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Portable Multi-Track Recorder / Interface / Sampler / Control Surface
The Zoom R8 is a portable music-production unit that takes the design features of Zoom's R24 and puts them in a more compact, manageable size. Like the R24, the R8 features four production tools, 8-track playback, and 2-track simultaneous recording using SD memory cards. The R8 is a digital multi-track recorder, an audio interface, a control surface, and a pad sampler.
Small enough to fit into a guitar case or gig bag, the R8 delivers flexible and portable multi-track recording solutions. About the R8, Rob Garofala, National Accounts Sales Manager for Samson (Zoom's U.S. distributor), says, "More than ever before, Zoom users have all the tools necessary to create studio-quality recordings on-the-go."
With a sampler function that consists of 24 built-in voices, the R8s built-in drum sounds can be triggered using 8 pads and 3 bank keys to assign sounds to each track and create loops. In addition, you can use the units drum machine to create original backing beats or output a metronome for tempo control.
The R8 comes with a 2 GB SD card and supports up to 32 GB SDHC cards, for a maximum of 100 track hours. According to Zoom, using SD media for recording not only makes the R8 lighter and more portable, it also ensures increased reliability with no concern for a crashing hard drive.
Using the unit's USB audio interface, you can take your R8 into your studio and record additional tracks. When youre ready to mix, use the R8s control surface capabilities to manage each function of your choice of DAW software. The R8 additionally offers 150 pro-quality guitar and studio effects to further enhance your recordings.
BOSS continues its top-selling tradition of portable, affordable multi-trackers with the new BR-800 a battery-powered studio to go. The sleek new design is made possible by touch-sensor switches and SD-card recording media. Up to four tracks can be recorded simultaneously with eight tracks of simultaneous playback plus an additional stereo track dedicated to the built-in rhythm generator. The BR-800s powerful onboard effects processor includes GT-10/10B effects, VE-20 vocal effects and harmonies, and COSM-based acoustic-guitar body modeling. EZ Recording feature interactively guides through the recording process. A stereo microphone is also built into the BR-800 for instant Song Sketch recording. No matter where you roam, youll never miss a moment of musical inspiration with the BR-800.
Whether youre creating intricate, multi-layered songs or point-and-capture field recordings, the BR-800 makes the recording process fast and easy. Beginners will love the new EZ Recording mode that interactively guides you through the recording process. Other helpful features include the convenient Retry function, which recues automatically to fix mistakes, and Song Sketch recording for instant, one-touch capture. Theres also a built-in stereo condenser microphone plus a DR-880-quality rhythm generator for adding drum and percussion tracks to your songs.
Enhance your recordings with the powerful BOSS effects onboard the BR-800. Many of the effects are derived from BOSSs flagship processors, including vocal effects from the VE-20, COSM guitar/bass amps and effects from the GT-10 series, modeled acoustic-guitar body effects from the AP-1 preamp, which imparts pro-quality miked-up sound and rich body tone to line-recorded acoustic guitar. Youll be amazed at how much processing power is built into this little recorder, and how excellent the effects sound.
You can power the BR-800 from the included AC adaptor, or, for ultimate mobility, it can be powered from six AA batteries. Record anywhere! Stereo microphones are also built into the BR-800 for instant Song Sketch recordings great for capturing song ideas (acoustic guitar and vocals, for example) from any location.
The BR-800s USB compatibility enables a variety of functionality with computers. Connected to a PC, the BR-800 will function as a USB audio interface for recordings that utilize the internal effects. The BR-800 can also function as a control surface for DAW software.
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Zoom takes its revolutionary R16 and turbocharges it with a sampler and drum machine, 8 additional recording tracks and 6 channels of phantom-power on the all-new R24. The R24 combines four production tools into one incredibly versatile device. In addition to 24-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording using SD memory cards, the R24 is a digital multi-track recorder, an audio interface, a control surface and a pad sampler.
The R24’s new sampler function consists of 24 built-in voices that can be triggered using 8 pads and 3 bank keys to assign sounds to each track and create loops. Also, you can use the unit’s drum machine and its 400 rhythm patterns to create original backing beats, or simply output a metronome for tempo control. More than ever before, you have all the tools necessary to create studio-quality recordings anywhere.
For recording, the R24 comes with a 1GB SD card. It supports up to 32GB SDHC cards for a maximum of 100 track hours. The flexibility of SD recording not only makes the R24 lighter and more portable, it also ensures increased reliability with no concern for a crashing hard drive. Back up your project on a USB memory stick. Or dedicate an SD card to each recording session.
Take your R24 into your studio and record additional tracks using its USB audio interface. Then when you’re ready to mix, use the R24’s control surface capabilities to manage each function of your favorite DAW software.
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 R24s via USB for synchronized operation and 16 tracks of simultaneous recording.
