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Table of Contents
Memory card considerations..........................................................4
Setting the date and keeping it set..................................................6
Understanding inputs 1 and 2.........................................................8
Working with projects..................................................................14
The main project screen and quick metronome settings..............16
Recording a Track........................................................................20
Recording a second track on track 2............................................22
Fixing a mistake...........................................................................24
Setting marks (bookmarks)..........................................................28
Recording a master file................................................................34
Creating a simple audio pattern loop...........................................38
Using audio patterns to construct a song......................................40
Working with the rhythm editor (drums).....................................44
PAN/EQ – Possibly your best friend?..........................................56
How long does it take to get good at using the R8?.....................58
The stuff I didn't mention, and a few final recording tips............59
Thanks for reading!......................................................................62
This is a book written by the request of many who wanted a better
manual for the Zoom R8 recorder so they could start recording
Does this book explain everything about the Zoom R8? No, it
doesn't. But it does explain how to get recording quickly, and
details in plain English what does what.
I come from the old school where my first multitrack recorder
was a four-track Tascam 424, which was a 100% mechanical unit
that used compact cassette (which most of you known as just
“tapes”). The R8 is far and above a much better unit than the old
424 was, and is what I believe to be the best portable multitrack
on the market right now.
A big reason why some don't get along with the R8 very well is
that it has a ton of features that can be intimidating. Well, there's
nothing to be intimidated about once you get the knowledge on
how to make great recordings with it. And believe me, the R8
really and truly can make great recordings.
After reading this book, I'm certain you'll understand the R8 a
whole lot better, and have a whole bunch of new ideas for your
Thanks so much for checking this book out, I really appreciate it.
Class 10 SD. 8GB is fine and it takes a good long time to fill that up. no UHS necessary Memory cards come in speed classes. the R8 can handle up to a 32GB memory card. Technically speaking. so there is no need to get a card with UHS capability. While the R8 can support a 32GB card. “How do I back up what's on the R8?” You can do this in one of two ways. so here are some general tips on that. the more seek time is required.” The R8's memory card slot does not have UHS support. 4 . such as Class 2. the more file writes happen. Class 4 and so on.Memory card considerations The R8 manual does not state explicitly what to use for a memory card. Given the fact that most songs people write are well under 10 minutes in length. you run the risk of file corruption as the card fills up. UHS means “Ultra High Speed. which roughly holds a full 24 hours of audio. but I guarantee you would have a very hard time filling that up. believe me. Method 1: Take out the card and insert into your PC or laptop. “What's the most I could get away with?” I would only recommend a maximum 16GB Class 10 memory card for the R8. The more data there is. the greater the chance of data corruption. I personally use an 8GB card. The one that works best in the R8 is a Class 10 of the nonUHS variety.
then the down arrow to highlight READER. don't forget to press EXIT on the R8 to exit reader mode. If it doesn't. just in a slightly different way.” back up using free archiving software as noted above. once the R8 is connected as a “drive.org) to archive the card's contents. Pop out the card. All files written by the R8 can be easily read by Windows.co. Method 2: Plug the R8 directly into your PC or laptop via USB. connect as a “drive. the driver software is available here: http://www. connect your R8 to your PC or laptop via USB.” and back up. 5 . Second. If all that is too much of a bother. then press ENTER.back up.jp/downloads/r8/manual/ (look for the “SOFTWARE” link on that page. use method 1 instead.zoom. press the USB button in the top right button cluster. Same thing as method 1. pop in to your computer and use a free archiving utility like 7-Zip (www.7-zip. First. on the R8.) Third. Your computer should detect the R8. When finished. Mac or Linux.
the R8 will “forget” the date. What happens if you don't set the date or ignore when the R8 tells 6 . Use the down arrow. Solution: Put batteries in the R8. That is fine. highlight DATE/TIME and press the ENTER button. and on restart. Press the EXIT button (next to the JOG WHEEL) twice to go back to the main project screen. 6. Use the down arrow. meaning 1pm would be hour 13.Setting the date and keeping it set This is the first thing you have to do with the R8. highlight SYSTEM and press the ENTER button. When finished making you date/time adjustments. even if you never intend to use them. Just remember to check the batteries once every 3 months. TOOL button 2. Use the RIGHT and LEFT arrow buttons to go between date and time fields and the JOG WHEEL to adjust the setting for each field. It is most likely true that you will be running the Zoom R8 from USB power and not batteries. get those batteries out and replace them. Remember that the time is in 24hour time. you will see a notice on the display screen that the date is not set. use the RIGHT or LEFT arrow button to highlight OK and press the ENTER button. 5. 4. Setting the Date 1. If the USB power is disconnected. 2pm would be hour 14 and so on. 3. and it's important. but it presents a problem. If you see any hint of corrosion.
having the correct date and time in the R8 is good for checking file dates in the future. However.you to set the date? All your project files will be written with incorrect dates and times. 7 . This doesn't make project files unusable. and you can still use them as you ordinarily would. and so you're not annoyed with that set-the-date notice every time you turn on the R8.
To use the R8's built-in microphones. If you want a stereo microphone 8 . Bring the MASTER fader up.) must be turned up. 1 and 2. as it will sound terrible or won't work at all. If you want both built-in microphones on at the same time. The R8 has two primary inputs. For microphone use. always use input 1 because it specifically has a “GUITAR BASS (HI-Z)” selection for it. you hear nothing. Hi-Z means high impedance. However. If it's all the way down. I'll talk more about this in a moment.Understanding inputs 1 and 2 To hear anything come out of the R8. the MASTER fader (as in the red one. Notes on the R8's built-in microphones At the bottom left and bottom right of the R8. and the right side is for input 2. The left side is the built-in mic for input 1. this does not create a stereo microphone recording if only one track is armed. that's what BUILT-IN MIC means. and it is generally agreed upon that the best type of input for an electric guitar or bass is a hi-z input. it is strongly recommended you use and XLR-connected microphone in either input and change the selection for the input you are using to MIC LINE. For all electric guitar and bass instruments. Do not use a ¼-inch microphone connection. you will see little slits. you will have to select BUILT-IN MIC on both inputs 1 and 2 and arm both.
