Zoom PodTrak P4

Podcasting Recorder

  • Four microphone inputs (XLR, P48V phantom power switchable)
  • Four headphone outputs with individual volume controls (3.5mm stereo jack)
  • Gain control and mute button per input
  • Mix minus function for automatic feedback suppression for incoming calls
  • Connection of a telephone via TRRS socket
  • Wireless integration of telephones via Zoom BTA-2 Bluetooth receiver (Art.500445, not included)
  • Triggering of sound effects via the four assignable sound pads (11 sound presets)
  • Record all inputs on separate tracks
  • Supports SD, SDHC and SDXC cards with up to 512 GB
  • USB audio interface with 2 inputs and 2 outputs (16 bit / 44.1 kHz)
  • iOS compatibility through Class Compliant Mode
  • Up to 4 hours running time with two type AA batteries
  • Power supply via USB-C port or Zoom AD117 power supply (Art.325751, not included)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 112 x 155 x 47 mm
  • Weight: 290 g
  • Includes Quick Start Guide and 2 type AA batteries

Further Information

Integrated Stereo Microhone No
Recording Tracks 4
Microphone Inputs 4
48 V Phantom power Yes
Line Inputs 2
Storage Medium SD/SDHC/SDXC Card
Headphone connection Yes
Integrated Speaker No
Resolution max. 16 bit
Max. Sample Rate 44,1 kHz
Limiter No

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Sehr einfache Telefon- und Zoom-Aufnahmen
Jürgen_F, 27.04.2021
Als Journalist nutze ich den Zoom P4, um Interviews via Telefon sowie Microsoft Teams, Zoom oder Skype aufzunehmen. In dieser Rolle ist das Gerät eine Idealbesetzung: ein Smartphone oder Fritzfon schließt man am 3,5 mm-Headhone-Ausgang über ein TRRS-Kabel an den Recorder an, Zoom oder Microsoft Teams über ein USB-C-Kabel. Im letzteren Fall fungiert der Zoom P4 als Soudkarte am PC oder Laptop. Die Kabel müssen separat erworben werden.Sowohl für das Telefon als auch für Zoom entsteht eine Mix-Minus-Schaltung, die eine Rückkopplung beim Gesprächspartner verhindert. Beim TRRS-Eingang passiert das automatisch, beim USB-C-Eingang muss man das einmalig im Menü anklicken. Das ist deutlich einfacher, als eine Mix-Minus-Schaltung an einem Mischpult über den Aux-Send-Kanal zu erzeugen. Die Aufnahmequalität des Zoom P4 ist gut, beim Telefon insbesondere dann, wenn HD Voice zum Einsatz kommt.

Der Zoom P4 hat vier Mikrofoneingänge. Einer davon lässt sich für Telefonaufnahmen nutzen, ein zweiter anderer für die Aufnahme von Microsoft Teams. Die Preamps liefern enorme 70 db Vorverstärkung und befeuern damit sogar Gain-hungrige dynamische Mikrofone. Sofern der Gain-Regler nicht weiter als Stufe 7 von 10 aufgedreht wird, sind die Mic-Eingänge rauschfrei. Einen Line-Eingang hat das Gerät nicht.

Der Zoom P4 zeichnet auf der SD-Karte alle Kanäle separat auf und zusätzlich ein Summensignal in Stereo. Zusätzlich kann man über das USB-C-Kabel das Summensignal am PC aufnehmen. Hab ich aber noch nicht genutzt. Aufnahmeformat ist immer WAV mit 44,1 KHz. Das Überspielen der Soundfiles auf den PC läuft vergleichsweise langsam. Deutlich schneller ist es, die SD-Karte in den PC zu stecken.

Die anderswo übliche Clipping-LED fehlt dem Rekorder. Ein schneller Limiter verhindert das Übersteuern, quetscht aber das Signal hörbar zusammen. Es empfiehlt sich daher, das Signal nicht weiter als 2/3 des Maximums auszusteuern. Dann hat man genügend Reserve und kann den Pegel später in Audition o. ä. auf das gewünschte Level anheben.

Das Gehäuse des Zoom 4 ist billig anmutender Kunststoff. Um ein Zerkratzen zu vermeiden, ist für den Transport eine gepolsterte Hülle notwendig, in der keine Kabel direkten Kontakt zum Rekorder haben.
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