Zoom announces the release of their new Zoom PodTrak P8 – a portable, multitrack podcasting studio for everyone. The new PodTrak P8 further expands the functionality of the previously announced PodTrak P4 budget compact podcast recorder.
Furthermore, the PodTrak P8 features 6 x high-gain XLR mic inputs that can easily accommodate popular, but gain-hungry dynamic mics such as the Shure SM7B. In addition, users can also use a huge range of condenser mics, or mix them with dynamic mics at the same time.
Also, the unit comes with 6 x controllable headphone outputs, making sure all participants can control their own playback volume.
Zoom PodTrak P8 Features
- 6 x High-Gain XLR Mic Inputs with +48V
- 6 x Independent Headphone Outputs
- 9 x Sound Pads for Music and Samples
- 13 Preset sounds built-in
- Load up to 36 custom samples
- Intuitive Touchscreen for easy control and access to features
- Multi-language support:
- French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese
- Advanced Signal Processing and Control:
- Tone Control, Mic Pre-amp Gain
- Limiter, Low-Cut Filter, Compressor/DeEsser
- Simultaneous TRRS & USB Call-Ins
- Mix-Minus on 2 inputs for mobile phone participants
- Colour-coded I/O and controls
- Supports Zoom BTA-2 Bluetooth receiver (sold separately)
- Records onto SD card (up to 512GB capacity SDXC)
- 44.1 kHz / 16bit – max sample rate
- Power via 4x AA batteries, AC adapter, or USB
Pre-order: Podtrak P8 $499 at B&H
- Shipping: Sometime in mid-November 2020
More Control over Your Audio
Moreover, the P8 builds upon the strengths of the Zoom Podtrak P4 not only by adding more inputs, but also including Tone Shaping and Editing Controls in the unit. With advanced signal processing features such as Compressor and DeEsser, you can really up the quality of your podcast, right there during recording.
Onboard editing functions let you fade, split, and trim audio clips into produced products without ever using a computer.
Mix-Minus on 2 Channels for Mobile Guests
The P8 allows you to plug your mobile phone right into a dedicated TRRS input, or use the optional Zoom BTA-2 Bluetooth adapter to wirelessly stream audio from your smartphone into that TRRS channel.
Additionally, you can have guests over VoIP, by plugging your Skype- or Zoom-enabled computer into a dedicated USB-C port. Just like on the PodTrak P4, you can combine two remote options at any one time and seamless Mix-Minus connections to prevent guests from hearing their own echo.
Load Your Own Jingles and More
The 9 built-in sound pads are great for storing and triggering jingles, cues, and bumper music. The unit comes with 13 pre-recorded sounds; however users can upload up to 36 custom sounds, jingles, or music effects.
Furthermore, the PodTrak P8 records to an SD card and supports up to 512 GB capacities. The maximum sample rate is 44.1kHz/16bit, which may leave some users wanting a 24 bit option, however for podcasting you rarely need more.
The P8 allows users to record each XLR input, remote input, and soundboard individually and mix later in post. Additionally, to speed up your workflow, the P8 also makes a master stereo recording of your mix for quick and easy export in case you need it.
RODECaster Pro’s Got Some Competition
Needless to say this may be enough of a reason for some to justify the $100 premium on the RODECaster Pro, which does offer 48KHz/24bit recording.
However, others may prefer the six XLR inputs on the P8 (the Rodecaster Pro has 4). Nevertheless, a comparison of the two at this stage won’t do anyone any good as the P8 hasn’t even shipped yet. But I am sure that as we get closer to November, we’ll see comparisons of the two popup.
Pricing and Availability
The Zoom PodTrak P8 is priced at $499 and is likely to ship sometime in November.
In addition, Zoom is also offering various bundles with accessories and microphones to suite your needs. Please check out the links below for pricing on these.
Pre-order from B&H:
- Zoom PodTrak P8 – $499 USD
- Kit with ZDM-1 Dynamic Mic and Crane Arm – $619
- Kit with Shure SM7B and Suspension Arm – $899
- 2-Person Kit with 2 x ZDM-1 Mics and Arms – $729
For full specifications head over to Zoom’s official website.