Looking to lighten your load a bit on your audio production job in the field? Then you might want to consider Zoom's new portable 8-track recorder, the R8. Also functioning as an audio interface, control surface and pad sampler, the device packs an SD card slot for storage (a 2GB card is included, complete with 500MB of drum loops), can be powered by 4 AA when on the go, and it naturally connects to your Mac or PC via USB for use as an interface with your favorite DAW program. Head on past the break for a quick demo video, and look for the device itself to set you back $525 $299.

Update: We just got hit with a bit of new intel -- the price is actually set for $299. The information we were given earlier was deemed incorrect. Phew!


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Zoom's R8 Gives You Total Production to Go

Portable, powerful 8-track recorder with built-in stereo mics provides the ultimate mobile music production studio


Hauppauge, NY – June 1, 2011 – Zoom's all-new R8 is the perfect tool for capturing audio on- the-go. It combines four production tools in one compact, versatile device. In addition to being an 8-track playback/2-track simultaneous recorder that utilizes SD memory, the R8 is an audio interface, a control surface and a pad sampler.

"The R8 will fit in a guitar case, for a flexible, multi-track solution," says James Tsaptsinos, Samson's VP of Sales. "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 eight voices, the R8's built-in drum sounds can be triggered using eight pads to assign sounds to each track and create loops. You can also use the unit's drum machine to create original backing beats, or simply output a metronome for tempo control. Not only does the R8 offer over 500 drum patterns to work with, it also includes a 2GB SD card containing 500MB of drum loops recorded by Big Fish Audio.

The R8 comes with a 2GB SD card and supports up to 32GB SDHC cards for a maximum of 100 track hours. 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.

Take your R8 into your studio and record additional tracks using its USB audio interface. Then when you're ready to mix, use the R8's control surface capabilities to manage each function of
your favorite DAW software. Choose from over 140 built-in studio effects to enhance your recording and use the pro-quality mastering effects to complete that studio sound.

With the new R8 from Zoom, versatility, control and comprehensive features come together in a single device that fits in a guitar case.

About Zoom Corporation:

Zoom is renowned all over the world for its recording and guitar effects gear. Headquartered in Tokyo, Zoom has continuously created a diverse line of original, innovative audio products from effect processors, to rhythm machines, samplers and recorders. Samson Technologies is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Zoom products. Samson is based in Hauppauge, New York. zoom.co.jp / samsontech.com

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Zoom R8 8-track recorder promises 'total production to go'