Zoom PodTrak-P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder
Zoom ZM-PODTRAK-P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder
For a complete polished multi-person podcast, the Zoom PodTrak P8 is easy to use and can handle the most ambitious podcasts away from a computer. With one product, you can record, edit, and produce podcasts. With 6 mic preamps, 2 echo-free phone call-ins.
The Zoom PodTrak P8 is a portable multitrack podcast recorder that lets you quickly record up to six mics, handle 2 echo-free remote call-ins simultaneously, trigger sound samples, and provide separate headphone feeds for all your guests, all at the same time and with refreshing simplicity, thanks to the large full-color LCD touchscreen.
The color touchscreen interface makes monitoring, adjusting and onboard editing seamless. Everything you need is a touch away. The Mic Preamp Slider allows you to dial in the level or gain of each mic. Make adjustments until the signal is peaking in the “Good Range”. Peaking in the “Over Range” section can cause distortion in your sound. The Limiter is used to prevent distortion if the volume suddenly gets too loud. The Low Cut reduces low frequency noise that is present in almost any recording environment, whether it’s air conditioning, street sounds, vibrations, and other sources.\ The Tone Adjustment can make your voice darker or brighter, for that perfect podcast voice. Compressor/DeEsser enables your voice to have more presence for that perfect studio podcast sound. In the On Air screen select Noise Reduction to decrease background noise by automatically turning down the mic levels for tracks not in use. The P8 features six independent headphone outputs, each with individual volume control. For professional playback, the P8’s main outputs allow you to connect to studio monitors.
Easy to Use
The P8’s touchscreen display can be set to any one of six languages. Choose from English, French, German, Spanish, Italian or Japanese. The P8’s color-coded inputs, outputs, and controls make on-the-fly adjustments a breeze, keeping you focused on the discussion. The PodTrak P8 features six of Zoom’s best-sounding mic inputs, providing pristine audio for you and your guests. With up to 70dB of gain the P8 can handle demanding microphones.
The P8 features a dedicated channel for recording phone calls. And channel six can be switched to USB mode to record your guests via computer. Both options include a Mix-Minus feature to prevent echo and feedback for the caller. When a channel’s ON AIR is disabled, you can still hear the tracks through your headphones, but they won’t be recorded, or go through speakers or USB. Helpful when having sidebar conversations or prepping your guests during breaks. Make your podcast sound professional by triggering sound effects, intro music, jingles, pre-recorded interviews and more, with nine multi-colored sound pads. Choose from 13 preloaded sounds or load your own. Create up to four banks of sounds for a total of 36 sound clips at your fingertips.
Portable and Light
When recording outside the studio, the P8 provides up to 2 hours of recording with four AA batteries, or connect a USB power supply for extended use. A USB-C port allows the PodTrak P8 to function as an audio interface when connected to a computer for recording or live streaming.
- Full-color LCD touchscreen display
- Record up to 13 tracks simultaneously
- Six mic inputs with XLR connectors and optional phantom power
- Individual volume sliders, mute buttons and “on air” indicators for each channel
- Dedicated channel for recording phone interviews
- Optional BTA-2 Bluetooth enables wireless call recording
- Mix-Minus function automatically prevents echo and feedback from call audio
- Nine assignable Sound Pads with four banks
- 13 pre-loaded sounds including applause, laugh track and more
- Six headphone outputs with individual volume controls let everyone hear clearly
- Onboard editing
- 13-input, 2-output USB audio interface
- Class-compliant mode for iOS compatibility
- Battery power provides up to two hours of use with four AA batteries
- Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 512GB
- Up to 16-bit /44.1kHz audio in BWF-compliant WAV or a variety of MP3 formats
- Simultaneous Rec Tracks: 13
- Sample Rate: 44.1kHz
- Bit Depth: 16-bit
- Effects: 13 x Pre-loaded Sounds
- EQ: Tone Adjustment, Lowcut
- Compression: Compressor/DeEsser, Limiter
- Phantom Power: Yes
- Number of Mic Preamps: 6
- Audio Interface: Yes
- Computer Connectivity: USB
- Analog Inputs: 5 x XLR (mic), 1 x XLR (mic/USB channel), 1 x 1/8" TRRS (smartphone)
- Analog Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TRS
- Headphones: 6 x 1/8" TRS
- USB: 1 x USB-C (2 x 2)
- Storage: SDHC (up to 32GB), SDXC (up to 512GB)
- Faders: 8
- Power: 5V DC power supply (included) / 4 x AA Batteries / USB bus powered
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