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Zoom R16 Multitrack SD Recorder Controller and Interface
- 16-channel playback, 8-channel simultaneous recording
- 48V phantom power available on 2 tracks
- The R16 comes preprogrammed with 135 types of digital effects for recording, mixing, and mastering
- Records on up to 32GB SDHC cards for maximum recording time
- Eight balanced XLR-1/4-Inch combination inputs
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- Operation manual
- AC adapter (Zoom AD-14)
- 2GB SD card
- USB cable
- Steinberg Cubase LE software
The Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder
Recorder : Interface : Controller
The portable, battery-powered R16 instantly transforms any environment into a 16-track recording studio. It provides 8 inputs for connecting mics, instruments, and line-level devices, with built-in stereo microphones and 135 onboard effects. The R16 can also be used as a DAW control surface (with physical faders) and as an 8-input audio interface.
- 16-track playback, 8-track simultaneous recording to SD cards up to 32 GB
- 8 mic/line/instrument level inputs on XLR/TRS combo connectors and built-in stereo condenser microphones
- Two balanced output jacks and headphone output with dedicated volume control
- 135 onboard effects, as well as a metronome, chromatic tuner, and variable playback speed with or without pitch change
- Full control surface functionality (Mackie Control emulation), plus mixing and transport controls for Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, and other DAWs
- 8-in/2-out USB interface functionality
- Operates off AA batteries or included power adapter
If you use DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) software but hate mixing with a mouse, the R16 provides the perfect solution. It can act as a full-featured control surface for popular DAWs such as Cubase, Logic, and GarageBand, adding real faders and transport/status buttons that streamline the process of creating the perfect mix.
Multitrack recording made easy
The R16 provides 16 tracks for recording and playback in full fidelity WAV format, making it ideal for both professional production and for use as a musical sketchpad. Battery operation allows for field recording and enables you to capture your musical ideas quickly. You can connect external microphones, instruments, or line-level sources directly to the R16, or use the built-in stereo mic pair for minimal setup. When your multitrack recording is complete, you can use the R16's internal mixer, complete with physical faders, equalization, panning, and built-in effects, to create a stereo mix with studio-quality sound.
The R16 provides 135 great-sounding DSP effects, including guitar amp, bass amp, and mic preamp models, plus mastering algorithms such as multi-band compression. Effects can be applied during recording and mixdown, or can be used for playback only.
In addition, the R16's USB port allows it to act as an 8-input/2-output interface for DAWs such as the included Cubase LE. You can even synchronize two R16’s via USB for 32 tracks of playback and 16 tracks of simultaneous recording.
|Maximum number of simultaneous recording tracks||2||8||8|
|Maximum number of simultaneous playback tracks||8||16||24|
|Phantom power (+24/+48V)||2 channel||2 channel||6 channel|
|Onboard rhythm machine||Y||N||Y|
|USB interface I/O||2-in/2-out||8-in/2-out||8-in/2-out|
|Dual unit synchronozation||N||Y||Y|
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Zoom R16 Multitrack SD Recorder Controller and Interface
The R16 Recorder/Interface/Control seamlessly combines multi-track recording, an audio interface, and control surface capability in a mobile production studio. Take your session anywhere.
Record 8 tracks simultaneously.
Audio interface with 8-in/2-out capability.
Control surface for all major DAW functions.
Built-in high-sensitivity stereo microphones.
Supports SDHC cards up to 32 GB.
Record 8 tracks simultaneously with 16-track playback
Capture audio in any setting, from live music performance, drums with multiple mics to music rehearsals and songwriting, even audio for film and video. The R16's simultaneous 8-track capability makes professionalism easy. Playback up to 16 tracks using its 16/24-bit linear WAV format and 44.1kHz sampling rate.
Audio interface with 8-in/2-out capability
The R16 functions as an audio interface enabling direct input of sound to a computer. Support for high quality 24-bit/96kHz encoding ensures great sound. Eight input channels and two output channels can be used simultaneously. If you use the sampling rate of 44.1kHz, the internal DSP effects of the R16 are also usable on 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 for all major DAW functions
Transport and mixing operations of the DAW software can be controlled using the R16. This gives you greater control and a better feel for mixing. In Mackie Control emulation mode, major DAW applications such as Cubase, Logic, and Sonar are supported.
Sync two R16s for 16 tracks of simultaneous recording
The R16 is the first recorder that incorporates the ability to generate a synchronization signal based on USB data transfer timing*. By connecting two R16 units via USB, you can designate one to function as a USB host and the other as a USB slave, allowing synchronized transport operation. This lets you record on up to 16 tracks simultaneously to competently handle a live performance.
* Synchronization accuracy has a tolerance of about 1 to 2 milliseconds.
Built-in high-sensitivity stereo microphones
When you want to quickly record anything from songwriting ideas to ambient room audio, the R16's built-in set of stereo mics will come in handy. Vocals and acoustic instruments can be captured with excellent clarity.
Supports SDHC cards up to 32 GB
Because the R16 utilizes compact and readily available SD and SDHC memory cards as its recording media, there is no motor that can cause noise as with tape or discs. And you never need to worry about problems caused by external vibrations that can crash hard drives.
Versatile inputs for guitars, mics, and line sources
Its eight combination mic/line input jacks can handle mics or line-level signals. Phantom power is provided on channels 5 and 6 for use with condenser mics, and the Hi-Z switch for channel 1 accommodates a guitar or bass. The R16 is ready for any kind of input source.