Adjusting input gain levels and what to watch out for On each input there is a knob to adjust the gain level. so if PEAK lights up. This will be covered more in detail later in this book. You always start gain adjustment with the knob turned all the way counterclockwise (meaning lowest possible setting. such as pedal or other multi-effect unit. that's bad and your input is too hot. it's suggested to adjust that unit's volume to 50%. You will see the zero indicator printed on the R8 directly to the right of the red master fader. SUGGESTED METHOD OF DOING THIS: Have no tracks armed (all track lights should be green. Turn the gain down. What happens if PEAK lights up too much? Eventually.recording. ZERO DOES NOT MEAN OFF. If you turn it up all the way. Arming and disarming inputs 9 . you must use two tracks where one is panned left and the other panned right. and you'll notice it's a fader level of roughly 75%. what you need to know is that input 1 BUILTIN MIC is physically on the left side on the R8.) and increase from there to suit.) and the red MASTER fader to zero. and input 2's BUILT-IN MIC is on the right. this will damage the R8 internally and the input will cease to function. If you are feeding in a guitar signal through an effect. the PEAK light on the R8 will start flashing like crazy because you're sending too much signal. turn the gain down as mentioned above. That would be bad. If at any time you see the PEAK light next to the input gain knob light up. For now.
all that is needed to do that is to arm two tracks for recording. If OFF. always disarm the input so you don't get any extraneous noise while adjusting levels later on. you can do this. And if you want the vocals and guitar separated on 2 separate tracks. Can you use both inputs to record with at the same time? Yes. If an input is ON. If you wanted to play guitar on input 1 and sing into a microphone on input 2.Under each input knob is a single button for ON/OFF. This light is red and not any other color. Whenever you are adjusting levels during playback after recording to the R8. it's disarmed. 10 . it's armed. the R8 will “know” to separate out the inputs on the armed tracks you select.
6. 2. 5. which is either track 1.WAV. the track is muted and cannot be recorded to. This is not where you adjust things like EQ and fader level (that will be covered ina moment. that indicates the track is in monitor mode (meaning you can hear it when you press PLAY. 7. the top of the screen will show what track you are currently editing. If the light is RED. The TRACK button At the top right button cluster. indicating there is audio assigned 11 .Understanding tracks Above each track fader is one button with a light next to it that tells you what mode the track is in. it will auto-generate a WAV file such as MONO-000. If the light is GREEN. and recorded to when you press PLAY and RECORD. 8 or MASTER. How to use the TRACK screen When you press TRACK. this is something you will find very handy because it is easier to mute a track rather than slide the fader down and lose your previous track volume adjustment. When you record anything to the R8. 3. Below that is TAKE.) but cannot be recorded to. You can select which track to edit via the track buttons. or by using the left and right arrow keys. that indicates the track can be both monitored when you press PLAY. and TAKE will show “AUDIO” next to it. you will see the TRACK button. If the light is OFF. 4.) but rather where you adjust trackspecific functions.
You may prefer to use the physical fader. If not “AUDIO. which we'll cover later in this book. Note on physical fader use vs. because this is where actual audio adjustments can be made.to that track. You select your track audio to edit by using the track buttons or the left and right arrow keys. this means you can adjust the volume directly from this screen – however – once you touch the physical fader again. it's digital. FADER in PAN/EQ: Both perform the same function. FADER is the digital representation of where the fader volume is. and be the only light illuminated while on this screen.” it will show “PATTERN. PAN means you can adjust your audio left or right using the JOG WHEEL. CHO SEND is for the R8's built-in chorus effect. The PAN/EQ button PAN/EQ is the place most would be interested in.” and we'll cover patterns later in this book. which again will be covered later. The rest of the functions on the TRACK screen primarily have to do with pattern editing. or you may like the digital FADER 12 . which we'll cover later in this book. For whatever track is selected. and has an adjustment of 0 to 127. MID and LO are for 3-band equalization adjustments. EQ HI. Yes. it will light up in AMBER above the track audio being edited. REV SEND is for the R8's built-in reverb effect. the volume will readjust. What you need to know here is that no matter which adjustment method you use.
other than the fact it's just for audio and not drum patterns. It is a way to combine two mono tracks into one stereo track. INVERT is another one you shouldn't touch. I would not suggest using this feature because it gets in the way more than anything else. It's up to you which you think is best. It inverts the phase of the track.adjustment better for more precise control. 13 . and that is literally all the R8 manual states about it. ST LINK means Stereo Link.
press EXIT. Once finished. Reset will. 003 and so on. Which you choose depends on how much space you have on your memory card. Quick tip: If you want to quick-save your project. reset settings to default for the new project. RATE: You have the two options of 44. Standard compact disc audio quality is 44. and so on. the R8 will automatically save the current project you're working on. such as 001. NEW project NAME: Self-explanatory. An auto-save will occur. Continue will “carry over” the settings from your previous project. No other project will be affected when you do this. Or the R8 can name it for you.0kHz is slightly better. press PROJECT. You can name a project whatever you wish. The easiest way to understand what this means is that one project is one song.Working with projects Every multitrack session in the R8 is labeled as a project. Also know that by turning off the R8 via its power switch. use Reset. SETTING: The two options here (selectable via JOG WHEEL) is Continue and Reset.0kHz.1kHz and 48. If you're not sure which to use. If you want to fit the most audio 14 . Every time you press this initially. literally. 002. The PROJECT button At the top right button cluster is the PROJECT button. The default name is PRJXXX with XXX being a number. it will auto-save. another project is another song.1kHz while 48.
1 to get the most use out of your memory card. use 44. use 44.possible on your card.0kHz. otherwise use 48.1 and another with 48.0.1kHz. I would suggest trying a project with 44. As for whether you notice any difference between the two audio qualities. If you hear no difference. EXECUTE: Highlighting this and pressing the ENTER button creates a new project. 15 . that is up for your ears to decide.
which by default is 50. To switch back to real time. LEVEL is the volume level of the metronome. Instead of 0:00:00:000. the first thing highlighted is METRONOME. On the TOOL screen. If you do not see this on your screen. press the EXIT button a few times until you do. PAN adjust which side you hear the metronome from. It is by default set to Center (both left and right.) You can adjust this with the JOG WHEEL left 0-100 or right 0-100 if you wish. press UP or DOWN again. 16 . using bars-and-beats is much easier to get along with. Press ENTER. beat 1). Switching to bars-and-beats instead of real time Press the UP or DOWN button once. Enabling the metronome and setting it up Press the TOOL button. You may want to increase this to 75 or 80 to hear it better. the screen displays the project name at top and a time marker of 0:00:00:000. Use the JOG WHEEL to change from Off to Play & Rec.The main project screen and quick metronome settings With the creation of a brand new project. You also have the other options of Rec Only and Play Only. If you intend on following a metronome. the first thing highlighted is ON/OFF. On the METRONOME screen. this will change to 0001-01-00 (this means bar 1.
