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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 34 reviews )
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fjohn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Zoom R16
Only 8 tracks at this price. By 8 tracks, includes recording. Reading, tables on the double. Otherwise, you can only record on the first 8, so we must move each track to the 9-16 range in order to really exploit playback 16 tracks. It is fastidious.

Writing to SD card and SDHC up to 32 GB (efficient, reliable, inexpensive, often found in cameras, SD card slot available on most new phones). Access to the SD card is on the side and is freely open (and another on TASCAM BOSS, unscrew a hatch before having access to it to me is unacceptable).

Output format. WAV directly usable on a PC (Yes, I'm not very patient and I understand why brands like TASCAM or other use proprietary formats for which it must wait 3 plombles vi export a USB cable).

2 XLR input with phantom power, a high input impedance, 2 mic, the offer is complete. Do not rely too much on the quality of the preamp for low back entrance cons, need to dream ..

Intelligent positioning of mics up and NOT on the facade, which can record on a desk or on the floor (Not the case with TASCAM or BOSS). Same with the headphone jacks or any other which is located on the bottom of the device and not on the front.

VU meter and peak meter readable from a distance and in the dark (the competition is on TV, good luck to know where you're at a distance). Real faders. Portable (fit in my house for guitar TOBAGO) and running on batteries (6 R6 for roughly 4 hours).

The transformer is very small and heats up a little, good for transport (not included in the competition!)

Packed ZOOM effects are provided and are is still mediocre (chorus reveb, ect ...). For me it is a recorder, the rest will be done on a PC. A metronome sound / video is also included as well as a tuner, AC can troubleshoot. The unit of measurement can be temporal or by measure. I do not know if it can do MIDI sync via USB cable, since I'm not interested in that.

You can use it as a SD card reader by connecting it via USB, the transfer rates as fast as a standard card reader. You can also export your decision on USB, USB port is provided (practice at the end of a rehearsal I guess, it is seen that each have the mix of rehearsals). You can also import WAV file into a project.

You can extend it by 16 tracks with a 2 ° R16 will sync via USB.

Last important point: QUIET! No fan, no mechanical movement. :)

Obviously do not send or insert for each track for that price, but it should be possible to fiddle with 2 output jacks to the format, I have not tried.


I work in Snow Leopard / imac 24 alu 1st generation. No big problem to install. Cubase 4,
I had to re- install as it would not finish (stuck at 100%). After killing the process, Cubase is there and functional, go. Activation of Cubase 4 with syncrosoft abominable (10 minutes with pross 100%) but it is, be patient and not imagine that the process is in the process of bugging.

Can not run it on windows for a license problem. Mail sent to the support that Steinberg did not answer. You gourré not the first installation with this s. .. protection. My advice: ghost machine blank not to take the lead with just over Cubase validated. EDIT: Bootcamp is not officially supported by Cubase, if it works, fine, if it breaks- too bad for you.

Control the fader in Cubase which poses no difficulty, it's nice.

The sound card works but it does not serve me, this was not my intention. Otherwise, by not recording with it, it's disappointing, and the card is permanently lit (even with switch OFF) when the USB cable is connected. Moreover, it takes 4 clicks each time to activate the sound, god, that is tedious in the long run ...

The manual is not bad, teaching, procedure by procedure, so boring to read in the Metro without the camera in front.

3 Weeks that I have it already. Not much to recoil.

The button click sounds fake, it's unpleasant. Ergonomics is clearly not the strong point of the unit as often, but it's OK. The sound quality is fine for this price, no breath detected yet, but I did not grow. The headphone clearly lacks juice, one must turn it full on.

At times it is a clickodrôme, and it remains a negative. 2 examples: New Project = 5 clicks on the button project. If you want to move a track is Click button swap, click Enter button, click source track, click track, click enter, click exit ... Extra!

I have not regretted that it does not have a dedicated pan button. and a single button serves to designate a track as mutable, recordable or part of reading short. Having said that, and to put things in context, on the Tascam to mutate it's worse, you have to press two buttons at the same time for example ...

I guess that here, or in competition which provides a stereo card, Zoom provides here 4 times that and it is certainly not the same quality. The mics are correct for the microphone and will do for now, but if you have a Shure SM57/58 lying around in the corner, please.

I made the take with the mic, a Shure SM58, an MTA 4033 and a Rhode NT2 on a guitar and a voice to compare. You'll find them here: http://john.fender.free.fr/Export/AF/ZoomR16FirstTakes/, it will give you an idea of ​​what to expect level mics.

I also make another shout out and compared notably the preamps to those of the R16 pro preamp input range (5051 TLA tube and ONEQ of JOEMEEK), this will give you an idea of ​​the difference it can exist between this type of preamp necessarily low-end and low and it brings a good preamp, absolutely necessary to go further: http://john.fender.free.fr/Export/AF/TLA5051VSOneQ/

It served as a musical notepad to record in a studio (in particular to record the drums). Not bad, and anyway I have not found better: it's still an excellent value for money. I do not recommend this type of device to the mix unless you are a puppeteer. With a PC with Cubase or Soundforge you will go 10 times faster with a much better quality and comfort.

For those who want to go further, I recommend the RME 400 UC.

fjohn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Zoom R16

froggy54's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Zoom R16
Pourquié buy it?

An 8 / 16 379 tracks, you know many (in 2009)?

8 tracks simultaneously recording (taken combi XLR / Jack), 16 read

Easy to use, despite the too small screen.

Used in audio interface. It works fine but the knobs of the R16 become inactive, it's stupid! Raise the level of a track or change the pan directly on the R16 plutt in Cubase, have a cool t!

SD card reader: no comment!

MIDI CONTRL surface: not yet tested and ridiculous doc about it!

To models with a group or taken live, great!

I put 8 / 10 as a bit small screen and of course not motoriss faders is no memory of rglage levels quend track is tilted 1-8 9-16. But hey, considering the price ...

Installing drivers under Vista without any problem, stable drivers, not teachers correct latency.

Cubase and a Dual Core, has cracked a little when there are 8 tracks play with effects. On other software (Reaper, Audacity) is running well. So watch your config and the software you use (comes with Cubase lite)

November 2009 Update: When installing The models project in Cubase Lite, the Zoom R16 interfaces well with Cubase.

In other software, Zoom is used as surface type CONTRL Mackie Control.

Extremely simple installation and operation manual despite a more than insufficient and confusing. Attention ergonomic level, go through the menus button Pan / Eq paramtres your checks to insert effects. We search everywhere and it is the hideout! has cost nothing to add Fx aors Pan / Eq and everyone would have understood.

In short, usability is not great but even when using simple trs!

Mtronome routable in headphones or read or check out: perfect for a click-track, but not top Intgr tuner, microphone Intgr (of quality but it is not proper to record a vocals).

Suavegarde self = super project!

4 or 5 + knowledge recording mixing home

it gnial, lightweight, simple and cheap. The sound quality is good, the ergonomics mean (but not zero).

If Zoom / Samson day puts some functions by firmware or USB, has much the better.

Report quality / price excellent!

grass's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Zoom R16



replacing the Korg D8, which was 10 years old (and not down!)
I plussoie with froggy54 for the majority of the comments, even if I bought it only for ct "stand-alone".
I wanted a quiet and smooth media: SD cards are ideal for a!
it lacks some interesting features (except I suppose if one goes through cubase etc) had the D8: automation in memory of scnes, "move to", insertion of blanks, cut a shift and a few other odds and ends ...
but the 16 tracks make up much of the inconvnients.
Briefly, the report quality price is excellent.