and off. When you have really learned these fx you will need all you need to know to be a master mixer. The key is to hear the mix at 3 levels, low mid and loud. Loud needs to be punchy and present without harsh hi end and lows need to be felt in the room without muddying the mix. The sonic maximizer can pump up any dj mix and this is a great do all add on for a dj. The fx in this thing alone are worth a studios worth of fx. The drum machine is filled with great sounding kits and it is a full blown drum machine allowing you to tap in your own beats. Believe it or not the pad buttons can actually trigger complete musical sounds or even full mix loops onstage. What more can you ask for, but there is much more. Keep in mind that it does communicate with your favorite software on your computer and comes with Cubase. This is great because controlling tracks on the r8 will be flawless. Unlike unreliable computer tracks.

      (22 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice features and sound quality

      By Michael Davis

      from west virginia

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      Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

      Being an analog guy from the old school I decidied to upgrade to digital and was not disappointed with the Zoom R-8 unit.The layout is friendly and intuitive, and an evening of tweaking and learning is all it took to master the basics.Most of the often used features have a dedicated knob so menu editing is kept to a minimum.The effects and routing options are excellent and the option to record in 16 or 24 bit is a plus.The noise floor is very low to non existent.The onboard drum machine i found to my liking also, step recording and velocity sensitive pads make using the installed patterns easy to tweak.Optional power from USB is nice too.The short throw faders are smooth and appear to be made to last with no wiggle or blank spots.The manual is well written and organised for the beginner to reference quickly.The onboard mics work well and are good quality for recording acoustic or on the fly inspiration.The only 2 downsides i have with this unit is the LCD screen should be a little bigger and the plastic enclosure,otherwise the unit delivers flawlessly and i will use this for a long time to come.I downloaded the Zoom R-8 manual from their website and studied the features and options before making this purchase and am very happy with my purchase.
      Effects and routing options make this unit shine.
      Plastic enclosure, metal would have been nice.A larger lcd display would be a plus too.
      About right for the price.

      (20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Value!

      By Andy

      from Southwest Mt.

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Not Many Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

      This is one of the few pieces of gear I've bought that not only met, but exceeded, the expectations I had from reading the description.

      This unit is kind of a bridge for folks who are used to stand-alone recorders, but want to go digital. It's almost as simple to use as the old 4-track cassette units. After you start getting used to it, you realize just how many more features there are in the R8.

      Although you can use it as an audio interface to record your tracks straight to your computer, I prefer to use the R8 as a stand-alone unit and then use it in "card reader" mode to transfer tracks back and forth to the computer. As long as you don't change the length of individual tracks, you can edit them on your computer and then plug them back into the project. You also have some editing abilities in the R8 itself.

      PROs There are way too many pros for me to list, but, here are some highlights: The effects are great, and can also be edited, the sequencer and looper are nice, and I am blown away at the sound of the on-board mics. It's easy to use, and loaded with features that won't be found on other recorders in this price range, or even recorders costing much more. The sound quality is great. The auto punch in/out is one of the easiest I've used. The only limitation to how many "virtual tracks" you can record is how much space is remaining on your SD card. This is a great value!

      CONs: Not many. The drum sounds could be better, but you're not going to find any other recorders in this price range that even have drums. The biggest con for me would be that it only records two tracks at a time, but, once again, no other recorder in this price range will be able to record more than two at a time. One weird thing did happen once when I recorded a track too loud, and it bled onto another track, which should be impossible with a digital recorder. That was not too long after I got it, and could only hear it in the headphones, while the monitor signal was fine. I think that I must have had a setting wrong, because I was still learning.

      SUMMARY- The R8 is a great sounding, easy to use recorder/interface/sequencer/looper/drum machine that has no competition in its price range. Buy it before ZOOM realizes it's worth more.

      P.S. I've read reviews that say the R8 is fragile. I have found the opposite. My R8 has spent quite a bit of time in the pockets of gig bags, and it works and looks just like it did when I got it. I also read a review that said it was ugly and looked like something from the 90s. Who cares about how it looks?

      P.P.S. If you have problems getting started, watch the videos about the R8 on Youtube. The ones by "bobritsky" are especially useful. After you've watched them, the user's manual becomes just a handy quick reference guide.

