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Item Reviews for: Zoom R8 Multitrack SD Recorder Controller and Interface  -  ZOO R8 LIST

Zoom R8 is awesome!
By: Stephen from Texas      Submitted: 3/4/2014

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CAPABLE BUT CONFUSING
By: TomPF from SoCal      Submitted: 2/19/2014

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General Your general opinion of this product. I've had this thing for almost a week, and I've yet to lay down anything CLOSE to a song because it's got SO MUCH going on and apparently has TONS of features and things built into it, but the manual is VERY POOR in explaining how to bring it all together. I had to get on YouTube and watched a 36-minute video of a guy doing it from start to finish, and that helped somewhat, but my head is STILL spinning on how to geet this machine to do all the marvelous things that it's supposed to do! Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Unsure of the quality of this product. I bought it knowing it was a "B-stock" unit, but it has no visibile external damage, scratches or blemishes on it. It has totally locked up three times in less than a week to where I had to empty the batteries out to get it to even shut off. That doesn't bode well for it. All the switches, knobs, and display appear solid and the unit itself is well constructed of quality materials though. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? I bought a Zoom product over other brands because they generally have a reputation for being easier to use and more feature-packed than other brands. You should also know that I'm a senior mechanical engineer who has been doing audio and video for decades, as well as playing music. As stated above though, this is a VERY complex piece of equipment to take out of the box and understand. There is no "simplified mode" or "Quick Start Manual" to get you started right away. Making matters worse is the manual, which appears to have every feature explained, is poorly written. Close to the beginning of the manual, there is a two-page chart that shows "how to make a recording" but then in every step it refers you to other pages deep in the manual to figure out each feature. A product this complex should have a simple diagram or directions to get a BASIC recording done, and perhaps more complex features explained after that. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The physical design of the unit is neat and appears well laid out. It also appears absolutely LOADED with features based on others comments, reviews and YouTube videos, but I have yet to experience those for myself. Maybe I'll crack the code on this thing and find out it's the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it's been a frustrating experience so far. Sound How is the tone? One of the things I did experience is that there are literally HUNDREDS of high-quality effects for clean and distortion, bass, and acoustic guitars. There are also some very impressive drum rhythms in there. They sound GREAT! Way better than I expected. I plugged one of my Les Pauls into the unit and the effects sounded fantastic. Reliability How has it stood up over time? Only had it less than a week, but it's already frozen three times with all buttons, sliders, and even the on/off switch frozen. I had to remove the batteries and the external power to get it to reset.
an awesome tool full of great capabilities
By: Joseph from blissfield,mi. usa      Submitted: 7/22/2013

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Unbelievable machine!
By: Tim E. from Detroit MI USA      Submitted: 2/16/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? The unit is well made, though I wouldn't advise dropping it. I'd never used a ZOOM product before and this was a good way for me to be introduced to their merchandise. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The Sound! I hooked it up to a Yamaha monitor and scrolled through a few of the Mic programs. I can't sing well, but the R8 made me sound like a pro. And the overall sound is crystal clear. Also the portability is very handy. It fit snugly into my keyboard case. Ease of Use How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be? The R8 is really easy to figure out. I only had to pick up the manual twice so far and I've had it for three weeks. The manual itself is well written and easy to understand. Sound How is the tone? Like I said earlier, the sound is unbelievable coming from a machine this small. I have worked with other multitracks, but none of them sounded this good. Reliability How has it stood up over time? So far, it has proven to be very reliable, handling multiple takes and punch ins with no glitches. General Your general opinion of this product. I love this product. If it breaks I would gladly replace it. There are so many features packed into it, that I could record studio sounding CDs with no problem.
Great product
By: Jim B from chicago il, jmbit2@yahoo.com      Submitted: 11/28/2011

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