Additional tip on SOUND: To hear a preview of the metronome when on SOUND. you can use the JOG WHEEL to scroll through the other metronome sounds to audition them. Fourth. so it has to be brought up. Stick. Refer to the printed numbers next to the red MASTER fader to see where zero is. The other options are Click. being up the MASTER fader to zero. Third. Hi-Q. If MASTER is down. If it is set to PHONES ONLY. check the METRONOME slider switch. While the sound is previewing. 17 . Cowbell. 5/6 and 7/8. If you do not hear the metronome when auditioning it: First. adjust the BALANCE knob directly below that switch to dead center. tracks 1 through 8. and now you should hear the metronome. 3/4. play back the sound.SOUND is the what sound the metronome will use as it is counting off. press the PLAY button. The one you will use is the default Bell because it is a sound that cuts through the mix in a way where you can hear it but it doesn't overpower when recording. Second. selecting any Track setting for SOUND will be silent. Track options are only for tracks that have audio on them if you wanted a very specific custom metronome and you will probably never use this feature. it is a separate switch that is directly to the left of the display screen. Remember. and stereo tracks 1/2. change to OUTPUT + PHONES. you will hear nothing. Know that since no audio has been recorded yet. ZERO IS NOT OFF. It is by default set to Bell.
tap. use it. Note: While there are other areas of the R8 to set the tempo. Setting the tempo The default tempo is 120 beats-per-minute. When you press PLAY and RECORD with no pre count. tap). With pre count enabled. tap. To adjust the tempo by hand tapping. as it is probably true you will be recording in 4/4 time. press the TEMPO button once. By default. The number will change as you keep tapping. When finished with METRONOME. press the EXIT button twice to return to the main project screen. Additional note: Once your tempo is set and you start recording. you can tap-tap-tap-tap-tap again to adjust. 18 . the easiest and quickest way is from the main project screen and using the TEMPO button as stated above. To adjust the tempo by use of the JOG WHEEL. recording starts immediately. pre count is Off. If not. press PLAY to audition the speed of the metronome. and hearing 8 counts before recording works best as it gives you enough time to prepare before playing or singing. and the R8 will make its best guess as to what BPM that is. You can set the pre count to sound off 1 to 8 times or Special (used for very customized metronome beats. If it sounds right. there is a number of counts that happen before recording begins. and then use the JOG WHEEL to increase or decrease speed of the tempo. tap the TEMPO button 5 or 6 times evenly (as in tap.PRE COUNT is how many counts sound off before recording starts. When finished.) The best to use is 8 counts. or 120 BPM for short. tap.
then press REW and release. or else your recordings will be outof-time. you'll notice the display no longer shows a time of zero or 0001. 19 . To return to zero quickly. If your display shows zero or 0001. Quick Return-To-Zero Rewind If you auditioned the metronome while on that screen. You will be using this shortcut often.keep the tempo as you set it. press play and wait a few seconds so it is not zero or 0001. press and hold STOP.
be it instrument or vocal. If MASTER is down. the light next to MASTER should be off and both input lights should be off. so it has to be brought up.) All lights above tracks should be green. remember. however the same method applies no matter what you are recording. by pressing its ON/OFF button so a red light is illuminated. ZERO IS NOT OFF. And again. If you hear nothing: Is input 1 set to GUITAR BASS (HI-Z) or MIC LINE and not BUILT-IN MIC? Is the MASTER fader set to zero? Is your guitar plugged in to the correct input? Is the GAIN knob for input 1 all the way down (if so. increase the GAIN)? Are all TRACK lights green? Are you on the main project screen and not any other screen 20 .Recording a Track (This will be assuming you are recording a guitar. Arm the input where your guitar is. you will hear nothing. The MASTER fader should be set to zero or close to it. Bring the volume up on your guitar and play. Refer to the printed numbers next to the red MASTER fader to see where zero is. You should hear audio coming through the R8 at that point. which should be input 1.
When finished. Press PLAY to play back what you just recorded. press STOP. if you set one. press REC once. Now press PLAY. To rewind back to the beginning. which you can check on the display screen. You will notice the REC button now as a red light on it. will start. and the pre count. Red means armed and ready to record. use the quick return-to-zero shortcut STOP + REW as noted earlier. Tip: It is always a good idea to wait a few seconds after finishing playing before pressing STOP. You do this so none of your audio is “cut off” accidentally at the end. press STOP + REW to return to zero. Recording will begin after the pre count. To begin recording. 21 . or immediately if you did not set a pre count. You should always disarm the input when finished recording a track so no extra noise is present when playing back audio. Adjust the fader for TRACK 1 so it is at a proper recording volume and not overloaded. Press the 1 button (as in the TRACK 1 button) twice so it changes from green to red. At this point the volume may change. When finished recording.(accessible at any time by pressing the EXIT button a few times?) Assuming you can hear your guitar. now it is time to arm a track to record. Disarm input 1 by pressing its ON/OFF button so its red light is off.
Recording a second track on track 2
If you just finished recording TRACK 1, its light is still red.
You have two options here for how you want to proceed.
If you do want to hear track 1 while recording track 2, press the
TRACK 1 button once to change its light from red to green.
When a track has a green light on it, that means audio will be
heard if the track's fader is up. If the track's fader is down, nothing
will be heard even when the light is green.
If you do not want to hear track 1 while recording track 2, press
the TRACK 1 button twice to mute the track.
Tip: Whenever you want a mute a track, use the mute feature and
not the fader. This allows you to keep the existing track volume
level so you don't have to constantly readjust using the fader over
and over again.
Once you have selected TRACK 1 as green or off, now it's time to
record another guitar on TRACK 2.
Arm input 1 by pressing its ON/OFF button so its light is
illuminated in red.
Press the TRACK 2 button twice to change from green to red.
If you haven't returned to zero, press STOP + REW to do so.
Record track 2.
When finished, press STOP.
Press STOP + REW to quickly return to zero.
Disarm input 1.
Change both tracks 1 and 2 to green so both are heard.
Press PLAY, and adjust fader levels appropriately for tracks 1 and
2 to get the volume level you desire.
Fixing a mistake
There are two ways to fix mistakes made when recording on the
Method 1: UNDO
UNDO (pronounced unn-dew) is not a dedicated button but rather
a soft button.
Below the R8's display screen are four unmarked buttons. Those
are the soft buttons. “Soft button” means that what the buttons do
change depending on what is on the display.
At the very bottom of the display are four rectangular blocks.
Sometimes these will display text in them and other times not.
When they do display text in them, the button directly beneath the
block is the soft button function.
