The ZOOM H8 is the latest in the ZOOM Handy Recorder line that allows you to have 12 tracks of simultaneous recording, an App-driven touchscreen interface, and allows you to use ZOOM's interchangeable capsules, designed to meet all of your audio recording needs. Record to an SD card of up to 512GB or record directly into your favorite DAW via USB. You get more than 15 hours of recording time from just 4 AA batteries or you can record forever using the AD-17 power adapter (sold separately). It comes with a free download license for Cubase LE and Steinberg's WaveLab Cast software. WaveLab Cast helps you to finalize your project with a wide range of comprehensive editing, mixing, and refinement tools. It also connects you directly with podcast directories, such as Spreaker or Podbean. You can upload episodes quickly, plus directly create and publish RSS feeds.
Inputs, Outputs, & Capsules
The H8 offers 4 XLR inputs with dedicated pad switches and gain control and 2 additional XLR/TRS combo jacks with Hi-Z switches, which allow you to capture line level signals, mics, or directly record electric guitars and basses. Monitor your tracks using the built-in 1/8" headphone output or connect directly to your camera using the dedicated stereo line output. It comes with the ZOOM XYH-6 mic capsule which 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. Aside from the XYH-6, other capsules available are the MSH-6 Mid-Side capsule, XYH-5 X/Y capsule, EXH-6 Dual XLR/TRS Combo capsule, SGH-6 Shotgun capsule, and the SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun capsule.
Next Generation Capsule System
ZOOM's new Capsule System 2.0 give you 3 new capsules to be added to the H8's capsule connection, allowing you to create new ways to expand your recording capabilities.
The XAH-8 Combination XY/AB mic capsule delivers pristine stereo recordings. You can easily rotate the capsules from a tight XY pattern to a wide AB pattern to enhance the stereo image of your recordings.
The VRH-8 Ambisonic mic capsule utilizes four condenser microphones to deliver immersive 360° audio recordings. A built-in accelerometer helps ensure the capsule is always perfectly aligned, while the on-board Ambisonic decoder automatically handles the necessary conversions, saving you time in post-production.
The EXH-8 Expander capsule provides 4 additional XLR inputs, giving you a total of 10 inputs on one recorder! Each additional input has a dedicated gain knob and pad switch. You can even use your favorite condenser microphones - just connect a power source to the EXH-8 capsule to supply phantom power.
There's An App For Your Workflow
Whether you're capturing audio on location, recording music, or producing a podcast, the H8 color touchscreen adapts to your project's needs with three App-driven interface options, all with the touch of your finger: FIELD, MUSIC, and PODCAST.
You can monitor level meters and hit REC,PLAY, and STOP in each H8 application mode with wireless control as well. Just insert the BTA-1 Bluetooth Adapter into your H8 and connect to your iOS device, whether it be your smartphone or tablet.
With so many options, features, and capabilities, the ZOOM H8 is a powerhouse you'll want to get your hands on to start creating great audio projects of your own!