Use master track for final mix
A dedicated master track lets you do the final mixdown right on the R16 without a separate master recorder. With sequence play, several projects can be mastered together and played automatically. And you can create playlists for finished songs in any order.
135 DSP effects including guitar amp simulations
The R16 comes preprogrammed with 135 types of digital effects for recording, mixing, and mastering. The insert effect has seven modules with algorithms optimized for guitar, bass and vocals. In addition, two send/return effects are also available, so that you can use up to three effects simultaneously. The R16 also comes with models of 18 different guitar amps such as Fender, Marshall, Vox and Mesa Boogie, and 6 bass amps such as Ampeg, Bassman and Hartke. A compressor and equalizer effect that handles 8 channels simultaneously provides further flexibility.
Tuner and metronome onboard
The R16's built-in tuner is great for quickly tuning an instrument or checking the pitch of vocals. During recording, the metronome provides a click track for your drummer and is also handy for practice. The metronome sound can be sent to the headphones, letting you use a previously recorded backing track on stage during a performance.
Locate function makes editing easy
Set up to 100 marker points and directly locate them whenever you want. Other convenient functions for editing include A-B repeat playback and auto punch-in/out, making it easy to re-track part of the recording. The R16 can be powered from the supplied AC adaptor or six AA/LR6 batteries. A set of batteries will last for about four and a half hours, and because they are standard batteries, changing them is always easy and convenient. The audio interface and control surface functions can also be operated on USB bus power, providing another power option.
The R16 can be powered from the supplied AC adaptor or six AA/LR6 batteries. A set of batteries will last for about four and a half hours, and because they are standard batteries, changing them is always easy and convenient. The audio interface and control surface functions can also be operated on USB bus power, providing another power option.
USB 2.0 hi-speed mode for fast file transfer
Because the R16 has a USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compatible port, file transfer to a computer is quick and painless. Computer-based tasks such as editing with DAW software, burning your original CDs and importing WAV files are integrated smoothly into your workflow.
USB host capability for connecting USB memory
A USB flash drive or large-capacity external hard disk can be plugged into the USB port of the R16. This lets you quickly distribute a recording to band members after a rehearsal session or make a backup of your recordings even when you're not near a computer.
Bundled with Cubase LE 4
Cubase LE 4 is a powerful music production system that can handle recording, editing, and mixing tasks both for audio and for MIDI. It incorporates the same audio engine as the multi-award winning, higher-level version Cubase 4, and is ideal as an entry into computer-based music production.
What's in the Box
Zoom R16 Multitrack SD Recorder Controller and Interface, AC Adapter, 1GB SD Memory Card, USB Cable, Cubase LE Install Disc, User's Manual
Top customer reviews
So far, I've been working in Garage Band, but it comes with Cubase LE 6. So far, the first suits my needs. If you aren't familiar with Cubase, it may take longer to get going. Also, if you don't have a 3.5 mm to 1/4 headphone jack, you'll need one, or a set of headphones that has 1/4 plug. I got a chord to extend the headphones as well, which has been helpful while walking between instruments.
Before buying, I wasn't sure if I would have time to record in addition to playing/practicing or if it would be difficult to get started. Looking back, I should have bought this sooner. It's a regular part of my practice routine and it's encouraged me to play more. For an entry-level recording interface, it does what you would expect fairly easily. Overall, can't recommend this product enough.
Lightweight - very portable.
Uses batteries or adapter.
Manual is very well written by someone with an excellent command of the English language.
No MIDI whatsoever that I could figure out. One review I had read, hinted that it has some type of MIDI capabilities, but I couldn't find any. This is unimportant to me, but to some, it may be.
Only 1 dedicated direct input for guitar. It would be nice to have at least 2, but of course you can record by microphone up to 7 more.
2 units = both units channels stopped working (either dead or volume issues), trouble reading various disks, power not shutting off having to unplug unit completely.
Using the 8 track mode is straightforward pretty much out of the box for anyone who's had any multitrack recording experience. The input jacks are combined XLR and 1/4" Phone and are (at least in my system) a tight fit for connecting/ disconnecting cables. I use a series of splitters (XLR and/ or 1/4" Y splitters) so that instruments/ vocals can be sent to the R24 and the mixing board/ PA. So far this has worked well. If you want to record directly from a guitar/ bass, there's a Hi Z switch on Track/ Input 1 (only). There are phantom power options on other channels.
In addition to direct inputs, the built-in condenser mics also work surprisingly well for live recording (but obviously without the ability to change the mix beyond the 2 channels.
I've used it with rechargeable batteries (NiMH) and they've lasted about 1.5 sets (so a bit over 1 hour of recording on 6 tracks).
There are several ways to get decent output. The ones I've tried so far are:
1) Mix from the board through the stereo line-out or phones output jacks - great for rough takes.
2) Copy the audio files from the SD Card to a computer and import them into editing software (e.g. Audacity or Logic Express).
When playing back, the use of effects is more confusing that IMO it needs to be as there are different types of effects that can be applied to each channel and/ or input with some limitations that are confusing). IMO, this highlights what for me is the biggest liability: the manual. Fortunately there are some great YouTube tutorials that go in to excellent detail on a variety of functions. My favorite is by topdazzle, who explained in less than a minute what the R24 manual couldn't (at least to me) in multiple pages WRT the use of send-return (rather than insert) effects. These tutorials might also give a good intro for those considering buying one.
IMO an excellent piece of kit, though with its plastic casing, be careful not to abuse it.