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Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder
Product #77598 | SKU P8
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Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder

Product #77598 | SKU P8
Pre-Order Expected to Ship December 2020
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Product Features
  • 6 x High-Gain XLR Mic Inputs with +48V
  • 6 x Independent Headphone Outputs
  • 9 Sound Pads, 4 Banks for Music/Samples
  • Mix-Minus for 2 Echo-Free Remote Callers
  • Onboard Recording & Editing Controls
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  • Product: #77598
  • SKU: P8
Our Price $999.00
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Expected to Ship December 2020
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Overview

Purpose-built for recording, editing, and producing polished multi-person podcasts anywhere you go without the need for a computer, the Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder 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-colour LCD touchscreen.

From the intuitive, tactile controls to the powerful audio processing and editing functions, the PodTrak P8 is well equipped to help you record, stream, and export pristine audio for complex panel podcasts. Dynamic and condenser mics, customisable sound pads, call-ins via your smartphone or computer, and independent headphone outs; the PodTrak P8 can manage everything you need a podcast production station to do.

Extra touches including per-channel tone controls, compression/de-essing, limiters, low-cut filters, and noise reduction—all stellar tools for achieving professional-sounding tracks, an integrated mix-minus function to prevent echo and feedback for remote guests, and multiple powering methods make the PodTrak P8 a truly powerful all-in-one solution for podcasting.

Key Features:

PodTrack P8 vs P4

How does the PodTrak P8 differ from the smaller PodTrak P4? The P8 is made to handle even more complex podcasts with even more people. The P8 packs in more mic preamps, more headphone outputs (plus speaker outputs), more sound pads, more ways to sweeten your signal, a set of fluid editing functions, and a large 4.3" full-colour touchscreen for intuitive access to all tweakable settings. Plus, with the P8, you can edit and export full podcasts without ever touching a computer.

Six High-Gain Mic Inputs

Whether you rely on announcer-style dynamic microphones such as the Zoom ZDM-1 (available separately) or prefer the sheen of crisp condenser mics, the PodTrak P8's six mic preamps are up to the task. Each features a balanced XLR input jack, selectable +48V phantom power, and up to 70 dB of gain, plenty of boost to ensure optimal recording levels with all kinds of mics, such as the venerable Shure SM7B.

Headphone Mixes for You and All Your Guests

Outfitted with six 3.5mm stereo headphone outputs, the PodTrak P8 can provide you and your guests with independent headphone mixes, each with its own colour-coded level control below the colour-matched headphone jack. No matter the scenario—an exclusive interview or a raucous panel podcast, everyone will be able to clearly hear what's going on.

For optimal configuration in your home studio, the PodTrak P8 also has two balanced 1/4" speaker outputs with a dedicated volume control; just plug them into a pair of active monitors, turn up the volume, and listen away.

Echo-Free Remote Call-Ins

Knowing how frequently podcasters collaborate with remote guests, Zoom integrated two ways to accommodate call-ins through physical connections—plug your smartphone directly into the 3.5mm TRRS phone port (on channel 7), connect a computer via USB to bring in the audio from your conferencing software of choice to channel 6, or do both at the same time to feature two remote guests.

Whether you use TRRS, USB, or both, the PodTrak P8 automatically prevents echo and feedback with its built-in mix-minus feature; your remote guests will never be distracted by hearing their own voice echo back to them.

Supports BTA-2 for Wireless Remote Guests

If you prefer to go wire-free for call-ins, connect the Zoom BTA-2 Bluetooth receiver (available separately) to the PodTrak P8 and use your smartphone to wirelessly pipe in your call audio via Bluetooth.

Assignable Sound Pads with Preset Sounds

The PodTrack P8 is equipped with nine sound pads next to the LCD touchscreen, perfect for elevating your podcast production quality with music, jingles, ads, sound effects, or pre-recorded interviews triggered at the push of a button. Use the 13 preset sounds or load up to 36 of your own samples (organised in four banks) for even more versatility. Plus, a dedicated fader allows easy adjustment of the sound pad output volume.

Instant Access to Volume, On-Air, and Mute for Each Input

Each channel on the PodTrak P8 has its own volume slider, mute, and on-air button. So not only can you quickly adjust volume and mute/unmute guests without having to navigate through menus, but a simple deselection of a channel's on-air button routes it only to the headphones, but not to the speakers, USB output, or recording—an ideal setup for conversing on the side or prepping your guests before the next segment.

Record up to 13 Tracks Simultaneously

With the PodTrak P8, you can simultaneously record up to 13 tracks to an SD card—six or seven tracks from the mic input channels (channel 6 can record stereo in USB mode), two tracks from the smartphone input, two tracks from the sound pads, and two tracks from the overall stereo mix.

