Zoom R16 RecorderStock code: 66356
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- 16-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording to SD Card
- High-definition 24-bit/48kHz linear PCM recording in WAV format
- Built-in stereo condenser microphones
- Includes 1GB SD Card
- Allows simultaneous recording on up to 8 tracks
- Battery operation for remote recording
- USB power for studio operation
The Zoom R16 Recorder is a multi-track digital recorder, with 8 channels of simultaneous input and up to 16 channels of simultaneous output. It records to SD card, and it can even run on battery power, making it one of the most portable music production studios available. It has a built-in stereo condenser mic so you can record anything anywhere. Enough scope to multi-track record an entire drum set, and enough tracks to make a full band studio recording (including overdubs) without even touching a computer.
It also functions as an audio-interface when used with computers, and as a control surface, making it eaqually useful as a studio production tool and a digital recorder for remote locations. Over a hundred built-in effects enable serious mixing potential and pro mastering tools ensure you can make a polished mix. If you connect two Zoom R16s to a computer you can record 16 channels simultaneously too. It is a complete studio in a compact box. Record live gigs, rehearsals, studio tracks and more with this amazing piece of kit. Every band should have one.
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Posted on 09/06/2012 by Wyshwood
Out of the box the R16 is easy to set up and within minutes can be recording your band at rehearsal with the internal mics. Coupled with the ability to use this kit with your DAW as an interface (I use FL Studio and it was a breeze) makes it very economical.
I use it for location recordings. So far I've been out, recorded the group, popped the SD into the laptop and roughed up a mix in just a couple of hours. This never ceases to impress the client and at the same time leaves me loads of scope to polish the piece off. Some other bits of kit take an age and need all sorts of cosseting to make the recording useful, not the R16.
It's light, making it very portable. 24 bit quality if you need it, though it boots up in 16 bit. Up to 32GB SD card for longer recordings or sessions.
Tons of techy bits to polish off the tracks, reverb, compression etc. Admittedly they won't master to the best standard, but do a decent job for first impressions. Once you get into it the limitations are few.
As with all digital equipment, make sure your levels are good. It's easy to over saturate if you peak too much, so draw back and leave some headroom; between -12 and -6 is a safe bet for clear peak free results. Sound to noise ratio, people. It takes no time at all to perfect this for flawless tracks.
I mark it down only because of the manual. So many things these days don't have well written instructions, and whilst this one will get you through, you'll soon discover questions without answers, so you'll have to resort to the big G or YT or maybe fork out for a DVD to dig into some of the finer tips and tricks. For this money I cannot recommend it highly enough.