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Zoom R16



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The R16 from Zoom unites many different audio tools into a single powerful unit; it's a stand-alone multi-track recorder, and a USB 2.0 computer audio interface/control surface, as well as a battery powered field recorder & mixer. Whether you're recording a full band, working on an indie film, or just using the built-in mics to demo a new song on your acoustic guitar, you'll always have a use for the Zoom R16.

Using the R16 as a stand-alone recorder could mean many different things to different people. If you're a musician, this means that you can record a full live band and overdub up to 16 tracks, without ever touching a computer. If you're a film maker, you can record all of your lavalier and shotgun microphones in the field, and mix them to camera as well. If you're a photographer, you can record ambient sounds for use in a slide show presentation, and use the R16 as the playback device at the installation.

Using the R16 as a USB 2.0 audio interface to record into a computer also opens up different possibilities. Musicians can use it to track and mix with their favorite music production program, or use the included Cubase 4 LE software. Film makers and photographers can record voice overs and ADR (additional dialog recording) directly into their favorite non-linear editing programs like Final Cut Pro.

The control surface capabilities of the R16 will also benefit Final Cut Pro users (and other NLE programs). Its dedicated transport controls and jog/shuttle can be used to control the software, allowing the user to be less dependent on their mouse and keyboard. This is a huge benefit for musicians as well. Control surfaces help people focus on their creative work, rather than make them feel like they're checking their email.

With all of the potential uses and creative possibilities the R16 provides, it truly stands in a class of its own. When you factor in its budget-friendly price-tag, it really becomes an incredible option for any aspiring creative person.


R16 Features

  • 16-track playback, 8-track simultaneous recording
  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones
  • Records directly to SD and SDHC cards up to 32 GB for up to 100 track hours
  • Records 16/24-bit, 44.1 kHz mono and stereo WAV files
  • Eight mic/line level inputs on XLR/TRS combo connectors
  • Input 1 can also be used for Hi-Z instrument-level signals such as electric guitar or bass
  • +48V phantom power
  • Dual balanced ¼" TRS output jacks
  • Headphone output with dedicated volume control
  • Built-in metronome and chromatic tuner
  • 135 send-return and insert DSP effects, including amp/preamp models and mastering algorithms
  • User editing of effects parameters, with 390 patch memories for storage
  • Independent level, pan and EQ for each track
  • Internal track bouncing and mixdown of multitrack to stereo
  • Flexible overdubbing and both manual and automatic punch-in/out
  • Loop A/B playback with user-defined start/stop points
  • Up to 100 marks per recording
  • Invert track phase function
  • Divide file editing
  • Backlit LCD with contrast control for easy viewing in low-light environments
  • 8-in/2-out USB audio interface for Macintosh/Windows computers
  • High-definition 24-bit/96 kHz playback capability with DAW software
  • Control Surface functionality (Mackie Control emulation)
  • Full mixing and transport controls for Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live, and other DAWs
  • Two R16s can be synchronized via USB for 32 tracks of playback and 16 tracks of simultaneous recording
  • USB bus power
  • SD card reader function
  • Runs on 6 AA batteries, with alkaline battery life of more than 4.5 hours
  • AC adapter included
  • Steinberg Cubase LE DAW software included
Track count 16 (mono)
Maximum number of simultaneous recording tracks 8
Maximum number of simultaneous playback tracks 16 audio + metronome
Recording format 44.1 kHz, 16/24-bit WAV format
Maximum recording time 200 minutes/1 GB (mono tracks)
Projects 1000
Markers 100/project
Locator Hours/minutes/seconds/milliseconds and bars/beats/ticks
File editing Divide
Track parameters 3-band equalizer, pan (balance), effect send ×2, invert
Stereo link Tracks 1 / 2 – 15 / 16 selectable
Other functions Punch-in/out (manual, auto), Bounce, A-B repeat, Undo/Redo


Patches 330 insert, 60 send-return
Effects modules 7 insert, 2 send


Type Chromatic, guitar, bass, open A/D/E/G, D modal


Tones 5
Beat No accent, 1 / 4 – 8 / 4, 6 / 8
Tempo 40.0 – 250.0 BPM


Mixer faders 9 (mono x 8, master x 1)
Recording media SD card (16MB – 2 GB), SDHC card (4 – 32 GB)
Analog-digital conversion 96 kHz 24-bit delta-sigma ADC
Digital-analog conversion 96 kHz 24-bit delta-sigma DAC
Display 20-digit 2-line custom LCD (with backlight)
Level meters 4-segment LED
Inputs Input 1-8 Type: XLR/TRS combo jacks Input impedance: (Balanced input) 1KΩ balanced (2 hot), (Unbalanced input) 50 KΩ unbalanced (1 with Hi-Z input impedance 470 KΩ (Hi-Z on), 5 / 6 with phantom power) Phantom Power: +48V Input level: -50 dBm < continuous < +4 dBm
Built-in stereo microphones Type: Omnidirectional condenser microphones Gain: -50 dBm < continuous < +4 dBm
Outputs Output | Type: TRS phone (balanced)
Phones| Standard stereo phone jack 20 mW x 2 (32 Ω load)


Mini-B type (USB 2.0) Operation as audio interface/ control surface and mass storage


Number of recording channels 8
Number of playback channels 2
Bit rate 24
Sampling frequency 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Compatibility Windows® 8 / 8.1 / 10, Intel® Pentium® 4 1.8 GHz or faster, RAM 1 GB or more (*USB 2.0 compatible port, Intel chipsets recommended)
macOS 10.14 ~ 11, Intel® Core Duo 1.83 GHz or faster and RAM 1 GB or more (*USB 2.0 compatible port, Intel chipsets recommended)


AC adapter DC 5V 1A (Zoom AD-14)
Batteries 6 AA batteries (4.5-hour continuous operation time with backlight on and phantom power off)


Dimensions 376 mm (W) × 237.1 mm (D) × 52.2 mm (H)
Weight 1.3 kg
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