After you record something, the four blocks at the bottom of the
display will read UNDO, BOUNCE, SWAP and TRKSEQ.
To undo something you just recorded, press the soft button
When you do, UNDO will change to REDO, just in case you want
to bring back what you just recorded.
There is only one “history” level for UNDO, meaning if you
recorded a track, but then recorded on that same track 4 more
times (for 5 times total), UNDO and REDO will only switch
between the 4th and 5th time and not to the 3rd, 2nd, or 1st.
Method 2: AUTO PUNCH I/O and UNDO
This is used when you want to record over a section of audio on a
press STOP. The way AUTO PUNCH I/O (input/output) works is that you set an in point and an out point. recording starts only at the in point and ends at the out point. 25 . Press AUTO PUNCH I/O. You will notice at the top of the screen a circle and down arrow appears. it is greatly helpful to have the time displayed as bars-and-beats.track and not re-record the whole track again. Press PLAY. Arm the track you want to fix your audio on by changing its light from green to red. Press RIGHT again. To set an in and out point On the main project screen. You will see the beats number flashing. Use the JOG WHEEL to precisely navigate where you want your in point to start. For use of this feature. When you REC + PLAY afterward. Your in point is now set. Now the bars number is flashing. Once you have just passed where you want your in point to be set. Arm input 1. Press PLAY. as it will make it easier to set in and out points. set your display to bars-and-beats by pressing UP or DOWN once. Press STOP + REW to quickly return to zero. Press RIGHT once.
If you don't like it and want to go back to the previous audio. then PLAY. Press RIGHT. Press REC. it will start blinking again. Press AUTO PUNCH I/O again. On the display. Press EXIT. Return to zero quickly by pressing STOP + REW. When the time comes where AUTO PUNCH starts at its set in point. press soft button UNDO. indicating AUTO PUNCH I/O will be used. the track's flashing red light will become solid red. set in and out points again and try again. press STOP. press STOP. Press STOP + REW to quickly return to zero. When it reaches its end point. then RIGHT again. Press PLAY. Also. Disable auto punch by pressing AUTO PUNCH I/O once. On the display you will notice the auto punch circle and arrow icons disappear. If you like the edit you hear.Once you have just passed where you want your out point to be set. you will notice that the circle and down arrow now has a right-angle arrow next to that. the TRACK light will be blinking red. keep it. Adjust using the JOG WHEEL to where you want your out point to be set. 26 . When finished recording.
Note: If where you want to use AUTO PUNCH is located far along in the song. you can skip to it by using the FF (fast-forward) button. or by pressing RIGHT and using the JOG WHEEL to get to a section of your song that way. such as a solo section. 27 .
They are simply quick ways to set shortcuts to jump to a specific time in your recorded song. When you go to other marks. You will notice MARK 00 is always the beginning of the song and that cannot be changed. these are quick bookmarks of sorts to quickly get to certain parts of your song. Press MARK/CLEAR (the button just above REC). To set a mark Go to the part of your recorded song in the R8 where you want to set a mark.Setting marks (bookmarks) The R8 has the capability to set marks in your song. go to the mark and press MARK/CLEAR to clear it. the R8 can store up to 99 marks. such as the solo section. The two buttons directly to the left of MARK/CLEAR go through your existing marks. you will see MARK 01 appear. look at the display and you'll see it jump to the marked time you set. At the top right of your display. To the best of my knowledge. To clear a mark. Tip: Setting marks can help you use AUTO PUNCH I/O easier when you have them set where you want your punch-in and punch-out points to be. 28 . Remember: Marks have nothing to do with audio.
enable bounce. there is a workaround for this. What that means is that once you do this. What bouncing means is that you take multiple tracks of audio and record it all to a single track. SWAP and TRKSEQ. and it's called bouncing.Bouncing tracks Because the R8 only has 8 tracks. when audio is on separate tracks. you lose that individual adjustment. levels for individual tracks can no longer be adjusted since it was all combined into one. remember you are combining all that audio into a single audio file. Limitations of a bounced track For any combined-track audio you bounce to a track. On the display. Scroll to BOUNCE TR and change from Mute to Play. freeing up the other tracks for recording more audio. When combined and bounced to a single track. In other words. each track can be adjusted. at the bottom you will see UNDO. Press EXIT twice. Use the DOWN arrow to highlight REC and press ENTER. Setting up BOUNCE “Play” mode Press PROJECT. you may run out of tracks to record on. BOUNCE. Press the soft button for BOUNCE. How to bounce multiple tracks into one track On the main project screen. However. The display will show the 29 .
Important: For ALL OTHER TRACKS. Quickly return-to-zero by pressing STOP + REW. CHANGE TO GREEN. which would be bad. adjust your levels first. indicating it is enabled. else the bounced audio will be recorded to multiple tracks. Before recording a bounced track. set all other track lights back to 30 . and change it from green to red. pick a track that has no audio on it currently. then wait a few more seconds so the audio is not “cut off” too early. Press PLAY. change to OFF.message BOUNCE ON. Listen to bounced audio track all the way through to the end. If it is to your liking. bring the fader all the way down for the bounced audio track. Bring up the fader for your bounced audio track. Press PLAY and adjust your track audio levels to where you feel it sounds best. Wait until your song finished. then PLAY. then press STOP. The only track that should be red is the track you selected that currently has no audio on it. Mute every track but your bounced track by pressing the button next to each track so the light for each is off. If either input 1 or 2 is ON. After that. Press REC. and the block of text for BOUNCE will reverse in color. you're ready for the next step. Pull the fader for the track you selected for your bounced audio all the way down. If not and the levels are too low ot too high.
The next screen will show TAKE SELECT at the top. Make sure that is highlighted and press ENTER. Press EXIT. leave that as-is. with the highlighted selection being FILE. As you are scrolling through the tracks. Press ENTER here. press the soft button BOUNCE. Press the UP arrow key once so New Take is selected. adjust levels and try again until you get a bounced audio recording you think sounds good. note that what track you will be clearing will light up in amber. For your other tracks. Press the track button for your bounced audio track to change it from red to green. you will have to clear each one.green. it's time to clear the other tracks so you can record more audio. 31 . Clearing audio on other tracks so you can record more stuff Now that you have a bounced audio track. The first selection on the screen will be TAKE. The display will show the message BOUNCE OFF. Use the LEFT or RIGHT arrow keys to select the track you want to clear. Press ENTER. Press the TRACK button at top right of the R8 (the button next to RHYTHM). Once your bounced audio recording is to your liking. For your bounced audio track.
