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Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller  

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Zoom revolutionizes recording with the first digital recorder with 16-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording that uses Secure Digital (SD) memory. The R16 recorder is three production tools... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

Zoom revolutionizes recording with the first digital recorder with 16-track playback and 8-track simultaneous recording that uses Secure Digital (SD) memory. The R16 recorder is three production tools in one incredibly versatile device. It's a digital multi-track recorder, an audio interface and a control surface, providing you with all the tools necessary to create studio-quality recordings anywhere.

The R16 combines a remarkable level of functionality with intuitive design. For recording purposes, the unit supports up to 32GB SD cards (includes 2GB card), allowing over 100 track hours of recording. The flexibility of SD recording not only makes the R16 lighter and more portable, it also ensures increased reliability with no concern for a crashing hard drive. You can even have respective SD cards dedicated to specific recording sessions. Back up your project on a USB memory stick.

With the ability to record up to 8 tracks simultaneously, it's easy to capture a live band or even a complete drum kit. The R16 features built-in stereo condenser microphones for field recording or quick, convenient "sketch-pad" capturing of ideas and rehearsals. It also provides 8 combination XLR-1/4-inch inputs along with one Hi-Z input for direct connection of guitar or bass. And the R16 also runs on 6 AA batteries for the ultimate in multi-track portability.

USB operation means you can control each function of your favorite DAW software from the R16 for easy mixing with fine-tuned control. 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 R16s via USB for synchronized operation and 16 tracks of simultaneous recording.

With the Zoom R16, versatility, control and comprehensive features come together in a single device that puts the power to produce professional recordings right at your fingertips.

Features
  • Multitrack Recorder
  • Over 100 studio-quality effects including guitar amp models and mastering effects
  • Records on up to 32GB SDHC cards for maximum recording time
  • 8 balanced XLR-1/4-inch combination inputs
  • Records in WAV 48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
  • Easily viewable 4-segment LED meter bridge
  • 2-channel simultaneous 48V phantom power supply capability
  • Over 4 hours of operation using 6 AA alkaline batteries (AC adapter included)
  • Sync two R16s via USB for 16 tracks of simultaneous recording
  • Audio Interface
  • High-definition 24-bit/96kHz recording capability using digital audio software
  • 8 in / 2 out (8 x 2) via USB
  • Control Surface
  • Full mixing and transport controls for Cubase, Logic, Sonar and more!
  • USB Control Surface uses Mackie Control emulation
  • Included Accessories
Specifications
  • Recorder
    Physical Tracks: 16
    Simultaneous Recording Tracks: 8
    Simultaneous Playback Tracks: 16
    Recording Data Format: 44.1kHz, 16/24-bit WAV
    Maximum Recordable Time: 200 min. / GB (referred to mono tracks)
    Projects: 1,000
    Markers: 100 / Project
    Locator: Min./Sec./ msec. or Meas./Beat/Tick
    File Editing: Divide
    Other functions : Punch-In / Out (Manual, Automatic), Bounce, A-B Repeat, UNDO / REDO

    Audio interface
    Input Channels: 8
    Output Channels: 2
    Quantization: 24-bit
    Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz

    Mixer
    Faders: 9
    Level Meters: 4-Segment LED
    Track Parameters: 3-Band Equalizer, Pan (Balance), Effect Send x 2, Invert Stereo Links Track pairs: 1/2 to 15/16 selectable

    Effects
    Algorithms: 9 (CLEAN, DISTORTION, ACO / BASS SIM, BASS, MIC, DUAL MIC, STEREO, 8 x COMP EQ, MASTERING)
    Types: 135
    Modules: 7 for Insert, 2 for Send / Return
    Patches: 330 for Insert, 60 for Send / Return
    Tuner: Chromatic, Guitar, Bass, Open A/D/E/G, D modal

    Metronome
    Sounds: 5
    Beat: 1/4-8/4, 6/8, Unaccented
    Tempo: 40.0-250.0BPM

