Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder


Main Features:

  • 6 x High-Gain XLR Mic Inputs with +48V
  • 6 x Independent Headphone Outputs
  • 9 Sound Pads, 4 Banks for Music/Samples
  • Mix-Minus for 2 Echo-Free Remote Callers

Version:  4-Channel Podcaster  | 8-Channel Podcaster

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The PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder is purpose-built for recording, editing, and producing polished multi-person podcasts anywhere you go without the need for a computer. The Zoom PodTrak P8is a portable multitrack podcast recorder that lets you quickly record up to six mics, handle 2 echo-free remote call-ins simultaneously, trigger sound samples, and provide separate headphone feeds for all your guests, all at the same time and with refreshing simplicity, thanks to the large full-color LCD touchscreen.

From the intuitive, tactile controls to the powerful audio processing and editing functions, the PodTrak P8 is well equipped to help you record, stream, and export pristine audio for complex panel podcasts. Dynamic and condenser mics, customizable sound pads, call-ins via your smartphone or computer, and independent headphone outs; the PodTrak P8 can manage everything you need a podcast production station to do.

PodTrack P8 vs P4

How does the PodTrak P8 differ from the smaller PodTrak P4? The P8 is made to handle even more complex podcasts with even more people. The P8 packs in more mic preamps, more headphone outputs (plus speaker outputs), more sound pads, more ways to sweeten your signal, a set of fluid editing functions, and a large 4.3" full-color touchscreen for intuitive access to all tweakable settings. Plus, with the P8, you can edit and export full podcasts without ever touching a computer.

Six High-Gain Mic Inputs

Whether you rely on announcer-style dynamic microphones such as the Zoom ZDM-1 (available separately) or prefer the sheen of crisp condenser mics, the PodTrak P8's six mic preamps are up to the task. Each features a balanced XLR input jack, selectable +48V phantom power, and up to 70 dB of gain, plenty of boost to ensure optimal recording levels with all kinds of mics, such as the venerable Shure SM7B.

Headphone Mixes for You and All Your Guests

Outfitted with six 3.5mm stereo headphone outputs, the PodTrak P8 can provide you and your guests with independent headphone mixes, each with its own color-coded level control below the color-matched headphone jack. No matter the scenario—an exclusive interview or a raucous panel podcast, everyone will be able to clearly hear what's going on.

Echo-Free Remote Call-Ins

Knowing how frequently podcasters collaborate with remote guests, Zoom integrated two ways to accommodate call-ins through physical connections—plug your smartphone directly into the 3.5mm TRRS phone port (on channel 7), connect a computer via USB to bring in the audio from your conferencing software of choice to channel 6, or do both at the same time to feature two remote guests.

Supports BTA-2 for Wireless Remote Guests

If you prefer to go wire-free for call-ins, connect the Zoom BTA-2 Bluetooth receiver (available separately) to the PodTrak P8 and use your smartphone to wirelessly pipe in your call audio via Bluetooth.

Assignable Sound Pads with Preset Sounds

The PodTrack P8 is equipped with nine sound pads next to the LCD touchscreen, perfect for elevating your podcast production quality with music, jingles, ads, sound effects, or pre-recorded interviews triggered at the push of a button. Use the 13 preset sounds or load up to 36 of your own samples (organized in four banks) for even more versatility. Plus, a dedicated fader allows easy adjustment of the sound pad output volume.

Instant Access to Volume, On-Air, and Mute for Each Input

Each channel on the PodTrak P8 has its own volume slider, mute, and on-air button. So not only can you quickly adjust volume and mute/unmute guests without having to navigate through menus, but a simple deselection of a channel's on-air button routes it only to the headphones, but not to the speakers, USB output, or recording—an ideal setup for conversing on the side or prepping your guests before the next segment.

Record up to 13 Tracks Simultaneously

With the PodTrak P8, you can simultaneously record up to 13 tracks to an SD card—six or seven tracks from the mic input channels (channel 6 can record stereo in USB mode), two tracks from the smartphone input, two tracks from the sound pads, and two tracks from the overall stereo mix.