Does the quality of audio decrease the more I bounce audio? Any time you make a copy of a digital audio file. there will be a decrease in audio quality. repeat the process above. if you were recording an acoustic guitar. As long as there is one track free for recording. Quick FAQ on bouncing tracks How many tracks can I combine into one? You can combine up to seven tracks into one track. you can usually get away with recording 3 of them before it starts to “sound like mush.The track is now cleared and ready for new audio to be recorded to it. you can bounce again and again. There technically is no limit to how many times you can combine audio into a bounced track. that track can have bounced audio recorded to it. How many times can I layer before things start sounding bad? This all depends on what you are recording and how you are recording it.” If on the other hand you were recording a vocal harmony. you could get away with combining many voices and still have it sound good. When you clear and fill other tracks. can I combine those AND the bounced audio track into another bounced audio track? Yes. You can layer again and again and 32 . then record six more tracks (leaving one remaining that is unused). For other tracks you want to clear. Remember. For example. digital is not tape. but it will be very small since they are digital files. If I combine seven tracks into one track.
it is suggested that for any new project you create in the R8. 33 . purposely use the 48.still retain a very high audio quality level before you start encountering any noticeable difference in audio quality.0kHz audio quality setting. If you intend on bouncing audio often.
When the MASTER light is green. Above the red MASTER fader is the MASTER button. highlight METRONOME and press ENTER. When the MASTER light is red. highlight ON/OFF and set to Off. set the MASTER light to green and press PLAY. What this means is that if you rewind your song to zero but have not recorded a master. Turn the metronome off. Press TOOL. To record a master Set the MASTER light to off. scroll down to PRE COUNT and set to Off. You will only hear your master audio file when the MASTER light is green and only if a master file has been recorded first. When the MASTER light is off. 34 .Recording a master file Once you have recorded all your tracks and are ready to create a master. press EXIT twice to return to the main project screen. this plays back the existing master audio file. Press PLAY. this is where the MASTER button is used. you will hear nothing because no master has been recorded yet. Rewind your song to the beginning by pressing STOP + REW. this indicates you want to record your master audio file. Once finished making your adjustments. you are in a regular multitrack session. Listen to your song and adjust levels accordingly. press STOP.
press TRACK (the button next to RHYTHM at top right). On the next screen. The only selection on this screen will be TAKE. Press ENTER here. The first master will be MASTR000. If you recorded a second master (which can be done simply by recording a master a second time. On the next screen. Press PLAY.WAV. Press the MASTER button to change from red to green. indicating it is armed and ready for recording. Press ENTER here. you will see the name of your master audio WAV file. then use the LEFT or RIGHT arrow keys to scroll to MASTER.WAV. Rewind your song to the beginning by pressing STOP + REW. Press PLAY to listen to your master file. Each time a master is recorded per project. When your song is finished.) that file will be named MASTR001.Rewind your song to the beginning by pressing STOP + REW. To see what the name of the master file is. then press STOP. “What is my MASTER file named and what audio format is it in?” All audio files recorded to the R8 are in WAV format. the only selection will be FILE. wait a few seconds so the audio doesn't “cut off” at the end. Press REC. and it will be highlighted. it will create a new file. Press the MASTER button and change its light to red. this means the R8 does not delete previously recorded 35 . Yes.
the folder structure is this: In Windows. In the AUDIO folder for your project is where you will find your MASTRXXX. the folder structure is: DRIVE LETTER > ZOOM_R8 > PROJECT > PROJECT NAME > AUDIO If for example I have a project named PRJ001 and my drive letter is E. my master file would be here: E: > ZOOM_R8 > PROJECT > PRJ001 > AUDIO In other operating systems like OS X and Ubuntu.WAV audio file(s).masters unless you specifically instruct it to do so. “How do I convert WAV to MP3?” These days you do not have to perform file conversions. This is actually a VERY GOOD THING because it means you can make multiple master files very easily. “Where is my master file on the memory card?” If you connect the R8 via USB or directly plug in the R8's memory card to a computer. everything is the same except there is no drive letter. as web 36 .
sites like www.com and www.bandcamp.soundcloud. Both of those web sites are free to use at the time this book is written.com will accept WAV. 37 .
Since you just selected POSITION. Use the JOG WHEEL to scroll to the part of the song where you 38 .Creating a simple audio pattern loop There are two types of loops you can do in the R8. POSI (position). but for songwriting purposes. Audio patterns and rhythm patterns. it will not sound correct. do so. They're also good to make the R8 act as a looper. Creating a simple loop You will first need a track that has some audio on it. Press ENTER. change ON/OFF to On. On the LOOP SETTING screen. that is the one selected. press the TRACK button. else when you loop. This chapter concerning audio patterns. they're very nice to have for verse/chorus/verse style songs. which is what we'll concentrate on here. Use the LEFT or RIGHT arrow keys to select the track you want to loop. If you have not recorded a track yet. Be sure to record audio that is in time with the metronome. What are audio patterns good for? They're good for many things. On the next screen are three soft buttons at the bottom. Press DOWN once to highlight POSITION and press ENTER. At the top right of the R8. Use the UP or DOWN arrow keys to highlight LOOP. LENGTH and ZOOM.
00 ticks. and that you can also use PLAY on this screen to audition audio. This setting determines how long the loop will be. If the sound is to your liking. and STOP + REW to rewind to the beginning of the loop.want the loop to start. Remember that you can use the RIGHT and LEFT arrow keys to switch between bars and beats adjustments. Generally speaking. beat 1. Auditioning your looped audio At the main project screen. press EXIT three times to return to the main project screen. Mute all other tracks except the looped track. Press the soft button for LENGTH. when creating a loop. you will notice that your looped audio track is now lit in amber. Knowing your on bars-beats-ticks An example of the time display when setting your loop is 002-0100. always have your ticks at 00. you now have a simple looped audio track. 39 . and press PLAY. press PLAY. Once you have your times set for POSI and LENGTH. as this will make for the most precise loop. which would be bar 2. this is normal as it is meant to tell you there is looped audio present on that track. If the loop is looping to your satisfaction.
chorus. When finished. then record a separate chorus track and loop it. From the previous chapter. While that may sound like a complicated term. meaning one does not have to follow the other since you will be reordering the sequence. mute that track. One for the verse and one for the chorus. Also. verse. you will have to set up your patterns as loops so the verse and chorus “connects” to each other correctly. you should have two tracks that when enabled are both amber in color when you press their respective track buttons at the main project screen. and your chorus track is track 2. When you are recording these tracks. you already know how to create a simple loop. When finished. record a verse track and loop it. it's not. We'll say that your verse track is track 1. 40 . you do not have to record them in a traditional multitrack style. verse.Using audio patterns to construct a song Creating a simple verse/chorus/verse style song can be done using audio patterns and track sequencing. All it means is “put my patterns in the order I specify. First. rewind to zero. For a verse and a chorus. Second. you have to do this twice.” You will have to record two tracks. Now let's take those two tracks and create the following sequence: Verse.