    Hardware
    Recorder
    Recording Media: SD Card (16MB-2GB), SDHC Card (4-32GB)
    A/D Conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma ADC
    D/A Conversion: 96kHz 24-bit delta-sigma DAC
    Display: 20-digit 2-line custom LCD (with backlight)
    Inputs: 8 x XLR-1/4" Phone Combo Jack / Input Impedance: (Balanced input) 1kÎ balanced, 2nd hot, (Unbalanced input) 50kÎ unbalanced, (Hi-Z Input) 470kÎ / Input Level: -50dBm to +4dBm continuously variable
    Built-in microphones: Omnidirectional condenser microphones Gain: -50dBm to +4dBm continuously variable
    Phantom Power Supply: 48V (with On/Off switch)
    Master Output: 1/4"TRS Phone (balanced)/Output Impedance: 1kÎ / Rated Output Level: +4dBm
    Headphones Output: 1/4" Stereo Phone Jack, 20mW x 2 (at 32&Omega: load) USB: [B type (USB2.0 High-Speed compatible)] Audio Interface / Control Surface or Mass Storage Class operation [A type (USB2.0 High-Speed compatible)] USB Host capability
    Power Requirements: AC adaptor (DC5V/1A/center positive) or AA size (LR6) battery x 6
    Battery Life: 4.5 hours (with backlight on and phantom power off) Dimensions (mm): 376(W) x 237.1(D) x 52.2(H)
    Weight: 1.3kg (without batteries)

    Audio Interface System Requirements
    Windows:
    Windows XP SP2 or later / Windows Vista SP1 or later / Windows 7
    Intel Pentium 4 1.8GHz or better
    1GB RAM or more
    Intel Mac
    OS X 10.4.11 or later / 10.5 / 10.6
    Intel Core Duo processor 1.83GHz or better
    1GB RAM or more
    * USB 2.0 compatible port
    * 64-bit operating system is not supported
    * USB hub is not supported
    * Intel Chipset is recommended
    Cubase 5LE System Requirements
    Windows
    OS: Windows XP (SP2 or later) / Vista / 7
    CPU: 2GHz or higher (Dual Core CPU recommended)
    RAM: 1GB or higher (1GB or higher recommended)
    HDD: 4GB of free disk space
    DVD-ROM drive
    Internet access required for license activation

    Macintosh
    OS: OS X 10.5.5 or later / 10.6
    CPU: PowerPC G5 or higher (Intel Core Duo CPU recommended)
    RAM: 1GB or higher
    HDD: 4GB of free disk space
    DVD-ROM drive
    Internet access required for license activation
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ZoomR16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller
 
4.5

(based on 68 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (25)
  • Versatile (21)
  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Low distortion (12)

Cons

  • Poor quality construction (5)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (26)
  • Home studio (24)
  • Performances (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Professional recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (18), Professional musician (12), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Zoom is the word for this device!

There are a few short comings with the R16 such as it not having 1 thousand dollar ADA's (lolz!) and less than 48 inputs~ but for the average music fan trying to get...Read complete review

There are a few short comings with the R16 such as it not having 1 thousand dollar ADA's (lolz!) and less than 48 inputs~ but for the average music fan trying to get tracks down with a minimum of wasted time,cash and maximum results, this is the answer I was looking for. With the Musician's Friend fast delivery and guarantee I felt confident buying this. I like the solid feel of the control surface, the flexible design and the look of this machine.
I got my R16 from Musician's Friend a few days ago and discovered that setting it up was pretty easy. I bought several sound cards and break out recording devices over the last few years and some of them never really worked well. Cash has been an issue for myself but I do know what quality is about, having recorded on every thing from a Fostex 4 track cassette, Otari 4 track reel to reel and on up to to a Trident 48 Channel mixer. (I was just helping with the Trident, it was pretty intense to even look at!) For about the cost of a half day in a pro studio you can buy a full stereo Zoom R16 that has a built in Controller and audio interface. (Maybe a laptop too)

I have been a Cubase fan since the days of the Atari st 1040, so using the included Cubase LE 5 was not very hard at all. I know that with gear lust the temptation is always there to have the latest and greatest but for the "average" real world user such as myself having ANY digital recording is satisfying. The R16 controls the Cubase LE 5 in a direct manner and was easy to install and operate. I easily spent dozens of hours trying to get various sound cards and break out boxes to sync up, one of these I bought here on Amazon. I gave it a really bad review after the stupid thing turned out to be pretty worthless. A Yamaha model was almost 200$ and it was such a hassle, the included effects were very difficult to program, utilize and sort out. The Zoom effects are very nice IMHO and get to the point.

