With the Zoom H8, the brand expands to app-driven workflows  
July 13, 2020

Circa 2014. The Zoom H6 portable recorder hits stores. And what a bang it caused, easily cementing its place among serious professionals workflow as the ultimate recorder for film, video and music.

Six years later, we have that long awaited successor, the Zoom H8. Positioned as the only recorder that adapts to your way of creating, the Zoom H8 mixer/recorder is essentially 4 devices in one: A location sound mixer/recorder, a podcast recording device, a live performance music recorder and an audio interface for expanding your computers audio capabilities.

Key to balancing to workflow on different kinds of projects? The H8’s color touchscreen adapts to your project’s needs with three App-driven interface options.

For instance, 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 Podcast App, which accommodates up to 4 mics and two Sound Pad channels, 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 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 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 allows up to 4 channels of audio to be added to the H8’s capsule connection, creating new ways to expand your recording capabilities. For instance, the optional VRH-8 Ambisonic mic capsule utilizes four condenser microphones to deliver immersive 360 audio recordings.

The Zoom H8 Audio Mixer/Recorder will be available in our part of the world soon. Check the Advanced Media site for more details

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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