The display will show the message “TRK SEQ ON”. This is required for the R8 to play back a sequence. REC will light up in red. Use your arrow keys to highlight TRK SEQ and press ENTER. because that's not required with pattern sequencing. The way pattern sequencing works in the R8 is that patterns are assigned to a sequence using the white buttons below the faders. press KICK. and we know to use the white keys below the faders. 41 . “SNARE” and so on. but in the pattern sequencer they are pattern keys. These are physically labeled as drum keys like “KICK”. Trust me. Press STOP when done. What you will do next is something called pattern sequencing. Yes. On the main project screen. I know this sounds confusing. On the display. but do not press PLAY. Press EXIT twice. Note that you do not have to wait for the audio to complete. You now see the TRACK SEQUENCER screen with a graph. you'll notice the graph now has a sequence of pattern events on it. and we want verse-verse-chorus-verse.At the top right of the R8. press TRACK. because that is not required for pattern sequencing. Press REC once. KICK. press the soft button for TRK SEQ. SNARE. just do it. Bring up the faders for track 1 and 2 so both can be heard. Since the verse is on track 1 and the chorus is on track 2. KICK. On the left are the track numbers and on top are the bar numbers.
Highlight an event on the graph. This is any mark that is a dot. don't mess around with these as it can screw up a whole song – especially if you've been working for hours on it. highlight TRACK SEQ and press ENTER. place the cursor where it was. LEFT or RIGHT. To see 5 through 8. is easy. Editing a sequence Press TRACK. Press STOP + REW to rewind to the beginning of the sequence. press STOP. You will hear your verse-verse-chorus-verse played back.Press PLAY. press DOWN a few times and you'll see the other tracks show up. You will see that the event is now gone. 42 . and then the white drum button under the track you want to play in that specific position. Press REC. From here you can use your arrow keys and soft buttons to edit or delete events. The easiest way to work with events in the sequencer is to use soft button DELETE. Note that the screen only shows tracks 1 through 4. What those edit functions will do is “nudge” an event forward (insert) or back (delete) a beat. Your edit position on the graph will be a blinking cursor. Press soft button DELETE. DOWN. When finished. Deleting events and redoing them however. as EDIT will bring up INS BEAT (insert beat) and DEL BEAT (delete beat). To put it back. Unless you very specifically know what you're doing here. then UP.
However. even when REC is active. And the best part about it is that if you feel parts of the song could be a little longer in some spots (such as extending the chorus for a solo section.Remember. 43 .) when the song is sequenced. it is a lightning-quick way to put songs together. you can audition audio by pressing PLAY at any time. It does take time to get used to doing this Pattern sequencing is not something you will take to immediately. and you don't have to record the whole song over again. it's ridiculously easy to do. It will take time to get used to it because you're establishing a sequence of events. once you do get the hang of it.
Do not expect these drums to sound studio perfect. which most of the time is all anyone wants. However. The quick-and-dirty way to get a drum track into the R8 real fast Pick a track where you want your drums to go. I suggest using track 8 and only 8 so you get in the habit of always knowing where your drum track is. they do get the job done. Use the JOG WHEEL to select rhythm pattern 42. Pattern 42 is just a straight. Here you will see a list of different drum kits.Working with the rhythm editor (drums) The rhythm editor in the R8 is really basic. especially considering it synchronizes to the tempo you set. Press soft button KIT. and it's a really nice feature to have. Press RHYTHM. and the fact you can change around the drum sounds at any time without re-recording the whole song. you'll see the pattern number increase at the top left of the screen. Since 44 . press PLAY so the drums start playing. because they don't. standard 4/4 rock beat. Press the UP and DOWN arrow keys to select the kit you think sounds best. As you turn the wheel clockwise. After selecting pattern 48. Press STOP. There are 10 of them. any track that is available will have its white button start flashing red. then press ENTER. When you do this. Press and hold soft button ASSIGN.
Why? Because the R8's drum buttons are simply not that good for playing drums on. Loud. Your choices are Soft. this must be done WHILE HOLDING ASSIGN. or the drums won't take to that track. When you do this. Manually editing your own rhythm pattern My honest suggestion here is to not do this. highlight SYSTEM and press ENTER. Nobody plays drums on tiny keys like that. It's Lite. Soft will always produce a soft.we're going to put drums on track 8. However. Normal. The first thing to do is to adjust the velocity sensitivity of the drum keys. for the adventurous. then highlight PAD SENSE. Lite.042→TRACK8” will quickly appear on screen. which in this instance is a rhythm loop. because you will end up getting really frustrated really fast. Wrong. the message “NO. This just means rhythm pattern 42 is now assigned to track 8. because I guarantee you will be mashing them too hard if you don't adjust this setting. 45 . You are far better off picking a predefined pattern instead. You will notice track 8 now has an amber light above it. Medium. Hard and Ex Hard. Most people think Soft is the one to go with so the pads trigger more easily. Press TOOL. indicating there is a loop there. Press EXIT to return to the main project screen. Again. From here you can adjust this setting using the JOG WHEEL. here is how it's done. press the white button for track 8.
then the hi-hat and so on. one drum at a time. Lite is the highest sensitivity. Now you know why I told you to rotate counter-clockwise. the way to delete individual drums out of the loop is to press and hold soft button DELETE. Step recording or live. because it's totally blank. then RHYTHM. With step recording. let go and the live recording starts. This is where you want to be. only two settings matter. then press and hold the white pad button for the drum you want to 46 . you will get along much better with the R8's rhythm editor with those pads on the Lite setting. When finished adjusting this setting. press EXIT twice. You have two ways of recording a kit. you press REC. then PLAY. With live. Loud and Lite. You're presented with a 2-bar loop. For that. The fastest way to get to a blank kit is to scroll the JOG WHEEL counter-clockwise.quiet sound. then back a tick. and you will be at blank kit 510:EMPTY. Believe me. Scroll back to pattern 000. Now we have to get to a totally blank kit. Lay down your kicks first. You want this LOUDER with the least sensitivity required. then the snare. This is a good thing because you can play your kit manually. hold it. then manually edit the points using arrow keys and hitting the pad trigger. you'd have to wheel through 471 kits before getting to the blank ones. If you rotated clockwise. which you'll see keeps repeating. While live recording is taking place. then STOP when done. You'll notice as you wheel back further that the blank kits start at 472. you press REC.