When I first took recording and synthesizer classes at LCC's lab back in about 1984 when MIDI was quite new, instructor Ed McManus told us that keeping things simple was a real objective. Over the years I have become interested in results, not in tedious sample tweaking and fiddling with numerous settings, or of saving up for the day I could get state of the art gear. This recorder is easy to set up, easy to use and makes no sound. A battery? Nice. Built in mics? Convenient for grabbing stuff. You can sample in the field with this or do great recordings. Boot leg albums have been recorded on far less.

If you are considering this machine you probably realize that this is the result of a mature digital technology. It offers a lot of features and value. I would compare it to the early 4 track cassette machines in ease of use but add that it sounds very. very nice and goes far beyond being a simple recorder. Instead of dreaming of an effective mini/MIDI home studio- make it a reality.The R16 has NO MIDI but you can be creative about using MIDI with it. I am very glad I sometimes have the chance to use high end gear but even happier to afford something useful, powerful and nice sounding. I use sequencers, synthesis of different types, drum machines and a computer. This is one of my best additions in years!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good machine, if you're not old school!!

Got this unit a year ago (along with a separate 3rd party instruction DVD) and am still having a heck of a time recording much. The initial recording end isn't THAT bad, but...Read complete review

Got this unit a year ago (along with a separate 3rd party instruction DVD) and am still having a heck of a time recording much. The initial recording end isn't THAT bad, but mixing and mastering are just TOO COMPLICATED with the layers and layers of menus in this thing. I guess I wasn't aware that this machine requires a basic knowledge of digital recording to even being to understand how to use it. As hard as it is to believe, there are a LOT of us folks out there who don't get menus and never will, who basically grew up with analogue 4-track machines and are comfortable in that form of recording with real knobs, buttons, and meters that you can feel, see, and control. DAW's are not in my vocabulary, either, other than Audacity, so that's where I'm coming from here with this review. So it's fair to say that I'm a novice when it comes to digital recording and it's techno-speak.

However, I consider myself a somewhat intelligent person, but being from that old school of simple analogue recording, this unit is about as far from simple as it gets. The manual that comes with the R16 is very complex and incredibly confusing, and in fact is even somewhat contradictory in a place or two, especially in when, how, and why you add effects. After finally going on the internet (believe it or not) to find out how to add effects on this thing, there were several different answers from user forums and people who had the same problem, but still no simple explanation!! Are you kidding?? And the separate instructional DVD I bought to help learn this machine's many functions was straight-forward enough in the beginning, but it, too fell short when explaining simple, step-by-step mixing and mastering techniques on the ZOOM R16 - - it quickly jumped all around and went much too fast for the novice. It just assumed too much about the previous digital recording experience of the user, a common trait of instructional videos.

Like I said, this thing would be totally awesome for younger, more tech-savvy folks who instinctively "get" the newer digital terminology and language, but for us older, simpler 4-track folks it's just too darn complicated - - listen, I've been a pro musician for over 30 years and have had lots of experience in the studio, produced and recorded my own music for decades, but on analogue equipment with real faders, buttons, and switches - - this ZOOM unit is just too complicated for me - - there, I admit it. I've used it to record a few songs, but the time it takes just to put them down is ridiculous and you constantly have to go back through the many different levels of the menu for different effects, eq's, and they are often over-lapping to the point you can screw up your initial idea and have to start over - - just too confusing. Lightweight, powerful, compact, and feature-laden, YES. Easy to use and intuitive for the novice to digital recording, NO!! Oh for the days of just pushing a button and recording - - is that too much to ask??

