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Zoom R4 MultiTrak

Zoom R4 MultiTrak: A compact 32-bit audio recorder

When it comes to audio solutions for filmmakers and content creators, Zoom has built a solid reputation over the years with legendary products like the H4n . The company recently released the Zoom Mictrak M2 , M3 and M4 recorders in 32-bit floating format that don’t even have a volume knob! Of course, the main advantage of 32-bit floating-point audio recorders is that it is virtually impossible to overdrive the audio track, and the audio level can be adjusted infinitely in post-production without backloading unwanted noise or audio distortion.

Zoom is back with another 32-bit recorder primarily intended for musicians, but which can also be very useful for filmmakers and content creators: the Zoom R4 MultiTrak.

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R4 MultiTrak is a fairly compact audio recorder measuring 74 x 138 x 36 mm and weighing 287 g with batteries. For power, four AA batteries are used (maximum battery life: 14 hours), and there is also support for power via the USB-C bus on the right side of the device. In addition, you can use an additional network adapter ( Zoom AD-17 ) for unlimited work time.

The front of the unit features a 2-inch color display so you can clearly see your settings and audio level. Below the display are four audio volume controls for adjusting the level of each track.

 

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On the right side of the R4 MultiTrak is a power button, a microSD card slot , and a single USB-C port for powering the device, which can also be connected to a computer. When connected to a computer, the R4 MultiTrak acts as a 2-channel USB audio interface .

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On the bottom of the R4 MultiTrak are two XLR/TS combo jacks. There is one 1/4″-20 thread on the back of the device for mounting to a rack or other equipment. On the left side there is one headphone jack and two volume controls. The R4 MultiTrak has several built-in effects designed for musicians, including EQ, reverb, compression and guitar effects.

 

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There is also a built-in mono microphone with a circular pattern on the bottom of the recorder, which can be useful for recording initial audio or sound during events, for example. Please note that only Input B and the built-in microphone can be recorded simultaneously, not Input A, Input B and the built-in microphone.

 

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