Zoom R12 Portable Multitrack Recorder

Zoom R12 is an 8-track recorder with 2 inputs, onboard effects, drum loops, synth sounds, and a colour touchscreen that is useful for editing audio tracks. The R12 is made for musicians who live to make music and want the freedom to make music wherever they go.

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Zoom R12 Portable Multitrack Recorder

Above all, the R12 is made for musicians who live to make music and want the freedom to make music wherever they go.

All You Need On-Board

Compact and mobile, you can record and mix songs without a computer. Specifically, use the R12’s full-colour LCD touchscreen to cut, copy, loop, and edit your tracks.

R12’s Amazing Sound

The R12 has super-clean preamps and you’ll love the way they sound. With two XLR/TRS inputs, and 8 tracks of audio, the R12 is perfect for recording everything from demos to release-ready songs.

Fully Loaded

In fact, the R12 includes a send effects channel offering reverb, chorus and delay with a dedicated effects return fader. Subsequently, you can use presets and effects from Zoom’s Guitar Lab. Also, the R12 also has pan and a 3-channel EQ for each track and a compressor on inputs 1 and 2.

Take It Everywhere

The R12 provides up to 5 hours on four AA batteries allowing you to bring your production anywhere. Additionally, you can use the R12 with the included AD-17 power adapter or a USB battery.

Playback. Play Along.

Use Sequence Play to create a playlist of your projects. Afterwards, use them as backing tracks, whether you’re playing live or rehearsing a set.

It Starts With a Groove

With 150 preloaded drum loops in a variety of patterns and genres, the R12 provides a versatile rhythm section for any project.

Import Audio Files into R12

Add additional audio samples by importing files into your R12 via a Micro SD card or USB thumb drive.

From Headphones To Monitors

Additionally, the R12 includes an ⅛” stereo headphone jack as well as dedicated ¼” monitor outputs.

Interface + Control Surface

Use the R12 as a stereo audio interface with your favourite DAW or streaming platform, via USB-C. As a control surface, the transport controls and faders make it easy to adjust and control your software during production.

R12’s Connections

Furthermore, connect microphones, instruments or line-level devices like keyboards, mixers and more.


Input 1 on the R12 has a Hi-Z switch, allowing you to plug your guitar directly into the recorder.

Phantom Power

Both inputs on the R12 offer 48V Phantom Power for condenser microphones.

Stay In Time. Every Time.

Activate the fully customizable click track with the press of a button. Also, click balance blends the metronome with your playback audio and routes it to your headphones and/or the main outputs.

Add Some Synth

Multi-Track Recorder

Lastly, the R12 has 18 FM synth instruments built in. Specifically, they can be played by plugging in a MIDI keyboard via USB-C or programmed using the touchscreen

R12 Key Highlights:

  • Multi-track digital recorder with up to 8 tracks of recording.
  • 2.4” Full-Colour LCD touchscreen display with easy touch and swipe editing
  • User-friendly graphic interface with on-board editing capabilities
  • Multi-track digital recorder with up to 8 tracks of recording.
  • 2.4” Full-Colour LCD touchscreen display with easy touch and swipe editing
  • User-friendly graphic interface with on-board editing capabilities
  • Battery Powered up to 5 hours (4 AA’s)
  • 2 XLR / TRS Combo inputs – with phantom power and HI-Z on input 1
  • Send effects channel with 4 options: Reverb, Delay, Chorus, or Guitar Lab preset (choose up to 3 effects from our guitar effects collection including distortions, modulation effects, spacial effects, and much more)
  • Built-in compressor for inputs 1 and 2
  • Pan and 3-band EQ for each track
  • Sequence play – for using backing tracks in a live setting
  • Drum loops (150 preloaded)
  • Records directly to SDXC cards
  • Built-in USB-C audio interface (2-in / 2-out or 2-in/4out) with control surface function

Inputs: MIC/LINE (mono): 2
Outputs: Master Out: 1
Phones: 1

MIC/LINE (MONO) Connectors: 2 XLR/TRS combo jacks (Balanced, XLR: 2 HOT / TRS: TIP HOT)
Input gain: +6 ~ +50 dB
Input impedance: XLR: 3.9 kΩ TRS: 3.9 kΩ/1 MΩ (when Hi-Z ON, INPUT 1 only)
Phantom power: +48 V (switchable separately for INPUTS 1 and 2)
Equivalent input noise: –121 dBu or less (IHF-A) at +50 dB/150 Ω input
Frequency response: −1.0/+0.5 dB: 20 Hz – 20 kHz

MASTER OUT Connectors: 2 TRS phone jacks (balanced)
Maximum output level: +14 dBu
Output impedance: 200 Ω
PHONES Connectors: 1 stereo 3.5mm mini jack
Maximum output level: 45 mW + 45 mW (into 32 Ω load)
Output impedance: 10 Ω

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 2
Maximum simultaneous playback tracks: 8
Recording format: 44.1kHz, 16/24-bit, mono/stereo WAV
Recording media: Cards compatible with microSDHC specifications 4 GB – 32 GB
Cards compatible with microSDXC specifications 64 GB – 1 TB

Track Settings
High: 10 kHz, ±12 dB, shelving
Middle: 2.5 kHz, ±12 dB, peaking
Low: 100 Hz, ±12 dB, shelving
Pan: L100 – R100

Input Dynamics: Comp/Limiter/Gate
Patch memory effects:
– 3 types can be used simultaneously
– 50 patch memories
– Guitar Lab supported
– Can be assigned and used as an insert (input) or send effect
Dedicated send effects: 10 types of spatial effects

Chromatic/Guitar/Bass/Open A/Open D/Open E/Open G/DADGAD

Time signatures: 3/4, 4/4, 6/8
Tempo range: 40.0 – 250.0 BPM

Rhythm Loops
Sound source format: PCM
Number of loops: 150

Sound source format: FM
Polyphony: 8
Number of sound types: 18 (and a PCM drum kit)

– 2.4″ (320×240) full-color touchscreen LCD

Connector: USB Type-C [Note: Use a USB cable that supports data transfer. USB bus power is supported]
Audio Interface Function:
2-in/2-out or 2-in/2-out (iPad) | USB 2.0 Full Speed
44.1 kHz, 16/24-bit
2-in/4-out USB 2.0 High Speed
44.1 kHz, 16/24-bit
Mass Storage Function: Device USB 2.0 High Speed (5 V/200 mA power supplied when host)
Guitar Lab Connection: USB 1.1 Full Speed
DAW Connection (Control Surface): USB 1.1 Full Speed
Mass Storage Function: Host USB 2.0 High Speed (5V/200 mA power supplied)
USB MIDI Keyboard Connection: USB 1.1 Full Speed (5 V/200 mA power supplied)

Batteries: 4 AA (alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable NiMH)
AC adapter: ZOOM AD-17 (5V/1.0A)

Estimated Continuous Operation Time Using Batteries
– During playback with +48V off and 32Ω headphone load
– Alkaline batteries: about 5 hours
– NiMH batteries (1900 mAh): about 5 hours
– Lithium batteries: about 11 hours
• The above values are approximate. • Continuous battery operation times were determined using in-house testing methods. They will vary greatly according to use conditions.

Power Consumption
5 W maximum

256 mm (W) × 158 mm (D) × 61 mm (H)

Weight (including batteries)
827 g

For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.