Zoom unveils the new PodTrak P8 Podcasting Studio

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The Zoom PodTrak P8 is easy to use and can handle the most ambitious podcasts. With all the functions you need to record, edit and mix, the PodTrak P8 is your complete podcast studio.

The color touchscreen interface makes monitoring, adjusting and onboard editing seamless. Everything you need is a touch away.

P8 Touchscreen:

  • The Mic Preamp Slider allows you to dial in the level or gain of each mic. Make adjustments until the signal is peaking in the “Good Range”. Peaking in the “Over Range” section can cause distortion in your sound.
  • The Limiter is used to prevent distortion if the volume suddenly gets too loud.
  • The Low Cut reduces low frequency noise that is present in almost any recording environment, whether it’s air conditioning, street sounds, vibrations, and other sources.
  • The Tone Adjustment can make your voice darker or brighter, for that perfect podcast voice.
  • Compressor/DeEsser enables your voice to have more presence for that perfect studio podcast sound.
  • In the On Air screen select Noise Reduction to decrease background noise by automatically turning down the mic levels for tracks not in use.

The P8’s color-coded inputs, outputs, and controls make on-the-fly adjustments a breeze, keeping you focused on the discussion.

The PodTrak P8 features six of Zoom’s best-sounding mic inputs, providing pristine audio for you and your guests. With up to 70dB of gain the P8 can handle demanding microphones such as Shure’s SM7B*.

*Shure SM7B is an exclusive product of Shure Incorporated.

The P8 features a dedicated channel for recording phone calls. And channel six can be switched to USB mode to record your guests via computer. Both options include a Mix-Minus feature to prevent echo and feedback for the caller.

When a channel’s ON AIR is disabled, you can still hear the tracks through your headphones, but they won’t be recorded, or go through speakers or USB. Helpful when having sidebar conversations or prepping your guests during breaks.

Use the optional Zoom BTA-2* Bluetooth Receiver to wirelessly connect your phone to record remote guests.
*BTA-2 available separately.

Make your podcast sound professional by triggering sound effects, intro music, jingles, pre-recorded interviews and more, with nine multi-colored sound pads. Choose from 13 preloaded sounds or load your own. Create up to four banks of sounds for a total of 36 sound clips at your fingertips.

The P8 features six independent headphone outputs, each with individual volume control. For professional playback, the P8’s main outputs allow you to connect to studio monitors.

With the P8’s onboard editing, easily trim, split and fade audio clips to produce a finished episode. You can also transfer track files to your computer to do a final mix.

When recording outside the studio, the P8 provides up to 2 hours of recording with four AA batteries, or connect a USB power supply for extended use.

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A USB-C port allows the PodTrak P8 to function as an audio interface when connected to a computer for recording or live streaming.

What’s In The Box?

  • PodTrak P8
  • AD-14 AC Adapter
  • Quick Guide

Technical Specifications

  • Number of input channels: Mic inputs: 6 (mono)
  • Smartphone input: 1 (stereo)
  • Number of output channels: 2 (6 headphones and L/R speaker outputs)
  • MIC: XLR jacks (2: HOT)
  • Smartphone connection jack: TRRS mini jack (4 contacts, TIP: L, RING 1: R, RING 2: GND, SLEEVE: MIC)USB
  • USB Type-C (audio interface and mass storage functions)
  • Use a USB cable that supports data transfer. USB bus power is supported.
  • Headphones: 3.5mm stereo mini
  • Speaker output: TRS jacks (balanced)
  • AC adapter: Power supply connector for AD-14
  • Phantom Power: +48 V
  • Formats: WAV 44.1kHz, 16-bit, mono/stereo
  • Recording media: 4–32 GB cards compatible with the SDHC specification (class 10 or higher), 64–512 GB cards compatible with the SDXC specification (class 10 or higher)
  • Audio interface: 44.1kHz, 16-bit, 2-in/2-out
  • Display: 4.3" (480Å~272) full-color touchscreen LCD
  • Power: 4 AA batteries (alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable NiMH), AC adapter (ZOOM AD-14): DC 5 V/1 A (supports USB bus power)
  • Estimated continuous operation time: Recording 44.1kHz/16-bit/4ch audio to SD card using batteries (when +48 V is OFF and headphone impedance is 32 O), Alkaline batteries: about 2 hours, NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): about 3.5 hours, Lithium batteries: about 6.5 hours. The above values are approximate. Continuous battery operation times were determined using in-house testing methods. They will vary greatlyaccording to use conditions.
  • External Dimensions: 295 mm (W) Å~ 248 mm (D) Å~ 61 mm (H)
  • Weight (unit only): 1.43 kg