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Zoom PodTrak P4 is a Portable Budget Podcasting Studio

The RODECaster Pro just got some serious competition from Zoom!

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Popular pro-audio recorder maker Zoom has just launched the Zoom PodTrak P4. A budget-friendly portable podcasting solution for creators on the go for just $199 USD

Podcasting has been gaining popularity over the past couple of years, and especially nowadays in a socially distanced world, Zoom (not the popular online conference call app) sees this segment as an underserved market.

Especially when it comes to affordable, but quality podcasting solutions.

Portable Podcasting Studio with Intuitive Controls

The new PodTrack P4 from Zoom allows up-and-coming podcasters to connect up to 4 professional XLR audio microphones in a compact and slim all-in-one podcasting solution.

Recently, Rode Microphones also released their RODECaster Pro, which offers a convenient pro-audio solution for podcasters, albeit at a higher (but still affordable) price point and form-factor. And for those that can’t afford the RODECaster Pro, the new Zoom PodTrak P4 is definitely a solution worth looking into. 

Versatile All-In-One Podcasting Solution for Beginners

And tipping the scales at just half a pound, the PodTrak P4 combines a mixer, 4 x XLR inputs, 4 x headphone outputs, sound pads, Bluetooth and more. All in a handheld devices measuring roughly 4.6 x 6.1 inches, making it a super-portable option for content creators on the move.

Furthermore, the Zoom PodTrak P4 records to an SD card (with up to 512 GB capacities supported) or can work as a two-input, two-output audio interface, connecting to a computer.

In addition, the unit supports audio recording of up to 8 audio tracks in 16-bit /44.1kHz audio WAV format. And on top of that – all input sources can be recorded simultaneously on separate tracks.

Related Zoom gear on Amazon US: Zoom H8 12-Track Portable Recorder

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The PodTrak P4 has two USB-C inputs, one of which supports 5V for charging via power banks, while the other doubles as an interface to your PC or laptop.

Zoom PodTrak P4 Features

  • 4 x XLR mic inputs 
  • 4 x headphone outputs with individual volume control
  • Gain control knobs and mute buttons for each input
  • Phantom power (up to 48V) for all XLR inputs
  • Automatically prevent feedback from call audio using the Mix-Minus function
  • Easily connect your phone using the TRRS connection
  • Trigger sound effects using four assignable Sound Pads with 11preset sounds
  • All input sources can be recorded on separate tracks
  • 16-bit /44.1kHz audio WAV
  • Records directly to SD, SDHC and SDXC cards up to 512 GB
  • 2-input, 2-output USB audio interface
  • Class-compliant mode for iOS compatibility
  • Up to four hours of use with just two AA batteries or a USB power supply
  • Pre-order: $199 USD at B&H

  • Ships in October 2020

Up to 70dB Gain, Mix-Minus, and Bluetooth Support!

The PodTrak P4 can provide up to +48 V phantom-power to each of the 4 x XLR inputs, each of which have their own mute buttons and control knobs providing gain up to 70 dB. This is a serious feature meaning you can drive high quality dynamic microphones that usually require quite a bit of gain. 

Correspondingly, the P4 has 4 x 3.5 mm stereo mini headphone outputs with individual volume controls as well, as there is a mix-minus feature to help prevent echo and feedback.

In addition, remote interviews via phone can be recorded as well via a TRRS cable or via a USB cable attached to a computer running conferencing software.

Moreover, the optional Zoom BTA-2 Bluetooth Transmitter/Receiver can also wirelessly connect a smartphone to the PodTrack P4 in order to record remote guests, though an Apple Lightning to USB camera adapter (for iPhone users).

Zoom ZDM-1 “Podcasting Mic Pack”

Zoom also launched the ZDM-1 dynamic podcasting microphone as a companion piece to the P4. In essence, the ZDM-1 is an affordable, broadcast-quality mic made for podcasting.

Furthermore, Zoom is also offering the ZDM-1PMP or Podcasting Media Pack, which bundles the mic with a pair of headphones, a tabletop stand, a windscreen, and a long mic cable. The Podcasting Media Pack is priced at $120 USD. 

Zoom Podcasting Mic Pack
Zoom Podcasting Mic Pack

Built-in Jingles and Battery Power

Additionally, the Zoom P4 has four assignable stereo sound pads, giving users access to custom sounds for ads, jingles, stingers and more. Furthermore, the four assignable stereo sound pads allow users to trigger 11 on-board sounds, as well as load in their own audio for triggering by the pads as well.

The Zoom PodTrak P4 is rated for about 4 hours of runtime on a pair of AA batteries. Alternatively, it can be powered externally by a USB Type-C cable as well as an AC adaptor.

Pricing and Availability

The new Zoom PodTrak P4 is scheduled to ship sometime towards the middle of October for $199 USD. You can pre-order now from authorised dealers such as B&H. 

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