User-Friendly Editing

Built-in edit functions let you trim, split, combine, and fade audio clips to produce a finished episode without ever leaving the P8, meaning you can edit and export full podcasts without ever touching a computer. All this is done intuitively through the P8's colour touchscreen.

SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality

Designed for truly convenient portability, the PodTrack P8 can record directly to an SDHC card (up to 32GB capacity) or an SDXC card (up to 512GB capacity). A 4GB card will yield over three hours of 16-bit / 44.1 kHz 4-channel recording time using the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility. Note that media cards are available separately, and larger capacity cards may increase startup times.

Alternatively, use the PodTrak P8 as a 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface (at 16-bit / 44.1 kHz) with your Mac/Windows computer or iOS/Android mobile device (separately available Apple Camera Connection Kit is required for use with iOS devices).

Powered via AA Batteries, AC Adapter, or USB

Power the PodTrak P8 via four AA batteries (available separately), plug it into a wall outlet with the included AD-14 AC adapter, or use an external USB battery. Alkaline batteries can keep the P8 running for up to two hours of continuous recording. When using the P8 in the stereo USB audio interface mode, USB bus powering is also possible.

Powerful Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish

The PodTrak P8's onboard effects allow you to add professional polish to your recordings without resorting to postproduction processing on a computer. Via the touchscreen, you can access each channel's easy-to-use settings.

  • Mic Preamp Gain: A simple slider adjusts the mic preamp gain while the metre is divided into Low, Good, and Over sections to help you set the level properly
  • Limiter: Prevents distortion from sudden spikes in level
  • Low-Cut Filter: Reduces wind noise, blowing, and other kinds of low-frequency rumble
  • Tone: Drag the slider to make the sound brighter or warmer
  • Compresser/DeEsser: Provides more presence and impact Plus, a selectable Noise Reduction setting automatically lowers the volume of silent mic tracks to reduce overall background noise.
Extra Enhancements
  • Ideal for international use, the PodTrak P8’s touchscreen can be set to one of six languages—English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, or Japanese
  • Colour-coded inputs, outputs, and controls make on-the-fly adjustments a breeze and keep you focused on the discussion
  • Transfer track files to your computer to do a final mix in your favourite DAW software

Specifications

Form Factor Tabletop
Channels of I/O Analogue:
8 Inputs / 2 Outputs at 44.1 kHz
Max Sample Rate/Resolution 44.1 kHz / 16-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps 6
Input Level Adjustment 6 x via Touchscreen
Number of Headphone Mixes 1 x Master
5 x Guest
Solo/Mute Mute per Input Channel
Pad None
Sample Pads 9 x Assignable
Display and Indicators 1 x Touchscreen (Menu Navigation, Metering, Multifunction)
8 x LEDs (Mute)
Connectivity
Host Connection 1 x USB Type-C (Class-Compliant USB 2.0)
Analogue I/O 6 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Mic Input
6 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Unbalanced Aux In/Out
Phantom Power +48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Digital I/O None
Memory Card Slot 1 x SDXC
Performance
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
Gain/Trim Range Mic Inputs:
0 dB to +70 dB
Max Input Level XLR Mic Inputs:
+5 dBu (at 0 dBFS)
1/8" / 3.5 mm Aux Inputs:
+2.5 dBu
Max Output Level Monitor Outputs:
+5.5 dBu
Headphone Output Power 20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
Impedance XLR Mic Inputs:
3 Kilohms
1/8" / 3.5 mm Aux Inputs:
3 Kilohms
1/4" Monitor Outputs:
320 Ohms
1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Outputs:
27 Ohms
EIN -124 dBu (150-Ohm Source, +70 dB Gain)
Digital Audio
Sample Rates 44.1 kHz
Bit Depths 16-Bit
Compatibility
OS Compatibility macOS
Windows
iOS
Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio Compliant Software
Included Software None
Required Hardware Available USB 2.0 Port
USB Cable (Not Included)
Power
Power Requirements AC/DC Power Adapter (Included), Battery, or USB Bus Power
AC/DC Power Adapter 5 VDC at 1 A
Power Consumption 5 W
Battery Type 4 x AA
Approximate Battery Life 2 Hours (AA Alkaline, Phantom Off, Recording, with Headphones)
3.5 Hours (AA NiMH, Phantom Off, Recording, with Headphones)
6.5 Hours (AA Lithium, Phantom Off, Recording, with Headphones)
Physical
Anti-Theft Features Kensington Security Slot
Dimensions 11.6 x 9.8 x 2.4" / 29.5 x 24.8 x 6.1 cm
Weight 3.1 lb / 1.4 kg

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  • Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder

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Details
  • Product: Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder
  • Manufacturer: Zoom
  • Model: P8
  • SKU: P8
  • RM Product #: 77598