Zoom R16 Multi-track Recorder : Review


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A very interesting device that can be used for multiple purposes. It can be an home studio, an interface or an advanced controller. In addition, it features a multi-effects, a tuner and a metronome. The user can work on his music with all the necessary to make a professional job.

WAV (44.1kHz, 16/24bit) and 22 minutes for GB

Eight tracks for the simultaneous recording and 16 for the playback. The data format is WAV (44.1kHz, 16/24bit). The maximum time is 22 minutes for GB, in mono.

The audio interface

Eight inputs and two master outputs enable a professional handling of the audio sources with the support of the 24bit/96kHz encoding. It provides a dedicated control to mix the playback and the direct sound. So, the user can monitor his music indipendently from the playback.

The controller

This is really an amazing feature. It be used like a controller for the most important softwares on the market, like Cubase, Logic and so on. The regulation of the work on the tracks directly from the R16 is really an important added value.

135 effects and a speaker emulator

A large number of effects for guitar, voice and other instruments, more a speaker emulator with 24 amps. In addition it provides also a compressor and an equalizer. The send & return extends the flexibility.

Final considerations

Well. I can say only excellent things about the R16. It features all the necessary to make a good work on your music.

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