By Eric Yang
on 6.1.11

About the only thing music production and portability share in common are the letter ‘p’. That is, unless you find yourself equipped with the new Zoom R8 ($299). The 8-track portable controller takes Zoom’s renown on-the-go audio capture capabilities and meshes it with an all-new controller capable of 2-track simultaneous recording via its built-in mics or external inputs to an included 2GB SD card (up to 32GB via a SDHC slot). But the controller’s capabilities don’t just end there. A built-in drum machine, over 150 guitar and studio quality master effects and compatibility with digital audio workstation software (Cubase LE is included) make it an ultra-versatile tool in an ultra-compact design — it can even run off 4 AA batteries, power adaptor or USB port and fits in a guitar case.

Buy Now: $299

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