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NAMM 2011: Zoom Unveils R8

January 14, 2011

Zoom took the design of the R24 and reduced the footprint for a portable, powerful music production solution. Like its predecessor, the R8 combines four production tools in a small, versatile device. In addition to 8-track playback and 2-track simultaneous recording using SD memory cards, the R8 is a digital multitrack recorder, an audio interface, a control surface, and a pad sampler.

With a sampler function that consists of 24 built-in voices, the R8's built-in drum sounds can be triggered using eight pads and three bank keys to assign sounds to each track and create loops. You can also use the unit's drum machine to create original backing beats, or simply output a metronome for tempo control.

The R8 comes with a 2GB SD card and supports up to 32GB SDHC cards for a maximum of 100 track hours. Using SD media for recording not only makes the R8 lighter and more portable, it also ensures increased reliability with no concern for a crashing hard drive.

For more information, visit the Zoom website.

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