Zoom announces its latest portable recorder, the expandable H8

Effects and amp models can now be loaded straight onto the recorder.

Zoom has announced its latest portable recorder, the H8. It’s a massive leap for the line of handy recorders, featuring many new features packed into its small size.

The main update is the colour touchscreen, which allows for an ‘app-based’ workflow. There’s an app for music, one for podcasting and one for foley and field recording.

Each of these apps calls up a different UI specific to its function. The music app opens up a set of faders, the podcast app offers you four sound pads if you want to trigger SFX or music when recording, and field recording app gives you fullscreen metering to make sure you don’t clip anything accidentally.

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Notably for guitarists, the extra onboard processing can be put to work running amplifier and effects models, which can be loaded in thanks to Zoom’s Guitar Lab software – just connect the H8 via USB. Thanks to the hybrid input alongside the traditional XLR inputs, your guitar can connect straight to it as well.

The H8 can record up to 12 tracks simultaneously up to 96kHz at 24-bit. The device also sports Zoom’s interchangeable Capsule System 2.0, which allows the quick swapping of mic capsules. Each H8 ships with a Zoom XYH-6 capsule, which employs a pair of matched directional mics. There are six XLR inputs – four for just mics and two hybrid jacks – each with its own independent gain control. And if that’s still not enough, an additional four XLR inputs (for a total of 10) can be added on with an EXH-8 expander capsule. Another expansion option, the AD-17 adapter, lets the unit work as a dedicated interface.

See more with Zoom’s demo below:

The Zoom H8 is available in August of 2020, priced at £506.99 or €520.84. Find out more at zoom-na.com.

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