Then press RIGHT three times. No problem. To delete the entire loop press and hold ALL DELETE until you don't hear any more drums. But before you record the first note: First. swing beats and so on.. Use EMPTY:509. Yes. then play again to recreate a new loop. well.. the bar length cannot be changed afterward. You must edit the desired length before recording anything into the rhythm editor. press STOP.delete. but that's the way it is. “Are kits permanently saved?” Only on a per-project basis. that takes a little more effort. When done. From this screen you can change the bar length and time signature. this is totally stupid. you'll notice on the EDIT 47 . “I can't edit my bar length! What gives?” What gives is that once you record anything on a blank kit. Press EXIT when done. Now you can get a swing beat. However.” From the screen where the empty rhythm graph is. press soft button EDIT. It's probably true you recorded something to EMPTY:510 and now can't edit the length. To get into advanced things like time signatures. such as 1/8T or 1/16T. “But I want a swing beat. Use the JOG WHEEL to get a time signature with a swing to it. from the screen where the empty rhythm graph is. press UP and keep pressing UP until 001 is flashing at the top.
48 .screen that there is an IMPORT option where you can import kits from other projects.
It's bad because sometimes too much choice can get confusing. it's usually true the only effect that works is reverb. but generally speaking. This is both good and bad. The R8 is absolutely loaded with guitar effects. and as a post-effect you have the option to REMOVE the reverb whereas as a pre-effect you don't since the effect is applied as-it's-recorded. It's good because you have lots of choice. A pre-effect on the R8 is called an Insert Effect. With vocals. meaning not a per-track basis like post-effects are. What this means is that if you apply an insert effect to input 1. and is applied on a per-input basis. I will mention a few more things about vocal pre-effects in a moment. for the reason the reverb capability is the same. it will stay there until you specifically turn it off. it is best to apply reverb to vocals AFTER as a posteffect and not as a pre-effect. this is a good thing as far as guitar is concerned. and it takes a good long while to go through them all. reverb is the only one suitable for vocals. a few words about vocal effects. And yes. 49 . In the R8. But before we get into that. This isn't so say that other effects don't work. however it is strongly suggested you don't use them and opt for post-effects instead. Post-effects will be covered in the next chapter.Pre-Effects The R8 has the ability to do both pre-effects (effects applied before recording) and post-effects (effects applied after recording.) The section concentrates on pre-effects and will concentrate mainly on the guitar.
then apply post-effects later. you dive into the extensive library of R8 effects. Turn the JOG WHEEL clockwise to turn it on. use them. press EFFECT. The two ALGORITHM settings that work for guitar are Clean and Distortion. There is a microphone-specific preset called Mic. Distortion has 45 patches. it has 30 patches. because once recorded. From here. REVERB and CHORUS. You will know this because “INSERT EFFECT” will be shown at the top of the screen. and this is where I'll talk about pre-effects for the microphone. Any patch can be edited and saved on a per-project basis As you're going through the patches. and if they work for you. INSERT EFFECT is Off. it has 20 patches. there are arrows at top left and top 50 . Use your arrow keys to highlight EDIT and press ENTER. by all means. On the bottom of the screen will be INSERT. but as you'll notice. and it's best to record them 100% “dry” with no effects. You can experiment with them if you wish. You can. You begin at the COMP/LIMITER (compressor/limiter settings) screen. There is a bass-specific algorithm called Bass. you might find one you like but would like to edit to your taste. The one you want to be on is INSERT. I recommend not to use them. But I don't recommend it because vocals are at times really tough to sound correct. they can't be taken out. Clean has 21 patches. By default.Going through the patches From the main project screen.
but as you can see. You could spend hours going through just these settings alone. it truly is a “studio in a box”. A very nice selection of delays and pitch modulation effects are here. all of which can be configured extensively. That means there are more menus and more effects to go through. Yes. this will help kill the buzz. ZNR means “ZOOM Noise Reduction”. Press RIGHT. I suggest adjusting Cabinet first to check out different cabinet sounds. simply for the fact 51 .right of the screen. PATCH LVL is the overall volume of the patch. meaning it's a noise reduction filter. Consider yourself fortunate you now know this. and you're on the PREAMP screen. Most people who buy the R8 never even touch these settings. the R8 does have this kind of frequency modulation in it. Auto Wah. and you're on the MOD/DELAY screen. With these effects on-board. and you're on the EFX screen. Phaser and more are here. the R8 is simply loaded with goodies. TOTAL. and it's quite extensive. I could write an entire separate book just on how to adjust all these settings. Press RIGHT. and we arrive at the last screen. Press RIGHT. and you're on the 6BAND EQ screen. If you have a single-coil guitar that's a bit buzzy. Tremolo. Press RIGHT. The R8 has five different types of reverbs. Press RIGHT. This is the amp modeling area. Press RIGHT. and you're on the REVERB screen.
52 .they don't even know they exist.
Press EFFECT. track 1 will be drowning in reverb. you need some audio recorded on a track or a rhythm track present. To quickly demonstrate this so you can hear it. This sounds complicated. and adjust that using the JOG WHEEL all the way to 100. Press PAN/EQ.Post-Effects A post-effect can be applied to already-existing audio and/or a rhythm track on the R8. First. The way this works is that you first select the post-effect type. When finished. You can also edit the 53 . To have less reverb. then “send” on a per-track level. you can change REV SEND from 100 to a more reasonable level such as 35 or 50. because we'll need something to apply the post-effect to.3 LargeHal (that is the way it is spelled in the R8 and is not a typo). configure it. When finished. we have to configure a post-effect. Press the DOWN arrow key until you get to REV SEND (Reverb Send). Select the track you want to apply the effect to using the LEFT or RIGHT arrow keys. press EXIT. Press the soft button REVERB. highlight PATCH and use the JOG WHEEL to select No. but it isn't. press the DOWN arrow key. On playback. Second. press EXIT to go back to the main project screen.