      (14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buy It!! You will NOT be dissapointed!

      By Guitar74

      from Conyers, Ga

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      Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

      The amp models actually sound like the amps, the drum machine/sequencer is VERY easy to use, sounds great, the looper is also very easy to use, and the overall sound quality blows the Boss BR 8 track away.

      Also, the after the sale service that I have received from both Zoom as well as Yamaha/Steinburg is excellent. The former statement can NOT be said for Boss/Roland.

      I will also be looking at Yamaha for my monitor needs.
      I purchased the R8 to replace the P.O.S. Boss BR-600 that quit on me after recording three songs. Comparatively speaking this unit blows the Boss away on every front from ease of use, quality and variety of the amp models ( I found the COSM modules of the Boss to be generic and thin), as well as no coloration of sound. It seemed with the Boss unit I would mix down, send to my hard drive, burn a copy, and find that the mix was nowhere near the same as what I heard from the Boss unit ( of course I blamed it on the monitors, headphones, etc). Not the case with the Zoom. Another great plus is the Steinburg software, which I have installed, but have yet to use. I also like the fact that I can record as many takes as I want, store them as files, and after bouncing can use them. I actually had 20 tracks of rhythm guitars on the last song. With the Boss I was limited to 8 "virtual takes" per track.

      I did have some problems getting the software registration key, but got the fix from Yamaha within 24 hrs. of sending an email, and was up and running very quickly. Response from Boss was nowhere near this fast, nor did they seem to care that my unit decided to quit working after completing three songs.
      Haven't had long enough to evaluate.
      If you take into consideration the features, ease of use, and the cubase software, it is a very good value.

      (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Update to my first review of Zoom R8

      By Michael Davis

      from west virginia

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      Pros

      • Easy setup
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No Complaints

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Live Showshome Recording
      • Performances

      Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

      An update to my initial review.Been using this unit over a year with no problems.The included software is a trial teaser which i didn't purchase as i have my own.The onboard mics have done well with capturing sound, even with slightly overloaded levels now n then,the distortion is still acceptable.I was a little nervous about the plastic housing but it seems to be durable and it gets TLC.The print on the knobs and buttons have no wear and my recordings have no noise whatsoever.The volume sliders are still tight.Many of the effects and amp sims i find usable.The intuitive layout has helped me improve my skills at live recording and songwriting more than i expected,and i have mastered all the capabilities of this unit except using it as a daw interface.Been a customer of MF for over 12 yrs with no complaints on service or quality of their products as the Zoom R8 has performed above my expectations.

      (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      so far so good...

      By reeltoreel

      from portland or

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

        I returned my Tascam DP-008 and got this, even though I'm a geezer. It just does way more. Most importantly, the mic recordings sounded better and had more effects available. end of story.

        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Bang for the Buck

        By DMB81

        from Nevada, MO

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Unnecessary Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

        Easy E-Q, Cubase sucks, unless you have a MAC, otherwise use some free mastering program off the net. SDHC cards awesome feature, great sound quality, lots of features, effects, options, internal mics are good for rough acoustic oriented ideas, come out clear. Simplier than BOSS, compact and still feels like a real workstation too- LOTS of features, and easy to undo mistakes or mishaps, totally made for the musician with no desire to become a full tech head!

        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great recorder at a great price

        By Purebassplayer

        from Coeur d'Alene, Id

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

          I read a majority of the reviews that said it was constructed weak, I feel it is constructed just fine. It's a recorder that is meant to used as such, it's not a Boss pedal that you can smash night after night. I was impressed by how quickly I was able to record with excellent sound quality, first just solo and then I began very quickly to record band practices on the fly. The built in mic's sound great making it easy to capture live ideas and performances. Additionally, the drum patterns that come with the recorder are great quality also and serve as a great foundation for ideas or for entire songs. All in all I love this recorder. I will probably save for the R24 (the R8's big brother) in the future.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          It's working well for me.

