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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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The Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder
Recorder : Interface : Controller
The portable, battery-powered R16 instantly transforms any atmosphere 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 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 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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The Zoom R16 instantly transforms any environment into a recording studio. Not only does it offer 16 tracks for recording, it can also be used as a DAW control surface and audio interface, allowing you to craft great-sounding music both at home and wherever your travels take you. The R16 has it all: built-in stereo condenser microphones, 8 mic/line/instrument inputs for connecting external gear, a whopping 135 onboard DSP effects—even a chromatic tuner.
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
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I bought this recorder because I was just tired of using my computer for music production. I don't have a great computer, so I experienced many problems right off the bat trying to use my computer to record. I experienced latency while recording, which set off the timing off all my tracks. My sound card was a piece of crap. I also suffer from severe OCD, and really wanted something simple and clean to organize all of my recordings on.
This did all of that and more.
The recorder itself will do exactly what most of you what: record from a connected condenser microphone, and allow you to mix and pan all of the tracks. You can also connect various other hardware such as synthesizers, drum machines, and more. But there are SO MANY cool features on this device that expand beyond that including:
- A built in guitar effects processor. You can plug your electric guitar directly into the device and it has digital amp settings in there with loads of effects you can play around with. You know those digital pedalboards by companies such as Digitech? It's very similar to something like that.
- Mixing... the mixer and mixing capabilities on this device are amazing. You can of course do simple edits to adjust the panning, adjust EQ... but there are tons of other really amazing things on here, such as the "effects" section. There are "mastering" effects on here, which are presets that will automatically make your mix sound professional and incredible. If you record vocals and an acoustic guitar track, and then turn on the "warm" or "live" mastering preset, the difference is night and day.
- Sampler. I haven't gotten into this feature as much as I'd like, but this device functions as a sampler. My favorite part about recording with this recorder at first was how easy it is to loop tracks. You can play a simple riff on guitar and loop it on one track, and use the other tracks to record tracks over in real time. But you can use this principle to use this as a sampler in live performance situations. I can take an MP3 of a song, load it onto the recorder, chop the part of the sample I want to use all ON the recorder, set it to loop, connect my drum machine, and play the drums live with the sample. If you have a very cheap, basic drum machine, you can effectively turn it into an MPC style device just by attaching it to this recorder.
The one issue that stopped this product from being the absolute best purchase I've made in recent years is the drum machine. It includes a built in drum machine with drum pads along the bottom... but the included drum kits SUCK. It doesn't include drum samples you can just mix and match to make awesome drum kits. It includes a handful of really digital sounding, crappy kits that sound very un-even and stand out in the mix. In theory you "can" make your own drum kits by saving drum sounds onto the SD card and programming them to the pads as "samples", but it sounds and plays like s***. You can look up videos online of people trying to do this, it's a lot of hassle and doesn't work.
It's nice that they included the drum machine, however. There are maybe one or two kits that are usable. But it's a great feature to have when writing songs and brainstorming. If you're already working out guitar parts on the recorder, it's so easy to just record a hi-hat rhythm with a kick and snare that will be perfectly synced up to your recording in a matter of seconds.
I am extremely tired and feel like I'm rambling on, but this device is so much more than just something that will record and playback what you send through it.
It's truly a home studio in a box.
* The ability to record in .WAV files is excellent. It's one of the main reasons I chose this over other options, like the Tascan DP series. If you recorded it on the R8, you can just copy it off and use it anywhere.
* Its timing--as in BPM--is rock solid and matches up to DAWs. For instance, If I record a demo in the R8 at 120bpm, I can create a 120bpm project in my DAW (Sonar X3) and import the R8's ,WAV files directly into it. It just syncs perfectly. No need to re-record. No need to edit or time-stretch.
* The onboard mics are great. Just ensure you have a seriously quiet space (They're very sensitive and omni-directional), and you'll able to capture some great performances. They're also very convenient if you just want to lay down a scratch track anywhere, noise-be-darned.
* I use the onboard drum machine all the time. I can't in good conscience call it realistic-sounding--kind of like a late-90's Boss DR or Alesis SR-16-type sound--but it's very useful for creating something to play against. They're also good for figuring out what kind of rhythm/feel you want for your song. I always record my own patterns, but the R8 brings a pile of stock ones.
I used all the above on one of my most recent songs. I created some drum patterns in the R8, then proceeded to record electric bass via the 1/4" input, and two acoustic baritone ukulele tracks (lead and rhythm) via the onboard mic. I also recorded a couple of vocals tracks to finish out the composition. When I was ready to do a full production version of the song, I was already happy with the bass and uke tracks, so I just imported those into Sonar X3. Then I re-recorded the vocals, and recorded full drums and synth in the DAW. However, the original instrumentation--bass and uke--are the originals from the R8.
I've also recorded a few finished tracks inside of it, making good use of the onboard effects and mixing capabilities. There's plenty of tweakability to the effects, and some hidden gems. For instance, you can do a tempo-synched delay, which is not obvious. Also, when you bounce down tracks, the original ones aren't destroyed. You can just go back into the file system and recall them. The machine simply has a ton of depth. I've had it a couple of years and keep finding new things inside of it.
* I'd recommend pairing it with a good vocal preamp or processor. I like the TC Electronics Harmony G-XT personally.
* Use rechargeable batteries. It runs fine on 4 Eneloop AAs.
* For a case, I use the Case Logic LNEO-10 . It's a Netbook case that fits the R8 and its manual perfectly in the main pocket, and has a side pocket for the USB adapter and cables.
* The Volca Keys is an amazing sound companion for the R8, . The Keys can produce everything from shimmery synth pads, flute-like sounds, hard leads, and really good bass sounds. It's very easy to play and a lot of to tweak. When I travel, I take a solid body electric ukulele, the R8, and Volca Keys. I've got a tiny, battery-powered studio everywhere I go.
If you'd like to hear an an instrumental I wrote on a cruise ship using just the R8/setup described above, search SoundCloud for "markrossmore travel 03 demo". It's a simple little happy song using the uke (both clean and distorted), the Volca Keys (both as bass and synth lead), and the R8's drums.
Drawbacks? Maybe that I wish I'd gotten the R24 instead, as it's easy to run out of tracks quickly, and that I'd like to have the eight simultaneous inputs. Each drum pattern requires its own track, so if you have three patterns (say, a verse, chorus, and a bridge) you're down to three usable recording tracks. Depending on the song, this may not be a big deal. I've recorded a few songs on the R8 using a single four bar drum pattern for the entire song. Like I said, I can always import the audio into my DAW and build a full drum track. Again, not a deal breaker.
However, I prefer the small size of the unit. It travels beautifully.
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.
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