User-Friendly Editing

Built-in edit functions let you trim, split, combine, and fade audio clips to produce a finished episode without ever leaving the P8, meaning you can edit and export full podcasts without ever touching a computer. All this is done intuitively through the P8's color touchscreen.

SD Card Recording and Audio Interface Functionality

Designed for truly convenient portability, the PodTrack P8 can record directly to an SDHC card (up to 32GB capacity) or an SDXC card (up to 512GB capacity). A 4GB card will yield over three hours of 16-bit / 44.1 kHz 4-channel recording time using the BWF-compliant WAV format for uncompressed audio quality and industry-standard file compatibility. Note that media cards are available separately, and larger capacity cards may increase startup times.

Powered via AA Batteries, AC Adapter, or USB

Power the PodTrak P8 via four AA batteries (available separately), plug it into a wall outlet with the included AD-14 AC adapter, or use an external USB battery. Alkaline batteries can keep the P8 running for up to two hours of continuous recording. When using the P8 in the stereo USB audio interface mode, USB bus powering is also possible.

Powerful Signal Processing Adds Sonic Polish

The PodTrak P8's onboard effects allow you to add professional polish to your recordings without resorting to postproduction processing on a computer. Via the touchscreen, you can access each channel's easy-to-use settings

Extra Enhancements

  • Ideal for international use, the PodTrak P8’s touchscreen can be set to one of six languages—English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, or Japanese
  • Color-coded inputs, outputs, and controls make on-the-fly adjustments a breeze and keep you focused on the discussion
  • Transfer track files to your computer to do a final mix in your favorite DAW software


Form FactorTabletop
Channels of I/OAnalog:
8 Inputs / 2 Outputs at 44.1 kHz
Max Sample Rate/Resolution44.1 kHz / 16-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps6
Input Level Adjustment6 x via Touchscreen
Number of Headphone Mixes1 x Master
5 x Guest
Solo/MuteMute per Input Channel
Sample Pads9 x Assignable
Display and Indicators1 x Touchscreen (Menu Navigation, Metering, Multifunction)
8 x LEDs (Mute)
Host Connection1 x USB Type-C (Class-Compliant USB 2.0)
Analog I/O6 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Mic Input
6 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Unbalanced Aux In/Out
Phantom Power+48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Digital I/ONone
Memory Card Slot1 x SDXC
Frequency Response20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
Gain/Trim RangeMic Inputs:
0 dB to +70 dB
Max Input LevelXLR Mic Inputs:
+5 dBu (at 0 dBFS) 
1/8" / 3.5 mm Aux Inputs:
+2.5 dBu
Max Output LevelMonitor Outputs:
+5.5 dBu
Headphone Output Power20 mW per Channel into 32 Ohms
ImpedanceXLR Mic Inputs:
3 Kilohms 
1/8" / 3.5 mm Aux Inputs:
3 Kilohms 
1/4" Monitor Outputs:
320 Ohms 
1/8" / 3.5 mm Headphone Outputs:
27 Ohms
EIN-124 dBu (150-Ohm Source, +70 dB Gain)
Digital Audio
Sample Rates44.1 kHz
Bit Depths16-Bit
OS CompatibilitymacOS
Compatible Software (Not Included)Any Core Audio Compliant Software
Included SoftwareNone
Required HardwareAvailable USB 2.0 Port
USB Cable (Not Included)
Power RequirementsAC/DC Power Adapter (Included), Battery, or USB Bus Power
AC/DC Power Adapter5 VDC at 1 A
Power Consumption5 W
Battery Type4 x AA
Approximate Battery Life2 Hours (AA Alkaline, Phantom Off, Recording, with Headphones) 
3.5 Hours (AA NiMH, Phantom Off, Recording, with Headphones) 
6.5 Hours (AA Lithium, Phantom Off, Recording, with Headphones)
Anti-Theft FeaturesKensington Security Slot
Dimensions11.6 x 9.8 x 2.4" / 29.5 x 24.8 x 6.1 cm
Weight3.1 lb / 1.4 kg

What's In The Box

  • Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

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