          By Gary Guitar

          from Pa

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Nice Mastering Effects
          • Quick Rhythm Tracks

          Cons

          • 83 File Format

          Best Uses

          • In-home Recording

          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

          I've had this unit just a couple weeks and am happy with it so far. I also own the MRS1044 so the transition was pretty easy to this unit. Before I starting using it I read and re-read the manual many times.
          I just use this recorder for creating rhythm tracks - drum and bass, and then play guitar and sing live along with the tracks. There is no dedicated rythym track (like the 1044) and you must use multiple tracks to create a rhytym track. This isn't a problem for me since I'm only recording bass and drums. I easily created my own beats - steady, rolls, crashes, etc. The track sequencer makes it easy to create and entire drum track for any song. In total I dedicate 5 tracks for the drums and then one more for my bass guitar.
          The LCD screen could be larger and my old eyes need reading glasses to see it. The file folder system is 8.3 format and you can only enter in capital letters (why can't this be full 80 characers?).
          I do like the Mastering effects which is a big improvement over the 1044 and the entire sound is much better.
          I also like the USB trasfer to PC (without having to reboot the unit like the 1044). Again the only issue is the 8.3 format which is a bit cryptic. I also found that the Master.wav file has the same name for every project so if you're downloading multiple masters, you need to rename them and keep them sorted accordingly.
          I use software on my PC to compress and set the volume limit on each master track so they each have similar volume levels.

          (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          R8 Is acceptable, however the sofware Cubase LE5 is terrible long installation process and it does not work

          By Pedro Blanco

          from United States

          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

          I really dislike the long installation process for Cubase LE5 and the poor instructions almost none it actually does not have an instruction manual. At the end of hours of installation the program still does not work with the Zoom R8. Contacting the manufactor is impossible and they never repond. Zoom R8 i thought it will be better.

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome device!

          By Steve Lockett

          from Australia

          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

          I'm sure that within six months of this review being typed, something will surpass the R8's features and performance at this price-point but that should only force this device's price down, in which case it would still represent a bargain.

          Very happy with my purchase and would recommend to any of my friends who were looking for something like this.

          Also very happy with Musicians' Friend in terms of their shipping turnaround. I received the package in Australia about five or six working days ex-US.
          In-built mics - Check!
          Two-channel Mono / Single Stereo recording - Check!
          Portable 8-channel mixing - Check!
          Track and master FX - Check!
          Guitar-amp modelling - Check!
          Drum tracks - Check!
          PC audio interface - Check!
          DAW control surface - Check!
          PC/Mac-compatible DAW packaged - Check!
          Compared to the Native Instruments' gear I've had, the plastic casing of the R8 doesn't generate an immediate sense of ruggedness that an extruded aluminium case does.

          It's very compact but the controls are well-laid out - I think you'd have to have banana-fingers to struggle with using it.

          The finish is excellent, and the ruggeness comment aside, none of the controls feel flimsy or loose.
          The rails at either end of the upper surface act like a roll-bar so that should the R8 end belly-up, the control surface has some protection.
          To my mind, the best multi-purpose recording device package in it's price range.

          Whether you don't like being tied to computers for recording & mixing, or you want a decent Audio Interface and controller for a computer, or you want something portable, the Zoom R8 is one device you should consider.

          Also, if you've used a DAW but never used an 8 track recorder before, it's pretty easy to pick up without too much reference to the manual.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Zoom R8 Recorder

          By Nathan Hartman

          from Ohio

          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

          Make sure you get a 1/4 cable (or an 1/8 with a 1/4 adapter) with either XLR (for your stereo) or an 1/8 end (for amps with a cd input). Because if you are on a budget and buying the Zoom R8, you probably don't have a REAL monitor system to hook up to. This is what I do and it works fine with no feedback. You won't need your amp for recording anyway. I use the on board simulators and effects so all I have to do is plug into the Zoom and go!
          Just got my Zoom a couple of weeks ago, and could not be happier with it! This is my first purchase of a digital 8-track, so I can only assume that this is not the highest quality recorder, but it does everything I need it to and more! The price tag seemed like I might be getting a cheap recorder, but that is far from the truth. The manual is a little confusing and the 'hints' it gives only repeat what the chapter already said.
          This thing easily adapts to the multiple kinds of music I write. The amp/guitar simulators and effects are awesome and you can adjust them easily and almost on the fly. The track swap makes it ridiculously simple to use all 8 tracks. Over 400 drum tracks are nice but a little thin. I can have an idea and within an hour have it saved, dumped to a computer (just take the memory card and insert it in a laptop) and burned to a CD. The mastering function is also extremely easy to use. If you are on a budget and want to record your tunes quickly and right out of the box, this is the recorder for you!