I'm not sure how the thing will hold up physically, either - - very lightweight plastic housing, cheap faders, and fragile-feeling controls just don't seem very study to me. The included Cubase LE software is useless, too, so I'm just totally fed up and am going with something more user-friendly and familiar like the Tascam DP-02 - - that thing is awesome, and at least it's much more intuitive and even I can use it without much trouble. It's not like I'm going to do a whole cd on the thing at once - - just simple acoustic arrangements and a few tracks at a time to take to my studio guy to mixdown - - without jumping through all the endless hoops in the tiny, menu-driven display of the ZOOM R16 - - which is a great, feature-rich unit no doubt for the experienced techno-head, but for old-school folks I wouldn't recommend it. It's just not right for my use, period. Life's too short for all this stuff, and recording should be easy, quick, and above all FUN, like in the old days. At least with the Tascam, it's a lot closer than trying to figure out the ZOOM menus.

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5.0

Great product for the money.

By Blues Harp Jimmie

from Milwaukee Wi.

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Low Distortion
  • Powerful
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

    Our band will be using this product not only to record our practices, and make demos but we will also be using it along with another one to to replace our present mixer at live shows. We will now be able to play our live sound at shows and record at the same time. The sound quality of recordings is excellent for a recorder in this price range. Preamps provide better sound than our mixer which costs $100.00 more. I only wish Zoom had a model that could record and and play 16 channels at the same time then we wouldn't have to link the two units together , which is a bit inconvenient. Hope this machine proves to be durable.

     
    5.0

    So far so good

    By Erik

    from MD

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

    I haven't had a chance to use this but once and I just used the internal mics. I was not expecting much out of them, but when I listened back to the recording, I was amazed! I just set it up in front of my drum set (Gretsche Catalina Maple) without worrying about mic placement a whole lot. No EQ or effects; nothing. I can't wait to use my drum mics.

    After this weekend, I can add to this. I will be recording my band's rehearsal .

     
    4.0

    Great little 16 track.

    By Bill

    from Nashville

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

      The sound and ease of use is wonderful. Assigning effects to tracks is somewhat tricky. Not all work with every track. The screen could be bigger for more info. Still it is a great sounding unit for a great price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great

      By N

      from Illinois

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

      New to recording and this is so simple to use. Sounds great

       
      4.0

      I would and I have bought this product again

      By Barry

      from Kansas City, KS

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

        This is unit #2 for myself & my music collaboration partner. Why 2? Because they can be linked together to give 16 live real time tracks (32 tracks total) in live performance. In home studio recording, we use the R16's separately on our own time in our own homes & meet once a week to share files & projects. There is a bit of learning curve to begin with, but Zoom's navigation logic is consistent & becomes 2nd nature after a short while.

         
        5.0

        Great portable mixer

        By R2H

        from Kentucky

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

          Great as a control surface for DAW recording. Comes with CuBase but works great with Reaper. Make sure you download the latest drivers for the R16. If you don't want to lug a lot of gear, the small form factor and 8 XLR inputs make the R16 a perfect portable mixer for performances. I would have liked the stereo outputs to support XLR but the 1/4-in. outputs are OK for powered speakers with TRS inputs.

           
          4.0

          Works great in the kitchen studio.

          By Dognose Productions

          from Albany, Oregon

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Once Learned, It Does A Lot
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Menus are Weird
          • No knobs for L/R Pan

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

          I haven't used it as a controller, yet. But as a stand alone it's great. The only drawback is the lack of knobs to pan in real time during mastering.
          It also helps if you're fluent in "Menu", as you have to figure out a lot of them if you really want to use this things to it's full potential. But again, I haven't used it to control my software yet. It may be easier that way.
          The only issues I've had are with some freeze ups, but they might be due to old SD cards. I haven't contacted anyone about it so far.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would definantely recommend this product.

          By E.J.

          from St. Louis, Missouri

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

            I am a musician and I would recommend this product if you want to record your own music. It is fantastic and sounds awesome!

             
            4.0

            Happy

            By Jim

            from Nm

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

              Nice!

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Hardware with software bells and whistles.

              By Rainy daze

              from PDX, OR

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

                Having never made the jump to full on P.C. recording, I am so glad this came along. After limited success and cosiderable frustration trying to record on a computer, this is so easy, intuitive, and instantly gratifying, that now I am recording music instead of struggling to do so.

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