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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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Review Snapshot

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ZoomR16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Low distortion (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worth the money

OK, I have seen some negative reviews on this unit but it seems to me that the negative reviewers may be persons who do not have a whole lot of experience with pro audio...Read complete review

OK, I have seen some negative reviews on this unit but it seems to me that the negative reviewers may be persons who do not have a whole lot of experience with pro audio recording. Myself, as someone with experience recording in everything from analog to digital using software, hardware, workstations, interfaces, etc, I can honestly say that this is an extremely well engineered product that is smart, intuitive, easy to understand and use and chock-full of functions and extras that you wouldn't have expected from a unit of this type in this price range just a few short years ago. Being able to move tracks to and from computers is amazing and a great time-saver! Being able to record 6 tracks simultaneously is mind blowing for such a small, compact unit! The sound is very quiet and amazing and the unit creates very strong, powerful, robust signals. The industry is growing and creating products by leaps and bounds these days but it all comes down to knowing what you are doing and having experience with recording basics. There is never any substitute for knowledge.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I'm just getting acquainted with the Zoom R16

I got this 2 days ago and have spent several hours with it. I am not experienced with audio recording but I do have a master's degree in engineering. Wow! The manual !...Read complete review

I got this 2 days ago and have spent several hours with it. I am not experienced with audio recording but I do have a master's degree in engineering. Wow! The manual ! Seriously, it's the worst I've ever seen. I WILL figure out how to work this device. I have recorded one track (yay!) and it sounds great. The potential of the Zoom R16 is very impressive. I will, no doubt, create lots of excellent recordings with this machine. Back to the hardcopy manual that is included, I've read sections repeatedly and still have not understood them. I've read carefully enough that I've found typographical errors in the manual. My intention is not to be negative here. Just be aware that reading the manual will cause self-inflicted head hair loss.

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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.

    (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.

      (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!

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice

          By Frank

          from NY

          Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

          Lightweight, portable, lots of features. The only downside is that, contrary to the US advertisements, it CANNOT be used as a control surface for GarageBand. I won't take off a star for a failure by their marketing department. Oh, and Cubase LE7 is horrible.

           
          5.0

          Zoom R 16

          By James

          from Springville, NY

          Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

          Very satisfied with the Zoom R 16 , as a stand alone unit I was able to record after a short study of the books, unit is backed by a great Zoom forum on the internet to assist with any questions to help you understand the unit. It fits well into a brief case to make it very portable and safe.Making me happy with my choice . Very happy with Guitar center and delivery was fast. A quick way into recording jingles.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          An update and an upgrade in my earlier published rating

          By Campbell Amos

          from San Bernardino

          Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

          This is an update and an upgrade in my earlier published rating of the Zoom R16. Now that I've had it a month, spent hours trying to understand the Operator's Manual, set down tracks for a few tunes, and, most importantly, read the official Zoom users Internet blogs, I am happy to report that I am satisfied with the operation and results from the R16. I haven't changed my mind about the Zoom R16 Operator's Manual however - I still think it is the worst I've ever read. What really helped me was the official blog (zoomforum.com) especially one post by Kevin Selby on effects. The blog contains a link (http://kbselby.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/r16_effects_tutorial.pdf) to a document that is far better written than the Operator's Manual. So now that I have used the R16 effects, I feel that I'm on my way to making very good recordings of myself playing drums (machine programming), bass, rhythm and lead guitar. The Zoom R16 can't however make me a good singer. It does make me a singer that one can listen to however. In summary, the Zoom R16 is a very impressive device; just be prepared for its steep learning curve. (I have a strong technical background; the Zoom R16 is my first use of a multitrack recorder.)

          (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          I'm just getting acquainted with the Zoom R16

          By Campbell Amos

          from San Bernardino, CA

          Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

          I got this 2 days ago and have spent several hours with it. I am not experienced with audio recording but I do have a master's degree in engineering. Wow! The manual ! Seriously, it's the worst I've ever seen. I WILL figure out how to work this device. I have recorded one track (yay!) and it sounds great. The potential of the Zoom R16 is very impressive. I will, no doubt, create lots of excellent recordings with this machine. Back to the hardcopy manual that is included, I've read sections repeatedly and still have not understood them. I've read carefully enough that I've found typographical errors in the manual. My intention is not to be negative here. Just be aware that reading the manual will cause self-inflicted head hair loss.

           
          5.0

          R-16 RECORDER,INTERFACE CONTROLLER

          By KENT HALL

          from CHAS,SC

          Comments about Zoom R16 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller:

          GREAT TOOL FOR ON THE GO & COMPUTER WORKS.VERY HAPPY WITH IT!

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