          (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not for the novice

          By mic

          from connecticut

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Good Quality Layout
          • Sturdy Construction
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Complicated Processing
          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

          Unfortunately I found the processing cumbersome and couldn't get the internal version of software to function properly or at all regardless of rereading the manual over and over again. Returned the R8 but kept the mics.

          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Impressive!!!

          By RRB335

          from Williamsport, IN

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Freezes Occasionally

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

          This is such an awesome recorder. You can write and create your own music with it by yourself. The drum machine is awesome, the sound is incredible, I wrote and record some songs and I was impressed!

          (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          NIce, stopped working after 2 days? QA?

          By Joey

          from Long Island, NY

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Construction

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording

          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

          Going to try another R8 hope I get a good one, but have no faith in it working any better, or at least for any length of time. Player would maybe power up one out of 5 times , tried new chord, and plugging into PC, nothing. No QA, or design Flaw? I had a Tascam 4-Track for 20 years, never failed but for the tape head. Powering issues on mine maybe they can address.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Zoom R8

          By Shay Allen

          from Undisclosed

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          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

          This is perfect for simple fun recording.
          This is a great little 8 track. I own a Zoom H4n and use it on occasion, but it can be a challenge to get your head around something that small, with it's limited buttons and many menus. The R8 is great for people who need a bit more visuals and knobs to turn, while remaining super portable. I watched a tutorial on youtube before I received my own in the mail and was able to use it successfully, pretty much right out of the box. Really fun for quick demos and includes customizable effects- I was able to put down a quick track using three different amps, recorded direct, without having to hook up my amp just to catch an idea. I'm someone who'd rather not record on solely on computers and the simpler the better. This is definitely doable. I do recommend!
          No problems so far. Seems pretty solid. Nice knobs and sliders.
          I think the price for this product is quite reasonable. It does what it's supposed to do and has a bunch of cool features. Thanks again Zoom and MusiciansFriend!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Zoom R-8 is the best little digital multitrack on the market

          By stockwrock

          from nashville

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          Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

          As was the case with the Zoom 1044 I got a decade ago, the instruction manual for the R-8 is a bit challenging to figure out. Thanks to some on-line forums and you tube videos, I was able to grasp a couple of things which were not well explained in the manual. The more I use it, the more I learn, and in time I'm sure I will be pressing all the right buttons without a second thought. I don't mix on computer, so with only 8 tracks to work with, I have to mix the stereo drum loops to sequence a rhythm section, mix to a stereo master, and then import that 2-track project mix to a new project, where I add guitars, bass, keys, vocals, etc.
          The R-8 has so many features that make it an amazing, affordable recorder. I don't intend to use them all, but sophisticated technical types will have a field day with this thing. The wide variety of editable effects will keep me busy looking for just the right tones for guitar, bass, etc., and the built-in mics are really good, although I usually plug in mics for vocals, acoustic guitar, and saxophone parts.
          No complaints so far. I think its being small and lightweight is a good thing.
          I bought a Zoom 1044 12-track about 10 years ago. When Musician's Friend ran a recent sale, I jumped on it and got the R-8 for 1/4 (!!!) the price of the 1044. The drum loops and computer program included in the R-8 are worth the price alone (even if I have no plans of mixing with the computer software).

          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          customer service is awesome

          By b-rad

          from sacramento, ca

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

              c.s. bent over backwards to accomodate me. R8 does it all. Slight learning curve, but super happy with it.

              (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              zoom r8

              By steve23

              from Liverpool ny.

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Great Product
              • No cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Zoom R8 8-Track SD Recorder, Sampler & USB Interface:

              Great unit and it is light and compact and durable.l got a defective unit the first time and musiciansfriend replaced it and stood behind what they sold to their credit and sent out another machine that has been great so far.

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