With the new Zoom R24, versatility, control and comprehensive features come together in a single device that puts everything you need for professional music production right at your fingertips.
The R24 is perfect for capturing audio in a variety of settings. It supplies up to 6 channels with 48V/24V phantom power, so you can record with a variety of condenser microphones on vocals, pianos, guitars or drums. You can record up to 8 tracks simultaneously and playback up to 24 tracks in either 16-bit/44.1kHz or 24-bit/48kHz WAV format. So you have enough tracks and power to record everything from complete drum kits to live music performances of bands and orchestras. You can even produce audio and sound effects for film or video.
On its side panels, the R24 also features two built-in stereo condenser microphones for field recording or quick, convenient “sketch-pad” ideas and rehearsals. Use the 8 combination XLR-1/4-inch inputs along with one Hi-Z input for direct connection with a guitar or bass. When your masterwork is ready, you can use over 100 built-in studio effects to enhance your tracks and use the pro-quality mastering effects to complete that studio sound.
The R24 is more than a multi-track recorder. It's also a powerful workstation when using USB power for studio operation. Connect the R24 to your laptop or desktop computer via USB, launch your favorite DAW or use the included Cubase LE 5, and start laying down your production tracks. With simultaneous 8-in/2-out capability, you can record 16-bit/44.1kHz audio or capture high-definition 24-bit/96kHz audio via 2-in/2-out configuration. If you use the sampling rate of 44.1kHz, the internal DSP effects of the R24 are also usable on your computer tracks. Also, a dedicated control lets you adjust the mixing balance between the DAW playback sound and the direct sound for monitoring.
Computers bring incredible control and power to the recording process, but they're not very intuitive when it comes to mixing, which makes your music come alive. So, when you’re ready to mix, the R24 is right there with you. Through a simple USB connection, you can control the transport and mixing functions of major DAW applications such as Cubase, Logic, and Sonar from the R24. No more mixing with a mouse! The R24’s innate mixing console feel and LED meter bridge makes mixing your tracks a pleasure.
In addition to assigning sounds to each track to create loops, the R24’s sampler allows you to play the pads in real-time and creates performance data for a complete song by combining loops. By simply lining up drum loops from the included USB memory stick, anyone can easily create pro-quality backing parts and basic tracks. Recording on another track while playing loops is also possible, seamlessly blending the recorder and sampler functions. The rhythm feature can produce backing drum tracks in both real-time and step input, while the metronome settings support the output of a click track to headphones, perhaps to a drummer in a live situation, while the signals from the output jacks are sent to a mixer.
Not only does the R24 offer 400 drum machine patterns to work with, but it includes a USB flash drive containing 500 MB of drum loops recorded by the Grammy Award winning jazz/fusion drummer, Peter Erskine. Peter has recorded a variety of groves specifically for the R24 that will inspire your musical creativity. Also, Big Fish Audio, a top producer of sample libraries, provides the system with 1 GB of drum loops. The focus of the R24’s rhythm library is rock, but also includes jazz, funk, country, bossa nova and hip-hop beats.
Great for sound effects recording or anyone looking for multiple audio feeds in a remote environment, the R24 is a lightweight, portable solution that supplies phantom power to 6 channels, supporting your use of condenser mics on location video shoots. For media professionals and filmmakers, the R24 makes it easy to record audio with booms, handheld mics or up to 8 lavalieres with wireless setups. In addition, the R24 includes a stereo headphone output for continuous monitoring, while the systems LED meter bridge provides an easy way to ensure your levels are appropriately set for any given source.
The R24 comes equipped with a set of built-in high-sensitivity stereo condenser microphones that come in handy for impromptu recordings of natural sound or ambient room audio on location. In addition, sound effects, speeches and dialog can be captured with excellent clarity for post-production use. You can also connect two R24 systems via USB, one designated as the master and the other as the slave, to support synchronized transport operation and recording on 16 tracks simultaneously.
Best of all, the R24 will operate with battery power for over 4 hours on 6 standard AA (not included) alkaline batteries for the ultimate in multi-track portability. The R24 is good to go no matter the location of your video shoot. Also, whether on location as a “scratch track” or in the editing studio, video projects typically require additional voiceover tracks. In any such situation, the R24 is ready to perform with its onboard phantom power, high-quality mic preamps and vocal effects.
Time is money. And the R24 saves both with its post-production applications. Large amounts of audio can be transferred in no time with the system’s USB 2.0 interface, especially when the video project’s natural sound was recorded on the R24. When being used as a control surface, the R24 serves as a handy audio editing platform for a variety of video editing software packages, most notably Final Cut Pro. During the mastering process, you can sweeten your tracks by using the onboard mixer to create a mix on the fly and bounce it to a stereo master using the built-in mastering effects.
Now, Zoom provides you with everything you need to create professional music recordings from any location by merging a multi-track recorder, audio interface, controller surface and a sampler into the incredible R24.
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