ZOOM H8 PORTABLE RECORDER.
When it comes to audio recording choosing the best possible device is an utmost need. While recording audio, capturing every little detail and cancelling out unnecessary noises is needed, and for that, you undoubtedly need a top-notch quality recording device. If a device is expensive, it does not mean that you have got a great device, the internal features and minute specifications make a huge difference in the quality of output it delivers.
Zoom H8 portable recorder is one such device which is never going to disappoint you in terms of delivering high-quality output. It is an amazing device for outdoor shooting or recording, amazing for recording in quiet environments from where you want to record every minute detail as well.
It comes with a stereo X Y pair of the microphone, and you can easily connect multiple types of external microphones and also get various input modules as well. In H6 recorder, on the other hand, did not have these facilities, so this one of the major modifications made in the new H8 recorded.
The H8 recorder comes with four-capsule Ambisonic array (which the H8 can easily decode into multiple types of stereo and multi-channel formats), and also the Expander Capsule, which offers four additional inputs for microphones. A total of 8 output channels and two input channels for headphone and stereo line connection are provided in the recorder.
Apart from that the H8 portable recorder also provides a total of 12 track simultaneous recording facilities as well. You get four inputs for your microphones and two XLR/TRS combined connectors. The Phantom power for four main XLR inputs is +12/+24/+48V.
For remote, you get ZOOM BTA-1 as well as another wireless adapter for the recorder. There is also a USB facility which you can use for an audio interface, mass storage and also can connect to your guitar. Also, operation utilizing the USB bus power is possible in the recorder.
In terms of recording facilities, you can use cards supporting SD/SDHC/SDXC specifications easily. The multitrack mode provides specifications of 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit, 12-in/2-out also the stereo mix mode provides specifications of 44.1/48 kHz, 24-bit, 2-in/2-out.
It comes with a chromatic, guitar, bass, open A, open D, open, open G, DADGAD inbuilt tuner as well. There is a built-in speaker of 400 mW 8Ω mono speaker.
It comes with a 2.4″ full-colour touchscreen LCD display thus making it extremely user friendly for dark recordings as well. You do not need to worry about touching anything or hampering the settings while recording in dark environments and no requirement for the external light source to see the buttons or screen as well.
The battery life of the H8 recorder is also quite impressive, which enables you to work rigorously with the recorder. But it solely depends on your operations. It comes with 4 AA batteries with AC adapter (ZOOM AD-17): DC 5 V/1AUSB bus power.
The weight of the recorder is 130 gm which is a decent weight and good enough for you to use it in outdoor recordings without hurting your hands and making them feel tired within a short span of time.
While you use a USB cable for recharging your recorder, you cannot connect your audio interface, SD card readers and also your guitar lab connection simultaneously. Hence you have to leave the device alone while charging. The external dimensions of the recorder are 116.4 mm (W) × 163.3 mm (D) × 48.6 mm (H).
Investing in the Zoom H8 recorder is a smart move because, with all the top-notch facilities, it also reduces your extra effort in terms of managing the device. It comes with an App driven interface; hence you don’t really need to manage a lot of buttons and settings separately. All of it is done only by touch.
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12 simultaneous recording tracks, interchangeable capsules, and an App-driven touchscreen interface, the H8 is designed to meet all your audio recording needs.
App-driven Interface options
The PODCAST App makes producing your podcast simple. With dedicated Sound Pads, use the touch screen to trigger sound effects, music beds and more. Choose from 13 high quality sounds or load your own via an SD card.
The Podcast App accommodates up to 4 mics and two Sound Pad channels.The Music App
The MUSIC App puts all the important controls at your fingertips: audio levels, faders, metering and more. With 10 inputs and 12 tracks, capturing a large group is easy. Mix, overdub, and enhance your recordings with EQ and compression. Connect to Zoom’s Guitar Lab via USB to access an endless assortment of amps and effects.
The FIELD App is ideal for location sound, sound design, conferences, and more. It gives you instant access to large meters for every track, so you can make sure your recordings never clip. Adjust input type, lo-cut, compression, limiter, noise gate, and other key settings.The Mic Capsule
The H8 comes with the Zoom XYH-6 microphone. This capsule provides two matched high-quality unidirectional mics, for capturing signal directly in front of the recorder. With the Zoom mic capsule system you can easily swap capsules to ensure you’re always using the right mic for the job.Zoom’s Capsule System 2.0
The XAH-8 capsule delivers pristine stereo recordings. Easily rotate the capsules from a tight XY pattern to a wide AB pattern to enhance the stereo image of your recordings.
The VRH-8 is an Ambisonic mic capsule that utilizes four condenser microphones to deliver immersive 360 audio recordings. A built-in accelerometer helps ensure the capsule is always perfectly aligned, while the on-board Ambisonic decoder automatically handles the necessary conversions, saving you time in post-production.
The EXH-8 capsule provides 4 additional XLR inputs, giving you a total of 10. Each additional input has a dedicated gain knob and pad switch. You can even use your favorite condenser microphones—just connect a power source to the EXH-8 capsule to supply phantom power.
Multi-Channel Audio Interface
The H8 is a powerful USB audio interface. Connect via USB to your PC, Mac, iPad or tablet for up to 12 channels of simultaneous recording.
Recording Time & File Formats
Get more than 15 hours of recording time from just 4 AA batteries. Or record forever with the optional AD-17 adapter.
The H8 records BWF-compliant WAV and MP3 files in any of the following formats: