Combined 8-Track Multitrack SD Card Recorder

  • USB Audio interface 24-bit / 96 kHz
  • Mackie Control compatible DAW controller and 8-tune pad sampler
  • 8-Track playback
  • 2 Track simultaneous recording
  • 2x XLR / 6.3mm jack combo inputs with 48 V phantom power
  • 150 DSP Effects
  • Records to SD/SDHC memory media of up to 32GB WAV format at 44.1 / 48 kHz at 16 or 24 bits
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphone
  • Power supply via battery (4 x AA)
  • USB or included USB power adapter
  • 500 MB Drum loops
  • Steinberg Cubase LE DAW sequencing software for Mac / PC

Further Information

Number Of Tracks 8
Simultaneous Recording: Amount Of Tracks 2
Effects Yes
Storage Medium SD/SDHC Card
Phantom power Yes
XLR Connectors 2
Jack Connectors 2
RCA Connectors No
MIDI Interface None
USB connection Yes
Digital Connections None
Miscellaneous Connectors None
Headphone connection Yes

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Zoom R8 Mixer/Digital Recorder/Sequencer - Purchased in November 2018/Delivered very early December
FC Music , 11.01.2018
Great service from Thomann and DHL. Only downside was An Post in Ireland who appear to be unable to state when delivery will occur. Parcel arrived unexpectedly by An Post without prior warning. Luckily I was at home at the time. However, all credit to Thomann for excellent products, pricing, and customer service. I would happily pay a bit extra for a better home delivery service than An Post.
The Zoom R8 itself is a great bit of kit. Compact but robust, clever design and feature packed. The manual isn't 100% but plenty of good YouTube videos especially those by RMenza and BobBrit who have clearly and concisely given excellent instruction on the operating procedures. Sound quality is excellent as long as you have good sound coming in. Always check sound quality and levels before recording. Used quality monitors or headphones. The recording is a doddle and its relatively simple to add effects from presets. Looping and sequencing are easy as long as you use beats and bars as your time sequence. Always remember to set your Tempo to the BPM. I use VSTs from Abelton Lite and as long as the BPM is synched there is never a problem.
I am delighted with this little marvel. My only downside (and this was due to budgetary constraints) is limited 1/4 inch inputs (2) and number of tracks (8). In hindsight the R16 or R24 would have been better suited to my needs but I have a workaround in using the recorder on my keyboard and a bit of Abelton assistance.
A 10/10 for Thomann and a 10/10 for Zoom. I've had a blast since its arrival. Couldn't recommend it highly enough. Like all complex systems you MUST give it time to become familiar with its workings. Some audio mags have clearly not given it time in their reviews. The Zoom does its business efficiently, effectively and very cost effectively.
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Portable home studio recording!!
Asterios, 17.04.2018
I have already ordered from Thomann Zoom R16, some years ago and I liked it so much that I decided to order again, this time the smaller version, R8!!

Here is my short review with pros & cons:
Pros:
High quality!
Ease of use!
Portability (works also with 4 x AA batteries!)
Built-in stereo condenser microphone!
150 DSP Effects!
Nice faders!

Cons:
The only main con for me is that is only 2 tracks simultaneous recording (8-Track playback!)
So, if you need more than 2 tracks simultaneous recording check the bigger models (R16 or R24)

All in all, a fine portable recording studio!!!
Highly recommended!!
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Makes music out of you!
Panos!, 12.08.2020
Excellent little recorder that does it all and very well. It completely replaced my computer daw, I now use it very rarely if I want to manipulate quickly the already recorded tracks. The manual is quite a reading but after finishing it, I had a complete song in a couple of hours just from a simple idea. And when I say complete song I mean it had everything, guitar tracks, bass, drums, vocals, backing vocals and it was all Mastered! My bandmates were stoned! I also use it to record my bands rehearsals, it does it with the usual excellent Zoom quality, of course not so specialized as a Zoom H6 we have! A disadvantage I found is when you want to cut n paste and manipulate a track, its much more difficult than from a daw and the turning wheel takes forever to go from the start to the end of the song, and there is no shortcut! But unlike other similar products, this one records everything in wav format, so you can immediately export them and use them as you like.
All an all is a fantastic product that really inspires me to write music and share it with my band! I totally love it!
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Great multi-tool
Anders Madsen, 12.02.2020
The fact that it can both serve as control surface and external audio interface for your DAW or just be a stand-alone multi-track recorder is really what makes this a great tool for me. Sometimes I just want to record stuff and I don't care to be near a computer or think too much about it. With the R8 I just power it and start recording, it makes me a lot more productive than having to fire up a DAW, hook up cables, pre-amps and stuff — by the time I'm done with all that all inspiration and creativity has left my body.

Most basic operations are pretty straight-forward but some things are well hidden behind several obscure layers of menus—especially when it comes to sampling/sequencing and such. UX-wise this certainly isn't a master piece but it's adequate.

The quality of the built-in effects is about what you'd expect, but I don't really see why it needs any effects at all. I figure most people that use this will be doing post-processing in a DAW anyway in which case they probably already have their favorite effects and presets there.

You CAN do some rudimentary sampling/sequencing with it, but I personally only use it as a fancy metronome and then do real beats later. If that's an important factor for you, then I think you should look for a different device because it's not where the focus of this one lies.
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