follow the instructions below. press EXIT. Turn it all the way up to 100 so you can hear it on playback. I suggest using a stock patch at first just so you can hear how this works. When finished. I suggest turning post-effect reverb OFF first. it is not permanent and you can turn it on or off at whim via PAN/EQ and the REV SEND function. After that. along with 18 different patches that can all be edited. then press DOWN until you see CHO SEND (chorus send). then rewind and PLAY to 54 . To apply chorus to a track. If you “send” reverb to the track you're currently recording to. Turn it off the same way you turned it on. and it is applied the exact same way post-effect reverb is. Pick the one you like best. There is delay in here too. If SEND CHORUS/DELAY isn't off. The chorus effect The other post-effect available is chorus. Before adjusting chorus. turn it on. Press soft button CHORUS.reverb effect from EFFECT > REVERB (soft button) > EDIT. The first thing you'll notice is that chorus is not just chorus. go back to the main project screen. press PAN/EQ. even though it is a totally different effect. Press EFFECT. “Can I have reverb 'live' when I record but not actually be present when I play it back?” YES! That is the beauty of how post-effects work on the R8.
hear it in action. it does give you more flexibility. 55 . With a reverb for example. Remember that you can adjust the level of effects send on a per-track level. and others just chorus/delay based on effects send levels you choose from PAN/EQ. track 2 at 20% reverb. In addition. and so on. “Can I have a different reverb and chorus/delay on a per-track level?” Not with post-effects. you could have track 1 at 80% reverb. While that isn't a different-reverb-per-track. track 3 at 40% reverb. some tracks can have reverb-only. however there is a workaround. others can have reverb+chorus/delay. “Can I apply both reverb and chorus or reverb and delay at the same time?” Yes.
100%) and for track 2. press PAN/EQ. then exit back to the main project screen and give it a listen. You will have to experiment to see which works best for you. After recording. And yes. When in doubt. When recording your tracks. 100%). However. I personally find the 3-band easier to work with.” A simple example. pan hard left with L100 (left. When I adjust EQ in my R8 recordings.PAN/EQ – Possibly your best friend? While you may be wowed over with the loads of effects in the R8. Now it sounds like two guitar players instead of just one guitar player playing a riff twice and layering it. Adjust the PAN setting. For track 1. Is the 3-band EQ from PAN/EQ worth using? PAN/EQ also has a 3-band EQ on it. It will sound different. pan hard right with R100 (right. I do use the 3-band to make those adjustments. two “dry” guitars Record two guitar tracks. spread it out A common mistake a lot of people who record at home do is 56 . Don't worry about adding effects for the time being. One on track 1 and a second on track 2. you can use the 6band EQ from INSERT EFFECT and the 3-band EQ on a track level at the same time. play the same thing for both. Just get them quickly recorded. the only thing you really need more often than not is good EQ and some panning to make your recording “sound bigger” and/or “sound fuller.
drown their guitars and vocals in effects. 57 . That's not necessary. If you're looking for that extra “oomph.” panning the tracks makes a world of difference.
The issue more than anything else is that it's packed with so much stuff. and it is. How good you get at using the R8 depends on how much you use it. and it takes a while to figure it all out. There are very few portable multitrack recorders that are as packed with features as the R8 is. If you put in a few hours of recording a week.How long does it take to get good at using the R8? The R8 isn't necessarily difficult to use. ZOOM designed it from the ground up as a powerful standalone unit. you should get the hang of it quickly and learn the whole unit in a month or slightly longer. The key to getting the most out of the R8 is experimentation. being you can use the built-in microphones for singing. It's even good enough to where you can record entire songs just using one guitar and nothing else. 58 .
and a few final recording tips “Hey! You barely said anything about USB or software!” This was done on purpose because I don't know if you're using Windows. Help!” Use what I call the “Ozzy Osbourne” method of recording vocals. Linux. “My vocals sound awful no matter what I do. 59 . The only thing I connect my R8 to is my Lenovo Thinkpad with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional. Your two vocals will create a natural chorus effect and it's a very old-school vocal recording technique that's still used widely today.The stuff I didn't mention.” Instead of using a full-size SD card. I don't connect my R8 to anything else. Mac. “I want to transport a master WAV to my tablet or phone. connect to your computer or device and transport the master WAV that way. so the best advice I can give is what was already stated. pop out the SD card (after turning off the R8 first). a smartphone or a tablet. To transport the master WAV from the R8 to whatever you have. Sing the exact same vocal twice on two separate tracks. you can get to the master WAV file data that way. and it's only to transport master WAV files over for publishing to the internet. but it doesn't have an SD card slot. then bounce them to a single track. Just take out the microSD from the SD housing and insert into the microSD slot on your mobile device. you can use an SD card housing that fits a microSD. If you own a tablet or phone with a microSD slot.
about-to-go-bad memory card. you 60 . The other reason is that you may have an old memory card. The sound you want is what your ears hear and not what the piezo pickup hears. Even the R8's microphones are good enough for it. To get “that acoustic sound. Why?” This usually happens with long songs or really long patterns. Remember. Windows or Linux at http://audacity.sourceforge.” use microphones. “Sometimes my R8 goes out-of-sync with patterns or loops.“How can I edit my master WAV after I transport it to my computer for free?” Use the free Audacity software for Mac. go buy one. use the built-in microphones and/or a microphone on a stand pointed at the guitar when you play.net. “How can I record a bass guitar better?” Use one of the Bass patches from INSERT EFFECT. or the memory card is not a Class 10 speed. Electric-acoustic guitars really don't sound that good plugged in no matter how much you paid for it. They're cheap. Choose Rack Comp and that should punch up your bass sound quite a bit to where it sounds good when plugged in direct. edit it and turn on COMP/LIMITER. “Can the R8 record acoustic guitars?” Yes. If it isn't. but if you want a more natural acoustic guitar tone. The way around this is to make good use of AUTO PUNCH I/O and start your playback and record 10 seconds from where you want to insert a part of a song instead of all the way from the beginning.
To do that. locate the project directory. Put the card back in the R8. You can play it once or pattern it/sequence it/loop it or whatever you wish. I use 8GB in mine. load up the project. “Can I use other WAV drum samples I have as loops in the R8?” You can use any WAV in the R8 and have it as a loop or sound effect. go to a blank track. take out the R8's memory card in your computer. “Will the R8 accept a mixer input into its primary inputs?” Yes. you'll have to enable two tracks and pan one left and one right. then shut off the R8. then its AUDIO directory and drop the WAV file in there. Start a new project. press TRACK at top right.only need 16GB at the most. turn it on. All you have to do is arm both inputs. if you want a stereo recording. “Does the R8 have any 'normalize' or 'hard limiter' filter I can use on master WAVs?” No. then FILE and select your WAV file there. 61 . However. provided that each input is set to MIC LINE and nothing else. “Can the R8 record both inputs at the same time?” Yes. then select TAKE. you will need to bring the file into a separate audio editor like Audacity and normalize/hard limit the audio file that way.
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